Posted on: May 2, 2011 9:10 pm

Diego Sanchez Confirms to MMA2DAY Show: Matt H

Diego Sanchez confirmed to Penny Buffington executive producer of MMA2DAY Show that his next UFC fight will be between he and Matt Hughes taking place Sept. 24, 2011 in Denver, Colorado.

Posted on: April 7, 2011 12:29 pm
Edited on: April 7, 2011 12:45 pm



AND ITS ELITE GROUP OF FIGHTERS, INCLUDING UFC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION JON “BONES” JONES AND RASHAD “SUGA” EVANS Las Vegas, NV – Jen Wenk, long-time public relations director for the UFC®, today announced that her public relations firm, StarPR<sup>™</sup> Las Vegas, has signed an agreement with Authentic Sports Management (ASM) to represent the firm and its elite group of fighters, including Jon “Bones” Jones, UFC light heavyweight champion, Rashad “Suga” Evans, former UFC light heavyweight champion, Kenny Florian, Carlos Condit and Alan Belcher, among others. 

“I am honored to have worked for the UFC and with owners and visionaries Lorenzo J. Fertitta and Dana White for the last six years,” said Jen Wenk, President, StarPR Las Vegas.  “I only hope to continue my good public relations work in representing this dynamic new management company and many of the organization’s top fighters, including the new UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, former UFC champion Rashad Evans and more. “

 “The Authentic Sports Management team is thrilled to work with Jen Wenk, as her PR accomplishments at the UFC are unmatched,” said Glenn Robinson, Partner, Authentic Sports Management. Jen will now play a lead role in the media and publicity initiatives for Authentic Sports Management and our premier group of fighters.” Added ASM’s Malki Kawa, “After working with Jen on numerous MMA media projects and PR opportunities for the fighters we represent, there was no second thought about adding her to the ASM team. This probably will be one of the smartest moves of my career.”

“It’s a pleasure and an honor to have Jen Wenk, one of the best in the business, now on my team,” said Jon “Bones” Jones, UFC Light Heavyweight Champion. 

UFC veteran and former Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad “Suga” Evans commented, “I have known Jen Wenk for over five years and have always been impressed with her skill as a top PR professional, and in how she supports both the sport and the fighters. What a great move by ASM to bring on such an MMA pro.”

 StarPR Las Vegas (www.starprlasvegas.com), founded by Jen Wenk, was the long-time public relations director for the Ultimate Fighting Championship organization. After six years of record accomplishments in PR with the fastest growing sport in the world, and ten years of practicing public relations in New York, she started her own firm in Las Vegas. StarPR specializes in developing and executing public relations plans and generating national and local media exposure, publicity and special events.   Jen Wenk earned a Bachelors Degree in English and History from Hunter College in New York City, and has worked sixteen years in public relations for the Executive Chamber of New York, Governor George S. Pataki, CBS Corp., and the UFC.

About Authentic Sports Management – www.AuthenticSportsMgmt.comFounded in late 2010, and based in Deerfield Beach, Florida, Authentic Sports Management (ASM) is a premier sports management and marketing company with a mandate to help clients grow and succeed as athletes, while developing foundations, creating positive legacies and building a personal brand that will carry them far beyond their chosen sport. ASM, with General Counsel Neal Tabachnick, and senior partners Glenn Robinson, Malki Kawa and Jon Rubinstein, primarily represent and support top Mixed Martial Arts fighters.

Info provided by: http://www.pennyjomma.com/ Penny Buffington Executive Producer of MMA2DAY Show airing on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida as well as live on the internet @ http://www.pennyjomma.com/
Posted on: April 6, 2011 7:15 pm



Renewed Agreement Expands Focus on Fans,
Beginning with September ‘Battle on the Bayou’


ST. LOUIS (April 6, 2011) – Bud Light and Ultimate Fighting Championship<sup>®</sup> announced today a multi-year renewal of Bud Light’s official beer sponsorship of the UFC<sup>®</sup>, keeping the world’s best-selling beer in the center of the Octagon<sup>®</sup>.

Bud Light’s sponsorship renewal with Zuffa, LLC, owner of the UFC brand, will continue to immerse the beer into all areas of the world’s premier mixed martial arts organization.  The sponsorship will increase the number of featured Pay-Per-Views (PPV) Bud Light is a presenting sponsor of from two to four annually, and the brand will remain a featured sponsor of all additional PPV and television broadcasts.  Additionally, Bud Light and UFC will work together to present one special promotional event per year, beginning in 2011 with a live event in New Orleans airing on Spike TV Saturday, Sept. 17.

Bud Light is extending the New Orleans event beyond the fight night with the “Battle on the Bayou” national sweepstakes*, a three-day, two-night UFC fan experience in the Big Easy – complete with weigh-ins downtown, an exclusive concert and meet-and-greets with UFC personalities.  Beginning May 2, fans 21 and older can enter to a win a trip for two to the “Battle on the Bayou” online at www.Facebook.com/BudLight or through UFC-branded Snap Tags on Bud Light point-of-sale materials. 

“Bud Light’s first three years with the UFC have focused largely on growing awareness and viewership of the sport at bars, restaurants and all the other places Bud Light is sold across the country,” said Mark Wright, vice president of media, sports & entertainment marketing, Anheuser-Busch, Inc.  “Having brought the UFC to more people, we want to start bringing more people to the UFC by creating exclusive fan experiences only Bud Light and the UFC can deliver.  ‘Battle on the Bayou’ is a first and unprecedented step in that direction.”


Bud Light / UFC


“Bud Light’s sponsorship deal with us a few years ago was a milestone for our organization and the sport,” said Dana White, UFC President.  “We couldn’t be more excited about working with Bud Light and continuing our strong relationship.”

As part of the renewal, Bud Light will continue to receive logo placement throughout all UFC events, including in the Octagon, round cards, press conferences, weigh-ins and locker rooms.  The sponsorship also allows for integration with the UFC’s digital assets – including UFC.com and UFC’s Facebook and YouTube pages.  Bud Light will also release a limited edition UFC aluminum bottle, the first Bud Light bottle to bear the UFC logo.

Info provided by: http://www.pennyjomma.com/ Penny Buffington Executive Producer of MMA2DAY Show airing on WSBR 740 AM So. Florida as well as live on the internet @ http://www.pennyjomma.com/

Posted on: February 28, 2011 3:28 pm

Sanchez: “If one particular takedown doesn’t work

Sanchez: “If one particular takedown doesn’t work I have 10 different takedowns”

Written by Penny Buffington

Diego “The Dream” Sanchez is ready to fight his first UFC Fight since deserting his previous nickname “The Nightmare” and reinventing himself as “The Dream”.

The Ultimate Fighting Championship and VERSUS announced today that the UFC event airing this Thursday, March 3, will be broadcast in 3D for the first-time ever. The highly-anticipated card, which is headlined by a welterweight clash between Diego Sanchez and Martin Kampmann, from the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Ky. will air live at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

Sanchez confirmed to Penny Buffington executive producer of MMA2DAY Show he is in fact now known as “The Dream”.

Earlier in the month Diego gave reasons for no longer wanting to be known as “The Nightmare” during an interview with MMA2DAY Show and at a UFC media conference he explained, “I let the Nightmare go because, to me I see some negative in it, And a nightmare, you know, it’s something negative and kind of like – kind of evil and I don’t want to represent that. I want to represent positivity and I want to represent the good and, I look back on my whole career, I’m like the nightmare? The nightmare was myself. I was the – I was my own nightmare. And, all the times that I fell off track, you know what I mean, and got into drinking and, you know, got into smoking weed, got into – you know, the things that brought me down. The partying, that was my nightmare. I was my own nightmare.”

Sanchez has a mixed martial arts record of 24 – 4 – 0. This will be his 3rd. welterweight fight since moving back up from the lightweight division. His last fight in Oct. was a decisive win over Paulo Thiago. “To all the people out there who saw me in my last fight and liked my performance and actual style of how I fought. This time around I have totally reinvented myself. I am settled in now at the 170 pound weight class right now so I am walking around at 195. I have been doing lots and lots of weights and lots of wrestling. I am used to handling the guys who are much larger opponents like Rashad Evans and Andrei Arlovski. I go with those guys on a daily basis: Jon Jones, My roommate is Willie Parks. He was on the olympic team. He wrestled for Iowa State and he is a grunt. He wrestled like 185 and I am wrestling with this guy everyday and honestly we got back to our true wresting roots. The real true wrestling style.”

“If one particular takedown doesn’t work I have 10 different takedowns. I have a lot of different ways to mix my wrestling with my style of striking also.”

“I am one of the people who is blessed with…I don’t know…but when I gain my weight I don’t lose speed. I think speed is something that is within your mind. That is where your speed comes from. When I am at 170 I have to constantly be doing a lot of kettlebells a lot of weight lifting and that makes me more explosive because I am a lot stronger.”

The season 1 winner of The Ultimate Fighter has moved back home near his family, friends and Jackson’s MMA. “That is where I started was at Greg Jackson’s so when I came back I was like you know what this is my gym. I gotta represent. Before I can be a world champion out in the real world I have got to be a world champion at my gym. When I have got the best guys in the world and I am training with them everyday, you see, I keep the mentality, Alright well, I am going to get a takedown every single round and I am going to win every single round. I am going to try to get up on points and win every round. It’s hard over here because most of these guys are 185 pounders 205 pounders and we are banging hard. So you have to have that mentality the number one thing is to be on top of your wrestling and your conditioning.”

Martin “The Hitman” Kampmann has a mixed martial arts record of 17-4-0 and trains out of Las Vegas at Xtreme Couture.

As Sanchez explains he believes he deserves the win, “You know, Penny, mentally in my mind I just feel I’ve earned the W. I just work hard and I feel like I’ve done extra things, like lifting weights after training, like going and running the mountains when I don’t have to. And like the little extra things that even my team mates don’t do: going to wrestling practice with the high school wrestling team, like the little small things that I do extra on top of my regular training are the things that give me the confidence and the mental edge to say, you know what, I sacrificed enough to feel in my heart and so that I earn the victory.”

“With all my fighting experience I’ve had in the ring, that’s what it is, it comes down to the training and that’s all it really is. And, you know, now with Greg Jackson we have a great game plan. And that was something that I never had before, I never had a game plan. I never did game plans. I’d just get in there and scrap. We have a great game plan, we put together a great camp for this fight and I’ve been very very blessed to have all my training partners have fights too. I’ve had plenty of training partners and we all work really hard and I hope they all win and hope I win and I have a lot of respect for Martin. I know he’s a hard worker also.”

After tuff times Diego is feeling mentally strong now. “After the John Hathaway loss, I hit rock bottom after the BJ Penn fight, I really did. I blew through all my money, I really just – I made some very bad decisions. I fell into – I had this scam artist scam me real bad. I was embezzled over $175,000. I really got – hit rock bottom and I had to come back home. I needed my family love and, you know what I mean, I just was humbled 100%.”

“I was humbled back down to zero, you know what I mean? I had no ego, no nothing, just humble and that’s what – after the John Hathaway loss, I was still in the funk. I was still in the funk for John Hathaway. I was training. I was going to the bar and drinking beer after training. I didn’t even take him seriously at all. I though, you know what I mean, I’m going to go in there and I’m going to knock this guy out, I’m going to take him down, and, you know, first round I got hit with the knee in the face real hard and, I couldn’t recover from it.”

“And I wasn’t in the physical shape or the spiritual or the mental. I shouldn’t have been in the ring for that fight period and after that fight I said, you know what, I’m going to get back to what got me there and that was Greg Jackson, high altitude, and just earning it.”

To hear Diego’s interview with MMA2DAY in it’s in its entirety http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StQTKRJan-A

Posted on: February 24, 2011 6:23 pm

Countdown To UFC 127 Premieres Tonight on SPIKE

Countdown To UFC 127 Premieres Tonight on SPIKE

<small>By pennyjomma</small>

Written by Penny Buffington http://pennyjomma.com/

UFC 127 Penn vs. Fitch airs this Sat, Feb. 26 live on PPV. The fights are taking place in Sydney, Austallia. BJ Penn will enter the fight with a mixed martial arts record of 16 wins, 7 losses and 1 draw. Jon Fitch carries a record of 23 wins with 3 losses.

Tonight Spike will air Countdown to UFC 127 info can be found at: http://www.ufc.com/

Penn bounces between lightweight and welterweight bouts where he can proudly boast he is the former UFC lightweight and welterweight champion. He steps up once again to challenge another welterweight in a bout that UFC president Dana White said would earn the winner a shot at the welterweight title being held by Georges St. Pierre. Both fighters have earned this right in the past but niether were able to take away the title belonging to the hugely popular Canadian, St. Pierre.

At a UFC media conference earlier this month Jon Fitch told Penny Buffington executive producer of MMA2DAY and other members of the media, “I don’t really want to waste any time thinking about anything other than fighting BJ right now. He’s just a dangerous opponent and he’s been around for so long. If I don’t give him full attention and full focus, you know, that would be a huge mistake.”

Fitch who always fights at welterweight went on to explain, “BJ is dangerous at any weight class. He brings a certain type of skill set that if you make a mistake he’s able to capitalize and put you away and that transfers into any weight class. As a welterweight coming into this fight, though, I have certain advantages with size, but it’s not going to be enough. I’ve had to work a lot on speed and explosiveness and keeping everything tight to make sure there are no mistakes in this fight.”

The co main event of the night Michael Bisping 19-3-0 vs. Jorge Rivera 18-6-0 will be especially entertaining if it can keep up with the youtube videos Rivera and his supporters have been putting out. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nPvjHn7oGX4

Before the Pay-Per-View begins this Saturday fans can see The Prelims Live On ION Television.

Three live bouts come to you free on ION – featuring Ultimate Fighter winner Ross Pearson taking on Spencer Fisher, James Te Huna returning to the Octagon to face Alexander Gustafsson, and Nick Ring and Riki Fukuda make their UFC debuts! Live at 9pm ET / 6pm PT this Saturday night on ION Television

Posted on: February 6, 2011 11:02 am

MMA2DAY Special guest Jorge Rivera Sun Feb 6

MMA2DAY Special guest Jorge Rivera Sun Feb 6
7pm eastern time 4 pm pacific

MMA2DAY airs on WSBR 740 S. Florida as well as live on the internet.

Info: http://www.pennyjomma.com/

Jorge Rivera is fighting Michael Bisping Co Main Event UFC 127 Feb 26


Posted on: February 3, 2011 9:00 pm

Diego Sanchez Interview with MMA2DAY 1/30/2011

Diego Sanchez Interview with MMA2DAY 1/30/2011

Diego Sanchez interviews about his upcoming main event UFC fight against Martin Kampmann March 3. Airing on Versus.

Great interview with Diego..though I do apologize for the host calling Greg Jackson Craig!! lol He blamed it on vicadins and bruised ribs.

Posted on: October 28, 2010 1:57 pm

WEC is no more! Merging with the UFC

WEC is no more.

UFC adds bantamweight and featherweight divisions to it lineup. <script src="http://static.ak.fbcdn.net/connect.php/js/FB.Share" type="text/javascript"></script> <!-- -->

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4 UFC Events to air on Versus

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