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‘Inside MMA’ Talks Business of MMA & RFA 37 Delivers Six Thrilling Finishes
‘INSIDE MMA’ IS ALL BUSINESS AS THE SHOW DIVES INTO THE RARELY SEEN FINANCIAL SIDE OF COMBAT SPORTS
Matt Mitrione, Myles Jury, Ed Soares, Andrew Simon and Mike Winkeljohn Share Their Perspective on the Business of MMA
LOS ANGELES – April 15, 2016 – From contracts and sponsorships to training, event promotion and broadcasting, a great deal of action in combat sports happens outside of the cage. Just in time for tax day, AXS TV’s INSIDE MMA delved into the business and financial side of MMA as series hosts Mauro Ranallo and Bas Rutten invited fighters Matt Mitrione and Myles Jury, along with gym owner and coach Mike Winkeljohn, Resurrection Fighting Alliance president and notable manager Ed Soares, and AXS TV FIGHTS CEO Andrew Simon to share their perspective on the sport.
First up, Matt Mitrione, the former UFC fighter who recently signed with Bellator as a free agent, sat down with Ranallo and Rutten to discuss his reasons behind choosing Bellator over the UFC, his thoughts on the new trend of fighter free agency and even hinted as when he’ll be making his Bellator debut:
To comment on finance from the perspective of a current UFC fighter, Miles Jury joined the show where he discussed the effect of recent changes in sponsorship rules within the promotion and the financial challenges of fighting as an independent contractor:
In an extended round table discussion with Ranallo, Rutten, Andrew Simon and Ed Soares, the group discussed the business of creating, promoting and broadcasting MMA events and their thoughts on the future of the sport:
INSIDE MMA correspondent Ron Kruck traveled to the famed JacksonWink MMA Academy in Albuquerque, New Mexico where he interviewed co-owner and renowned coach Mike Winkeljohn for an in-depth feature on the true cost of training at and owning an elite combat sports gym:
With UFC President Dana White in attendance, Resurrection Fighting Alliance put on one of its most exciting shows ever as RFA 37 delivering six stunning finishes capped off by two hard-hitting title fights with bantamweight Leandro Higo (16-2) and light heavyweight Devin Clark (6-0) winning RFA gold.
The Resurrection Fighting Alliance was back in Sioux Falls Friday night and with Dana White in the house, the main card fighters put on a show! Both the light heavyweight and bantamweight titles were on the line at RFA 37. The main event featured undefeated fighters Rafael Viana and Devin Clark for the inaugural light heavyweight title. The two pushed the pace early with Clark landing big shots and getting takedowns and in the second round Viana suffered an injury to his middle finger. The Brazilian survived the round, but was unable to continue, meaning Clark is the champ and he was able to do it in front of his hometown crowd.
In the co-main event, Leandro Higo and Joey Miolla met for the bantamweight title. Both fighters were riding lengthy win streaks and the action started fast and furious. In order to defend an armbar, Miolla slammed Higo to the canvas dazing him momentarily. Higo weathered the storm and was able to choke Miolla unconscious with a first round rear-naked choke.
The four fights leading up to the title fights delivered brutal stoppage after brutal stoppage! Joe Gigliotti,Logan Storley, AND Matthew Lopez were all able kept their undefeated records intact. Gigliotti and Lopez earned submission wins and Storley delivered a second-round TKO. In the opening fight of the night, Brian Camozzi won with a highlight reel knockout with his knee.
Full highlights are available here with AXS TV FIGHTS commentators Pat Miletich and “The Voice” Michael Schiavello breaking down the action:
Here are the official results from AXS TV FIGHTS: RESURRECTION FIGHTING ALLIANCE 37:
Main Event – Devin Clark (6-0) won the light heavyweight title via TKO after Rafael Viana (6-1) injured his hand and could not begin the third round.
Co-Main Event – Bantamweight Title Fight – Leandro Higo (16-2) choked out Joey Miolla (8-2) in the first round at 2:07.
Middleweight Fight – Joe Gigliotti (7-0) submitted John Poppie (7-3) via guillotine choke 58 seconds into round one.
Welterweight Fight – Logan Storley (4-0) defeated Cody Lincoln (3-1) with a TKO 13 seconds into round two.
Bantamweight Fight – Matt Lopez (8-0) submitted Eli Finn (5-2) via strikes at 3:15 in the first round.
Welterweight Fight – Brian Camozzi (6-2) knocked out Kenn Glenn (7-4) with a knee in the third round at 1:02.
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