It will be a “WINNER TAKE ALL” tournament over 4 events for a purse of $30,000 ($15,000 each). Along with the respective purses the winners will take home the 170lb and 205lb belts. All fighters looking to enter the competition should post a sixty second video to Facebook/IMKFight as to why they are the next IMKFight Champion. All fighters in and around the state of Texas are encouraged to apply. We will be looking for 32 warriors to do battle in the aforementioned weight classes. The deadline for entering is July 15th and the initial fight card will be released July 31st with contracts. For further details please contact us at


PRESS RELEASE: October, 10 2011

Houston, TX — At UFC 136, middleweight Mike Massenzio made his Team Palooka debut with a gutsy, come-from-behind victory against former WEC Light Heavyweight Champion Steve Cantwell. The win represented what Team Palooka is all about: heart, determination, and a “never say die” attitude. The Massenzio-Cantwell bout kicked off the night, and definitely got the crowd going. Both fighters headed into the bout desperately needing a big win in order to keep their position with the UFC, and the New Jersey-based Massenzio came away with the “W.”

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“Winning this fight, it’s a great feeling…one of the greatest feelings of my life,” says Massenzio. “I’ve been through a lot over the last few years, and I’ve been through a lot in my career already. After a fast start, I got hit with some major injuries. I came back against Brian Stann, which was a very tough first fight, and we got ‘Fight of the Night.’ The Soszynski fight was tough, too. Against Cantwell, I took a little bit from him in the first round, then he caught me good, and I had to deal with that. But I was able to hang with it, and I came back. It was a great experience.”

While waiting for his next bout, the 185-pounder will continue to train with his team at AMA Fight Club in New Jersey. As far as who is next on his list, Massenzio is leaving that in the capable hands of the organization.

“I’ll fight whoever the UFC gets me. I feel good about being able to be in there with some of the best and hang. To be the best, you’ve got to beat the best. So whatever they decide to do, I’ll go with it. I’m all about heart, and I’m always going to go out there and fight with everything I’ve got, every fight.”

While we don’t know who Massenzio will face next in the Octagon, we do know what is next for him outside the cage. This Thursday, 10/13 and Sunday, 10/16, Mike will be appearing at the Team Palooka booth (#349) at the New York Comic Con. He’ll be there in order to sign autographs, interact with the fans, and promote the new “Joe Palooka” comics being released!

“It’s an honor that Team Palooka wants to have me as part of what they’re doing. It’s great that they have interest in my career. I’m hoping that as they rise, I rise at the same time. And I’m really looking forward to being with the fans at Comic-Con. Come on out and come say hi…it’s going to be awesome!”

The news MMA comic book fans have been waiting for was recently announced: the comic series made its world premiere with its first issue last week when “Joe Palooka” issues #1 & #2 became available for purchase for the first time anywhere. Fans can get their hands on the comic at, and hard copies of the issue will follow in early 2012.

A special 13-page FREE-VIEW is also available simply for signing up with an email address on, and fans can also take advantage of a unique offer on “Joe Palooka” issues #1 and #2, which are available together for the low price of only $1.99.

The “Joe Palooka” comic series tells the story of Joe Palooka, an MMA fighter who competes in “Legion of Combat,” which is a sister comic publication. “Legion of Combat” will feature Joe Palooka and top MMA stars including “Suga” Rashad Evans, Anthony “Rumble” Johnson, the Blackzilians, Brendan Schaub, and the Miller brothers in team matches between fighters representing countries such as the U.S., the U.K., Brazil, Russia, Japan, China, and other nations.

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About Team Palooka

“Joe Palooka” and “Legion of Combat” are MMA comic books that feature action adventure stories as well as compelling MMA fight action. Created by professional ring announcer Joe Antonacci, the books are being written and drawn by an all-star team of talent known as Team Palooka. The team includes Mike Bullock as the chief writer and Fernando Perniche (both of “The Phantom fame”), who are bringing the exciting stories of Palooka and the LOC to life.

For more information on “Joe Palooka” and “Legion of Combat,” please visit

You can also “like” the Palooka Facebook fan page at

Follow Joe Palooka on Twitter @TeamPalooka


PRESS RELEASE: Dallas, TX – June 15, 2011


Las Vegas– STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT spoke with media today at a press conference held at the American Airlines Center. Fighters in attendance offered their thoughts on their opponents, as well as the event itself. STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT takes place at the American Airlines Center on Saturday, June 18 at 6:00 p.m. CT.

Tickets for STRIKEFORCE® WORLD GRAND PRIX HEAVYWEIGHT TOURNAMENT are still available and can be purchased at the American Airlines Center Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, by calling 800-745-3000, or by visiting

Saturday’s STRIKEFORCE World Grand Prix Heavyweight Tournament fights will air live on SHOWTIME along with three additional non-tournament bouts at 10 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).

Quote highlights from today’s press conference:

Alistair Overeem

“I was here in the U.S. in February when my brother fought and it felt very much like home, so I am pretty relaxed. I know there is a lot of attention from all over the world for this fight. I am very prepared and very eager to show everyone what I can do.”

Farbricio Werdum

“I fought Overeem four years ago. It’s a different time now. I have more experience and Overeem does too. Overeem has shown he is the best, he beat everyone in K-1, but I am the best too.”

Brett Rogers

“Josh is another big man that is going to want to take me down to the ground and force me to display some ground work. I’ve been doing MMA for six years. I need to have top to bottom skills. If push comes to shove and he takes me down, I need to get myself back up and finish it standing.”

Josh Barnett

“I don’t want to look at Brett’s punching power. I don’t want to know how hard he hits at all. I am hoping to not get hit as much as possible.”

“Everybody likes to see a tournament unfold. Almost all of our major sporting events are determined by a tournament. Tournaments are how the Olympics sort out their sports as well. It’s exciting. They put out odds and favorites of who is going to make it through, but until they get out there and fight, you just don’t know. This tournament gives the opportunity to take collectively the best heavyweights in the world and see how they come out.

KJ Noons

“Masvidal is a very exciting fighter. He picks his shots and he’s not a person that you can just run in at. You need to pick your shots. He is well rounded everywhere. Just because someone boxes the full fight doesn’t mean he isn’t well rounded. I have been training for everything and I am ready for everything.”

Jorge Masvidal

“I hope a win over KJ gets me a title shot, but if I have to go out there and fight ten more times then I’ll do that. In this fight I’m looking to turn it up a bit more and make the fans happy.
It’s going to be a good fight.”

Owned and operated by Forza, LLC, a subsidiary of Zuffa, LLC, which also owns the Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand, STRIKEFORCE® is a world-class mixed martial arts promotion based in San Jose, Calif. that currently holds 16 live events annually across the United States. First established as a mixed martial arts entity in 2006, STRIKEFORCE now broadcasts its events live on Showtime® Networks, Inc. and has produced two live, primetime events on the CBS Television Network. With a growing roster featuring the world’s elite competitors, STRIKEFORCE has cemented its place as a leader in providing quality mixed martial arts action.

About Showtime Networks Inc.
Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME®, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ and FLIX®, as well as the multiplex channels SHOWTIME 2™, SHOWTIME® SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME®, SHOWTIME BEYOND®, SHOWTIME NEXT®, SHOWTIME WOMEN®, SHOWTIME FAMILY ZONE® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD™, THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ HD, SHOWTIME ON DEMAND® and THE MOVIE CHANNEL™ ON DEMAND. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and the Smithsonian Institution, which offers Smithsonian Channel™. All SNI feeds provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI markets and distributes sports and entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis through SHOWTIME PPV®.

About American Airlines Center
Consistently ranked among the top ten arenas in the world for ticket sales by industry publications, American Airlines Center is home to the Dallas Mavericks, the Dallas Stars, and the Dallas Vigilantes. Since opening in 2001, American Airlines Center hosts 200 events annually. Some events proudly hosted at American Airlines Center include: NBA All-Star, NHL All-Star, NBA Finals, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, U2, Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Black Eyed Peas, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, UFC 103, Winstar Casino’s BigDNYE, Disney on Ice, Walking with Dinosaurs: The Arena Spectacular, and many more. Visit for more details.


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King of the Cage’s (KOTC) First Official Show in Texas!!!

PRESS RELEASE: Lubbock, Texas April 1, 2011


“King of the Cage’s” first official show in Texas will be in Lubbock, TX on April 16, 2011 at the Lubbock Civic Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the first fight starts at 7:00 p.m.

This show will be King of the Cage’s (KOTC) 223rd official show! Out of the hundreds of MMA promoters all around the world, no company on earth has promoted more professional MMA fights than “King of the Cage” with 2,419 official professional bouts to its credit. King of the Cage promotes shows in America, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Singapore, United Kingdom, New Zealand and South America.

The show will consist of 11 matches with the main event featuring current 170 lb. Welterweight World Champion Quinn Mulhern challenging Anselmo Martinez. Both fighters come to the cage with a history of serving up knock outs and killer submissions. Also featured is UFC champion and hall of famer Dan “The Beast” Severn challenging Lubbock native Aaron Garcia. This looks to be a strategic war of talent and experience between two top MMA pros.

In addition to the main events, some of the area fighters to watch on this epic fight card are: Josh Luna, Bill Albrecht, Zach Haney, Josh Hill, Adenilson Clementino, Aaron Cantu, Ulpiano Malachias, Eric Rodriguez, Jerry Hinojosa, Donnie Frye, Javier Rubio, Mark Martinez and Josh King.

King of the Cage is a global powerhouse of mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions featuring elite professional fighters from around the world in hand-to-hand battles of skill and honor. There will be no less than 11 hard hitting, No Holds Barred, Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fights in one night! Various styles of MMA will be featured such as Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, wrestling, Muay Thai, and Boxing.

For ticket information please call Select-a-Seat at 806.770.2000 or visit for VIP tables and front row tickets. Blackbelt Universe urges the community to come out to the Civic Center and see who will be the next King of the Cage.

The Lubbock Civic Center is located at 1501 Mac Davis Lane.

Team Quest to Hold Amateur Fight Team Tryouts on April 16 at Team Quest Murrieta

PRESS RELEASE: Murrieta CA – April 5, 2011

Team Quest, one of the top mixed martial arts training facilities in the world, announced today that they will be holding open tryouts for their amateur fight team. Many of Team Quest’s amateur fighters are going pro; creating new openings for up-and-coming fighters that have what it takes to make the team. The open tryouts will take place on April 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Team Quest Murrieta training facility located at 41561 Date Street in Murrieta, California.

Team Quest fighter and co-founder Dan Henderson had this to say, “Come on down to Team Quest on April 16th if you think you have what it takes to make the amateur team. Our fighters receive the best training, representation and sponsorship opportunities available in the MMA industry, hands down. If you want to become a world class fighter, Team Quest is where you need to be.”

Team Quest’s amateur fight team tryouts are open to all skilled fighters with prior mixed martial arts training; all sizes and weight classes are welcome. Athletes will be required to put their mixed martial arts skills to the test and will be evaluated by Team Quest coaches. The tryout process is intense and was specifically designed to showcase each fighters striking and ground techniques, as well as their level of conditioning. Fighters that excel during tryouts will earn a coveted spot on the Team Quest amateur fight team.

Team Quest’s amateur fight team is known for its winning record. The team recently clinched four impressive wins at the Epic 5 event in San Diego, including the organization’s 185lb title. Team Quest fighter Manny Murillo won the title via a TKO victory, improving his record to 9-0.

According to Team Quest amateur fight team manager Steve Egg, “Our amateur fighters have access to the best coaching and management available. We provide them with everything they need to advance in their careers. Many fighters in our amateur program are ready to advance to the professional level in as little as six months.”

Team Quest has been consistently ranked internationally as one of the top MMA training facilities and fight teams for over a decade. If you are an amateur fighter and want to become a part of the Team Quest fight team, now is the time! There is no fee to try out. Fighters must provide their own MMA gear for the tryouts; including shin guards, wraps, MMA gloves, mouth piece, head gear and groin protector.

The amateur fight team tryouts will take place April 16, 2011 at 1:00 pm in the Team Quest Murrieta training facility. The facility is located at 41561 Date Street in Murrieta, California. For more information, please call 951-677-1684 or visit

About Team Quest:
The prestigious Team Quest mixed martial arts training camp was founded in 1999 by Dan Henderson and Randy Couture; both decorated fighters and ranked among the world’s best in the world of mixed martial arts. Team Quest now boasts several training facilities throughout the U.S. The Team Quest Fitness Gym, located at 41561 Date Street in Murrieta, California, offers a range of fun and challenging classes for men, women, and children of all ages who aspire to lose weight and improve their overall health. Team Quest Murrieta features unparalleled curriculum taught by world-class professional practitioners, offering instruction in beginning to advanced techniques in Muay Thai, Kickboxing, MMA, Jiu Jitsu, Judo and Wrestling. At Team Quest in Murrieta, members have access to a full sized boxing ring, a vast amount of matt space, and weight training equipment for their training needs. For more information on Team Quest please visit or call 951-677-1684.