Dec
10

Xtreme Knockout Celebrates 5th Year Anniversary; Announce Fight Card for XKO 24

North Texas’ Xtreme Knockout Promotions has long-held the title of most active fight promotion in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, but it still seems hard to believe that 2015 will mark the MMA promotion’s fifth year in existence.  It is a testament to the promotions commitment to the local fight scene that despite the financial uncertainties professional fight promotion presents XKO has managed to not only stay viable, but grow their promotion in terms of scope and entertainment value.

On January 17, XKO 24 will hold the distinction of being the fifth anniversary show for XKO.  As a result, XKO owner Thomas Bussey has been working his ass off to present fight fans a show to remember.  You only get one shot to celebrate such a landmark event and as such the XKO brass has put together a fight card that is heavy on action, excitement, and a title fight.

Dec
08

Did Johny Hendricks Lose Title to Weight Cut?

Tag: Georges St-Pierre, Johny Hendricks, News, Robbie Lawler, UFC 181

The prevailing image of UFC 181’s main event war between Johny Hendricks and Robbie Lawler was that of Hendricks hugging for dear life the leg of Lawler in the fourth and fifth round of their title fight.  After starting the fight strong it appeared that Hendricks simply stopped fighting.  Gone was the fire and tenacity that we have grown to expect from Hendricks, in its place was the look of a fighter praying that the fight would end soon so that he could be anywhere but the UFC Octagon.

Dec
05

Crusade Combat's Hal Brock discusses UFC/Reebok deal and its impact on MMA apparel companies

Tag: Casey Williams, Crusade Combat, Hal Brock, News, Reebok, UFC

The dust has far from settled from the impact of this week’s announcement that the UFC would enter into an exclusive apparel/uniform deal with Reebok but there are already ripples being felt in the MMA world.  Whether this deal is a boon or a bust for UFC fights remains to be seen.  Additionally, it is not yet known how this agreement will impact the numerous apparel companies and sponsors who relied on fighter exposure to help push their product. 

Curious to hear what an apparel company’s thoughts were on this landmark deal I reached out to Crusade Combat MMA owner Hal Brock for his perspective on the UFC/Reebok deal.  Crusade Combat MMA is an apparel company based in North Texas that has sponsored a number of local fighters.  Brock is no stranger to the frustrations of trying to obtain exposure in the world of mixed martial arts and while his company is not on the level of, say, TapouT, Crusade Combat MMA has had to overcome many of the same challenges. 

Dec
04

Anthony Njokuani headlines Legacy 38 in Allen, Texas

Photo credit: fighterxfashion.com

Former WEC and UFC veteran Anthony Njokuani will make his Legacy Fighting Championship debut on the Legacy 38 card taking place February 13 at the Allen Events Center in Allen, TX.  The main card will be broadcast live on AXS TV.

Dec
03

Will the UFC's deal with Reebok will force fighters to be more "fan-friendly"

Tag: News, Reebok, UFC

When the UFC announced yesterday that they had entered into a six year deal that effectively makes Reebok the official outfitter of the UFC and its fighters many were left to speculate how this would impact the finances of the fighters.  Would these new found uniforms and agreement benefit the roughly 500 fighters currently on the UFC roster?  Or, as some have suggested, is this a case of the UFC essentially squeezing out the supplemental income of fighters derived through sponsorship opportunities? 

Nov
22

MAURICE “MIGHTY MO” HOOKER STOPS BERGERON BY TKO TO GET TO 16-0 IN DALLAS, TEXAS

Tag: Boxing, The Undercard, Tony Mack, Events

Written by Hector Sanchez/Photos by Stacey Verbeek

It has been o­­ver a year since undefeated Light Welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo” Hooker (16-0-2, 12 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas has stepped into the ring in his hometown of Dallas, Texas.  He came back to the circled square after stopping his last two opponents in the first round to continue his climb in the ranks of the welterweight division.  Fighting out of the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym in Dallas, Texas, Mighty Mo stands out among many of the best fighters in the metroplex. On Saturday night, Hooker was at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, formerly the Dallas Convention Center, which held many Golden Gloves tournaments and once upon a time back in 1966 hosted a world championship bout between Dallas’ former WBC and WBA World Welterweight Champion Curtis Cokes (62-14, 30 KO’s) against Jean Josselin (66-16, 41 KO’s).   

Nov
21

Official Weights for Saturday Night's "Undercard" at the Dallas Convention Center

Tag: Boxing, Maurice Hooker, Tony Mack, Events

Photo by Stacey Verbeek

Official weights for the Undercard boxing promotion at the Dallas Convention Center:

Nov
16

MAURICE “MIGHTY MO” HOOKER RETURNS TO THE RING IN DALLAS, TEXAS FOR “FIGHT NIGHT LIVE”

Tag: Boxing, Maurice Hooker, Tony Mack, Events

Written by Hector Sanchez / November 16, 2014 Photo by Stacey Verbeek

It has been over a year since undefeated Light Welterweight Maurice “Mighty Mo”  Hooker  (15-0-2, 11 KO’s) from Dallas, Texas has stepped into the ring in his hometown of Dallas, Texas.  He comes back to the circled square after stopping his last two opponents in the first round to continue his climb in the ranks of the welterweight division.  Fighting out of the Maple Avenue Boxing Gym, a premier boxing club in Dallas, Texas, Mighty Mo stands out among many of the best fighters in the metroplex.  On Saturday night at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center, originally the Dallas Memorial Auditorium and formerly the Dallas Convention Center, Mighty Mo takes on Alejandro Quintero (6-2-2, 4 KO’s) from Los Mochis, Sinaloa, Mexico, on the main event.  The tough Quintero will be fighting his first fight on American soil against Mighty Mo in a scheduled 8 round bout.  The historical Dallas Memorial Auditorium has held many Golden Gloves tournaments and once upon a time back in 1966 it hosted a world championship bout between Dallas’ former WBC and WBA World Welterweight Champion Curtis Cokes (62-14, 30 KO’s) against Jean Josselin (66-16, 41 KO’s). 

Nov
10

Garcia Promotions brings Cage Combat 17 to Dallas on November 15

Tag: Cage Combat 17, Garcia Promotions, Events

Houston-based MMA promotion, Garcia Promotions, is bringing their brand of MMA fights to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex for the first time in the company’s existence.  On November 15, Cage Combat 17 will take place at the Fair Park Coliseum at the State Fairgrounds in Dallas. 

Bolstered by literally a who’s who of local ammy fighters, Cage Combat 17 looks to be one of the most anticipated local cards of the busy fighter season. 

Tickets to this event can be purchased by visiting http://www.mikethetruth.com/product/cage-combat-tickets/

Oct
20

XKO 23 Results and Recaps

Tag: XKO, XKO 23, Events

Written by:  Wyatt Sloan

Results

125lbs.: Keeton Gorton (2-0 pro) vs. Phat Chau (1-2 pro) - - Gorton def. Chau via TKO (Retirement) at 0:10 of Round Three

115lbs.: Kathina Catron (4-5) vs. Amber Stautzenberger (5-3) - - Stautzenberger def. Catron via Submission (Armbar) at 2:09 of Round 1 

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