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Attention Unsigned MMA Fighters: Enter the ‘Proving Ground’ and You Could Score a Pro Fight Contract!

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Heads up, Potato Nation.┬á is looking for emerging MMA fighters for an online series called “Proving Ground.”

Starting on Monday, July 25th, we’ll be featuring up-and-coming pro fighters on our site, sharing their fight videos and bios. With the help of our readers, we’ll narrow down the entries to a handful of finalists before crowning one winner who we’ll help guide to the biggest fight of their life.

More important details will be announced soon, but the winner will likely be awarded a multi-fight contract with a nationally broadcast MMA promotion. Yes, this is a very big deal.

So, if you’re an unsigned MMA fighter who wants to break out of your local scene and take the first major step in your career, please e-mail with the following…

- Your name, e-mail address, and the weight(s) you usually fight at
- A link to your official fight record (preferably on or Sherdog)
- At least one photo of yourself
- 1-3 video links to your past fights or highlight reels. Note: By submitting videos to this contest, you give us permission to re-post them on, so please do not send us any videos that contain footage already owned by a third-party.

Applicants must be licensed to fight, and available to compete professionally in the U.S. this September. If you have any questions, throw ‘em in the comments section below or e-mail us. And even if you don’t fight, please help us spread the word by forwarding this post to your fighter buddies or any MMA gyms where you train. Thanks so much!

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Viva Hate- July 21, 2011 at 6:57 am
Regardless of whether he makes it to the voting round I am voting for my homie Tyson anyway!
Me likey- July 21, 2011 at 5:26 am
i am goinf to start cutting in september for a fight in october anyway so lets do it. i can still fight karma even though i am cutting to 205 right?
sigeairen- July 20, 2011 at 6:40 pm
Welcome to:
J. Spaceman- July 14, 2011 at 9:34 am
I waas just kidding, you guys. I'll fight. I mean hell, what I am going to do, go home and fuck my wife? Have you seen her vagina? The fucking thing whistles when the wind catches it right!
RSparrow- July 14, 2011 at 1:04 am
All I'm gonna say is H-Town. Get ready boys, if this shit goes down, be prepared. Houston fighters will take this, as real as it gets. The word's out around here.
fatbellyfrank- July 14, 2011 at 12:02 am
lb of bacon and some hot wings? no spicy shit taco's?, I fucken knew Austin didn't come up with that himself,and lets see how fucken tuff ya are after a double reach round camel clutch, and just for good measure settin ya up for some sweet chin music, maiva hurricane(derisive snort) I'll come off the top rope like Superfly Snuka muthafucka
intercept440- July 13, 2011 at 9:53 pm
muthafukka i invented the stone cold stunner, and lent it to austin for a lb of bacon and some hotwings... FBF i will jack your shit up with a maivia hurricane son

p.s. really captcha??? have me verify im not a bot by typing Toilet 430- ???? wtf captcha make odds on titos fight now???
fatbellyfrank- July 13, 2011 at 8:56 pm
yo muthafuckas, you want to get side check kicked into oblivion, i also ben practising my Swanton Bomb and the Stone cold stunner, and i'll finish you off with a tombstone piledriver, not so fucken tough now are ya
fatbellyfrank- July 13, 2011 at 8:53 pm
I'm torn between cutting weight to make185, or adding 10 pounds to get me to 205, have their ever been any fighters at 205 shorter than 5"7"? and are weapons allowed?
fatbellyfrank- July 13, 2011 at 8:48 pm
@ El guapo, I accept thejob, "Fuck me dead trendsetters, ee's punched the other cunts head in"
intercept440- July 13, 2011 at 8:44 pm
Atta boy wilson. Let's get this Shit rollin and find out
RwilsonR- July 13, 2011 at 5:02 pm
@ danomite & Turd - I'm about 165 of functional weight, and an additional 30 of useless weight. But like you gentleman, I wondering where the Absolute division is for us real keyboard warriors?
RwilsonR- July 13, 2011 at 4:51 pm
@ EFB - I thought it was cilantro?
SethF- July 13, 2011 at 3:53 pm
Now all we'd need are two more judges. I nominate Chris and Jason.
intercept440- July 13, 2011 at 3:18 pm
steampunk throw together a promo poster for CP fights 1 bro...this could be the begining of awesome
Bob Villa- July 13, 2011 at 3:12 pm
Right now, I'm a svelte165, but like Mr. danomite, I'm more of a money weight fighter. Also the nude pics thing. Let's do it! CPFC for the win.
RSparrow- July 13, 2011 at 3:03 pm
I'll fight. I have a broken hand at the moment for beating the shit out of a meth head that tried to jump me in downtown Houston. True story, give me 6-8 weeks.
Fried Taco- July 13, 2011 at 2:51 pm
Can anyone help me hack into No, not to put fake stats in for me, but to change this to the appropriate response.
intercept440- July 13, 2011 at 2:41 pm
dangadanga i dont want any part of beaing beat up by danomites starfish... thats fucking sick
DangadaDang- July 13, 2011 at 2:34 pm
Also, you don't want any of danomite. I once saw him beat some dude up with a starfish...that dude was me.
DangadaDang- July 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm
I would like to throw my name in for official referee...I can send you a couple videos of times I've watched my friends get choked unconscious as proof of my abilities.
J. Spaceman- July 13, 2011 at 2:31 pm
I would participate in CP fights but I have a life and things to take care of. The fight game is about making the right choices of my career. If you knew what I have been going through you all would understand. Peaking for a fight is what makes a fighter unstoppable! Timing is everything in life. This is a rebuild year for me not do or die. The time will come again! #positive
Tai-Pan- July 13, 2011 at 2:29 pm
^^^Still better than Mike Goldberg.
El Guapo- July 13, 2011 at 2:20 pm
Fat Belly Frank and Intercept doing the play by play, confusing the shit out of everybody..
"Hay fights like a sheila, mate! Oy've sane one legg-ed wallabies kick hahhda!" -FBF
"This motha'fa right here, talkin'bout wallabies & shit. You ever seen a wallaby do the stanky leg?" -Intercept
Rear Naked Poke- July 13, 2011 at 2:00 pm
i would love to see CP fights! even if they are between people that don't train, they should be fun as hell.
I would sign up, but my name gave away my secret grappling move!!
If Rear naked poke done right, not even Eddie Bravo can defend!