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"Do greatness -- leave average to the lazy.”

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"Touch gloves, go back to your gloves. Uh, corners." – (giving the final instructions to Torres and Mizugaki)

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XFC will be putting on the 2nd pro-mma event in Knoxville, Tennessee. The highly-anticipated featherweight showdown between undefeated Bruce “The Noose” Connors (6-0) of Orlando, Florida and Jarrod “The Wild Card” Card (9-2-1) of Jacksonville, North Carolina will now be for the XFC featherweight world championship. The two 145-pound fighters will battle in the main event of XFC 8: “Regional Conflict” on Saturday, April 25, at the 21 thousand-capacity Thompson-Boling Arena on the campus of the University of Tennessee. The event will be televised live nationwide, exclusively on HDNet.

I had the opportunity to interview Bruce “The Noose” Conners the other day. This interesting, insightful, and life-experienced fighter says he’s ready to bring his game to the ring.  Read all about my exclusive interview with Bruce and learn a bit about what motivates him and why he wants to fight.

Katrina: Your history is very impressive: briefly, according to, you’ve “served two tours in Kosovo and Afghanistan as a sniper scout with the U.S. Marines; and have served as an officer with the Florida police department’s SWAT team. In lieu of this history, what led you to fight pro-mma? Why switch? I mean, secure job, retirement, benefits, good pay...
Bruce: Yes I did, thank you I was in Kosovo and Afghanistan and I served in Florida on the SWAT team! Yes – MMA is something I’ve always been interested in ever since I was a kid. I’ve always been into the martial arts but I never knew that I could actually make money at it (laughs!) I watched one of the beginning UFC’s and it’s always been a dream of mine! I’m only 29 years old and since most MMA fighters mature in their late 30’s, I figure I’ve got some time left to fight!

Katrina: What did you think of Chuck Liddell’s performance this weekend?
Bruce: Sort of disappointed. He did a lot for the sport and he’s had his time. every fighter has that moment when they have to decide if it’s time to move on to bigger and better things.

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Tapout Co-Founder Charles Lewis Killed in Car Accident

Charles Sadly, Charles Lewis Jr, better known to mixed martial arts fans as “Mask”, was reportedly killed in a car accident early this morning in Newport Beach, California. Lewis founded the popular “Tapout” clothing line in 1997 and eventually turned it into a multi-million dollar company.

We feel TapouT was instrumental in bringing MMA into the mainstream market where we see it today, and owe a lot to the TapouT Team. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family, close friends and MMA fans throughout the world who today mourn the loss of a true inspiration.

The official statement by TapouT: 

It is with heavy hearts and great sadness that we must regretfully confirm the passing of our beloved friend, brother and co-founder Charles "Mask" Lewis following a car accident that occurred last night. We are currently in the process of setting up a memorial service in his honor and will release more details as they become available.

Many thanks to all for the outpouring of blessings and well-wishes during this incredibly difficult time

UFC to Hold First Event Ever in Tennessee!

Las Vegas, NV (USA) – The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) is proud to announce its first-ever event in Nashville, Tennessee. Music City has never seen hard-hitting action like this as many of the rising stars in the sport of mixed martial arts will be featured in a nationally televised event live on Spike TV Wednesday, April 1 at 9:00p.m. ET/PT for UFC® Fight Night Live™ from the Sommet Center.

Tickets for this event will go on sale Saturday, February 7 at 10 a.m. CT and will be priced at $200, $125, $90, $60, $40 and $20. Tickets are available at the Sommet Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations, and by telephone at 615-770-2040. To charge by phone with a major credit card, call Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000. Tickets also are available for purchase at, or

UFC® Fight Club™ members will have the opportunity to purchase tickets to this event Thursday, February 5 at 10 a.m. CT via the website A special Internet ticket pre-sale will be available to UFC newsletter subscribers Friday, February 6 starting at 10 a.m. CT. To access this presale, users must register for the UFC newsletter through 

The UFC’s first-ever event in Nashville will be headlined by the contrasting styles of submission specialist Carlos Condit and the top-tier striking of Martin Kampmann. UFC® Fight Night™ will also include The Ultimate Fighter® Season 8 winners Ryan Bader and Efrain Escudero, The Ultimate Fighter Season 5 standout Cole Miller, The Ultimate Fighter Season 8 contestant Junie Browning and light heavyweight contender Carmelo Marrero.

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