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Fertitta Interactive Applies for NV Online Gaming License

The list of brick and mortar casino owners applying for Nevada intrastate online gaming licenses just keeps growing. Fertitta Interactive is the latest organization to submit an application.

Fertitta Interactive is partially owned by Frank and Lorenzo Fertitta, owners of the popular Station Casinos as well as the Ultimate Fighting Championship brand. Former Golden Nugget owners Tim Poster and Tom Breitling also have a stake in Fertitta Interactive. The company acquired software provider CyberArts in the fall of 2011 and they are now taking steps to be a force in the online gambling world.

“We support the regulation of online poker,” said Lorenzo Fertitta, founder of Fertitta Interactive, in a Thursday press release. “Our industry leading software has a track record of complying with the strictest regulations in jurisdictions around the world. Nevada has always been the leader in gaming regulation and we’re pleased to file our application here. Our goal is to provide customers with the best online gaming experience in a safe and well-regulated online environment.”

CyberArts currently supplies its Foundation Poker software to the free play site PurePlay poker. Fertitta Interactive is now one of a dozen companies who have applied for licenses along with brick and morter entities MGM Resorts, Caesars Entertainment, Boyd Gaming, Monarch Casino, and South Point. Software providers Cantor Gaming, IGT, 888 Holdings, Shuffle Master, Aristocrat Technologies, and Bally Technologies have also applied for licenses.

Fertitta’s announcement is the latest in a string of announcements from Las Vegas gaming companies that indicate that regulated online gambling appears to be happening in the near future. Earlier this week, Caesars Interactive and longtime European partner 88 Holdings revealed they are expanding their partnership to include US gaming. Online free money gaming juggernaut Zynga also hinted last month that a real money venture could be a possibility in the future as well.

 

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Station Casinos' founding family to remain in control: report

NEW YORK - Bankrupt casino operator Station Casinos Inc. is likely to come out of bankruptcy still remaining under control of its founding family, according to media reports.

A bankruptcy judge determined that a group backed by founder Frank Fertitta's sons Frank and Lorenzo, had made the only qualified bid in an auction for part of the company, leaving them with reins while wiping out much of the company's $5.9 billion in debt, the Wall Street Journal reported Saturday.

The Fertittas, who also own the Ultimate Fighting Championship business, had faced opposition from dissident lenders and rival casino operator Boyd Gaming Co. -- in their attempt to keep control of the casino company's assets after it filed for bankruptcy protection more than a year ago, the Journal said.

The company, started with a single casino about a mile west of the Las Vegas Strip in 1976, assumed $3.3 billion in additional debt when the two brothers took it private with Colony Capital for $8.8 billion in 2007, just as the fortunes of the casino market began to turn, according to the report. (Credit: The Wall Street Journal).

 

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UFC 111: St-Pierre vs Hardy fight is this Saturday, March 27, 2010.


This event will held at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey. UFC 111 has 3 bouts I can’t wait to see; GSP vs Hardy is an obvious one, Mir vs Carwin should be a blood bath and Finch vs Alves could be career fight for the winner.

The title fight between GSP vs Hardy could likely go the distance. Hardy’s got a solid stand up game, ground game and pure ego should keep him from tapping. GSP does have his work cut out for him here but will score well and take the decision in 5 rounds of brutal ground and pound action.

In the Mir vs Carwin I think somebody’s going to get knocked out here. As much as I like Frank Mir this fight could be a re-take from his last bout vs Brock Lesnar. Lesnar and Carwin are similar in size and strength but I agree with Mir’s own words when he says: “Carwin is a bit more dangerous.”

Frank Mir was referring to Carwin being more dangerous (than Brock Lesnar) and more like him in being an accurate knock out puncher.

“Lesnar is strong but he's not a one-punch knockout artist. He's knocked people over because he clubs you with his hands but he's not really a knockout artist. Where Carwin has actually knocked people out."

The prelims and Spike fights aren’t looking to bad either. There are a few UFC new comers who will be trying to establish themselves from what I’ve read about Greg Soto (7-0 MMA) should welcome his opportunity to fill Ricardo Funch shoes in fighting Matt Riddle (3-1 MMA, 3-1 UFC). Soto currently resides and trains with Kurt Pellegrino who’s also fighting in UFC 111 against Fabricio Camoes.

Main Card
Welterweight Championship bout: Georges St. Pierre vs. Dan Hardy
Interim Heavyweight Championship bout: Frank Mir vs. Shane Carwin
Welterweight bout: Ben Saunders vs. Jake Ellenberger
Welterweight bout: Jon Fitch vs. Thiago Alves
Lightweight bout: Jim Miller vs. Mark Bocek

Spike TV Card
Welterweight bout: Nate Diaz vs. Rory Markham
Welterweight bout: Ricardo Almeida vs. Matt Brown

Preliminary Card
Lightweight bout: Kurt Pellegrino vs. Fabricio Camoes
Light Heavyweight bout: Rodney Wallace vs. Jared Hamman
Middleweight bout: Rousimar Palhares vs. Tomasz Drwal
Welterweight bout: Matthew Riddle vs. Greg Soto


Recap from my UFC 110 predictions: I had a perfect card going 8 for 8.
**Green represents the winner and yellow highlights my other selections.**

Main Card
Heavyweight Bout: Antonio Rodrigo Nogueira vs. Cain Velasquez
Middleweight Bout: Wanderlei Silva vs. Michael Bisping
Lightweight Bout: Joe Stevenson vs. George Sotiropoulos
Light Heavyweight Bout: Keith Jardine vs. Ryan Bader
Heavyweight Bout: Mirko Filipovic vs. Ben Rothwell Cro Cop won but fought Anthony Perosh instead

Preliminary Card
Light Heavyweight Bout: Elvis Sinosic vs. Chris Haseman Fight didn’t happen
Light Heavyweight Bout: Stephan Bonnar vs. Krzysztof Soszynski
Welterweight Bout: Chris Lytle vs. Brian Foster
Middleweight Bout: C.B. Dollaway vs. Goran Reljic
Light Heavyweight Bout: James Te-Huna vs. Igor Pokrajac

 

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UFC 104: Machida vs. Rua Card Finalized

The UFC’s return to Southern California is complete as the UFC has officially confirmed the 9 remaining bouts on the card.

UFC 104 will feature a light heavyweight title bout between undefeated champion Lyoto Machida and former Pride middleweight Grand Prix champion Mauricio “Shogun” Rua.

Heavyweights Cain Valasquez will also be taking on former IFL standout Ben Rothwell in the co-main event.

The remaining bouts that have been made official by the UFC are:

Josh Neer vs. Gleison Tibau
Joe Stevenson vs. Spencer Fisher
Anthony Johnson vs. Yoshiyuki Yoshida
Antoni Hardonk vs. Pat Berry
Yushin Okami vs. Chael Sonnen
Jorge Rivera vs. Rob Kimmons
Ryan Bader vs. Eric “Red” Schafer
Kyle Kingsbury vs. Razak Al-Hassan
Stefan Struve vs. Chase Gormley

UFC 104 will take place in the home of the 2008-2009 world champion Los Angeles Lakers, STAPLES Center, on October 24th.

UFC 103

UFC 103 Results

Vitor Belfort defeated Rich Franklin by KO at 3:02, R1.

Junior dos Santos defeated Mirko "Cro Cop" Filipovic by verbal submission at 2:00, R3.

Paul Daley defeated Martin Kampmann by TKO at 2:31, R1.

Josh Koscheck defeated Frank Trigg by TKO at 1:25, R1.

Tyson Griffin defeated Hermes Franca by TKO at 3:26, R2.

Efrain Escudero defeated Cole Miller by KO at 3:36, R1.

Tomasz Drwal defeated Drew McFedries by submission (rear naked choke) at 1:03, R2

Jim Miller defeated Steve Lopez by TKO (injury) at :48 or R2.

Nik Lentz defeated Rafaello Oliveira by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 30-27)

Rick Story defeated Brian Foster by submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:09 of R2

Eliot Marshall defeated Jason Brilz by split decision (30-27, 27-30, 30-27).

Vladimir Matyushenko defeated Igor Pokrajac by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

Rafael Dos Anjos defeated Robert Emerson by unanimous decision (30-27 on all scorecards).

UFC 104

UFC 102 News

UFC Lock Alert - Krzysztof Soszynski WILL Bust Up Brandon Vera

Heavyweight Legends - Couture vs. Nogueira at UFC 102

UFC 102 Vera vs. Soszynski - It’s Put Up or Shut Up for "The Truth"

UFC 102 Preview - Just How Good is Maia’s Striking?

Main Event Preview - Couture is going to Evict Nogueira from the UFC

Leben vs. Rosholt - Take the Underdog at UFC 102

UFC 102 Fight of the Night - Jardine vs. Silva will be a WAR

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Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) is a U.S.-based mixed martial arts (MMA) organization, currently recognized as the largest MMA promotion in the world. The UFC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nevada and is owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC.

The UFC was started as a tournament to find the world's best fighters irrespective of their style, and was based upon Brazilian vale tudo fighting. Although there was a limited number of rules, the UFC was initially known as no holds barred fighting and contests were often violent and brutal. Early UFC fights were less sport than spectacle, which led to accusations of brutality and "human cock fighting" by opponents. Political pressures eventually led the UFC into the underground, as pay-per-view providers nixed UFC programming, nearly extinguishing the UFC's public visibility.

As political pressure mounted, the UFC reformed itself, slowly embracing stricter rules, becoming sanctioned by state athletic commissions, and marketing itself as a legitimate sporting event. Dropping the no holds barred label and carrying the banner of mixed martial arts, the UFC has emerged from its political isolation to become more socially acceptable, regaining its position in pay-per-view television.

With a cable television deal and expansion into new markets within the United States and Europe, the UFC is currently undergoing a remarkable surge in popularity, along with greater mainstream media coverage. UFC programming can now be seen on Spike TV in the United States, as well as in 35 other countries worldwide. (Credit: Wikipedia).

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Lesnar stops Mir, St. Pierre wins at UFC 100 - 11th July 2009

Brock Lesnar defended his heavyweight title in his uniquely brutish style at UFC 100 Saturday night, capping the sport's landmark weekend with a second-round stoppage of Frank Mir.

Georges St. Pierre defended his welterweight title with a showcase of his inimitably well-rounded mixed martial arts skills in an unanimous decision over Thiago Alves, while Dan Henderson knocked out Michael Bisping with a single punch in a middleweight upset as the UFC rolled its odometer into triple digits on a celebratory night for the proliferating sport.

Lesnar (4-1) ended the main event with a relentless series of right hands into the face of Mir, who handed Lesnar his only loss nearly 18 months ago.

Lesnar, a hulking former pro wrestler with a mercurial temperament, then taunted his opponent while Mir was rising from the ground. He added a two-handed obscene gesture to the booing sellout crowd at the Mandalay Bay Events Center, putting an entertaining but unflattering end on the highest-profile show in the sport's history.

There were no theatrics or poor sportsmanship from St. Pierre, the classy Canadian star considered the UFC's pound-for-pound best. He was the superior fighter from the start, winning every round on every scorecard while steadily punishing his Brazilian opponent with punches, kicks and repeated takedowns in his third title defense.

Nearly 16 years after MMA pioneer Royce Gracie won three fights in one night to triumph at UFC 1 in Denver, the sport reached a centennial of sorts before a frenzied sellout crowd in the UFC's hometown. The arena was packed well before the main bouts, including some fans who apparently paid more than $40,000 online for resold tickets.

The league has grown from a bit player in a fringe pastime to an estimated $1 billion company, and the weekend's festivities reflected its success despite the widespread skepticism it still faces from other sports fans and some states' lawmakers.

The 100th showcase was broadcast live in 75 countries, and thousands of fans without tickets for the event packed into closed-circuit shows all along the Strip. Tens of thousands attended the first UFC Fan Expo, immersing themselves in the lifestyle built around the sport.

Lesnar, who turns 32 on Sunday, again moved upward in the eclectic trajectory of a former college wrestler who performed in the WWE and briefly suited up for the Minnesota Vikings before embarking on an MMA career just over three years ago.
Mir (12-4) beat Lesnar with a knee bar at UFC 81, forcing Lesnar to tap out 90 seconds into his second UFC fight. Lesnar, whose name recognition and menacing approach earned him lightning-quick shots at the sport's biggest prizes, recovered by beating Heath Herring and then stopping Randy Couture last November to claim the heavyweight belt.

Lesnar used his 265 pounds to take position on top of Mir early, and Lesnar stayed on top throughout a dull first round, throwing punches that mostly did little. Mir made a bit of headway in the second, but was trapped against the octagon by Lesnar, who kept throwing right hands until Mir's defense wilted.

"Keep booing! Keep booing!" Lesnar yelled to the largely unsympathetic crowd.
After dominating the first 14 minutes with several takedowns, St. Pierre (19-2) knocked Alves onto his back with a punch late in the third. But St. Pierre also injured his groin in the third, and Alves (22-5) managed to gain position for the only time in the fight.

St. Pierre escaped and nearly finished it with a rear naked choke on Alves, who lost for the first time in eight fights.

"When I was on my back, he pushed my leg down," St. Pierre said. "It could have been a very bad night for me."

In the undercard showdown between the veteran fighters who served as coaches on the past season of the UFC's popular television show, Henderson (25-7) flattened Bisping with a spectacular right hand in the second round.

Henderson, a Californian who traded verbal barbs with Manchester native Bisping over the past several months, pursued Bisping (18-2) around the octagon during a largely stand-up fight until Bisping's defense slipped. Henderson then landed another heavy right hand while Bisping was senseless and defenseless on his back before the referee tackled him.

"What happened?" Bisping asked Wolfslair Academy training mate Rampage Jackson as they walked to the locker room afterward.


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Ultimate Fighting Championship® Events Launch in 2007 Australia on MAIN EVENT

Zuffa, LLC and MAIN EVENT Television today announced that the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) organization's live pay-per-view events will return to Australian televisions and will betelecast throughout the country on the MAIN EVENT channel in 2007, commencing with UFC 67: All OR NOTHING at 2.00pm EDT on Sunday, February 4, 2007.

The highly popular UFC events, featuring the world's most recognizable mixed martial arts fighters, are taking the world by storm with sell-out crowds and incredible pay-per-view telecasts.

Based in Las Vegas, Nev (USA) the UFC is entering its fourteenth year of operation as a professional mixed martial arts organization, and is currently expanding to the United Kingdom and Europe.

Available to FOXTEL, AUSTAR and OPTUS residential subscribers, MAIN EVENT is the place for pay-per-view events. The addition of the Ultimate Fighting Championship events brings subscribers the best combat sports events available.

"We are pleased to bring the world's most exciting live sports event - the UFC - back to fight fans throughout Australia," said (UFC President Dana White. "Through MAIN EVENT all of our pay-per-view events will now be available to all of our fans in Australia. We look forward to bringing them all the best fights as they happen, as well as new and exciting ways that they can experience the UFC."

"We are delighted to have secured the Ultimate Fighting Championship events for MAIN EVENT - they are a fantastic addition to the wide range of pay-per-view programming offered by the channel to our subscribers," MAIN EVENT Channel Manager David Spencer said.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING features the UFC Middleweight title bout between Anderson "The Spider" Silva and Travis Lutter, as well as the UFC debuts of Quinton "Rampage" Jackson vs. Marvin Eastman and Mirko "Cro Cop" vs. Eddie Sanchez.

Silva (17-4), fighting out of Curitiba, Brazil, defeated Rich Franklin by first round KO at UFC 64 to become the new UFC Middleweight Champion. He is an extremely well-rounded fighter with phenomenal striking skills and is looking to make Lutter his first successful title defense. Lutter (12-3) has fought all over the world including Brazil, Denmark, Japan and England. He made his UFC debut with a victory over Marvin Eastman at UFC 50 in October 2004. During The Ultimate Fighter 4, Lutter used his world class Jiu- Jitsu skills to dominate all three rounds against Team Mojo's Pete "Drago" Sell and punch his ticket to the finals in Las Vegas. There, he submitted Canadian Patrick Cote by armlock at 2:18 of the first round.

Mirko "Cro Cop" is considered worldwide as one of the top heavyweights in mixed martial arts today. Notorious for his devastating striking skills - especially his high kicks -- which he used to knockout Aleksander Emelianenko and most recently Vanderlei Silva, Mirko "Cro Cop" storms into the UFC ready to battle anyone who dares to oppose him. Eddie Sanchez is a freestyle fighter with heavy hands who always comes to bang. Undefeated with a 8-0 mixed martial arts record, Sanchez is confident that if he lands his right hand the fight will be over and he will have a marquis win over Mirko "Cro Cop" on his record.

Quinton "Rampage" Jackson is known and respected for his raw strength, power slams and equal striking ability. He marches into the UFC with a motive and a plan to capture the UFC light heavyweight crown. He is prepared to wipe out all the top 205-pounders the UFC puts before him, and blaze a path to a much desired title shot. Marvin Eastman is a mixed martial arts veteran who is recognized for pushing the pace and for using his striking power to score ferocious knockouts. He will step into the OctagonT ready to do battle with Jackson and establish his name as a top fighter in the UFC.

UFC 67: ALL OR NOTHING will take place live from the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas, NV (USA) on Saturday, February 3, 2006. Each month commencing in February, 2007 MAIN EVENT will broadcast UFC PPV Events Live from the USA commencing at 2.00pm EDT with a full replay at 6.30pm EDT.

Dates and full details on each UFC PPV Event can be found at www.mainevent.com.au

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The Ultimate Fighting Championship® brand is the world's leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC® organization produces approximately eight live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com

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