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“Iron Ring” Rosters & Coaches

(Bennett’s bringin’ the Krazy to BET tomorrow night.)

It’s tomorrow night, Ladies and Gents. I’m referring, of course, to BET’s “Iron Ring” which kicks off its debut show at 11 p.m. (ET). MMAPayout has a solid rundown of the show, being described as a mix of TUF and the IFL with a twist. The twist being hip hop celebrity types owning the teams. The show is thirty minutes, but the debut will be two back-to-back joints.

Here’s what MP is saying:

The one hour premier episode (two thirty minute episodes combined) focuses largely on the celebrity owners and their coaches. The show has a gritty feel provided by low key production and locations as well as a strong hip hop influence. The opening scenes looks more like the rawness of fight club than the spectacle of major MMA. Whether this will be the case once the actual competition begins remains to be seen, but the product definitely has a distinctive feel, unlike any other MMA production. Street Certified may be a more appropriate title for the series than it was for EliteXC’s previous offering.

There are six teams with fighters reppin’ lightweight – 170 lbs by “Iron Ring” terms – middleweight, and the heavies. Jamie Foxx’s pal, Rashon Kahn, will be the token speech-maker. Chuck “Krazy Horse” Bennett and Shonie Carter are two of the coaches and the other four are Roberto Traven, Abdul Mutakabbir, Jermaine Andre, and Novell G. Bell. WTF? you might be asking, so we have the scoop on those dudes after the jump.

Roberto Traven is nicknamed “Spider” and comes from Rio de Janeiro, so naturally he’s trained in BJJ. He fought in UFC 11 and UFC 34, losing via submission to Frank Mir in the latter. After starting his career with six straight wins, he lost three in a row and last fought in 2005. He is 6-3-1 overall.

Abdul Mutakabbir is the head of the SWAM Academy of Modern Martial Arts and has been a martial artist since he was eleven. He was the New York State Triple Crown Champion for 20 years. That’s decent I guess, but I was once runner-up in a Mario Brothers tournament on my block. Beat that. Mutakabbir is also the creator of the FuJuKa Boxing System which combines various martial arts and emphasizes practical street fighting.

Jermaine “Bam Bam” Andre is 13-4 in MMA and founded Andre’s Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy. He is also a Muay Thai Kick Boxer, Shootboxer, San Shou KickBoxer, Streetfighter, and Body Guard. He’s a three-time U.S. champ and a World champ. The dude is thick – he’s 5’7″ and 185 lbs. And the kid can get all literate, too: he’s written seven books.

Novell G. Bell goes by the “Black Taoist” and is trained in several martial arts by like a million “masters”. He’s big into the spiritual side of things, so that’ll be an interesting mix what with uber-mellow dudes like Lil John running around.

The team run-downs:

Owner – Floyd Mayweather
Coach – Roberto Traven
LW – Andy Roberts
MW – Dymond Jones
HW – Abdelaziz Essafoul

Owner – Ludacris
Coach – Abdul Mutakabbir
LW – Joe Comacho
MW – John Fields
MW – Franz Mendez
HW – Joe McCall

Owner – Nelly
Coach – Jermaine Andre
LW – Eric Marriott
MW – Darryl Cobb
HW – Mike Cook

Owner – T.I.
Coach – Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett
LW – Josh Gaskins
MW – Primus Moore
MW – Jamie Yager
HW – Joe Thomas

Owner – Dipset
Coach – Novell G. Bell
LW – Josh Key
MW – Daniel Akinyemi
HW – Carlos Moreno

Owner – Lil John
Coach – Shonie Carter
LW – Macrus Brimmage
MW – Brian Rodgers
HW – Abongo Humphrey

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black miletich fighter- May 13, 2008 at 6:04 am
The coaches on the show are legit, exceot for " Krazy Horse who admits he does not train but still has 19 wins. Jermaine Andre has a record of 13 and 9.Roberto Traven won Abu Dhabi.Novell Bell is a Kung Fu artist which can have some benefit in MMA since alot of MMA fighters are more brawler and less chess player. Shonie Carter has a record of 36 and 19, with losses to fighters like the great Pat Miletich and Karo"The Heat"Parisyan. The reason they could not get Rampage I am sure has to do with his UFC contract. Yves is preparing to kick KJ Noons ass. Din had a fight recently, so I am sure he was not available. Also, I have learned when people preface a statement with "This is not racist" a racist statement will be close behind. I am an educated black man, in law school, who happens to like hitting people in the face. " I AM WHITE"...I wish my race gave me "credit" for school. Yet it does not. I qualified for the same grants that you would have if you applied for them. And if you pay attention to the show you will see that there are more than black fighters. Besides.. if you really feel the things you type while hiding behind a computer screen, why are you watching BLACK Entertainement Televison to began with. Roberto Traven won Abu Dhabi.
Cmad77- April 13, 2008 at 1:23 pm
Look guys, were missing the point here.This show is a terrible representation of MMA.New fans will get a bad impression of the sport.The show is bad because the show is presented in a half assed manner.The idea is solid, but the focus should be on the fighters.Nothing wrong with using black celebrities, but they went the wrong route by using only hip hop artists.And they could have gotten fighters who were more proven; there are a lot of black fighters out there. Din Thomas could have been a good coach.Or Gideon Ray Yves Edwards is out there also.BET should have done their homework;Zilo has been around, and should know better.
big pappa puff and stuff- April 10, 2008 at 11:00 pm
Wow reading this has made me laugh. Especially when blacks call out racism. remember black people sold your black asses to us. blame your own people. now the show. yes it is raw which is good but to see these celebrities acting like hard asses. let nelly step in the ring, his black ass will be looking for that band aid that use to be on his cheek for days. they should just shut up. i actually think someone will get shot walking out. hell you cant even hold black award shows without someone getting stabbed never mind this raw aggression. peace biotches or as us white people say bitches.
LEGION- March 31, 2008 at 4:55 pm
I have to say if ya wanted black coaches you should have called Maurice Smith OR Quinton Jackson. the guys on there now are ex KUNG FU fighters come on this is MMA that does not apply. Plus MMA is about throwingdown TAP SNAP OR NAP! TECHNIQUE AND SKILL! Race is no issue i dont care who you are or where your from if i lay a right cross on your chin your going down baby!
Mitch from Alliance- March 30, 2008 at 10:10 pm
Traven was Abu Dhabi absolute champ (maybe you've never heardof it because the Zuffas didn't sell it to you). He was also IBJJF mundial absoluto champ

Maywether coaching striking, Traven teaching ground?? Sounds solid to me.

Mutakabbir has a blackbelt in BJJ from Jacare Cavalcante as well as many other martial arts. I've Trained with both and I just happen to be a "Cracker".

Crazy Horse, Wel touche', he is a little wild.
Anonymous- March 30, 2008 at 1:45 am
Let me tell you white boys somethin you sound like you are afraid of having your positions taken, and you talk about education any time you open your mouth talkin that racists bullshit it shows the world how fuckin educated you really are, you white racists faggots are the reason why this country is going to fall you are the only people in the country running around commiting terrorists acts against other people because of hate, everyone tries to live in harmony but you look around and here is some punk ass white boy talkin some hate shit, other cultures dont go around attacking white people but white people always are found attacking other cultures what black, hispanic, asian, indian group goes around attacking white people none, but you have your skinheads, aryan brother hood klu klux klowns and other racists groups attacking people you racists are the down fall of america.
James- March 28, 2008 at 11:20 pm
Alam Says:

Novell Bell is a total fraud.

Guy you don't know what the hell you are talking about. Novell G. Bell is a good fighter, HE REAL AS THEY COME! The reason you may feel this way is because BET first 2 episodes really misrepresents the Man and I'm sure it does the same for other on the show. Because take my word you ever meet Mr. Bell in person he a cool and down to earth individual and highly skilled martial artist. Nothing fake about this brother one bit. He sure as hell just some strret fighter as BET presents him to be on iron ring ...Mr. Bell fought and study with many martial art experts in China and Japan, there nothing Fraud about the man. Do your research and stop the hate!

Abdul Mutabakkir is unknown and unproven.

Guy your post show just how little you know about African american martial artist, Abdul Mutabakkir was one of the first Kung fu guys to fight in a no holds bar full contact open style match back in N.Y.C. in the 70s. Guy just do your research. Only thing I will say is Mr. Mutakabbir is pro-black is the feeling I got when I met him. Mr. Bell when I visit his classes in Harlem was more friendly and did not care about race.

Sijo Mutakabbir remained undefeated for ten (10) consecutive years as a triple crown competitor in the Martial Arts/Karate Circuit. To his credits, he has achieved over 1000 awards in trophies and medals.

Listed below are key points of these accomplishments:

Kumite: Ying Yee Peter Urban Cup Invitational Karate Grand Champion 1977, 78, 79, 80, 81, 82, 83, 84, 85, 86, 87, and 88
Kata: Trimm's Long Island Gold Cup Grand Champion 1985 and 1986
Kumite: Trimm's Long Island Gold Cup Grand Champion 1985 and 1986
Kumite: Tri Area Semipro Grand Champion 1985
Kata: Harlem Goju Champion 1984 and 1985
Kata: New York Golden Cup Champion 1985</l
Alam- March 25, 2008 at 10:26 pm
The Iron Ring is depsressing.

I wanted to see good athletes, new fighters I had never seen before, I wanted to see real MMA, but instead what was shown was guys that have nothing to do with MMA managing teams and some "fighters" that look like TMA rejects.

I didn't like the packaging/marketing for TUF, but at least you got some real fighters and the focus was always on them not anybody else. Why do we need Ludacris' and Dipset's views on fighting? What do they have to possibly say about fighting that could be anywhere close to reality?

If they absolutely needed somebody black to coach, couldn't they have called Quinton Jackson, Rhadi Ferguson, Yves Edwards, Mike VanArsdale, Kevin Randleman, Kevin Jackson, Darrell Gholar, Lloyd Irvin, Tyrone Glover, Din Thomas, Marvin Eastman, Houston Alexander, Melvin Guillard, Reggie Orr, Mike McDonald, etc?

And if they wanted only black fighters, couldn't they call up any one of those guys and find somebody?

Shonie is good. Andre is good. Traven is good.

Novell Bell is a total fraud. Abdul Mutabakkir is unknown and unproven. And Crazy Horse? He's a legit fighter, but that man should not be coaching anyone.

I'm pretty disappointed.
I am White- March 24, 2008 at 2:55 pm
Why doesn't anyone say anything to the black guy when he makes a string of racist statements. If we are just stating facts then lets do it. Blacks attend college less than whites, asians, indians, etc. Is this because they are poor or just stupid? Since it is easier for blacks to get grants and they get credit for entrance based on the fact that they are black I believe it is more likely that they aren't intelligent in general. Another fact, if you go to cracktown (crack cocaine) you will find mainly black people. Is this because crackheads are mostly black or is there some other explanation?
Chuck- March 22, 2008 at 6:40 am
I agree with everything Chris said.

I think some people forget that if you're going to be racially insensitive when you tell a joke, it won't go over well unless it's actually *FUNNY*. When you're not funny, you make yourself look like a racist douchebag.
The ancient one- March 20, 2008 at 9:59 am
you white boys up here are nothing more but racist Bitches!"Iron ring is a hot show better then looking at you wack ass white racist Bitches playing with your self on the ground trying to feel up the next man. You white boys take shit to the ground because you white boys don't have any stand up game, wack as hell you white UFC Bitches! i’m not racist.. i’m just stating the facts.. White boys can't box for shit!
rumbler- March 18, 2008 at 8:32 am
You're a foggot. Damn does this show suck! I don't think anyone knows what the hell they are doing.
Chris- March 17, 2008 at 8:47 pm
I think it’s pretty obvious that the “celebrity coaches” are just figure heads, to gain some type of audience for the show. The celebrities are listed as owners, not coaches.

I’m all for giving fighters an opportunity for some type of exposure and the show is still on basic cable not a premium or pay per view. If the fighters are terrible, the show will be quickly dismissed and no one will care. If some of these fighters actually have potential, then we may see them turn up on some other shows. Free MMA is still free MMA so I will be watching.

If you are so turned off by the idea of Hip Hop guys being involved with the show, and so turned off by the way some of these guys may talk. You just might be a racist/bigot. In fact, it's pretty obvious some of you are. You guys are pretty funny, in a sad kind of way. So if you are cool living your life that way, I’ll say a prayer for you guys.
Aryan- March 17, 2008 at 3:14 pm
oh yea just like all the other sports the blacks will take it over. they could'nt let us have this one atleast. Now here's an idea and its not raciest in any way, it cant be cuz i'm minority myself. The blacks should only be allowed to compete with themselves....ahhh nevermind
Rumbler- March 17, 2008 at 7:14 am
The black's will be taking over MMA in no time! Nevermind, they have.
Rich S.- March 17, 2008 at 2:07 am
how so??
tim sylvia's pussy- March 17, 2008 at 1:42 am
Rich your a douche...
Rich S.- March 17, 2008 at 1:20 am
nope. not Melvin Costa..
i see the sarcasm in your comment, and i'll assure you.. i'm not a nazi..
i've got like 3 fighters tied for my fav. and like 2 fighters tied for my second fav.
i'm weird like that..
back to the point..
why isn't Melvin Guillard a coach??


yup. it was hard keeping a straight face while typing that..

i just think it's pretty sad that out of all the coaches.. Mayweather's probably the only one that even knows what MMA is.. or even how to spell it for that matter..


ahhh, man.. i need to quit with the low blows..

but yea..
i didn't think my comment was racist..
it's just that there's always some wise-crack that doesn't even know what racism is, pulling the race card..
Dreamer- March 16, 2008 at 11:58 pm
Yea, Richy boy

there was nothing racist about that comment at all, by the way, whos your favorite fighter? I bet its Melivin Costa.
Question- March 16, 2008 at 10:00 pm
Personally, I think the more fans that MMA has, the better!

I don't see why anyone would have a problem with it or hate on it. If this is the type of show it takes to introduce MMA to the African-American culture and get more of them to watch, I would think that's a good thing.

So "YEAAAAAAAA SON"...can't wait to see who the future UFC light heavyweight champion could possibly be (ya'll musta forgot that MMA already has "flava").
Jemaleddin- March 16, 2008 at 9:55 pm
No Silvas, no Gracies, not even any Thiagos. That's not MMA.
Captain Obvious- March 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm



oh, and i’m sure random gangsters are gonna wanna step in with the big dogs now..
which would be good..because it would ultimately lead to them getting KTFO’d..

i’m not racist.. i’m just stating the facts.."

That isn't racist in the least... I mean hell, everyone knows black folks can't hold normal conversations and that they're overly aggressive animals.

I'm not being a dick... I'm just stating the facts.
mma-pro- March 16, 2008 at 9:33 pm
yeeaahhh boooyy me and my niggaz gonna scrap you up son, like this and like that rat a tat tat

jk this show is gonna be lame as fuck
Blackleg- March 16, 2008 at 9:17 pm
Yeeaaah, not quite sure MMA was lacking and/or needing any "flava". But hey, having Shonie Carter and Bennett (gotta be fucking kidding me) as coaches should be train-wreck inducing enough so, why the hell not.
Rich S.- March 16, 2008 at 9:04 pm
why do i have the feeling BET's gonna give MMA a bad rep...
we're gonna hear a bunch of:




oh, and i'm sure random gangsters are gonna wanna step in with the big dogs now..
which would be good..because it would ultimately lead to them getting KTFO'd..

i'm not racist.. i'm just stating the facts..