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UPDATE: Kate Da Silva china fight on-hold
By Staff Writer

UPDATE: New Zealand MMA fighter, Kate Da Silva, had her fight scheduled for May 11th in China cancelled due to the short amount of time available to get the Visa sorted. Kate will now have to wait to take her World Class MMA and Ju Jitsu skills to China.  

Kate is recognized as a premier Ju Jitsu practitioner and was ranked 13th in the world in Women's MMA.  Then it was time to take two years away from MMA competition to add her new son to the family (who will likely be a Ju Jitsu World Champion down the road).

Though a break from MMA, it was a time for Kate to fully focus on Ju Jitsu and she competed in the World Championships, in Las Vegas, in 2011. Then won the New Zealand Abu Dhabi Trials in 2011.

Kate Da Silva is 'World Class' and she is back!

Remember, "NZMMA, The more you know, the better it gets!" TM

Last Updated on Monday, 29 April 2013
Dylan "The Villain" vies for UFC 160 fight
By Staff Writer

New Zealand's Dylan "The Villain" Andrews was victorious in his fight at The Ultimate Fighter finale on Saturday, 13 April, in Las Vegas.

Now he is sending the message to UFC President Dana White that he wants to join his brothers Mark Hunt and James Te Huna on UFC 160, on May 25th, in Las Vegas.

Not only did he win his fight but his efforts during the competition also scored him "The TUF Fight of the Season"! Dylan is ready and wants to make UFC 160 the ultimate dream event for the Kiwi MMA faithful.

Behind the scenes ... when Mark Hunt and Jaimie Te Huna were announced on the Main Card of UFC 160, NZMMA Owner, Nyra Phillips, received heaps of phone calls from media outlets asking for help to contact them.  No worries, she helped them out.

But Nyra kept telling them, "Hey, seriously, this guy Dylan will be fighting in Vegas -- he's currently on TUF.  You should contact him also."  But, nobody was interested.

So, to all the big media outlets who are looking for the 'big' story -- ALL our New Zealand fighters are a big story.

UFC 160 will be epic for New Zealand's MMA community for sure! But, it will come and go and another event will takes it place and media outlets will miss the chance to report on other great athletes.

Their hard work, their life stories, their struggles to rise to the top. And with them? Their trainers, their team mates, their families.

To the media outlets that cover our great family of fighters ... keep it up!  To the outlets that don't ... you are missing out!

Remember, "NZMMA, The more you know, the better it gets!" TM

Last Updated on Thursday, 18 April 2013
'Princesses of Pain' Blazes The Way
By Staff Writer

For the past 13 years, New Zealand's 'Princesses of Pain" has been featuring the best of international women's Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) during epic fight nights, right here in Auckland.

Director Belinda Dunne has been a tireless visionary who has blazed the way for women's MMA long before putting female fighters on the card became fashionable for larger promotions.

In 2006, NZMMA came on the New Zealand MMA scene with a view of MMA from the U.S. perspective. 

Straight away we discovered 'Princesses of Pain" and embraced the opportunity to sponsor a promotion that boldly showcased the talents of women's MMA fighters.

Give credit where credit is due. Belinda Dunne is an enduring and true 'Champion' for the future of women's international MMA!

Remember, 'NZMMA, The more you know, the better it gets!"TM

Last Updated on Thursday, 11 April 2013
MMA World Series of Fighting Eyes New Zealand
By Staff Writer

On Tuesday, 20 March, NZMMA had the opportunity to ask Kiwi Kickboxing Legend Ray Sefo about his new role as the President of the MMA World Series of Fighting.

With all the attention New Zealand MMA gets from the success of Jaimie Te Huna, Mark Hunt, and Dylan Andrews, folks forget Kiwi's are making big moves outside the cage also ... ala Ray Sefo.

With excitement building toward the second MMA WSOF show this weekend in Atlantic City, Ray took took the time to participate in a Press Day to allow access to fighters and management -- to learn more about this emerging promotion.

The event itself is free on Live-Stream from www.Sherdog.com for fans outside the U.S. -- and featured on NBC Sports for those in the U.S..

Before talking more about the MMA WSOF, Ray gave a big shout-out to all the folks back in Aotearoa!  So, a big shout out back to Ray.

Then focused on business, Ray explained that the MMA World Series of Fighting is NOT a feeder league for any other promotion. The MMA WSOF is dedicated to providing the best fights possible, from the best fighters worldwide, and to make each event better than the one before.

That means there is a lot of top-notch fighting coming our way as the MMA WSOF plans to conduct 6 events in 2013. 

So the New Zealand fans don't miss the action, Ray is also in discussion with Sky Sports to televise the events in New Zealand.

When asked about opportunities for NZ fighters, Ray assured NZMMA that discussions are already underway with a couple Auckland-based gyms.

So it looks to me like we may get a visit from our Kickboxing Legend in the near future! :)

Remember, "NZMMA, the more you know, the better it gets!" TM

Last Updated on Thursday, 21 March 2013
Dylan 'The Villain' is TUF Enough
By Staff Writer

Dylan 'The Villain' Andrews is representing New Zealand in this season of the UFC's TUF Series on Spike TV.

Because I worry about 'Spoiler Alerts' and delayed broadcasts of the show you are gonna have to tune in to Spike TV to get the results.

But, rest assured that 'The Villain' is doing the NZMMA Nation proud!

All support to Dylan for success on his quest on TUF -- REPRESENT! :)

Remember, "NZMMA, the more you know, the better it gets!" TM


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