New tv series “Kingdom” features MMA fighting world

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DirectTV has released its first official trailer for their new television series entitled Kingdom. The series is a family drama set in Venice, California and focuses on the mixed martial arts.

The main character in the show is portrayed by Nick Jonas from the Jonas Brothers. The trailer offers plenty of action for the new series. The story revolves around the MMA gym, which was managed by Alvey “King” Kulina, describe in the trailer as a legendary fighter and is training his youngest son to follow in his footsteps.

Kingdom which consist of 10 episodes will be airing on the network starting this October 8 at 9 p.m.

Glee star cast in Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon sequel

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Glee star Harry Shum Jr. has been cast as one of the lead characters in the martial arts sequel of the Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon movie. The production will start next week and will be shooting in New Zealand and China. The sequel will be directed by Woo-ping Yuen.

The sequel is set 20 years after the events of Crouching Tiger and will focus on four main heroes of the martial arts world such as Silent Wolf, Yu Shu-lien, Tie-Fang and Snow Vase. The four characters must use their skills and courage to protect the legendary sword Green Destiny from Hades Dai.

Chuck Norris meets a martial artist with leukemia

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A student from the University of Carolina-Charlotte got his wish granted when he met Chuck Norris in Las Vegas last weekend.

Jack Bretz, 20, has been battling with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia in August 2013. He is a martial artist who practice Tang Soo Do. During that time, Bretz was busy training for a fight and is close to getting his black belt.

According to his family, Bretz is battling cancer with determination, discipline and incredible courage.

Dream on 3, a sports wish-granting organization, bring Bretz to Las Vegas to introduce him to the famous actor and martial artist, Chuck Norris.

Norris presented a black belt in Chun Kuk Do to Brentz.

Gina Carano may fight Ronda Rosey for a Bantamweight title

gina-carano-831812lUFC President Dana White has informed that she is close to sealing a deal with the former face of women’s mixed martial arts, Gina Carano. White has already set a plan as soon as she gets Carano to sign a contract with the company. The first fight would be against the bantamweight champion Ronda Rousey within this year.

The negotiations between the UFC and Carano have been ongoing for the past months and the fans were excited for her return to the ring.

Carano is currently focusing on her acting career in Hollywood, but she shows interest in coming back to MMA in an interview by FOX Sports.

“I’m more of a fan of MMA now than I’ve ever been. I’m saying if the circumstance was right, I’d definitely consider it — if the circumstance were right,” she said.

Mixed martial arts fighter to join beauty pageant

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Kelsey DeSantis, a marine veteran and professional mixed martial arts fighter will join the beauty pageant called Ms. Veteran America. DeSantis decided to participate in the competition as her way to continue serving the country.

The pageant aims to highlight “the women behind the uniform” and the proceeds of the funds raised at the event will be for the homeless women veterans.

After signing up for the pageant, the MMA fighter realized that she is pregnant and will be due in November. The organizers are aware of the situation after she emailed them and encourages her to still continue with the pageant which will be in October.

DeSantis had been famous last 2011 when she asked Justin Timberlake to be her date to the Marine Corps ball.

AMC orders new martial arts series Badlands

AMC-Logo1AMC network has revealed to order six episodes for the martial arts drama Badlands. The show is expected to be in late 2015 or early 2016. Badlands will be joining the other shows like The Walking Dead and the upcoming Breaking Bad prequel.

Badlands will be based on the classic Chinese tale “Journey to the West”.  The series is about the journey of a great warrior and a young boy travelling across a dangerous land. The show will be produced by the martial arts filmmakers Daniel Wu and Stephen Fung and Oscar-nominated producers Michael Shamberg and Stacy Sher. Al Gough and Miles Millar from Smallville are the creators of the show.

Chris Weidman signs contract with Morris Endeavor (WME) talent agency

Chris_WeidmanAfter successfully winning the fight against Lyoto Machida at UFC 175 in Las Vegas, the UFC middleweight champion Chris Weidman has signed up with a new talent agency. William Morris Endeavor (WME) talent agency is known to be the biggest talent agency in the entertainment business.

Weidman is now with the same agency who helped UFC bantamweight champion, Ronda Rousey and will be represented by Brad Slater. Slater is known to manage other famous celebrities such as Kevin Costner, Billy Bob Thornton, Forrest Whitaker and Dwayne Johnson.

Aside from signing with a new talent agency, Weidman has a new manager as well, Shane McCassy of Manage Create, LLC.

The skilled jiu-jitsu artist, Weidman has a bright  future ahead of him after his success in the UFC world.

Japanese politician to host martial arts event in North Korea

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A Japanese professional wrestling legend turned politician will host a Martial Arts event in North Korea next month. Kanji “Antonio” Inoki will be leaving for Pyongyang on Wednesday to finalize all the details for the Aug. 30-31 event. The organizers say the event will feature Japanese martial art Aikido, pro-wrestling, taekwondo and the traditional Korean style of wrestling.

Inoki was known for fighting Muhammad Ali in Tokyo in 1976. After his retirement in 1998, he was inducted into the WWE Hall of Fame in 2010.

This will be the second time that the politician helped in arranging a pro-wrestling show in North Korea. He has been visiting the country for nearly 30 times and was suspended last year in parliament for 30 days after the unauthorized trip he made in Pyongyang.

Georges St. Pierre admitted his mistake in endorsing the “King of Pot”

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Mixed martial arts legend Georges St. Pierre admitted that his written endorsement of his friend who is named “King of Pot” is a mistake. He added that he was not aware of the crimes that his friends committed until his arrest. He confirmed that he is still friends with Courneyer and visited his friend twice in his New York jail cell.

The former UFC titleholder posted a photo on his Facebook page explaining an earlier letter he wrote to support Jimmy Cournoyer. The letter was a part of a clemency motion to U.S. District Court. In the letter, GSP referred his friend “as a brother and a very loyal friend”.

The judge sentenced Cournoyer to 20 years in prison for importing $1 billion worth of marijuana into the United States from Quebec.

Father and daughter will compete at Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships

Turkey's Servet Tazegul kicks Britain's Martin Stamper during their men's -68kg semifinal taekwondo match at the London Olympic GamesBoth, Father and daughter will represent England at Commonwealth Taekwondo Championships, which will be held in Glasgow, Scotland on November 15-16, 2014. The prestigious competition will take place every two years.

Peter Johnson, 59, is the head coach of Stoke UTA Taekwondo and also a seventh Dan Black Belt. He was the national champion in his age group in 2010 and he will be competing in the Men’s A Class +51 Division this year.

His daughter, Bethany Johnson, 17, will be competing in the under-17s A Class individual. Bethany is the former national champion in her age division.