Archive | December, 2005

John Heffron’s Muay Thai Training

12 Dec

by John Heffron (www.johnheffron.com) (2005-12-12)

Ok a few things to talk about. First I’m getting old, well not really but while I was in San Francisco I trained at the Fairtex training center. I’ve done mixed martial arts for sometime now and thought I would work on my Muay Thai skills, well to say work on them would empty that I had any to begin with.

I trained with Ganyao “Dr. Knee�? Fairtex he was featured as the Muay Thai instructor on “The Ultimate Fighter�?. I have heard of people puking while they work out or passing out. Holly shit I almost did. But as I would start to black out I would hear him say ‘Kick like a man�? and that would motivate me. My legs where black and blue as well as my elbows.

IF someone wanted to fight me in the street that night I would have had to ask them if they could kindly attack me in about a week when I can actually feel my legs. The place kicks ass if you live up in San Fran, You should go and check them out sign up take classes, just don’t do any boozing the night before Trust me… http://www.fairtex.com

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About John Heffron:

Winner of NBC’s hit reality series “Last Comic Standing,” comedian John Heffron has become the comic to watch and love. The Detroit funnyman, who Phyllis Diller referred to as “the cute one,” has won a talent contract with NBC as well as other great opportunities. When asked about his experience on the show, John said “It’s a lot like high school… there are good and bad memories, in the end, I think I will only remember the good ones.” The newly married 33-year-old comic is already seeing the payoffs. He is about to start traveling and touring for more than 7 months straight, performing in comedy clubs, colleges and theatres across the country.

John started his comedy career as a student at Eastern Michigan University, skipping night classes to perform stand-up comedy. He got his first gig as an emcee at the Main Street Comedy Showcase, located on the University of Michigan Campus. After making his way to graduation, he immediately began working in the field of his choice. He started touring the college circuit, performing at over 80 colleges a year. By that time he was already a seasoned comic with over four years of experience. The college audience related to his type of humor, which talked about his days in college, the retro music that he and his classmates listened to, and the pop rocks that he played with as a kid. This material made him a hit on college campuses where he recorded his first comedy CD, “Kid With A Cape.”

By the age of 25, John was a successful headlining comedian who decided to also put his degrees in communications and psychology to work by taking a job as radio sidekick to Danny Bonaduce on the highly rated Detroit morning show. He worked for 5 years before making his way back to Los Angeles. Since arriving in LA and making his home in Hollywood, he has made numerous television appearances including NBC’s “The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno,” “The Late Late Show w/ Craig Kilborn,” his own half-hour “Comedy Central Presents” special, and many others. Last year he landed the lead role in the VH-1 sitcom “Smash.” The show was created by one of John’s biggest music idols, Gene Simmons from Kiss. In addition, he has also performed at the prestigious Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as well as the HBO Comedy Festival in Aspen. Last year he landed the lead role in the VH-1 sitcom “Smash.” The show wascreated by one of John’s biggest music idols, Gene Simmons from Kiss.

Also the entrepreneur, John (along with partner Joel Zimmer), created a card game called the “That Guy!,” game which put girls on a scavenger hunt for guys (www.thatguygame.com). According to InStyle, Entertainment Weekly, and Glamour magazines, it became an immediate hit when celebrities Julia Roberts, Drew Barrymore and SNL’s Rachel Dratch were spotted buying the game. Entrepreneur magazine even featured them in their Hot 100 issue in 2001. John took the idea a step further by developing a pilot based on the concept, which received a lot of industry attention. “The idea took nearly three years to come to fruition,” says John. “It was while we were both recovering from breakups that we decided to really focus in on it.”

Recently, John released his second comedy CD, “Good Kid, Bad Adult,” which is available on his website http://www.johnheffron.com. He is planning to record a third in the near future. With his recent television success, John is well on his way to being that guy who has his own show.

Cagewarriors Strike Force 4 – Night of Champions

12 Dec

by Symon Jenner, Pictures by Robert Swann (2005-12-12)

Not many events can lay claim to nine title fights in one evening, not many events can lay claim to a show that was as intense as this one.As once again the Skydome proved to be a fine arena to showcase some of the UK’s top MMA fighters as the Cagewarriors Fighting Championships final “Strike Force�? show of 2005 pushed out the boundaries of entertainment for UK MMA even higher.

The night promised a title fight in each of the organisation’s weight categories and also included a women’s title match with the long awaited return of defending champion Rosi Sexton.

Unlike other Strike Force events which opened with a presentation, the honor of opening this event fell to the ladies who prodced one of the fights of the night.

CWFC Light-Heavyweight Title Bout
(Champion) Michael “The Count�? Bisping (9-0-0) Wolfslair Academy vs.
Ross “The Gladiator�? Pointon (4-5-0) Gladiator Gym, Stoke-on-Trent

Bisping has a proven pedigree and is the UK number one light-heavy weight for a reason.Ross Pointon is a Cagewarriors veteran, who was not afraid to take on ‘the Count’.

This fight was to be a quick affair, Pointon started impressively and Bisping was forced briefly on his back.Both fighters looked happy to stand but Pointon covering his chin looked stiff in the shoulders.Bisping looked comfortable stalking Pointon and rocked Pointon with a high kick and then started to impose himself.

Bisping must have then remembered his forthcoming date with Dana and in the blink of eye the fight was on the ground and Pointon was tapping to an armbar.

The Gladiator had nothing to lose from taking this fight and must continue to extend his fan base by getting in with ‘the Count’.Looking initially impressive it is a shame he couldn’t shift up a gear as quickly as Bisping did.

What can you say about Bisping? Ian Freeman I believe had the final word on this one. Freeman a UFC Veteran in contact with Joel Silva (matchmaker for the UFC) has told Zuffa that the only British fighter worthy of the UFC is Bisping. With TUF3 auditions upcoming and Zuffa knocking on his door Bisping is on his way.

“Forrest Griffin and any of them boys. Watch your arse, ‘cause the ‘Count’s’coming�?.

Winner – Michael “The Count�? Bisping via Submission (armbar) after 2:00 of round 1
Michael Bisping retained the CWFC Light-Heavyweight Title (and wins it outright)

Thai champion challenges for first WBC Muaythai World title

12 Dec

by Pattaya Mail, Vol. XIII No. 48, December 1-8, 2005 (2005-12-12)

The Pattaya Mail was happy to welcome a team of boxers from the new Pattaya Fairtex sports club & resort, on Friday, 25 November. Included in the group was Thai champion boxer Yodsaenklai Fairtex, who was here to promote his upcoming fight for the first ever WBC sanctioned Muaythai World Championship Title. The fight will take place December 10 at the Gold Coast Convention Center in Australia and Yodsaenklai’s opponent will be hometown boy and champion Muaythai fighter, John Wayne Parr of Australia.

Yodsaenklai, (original name Yodthanong Photiratt) is 20 years old and is a native of Nong Bualampoo. He has been fighting since the age of eight and he has fought 215 times winning 160 of those bouts. He presently holds the Lumpini welterweight title, which he won in sensational fashion earlier this year and was signed up to the Fairtex stable for a contract fee of 1,700,000 baht, the highest amount ever paid for a Thai boxer in Thailand. He is now regarded as the dominant “big man�? in Lumpinee’s heaviest weight division and feels he is ready to test himself against the best of the international competition.

Yodsaenklai’s ring opponent on Decmber 10, John Wayne Parr is no stranger to Thailand himself. Parr, (29 years old) lived and trained in this country for 5 years and fought at all of the major stadiums. He has traveled around the world and is widely regarded by his peers as being one of the greater Muaythai fighters. His record of 57 wins from 77 fights speaks volumes about his caliber.

Despite this, local boy Yodsaeklai is confident that he can claim the first ever WBC sanctioned Muaythai title. In an exclusive interview with the Pattaya Mail he explained: “I’m not worried about fighting Parr. I’ve studied tapes of his fights and I have trained very hard for this fight. The only thing I have to worry about is fighting in Parr’s ‘neck of the woods’ so I will have to make it clear and decisive.�?

Whatever the outcome of the bout, it has clearly caught the imagination of the Australian public and the fight will be broadcast live on Australian national television as well as being carried by other international stations. The fact that the WBC, the world’s most respected boxing authority is giving its full backing to Muaythai is a clear sign that they see this sport rivaling Queensberry Rules boxing in terms of public appeal, in the not too distant future. Already, more World Title fights are being planned for the coming year.

When Yodsaenklai returns from Australia, he will be permanently based and conduct his training at the brand new Fairtex complex in north Pattaya which is currently nearing completion. A full report on the Fairtex Pattaya sports club will be carried in a forthcoming edition of the Pattaya Mail.

In the meantime, we wish our Thai boxer well in his first ever trip overseas and hope to see him return to the Pattaya Mail with the World Championship belt firmly in his possession. We shall leave the final words to the fighter himself as he departed the Pattaya Mail office: “Don’t worry, I will bring the belt back to Thailand�?.

CARLOS NEWTON AND PHIL BARONI NAMED

5 Dec

by Pete Rodley (2005-12-05)

On January 14th, 2006 the battle for fighting supremacy continues as TEAM USA returns north to do battle with TEAM CANADA. APEX Entertainment Group and Freedom Fight Productions were very careful to select the perfect coaches to lead the troops to war and provide the energy needed for Canada’s most viewed event. “We are proud to announce the team captains representing Team Canada and Team USA and we feel that entertainment level of the event has just reached new heights.�? Says organizers Pete Rodley and Alex Caporichi.

Representing Team Canada is one of Canada’s top MMA competitors, who has traveled the world representing the great white north. Former UFC champion Carlos “The Ronin�? Newton, who has wins against MMA legends like Renzo Gracie and Pat Militech has always been one of the sports most beloved athletes. Newton’s respect for his competitors and martial arts has earned him millions of fans from North America to Asia.

Representing Team USA is none other than the “New York Badass�? Phil Baroni. One of the sports most controversial figures, this multiple UFC and Pride veteran is someone who is definitely not shy to say what is on his mind. Baroni has seen all there is to see in MMA and is prepared to give his team the motivation they need to come out victorious is this historic event.

Despite having personalities that are polar opposites of each other, Newton and Baroni do have in common a tremendous determination to win. It is this determination that will be contagious to both teams as they strive to survive on January 14th. Both team captains are proud of the country they represent and will not be happy unless their team comes out with the medals around their neck.

Look for big news soon on how fans can mingle with these fighting icons and meet the Freedom Fighters just days before they step into the ring!

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