Thursday, October 22, 2009
Absolute MMA team members use the code "absolutemma" as you register online at www.utahchampion.com. Team rates are $40/adult and $30/junior and each additional division is only $20. Team registration is extended one week past early registration to Saturday, November 7, 2009. Team discounts are not available at the door. Make sure and get registered soon.
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I wanted to share some news from our friend Jamba (Yambah) in Finland. Jamba fought in the Fight Festival 26 on October 17th in Helsinki, Finland against Declan Williams (England), winning by submission via arm lock in 2:15 of Round 1. Congratulations Jamba!!!
A native of Finland, Janne Elonen-Kulmala (Jamba) has competed previously at Fight Festival where he defeated the 5-3-0 Dutchman Jordy Peute last year by decision. He then followed up that performance by stopping the Swedish fighter Nicklas Bergman by TKO at a M-1 Challenge show last year. Rated as “one to watch” by insiders of the Finnish scene, Janne Elonen-Kulmala (Jamba) continues to keep his unbeaten record intact, defeating Declan Williams making his mark in the very competitive European Bantamweight division.
Watch the fight HERE
Monday, October 19, 2009
Absolute MMA Fighters Camrann Pacheco, Steve Sharp and Eduardo Rivera all will be fighting on November 20th in Orem, Utah at the UVU McKay Event Center. Tickets will be available at the gym and each fighter will have tickets to sell as a percentage of the ticket sales will go back to the fighter you purchase them from. Be sure to get them early, this event has a good chance of selling out.
Monday, October 12, 2009
In the main event, IFL veteran John Gunderson (22-6) became the first MMA Xplosion lightweight champion, following his submission victory over Steve Sharp.
But Sharp (24-11) was the aggressor for the majority of the fight, winning the opening round with his relentless striking.
“He was throwing so many elbows, and they were powerful,” Gunderson said.
Sharp continued to let the elbows fly in the second round, even after Gunderson had taken the fight to the ground.
But going into the third round, Gunderson had a renewed sense of urgency.
“I knew that if he landed a good elbow it would cut me and that would be the end for me,” Gunderson said. “So I felt like I just had to go out there and take it from him.”
Gunderson wrestled his way to a series of submission attempts in the third, before sinking in a kimura lock three minutes and 17 seconds into the round.
“Coming into this fight, I knew that if I lost it would be from the kimura,” Sharp said. “That kid has a strong, strong kimura and he’s good at it.”To read more about the fights click here
To see a slide show of the fights click here
Friday, October 9, 2009
Thursday, October 8, 2009
The main event will feature John “Quick Guns” Gunderson of Xtreme Couture taking on Steve “Razor” Sharp of Salt Lake City’s Absolute MMA.
Sharp said he and Gunderson tried out for Ken Shamrock’s IFL team, but he broke his hand and could not continue with the tryout. Because of that, this matchup with Gunderson is important for him, he said.
“John’s gone on with the IFL and has done really well for himself, “ Sharp said.
“For me to do really well against him and beat him would be an honor and it would show me that I could have been there and I could have done what he’s done in the last few years. And it would show me that even though I just turned 30, I am not too old to fight.”
Sharp, who has gone the distance in three championship fights prior to this one, feels he has the advantage because he will not have to cut much weight for the fight.
“I’m not going to have to cut a lot of water weight, which is where I feel you can really hurt yourself right before a fight. I’m feeling pretty good for this one,” Sharp said. “I think it gives me an advantage when we have to go five rounds. If it does go to the later rounds, I think I’ll have the advantage, even though I’m the smaller fighter. “
To read more about the press conference Click here