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Hip Show Arena Combat to Make U.S. Debut August 9th in Bristol, Virginia


(YOU’RE GONNA WISH YOU HAD TWO SETS OF EYEBALLS! RAAAAAAHHHH!!! / Photo via Facebook.com/ArenaCombatTV)

The 2-on-2 fighting league Hip Show Arena Combat is finally coming to America. Promotion president Cyrus Fees just sent us this press release which lays out the details for Hip Show’s first stateside event, slated for August 9th at the the Bearcat Den Arena in Bristol, Virginia. Check it out below, and stay tuned for more updates…

FORMER UNIVERSITY OF ALABAMA FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS SET TO HEADLINE HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’S FIRST U.S. EVENT

Miami, FL, June 26th, 2014 – When you crossover America’s most popular sport with America’s newest sport, you have HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’s inaugural U.S. event.

Eryk Anders and Marcel Stamps are not only former University of Alabama standouts, together they are two of the hottest MMA fighters in the Southeast. On Saturday August 9th in Bristol, Virginia, they will team up again in the main event of ARENA COMBAT 1.
The event will take place at the Bearcat Den Arena in Bristol, and will feature fighters from Virginia, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida. The competing two-fighter teams will be featured in HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT’s forthcoming national television program, which will be announced in the coming weeks.

CEO of HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT Casey Oxendine spoke on the announcement, “Holding our first American event in the Tri-Cities region of Virginia and Tennessee was a no-brainer. It’s a central location in the Southeast, home of the 8th largest venue in the world Bristol Motor Speedway, and universally known as the “Birthplace of Country Music.” Now, Bristol will once again make history as the “Birthplace of Arena Combat.””

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Hip Show 2-on-2 Fighting League Is Now Under American Control; Domestic Events to Begin This Summer


(Casey and Cyrus spreading the word on ‘Inside MMA’ back in March. Props: AXS TV)

Some big news in the world of non-traditional MMA dropped this morning: Our friends Casey Oxendine and Cyrus Fees have acquired Hip Show Arena Combat — the wildass 2-on-2 Russian fighting league that they helped bring to North American audiences earlier this year. So first of all, score one for the US of A! Also, prepare to see this thing in a town near you, because under its new leadership, Hip Show plans to start holding American events this summer. Check out the piping hot press release that Casey just sent us, and let us know what you think…

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HIP SHOW 2-ON-2 FIGHTING SOLD TO AMERICAN COMPANY, BECOMES HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL; FIRST U.S. SHOW IN SUMMER 2014

Miami, FL, May 15th 2014 – New name, new owners, same exciting competition! As of today, TV personalities Cyrus Fees and Casey Oxendine have assumed ownership of the Russian product HIP SHOW, branding it HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT INTERNATIONAL.

Coupled with the ownership and name change, Fees and Oxendine are announcing plans for their first American event in the Summer of 2014. Date, venue, and card information will be available in the coming weeks. American events will be under the HIP SHOW ARENA COMBAT: USA brand. Currently, negotiations are active for the company’s network deal for episodic and live events.

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Interview: Casey Oxendine Explains Why Hip Show Is an Evolution in Combat Sports, Not a Freak Show


(Props: AXS TV)

You may know Casey Oxendine as the MMA: Inside the Cage co-host with the most hated-on goatee in sports media. (If that doesn’t ring a bell, maybe you remember the “referee KO’s cornerman after fight” video we posted a while back. Yep, that was him too.) A longtime crusader for MMA regulation and awareness both locally and globally, Casey has signed on as co-host and American promoter for Hip Show: Arena Combat, the Russian 2-on-2 fight league that will make its North American broadcast debut on AXS TV this Friday, March 14th.

Although Hip Show has been building a strong fanbase in Russia since 2012, not everybody is on board with team-based MMA on an obstacle course. When we first announced our sponsorship of the 3/14 broadcast, we were hit with numerous negative comments from readers who called Hip Show a “spectacle,” “freak-show crap,” and ”absolutely unacceptable to anyone who respects combat sports.” We called up Casey last week to discuss why team-fighting isn’t as crazy as it seems, the irony of MMA fans calling it a novelty act, and his current efforts to hold Hip Show events in the U.S.

Whether you think Hip Show looks badass or you think it’s a sign of the end-times, please tune in to AXS TV this Friday night at 10 p.m. ET / 7 p.m. PT and give it a chance. (You can also follow the league on Twitter and Facebook.) Now on to the interview…

CAGEPOTATO: How did you and Cyrus Fees get this gig in the first place? Did you approach Hip Show to work on an English-language broadcast, or did they approach you?

CASEY OXENDINE: We saw Hip Show about a year ago, and we were like, “Wow, this is the craziest thing we’ve ever witnessed in our lives.” We started to get in contact with them because of our show MMA: Inside the Cage — we wanted to cover it, and to talk with them about exactly what we were seeing. They wanted to take this thing bigger than just Russia, where it’s been extremely popular. So through that course of action, we began repackaging a lot of their first-season footage into episodes and so forth to get it aired here in America, so that the English-speaking [market] could understand what was going on. From there, it evolved into what it is now.

We got in touch with [AXS TV Fights CEO] Andrew Simon — Cyrus had worked as a ring announcer for XFC on AXS TV — Andrew took a look at it and he’s like, “Man, this is really cool.” Then Andrew cleared it through Mark Cuban himself, which was really neat, and they said, “Go for it. We’re going to give you a two-hour special, let’s show the world what this is all about.”

What made you think that Hip Show had the potential to be more than just a novelty act?

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“It’s a Step in the Right Direction for Men”: Don Frye and Other MMA Stars React to Hip Show [VIDEO]


(Props: MMAInsidetheCageTV)

Our old friends Casey Oxendine and Cyrus Fees were at the Arnold Classic last weekend, giving a bunch of MMA stars their first look at Hip Show, the 2-on-2 Russian MMA league that we’ll be sponsoring for its AXS TV debut on March 14th. Aside from Bobby Lashley stating the obvious (“Man, somebody’s gonna die”), everybody was super-positive about it. Some notable quotes…

Mark Coleman: “I wish was 20 years younger, it seems I’d fit right in on what we got goin’ here.”

Don Frye: ”Obviously the Russians have to invent something this fantastic. It’s a step in the right direction for men.”

Lyoto Machida: “I don’t know…it looks crazy, no? But I can try it, just for training maybe.”

Bobby Lashley: ”Have you seen the movie Running Man? This is one step away from there.”

Urijah Faber: “That’s awesome. I can’t wait to watch it.” (Chad Mendes then suggests he and Urijah would “wreck shop” as a 145-pound Hip Show team.)

Ryan Bader: “That’s pretty crazy. I would watch it definitely…I think it would be pretty fun if you had a good partner. [I would choose] Weidman, we’d tag-team some guys over here.”

Shonie Carter: “I got some homies over in the hood off the West Side of Chicago that would love to do this…I’m doin’ this, son. I’m doin’ this. I’m just sayin’. That shit right here? That’s gonna be me.”

When Hip Show comes to the U.S., I’m putting my money on Shonie Carter & West Side Homie TBA. Tune in to AXS TV tonight at 9 p.m. to see Casey and Cyrus discuss Hip Show on Inside MMA, and be sure to watch the best-of special next Friday, March 14th!

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EXCLUSIVE: ‘Hip Show’ Two-on-Two MMA League Coming to AXS TV on March 14th…Sponsored by CagePotato!


(Skip to the 0:45 mark to see a guy get arm-barred and heel-hooked AT THE SAME DAMN TIME. Props: AXS TV Fights)

Hip Show calls itself “two-on-two arena fighting,” but it’s more like American Gladiators meets a Russian dashcam-brawl. Instead of two guys fighting on a flat surface (borrrrrring!), it’s four guys fighting in a room full of platforms and obstacles. Seriously, this thing is absolutely insane.

CagePotato has been a longtime supporter of MMA’s freak scene, and we’re proud to announce that we’ll be the instant-replay sponsor for Hip Show’s North American television debut, March 14th on AXS TV. The broadcast will feature highlights from the league’s previous Russian events, and will be hosted by two of our old friendsCyrus Fees and Casey Oxendine. Check out the official announcement below, which was released by AXS TV exclusively to CagePotato last night…

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AXS TV FIGHTS ACQUIRES RUSSIAN MMA ‘HIP SHOW: ARENA COMBAT’ FOR A ‘BEST OF’ SPECIAL AIRING FRIDAY, MARCH 14 AT 10 P.M. ET (7 P.M. PT)

Los Angeles, February 19, 2014 – The world of mixed martial arts officially gets bigger, as AXS TV FIGHTS acquires the Russian two-on-two arena fighting show HIP SHOW: ARENA COMBAT for a “best of” special. The two-hour program makes its North American TV debut on Friday, March 14 at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT) and will include the best fights from the show’s season one lightweight and middleweight tournaments and championship finals.

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