Gina Carano Joins Female Expendables Project

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Haywire star Gina Carano has become attached to an all-female version of The Expendables, currently known as the Untitled Adi Shankar Project.

We first reported on this project last month, with Adi Shankar producing and financing through his 1984 Private Defense Contractors company. Here’s what he had to say about bringing the actress on board.

"I don’t know how I’m supposed to make a movie that is supposed to be the female version of The Expendables without Gina Carano in it. It would be like making Twix without caramel or Jamba Juice without jamba."

Little is known about the story, except that it will feature an all-female cast and is inspired by The Expendables franchise. No production schedule was released at this time.

Gina Carano will next be seen in The Fast and the Furious 6, alongside Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, and Dwayne Johnson.

Untitled Adi Shankar Project is in development and stars Gina Carano.

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STRIKEFORCE ANNOUNCES CANCELLATION OF SATURDAY’S EVENT IN SACRAMENTO Zingano vs. Nunes Off…For Now

logo-strikeforce-redStrikeforce Announces Cancellation of Saturday’s Event in Sacramento

Las Vegas, Nevada – STRIKEFORCE® announced this evening that its event planned for Saturday, Sept. 29 at Power Balance Pavilion in Sacramento, Calif. has been cancelled. STRIKEFORCE lightweight champion Gilbert Melendez, who was set to defend his title against Pat Healy, sustained an injury in training that forced his withdrawal from the card.

Without the Melendez-Healy title bout, SHOWTIME®, which determines which fights are televised on the premium network, decided that it would not air Saturday’s scheduled event.

“When SHOWTIME informed us that it would not be airing the event, we made the difficult decision to cancel Saturday’s card in Sacramento,” STRIKEFORCE CEO Scott Coker said. “Without a television partner, we simply could not move forward with this event. We wish Gilbert a speedy recovery and will work diligently and quickly to reschedule the fighters affected by this news on upcoming cards.”

Refunds for tickets purchased are available at point of sale.

INVICTA FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIPS FORMS STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE

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STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH SUPER FIGHT LEAGUE TO DEVELOP WOMEN’S MMA TALENT OUT OF INDIA

KANSAS CITY, Kan. (Sept. 24, 2012) –Invicta Fighting Championships and India-based Super Fight League announced today that the two Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotions have formed a strategic alliance to develop women’s MMA talent out of India.

The relationship is intended to support Invicta FC’s goals of identifying the best women’s fight talent around the globe and producing the best possible matchups between women’s mixed martial artists while, at the same time, providing Super Fight League with a means of promoting MMA to a broader demographic in its homeland.

“We are excited about this opportunity to work with Super Fight League and tap into a new market that has yet to really be explored by the women’s MMA world,” said Invicta FC President Shannon Knapp. “Super Fight League has done a great job of pioneering the sport of MMA in India and has helped demonstrate that there is fight talent everywhere on the planet. Even though women’s MMA has made tremendous strides over the last few years as far as adding depth to its ranks, we have really just scratched the surface of what is out there. This relationship between Invicta FC and Super Fight League is an opportunity to expand our reach and discover exciting, new talent.

“Super Fight League is thrilled to form a cooperative relationship with an MMA promotion in The United States,” said Super Fight League Chairman Raj Kundra. “Invicta FC has done some incredible things for women’s MMA in such a short time and I am confident that working with their great organization is a step that will help further the MMA movement in India that we initiated this year with our live event series.”

In June, Invicta FC announced the formation of a similar strategic partnership with Japan-based women’s MMA promotion JEWELS. The main card of the last Invicta FC event on July 28 featured two JEWELS champions – Ayaka Hamasaki and Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano.

As of its next event on Saturday, Oct. 6, Invicta FC will have promoted matchups with fighters from seven other countries – Ireland, Scotland, Brazil, Canada, Sweden, Netherlands and France – in addition to The United States and Japan.

Tickets for Invicta FC 3: Penne vs. Sugiyama at Memorial Hall in Kansas City, are on sale at Memorial Hall box office (913-549-4853), online at Ticketmaster.com and InvictaFC.com and by phone at (800-745-3000). The 13-bout professional card will be headlined by the promotion’s first-ever world championship bout, an atomweight (105 pound) showdown between superstars Jessica Penne (9-1) of Laguna Hills, Calif. and undefeated Naho “Sugi Rock” Sugiyama (8-0) of Kyoto, Japan.

About Invicta Fighting Championships:

Invicta Fighting Championships (www.invictafc.com) is a world championship Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight series dedicated to providing female athletes with a major platform to hone their skills on a consistent basis. Founded in 2012 by longtime MMA executive Shannon Knapp and sports aficionado Janet Martin, Invicta is committed to pioneering the future growth of women’s MMA by promoting the best possible matchups between female competitors and identifying and developing future superstars of the sport.

About Super Fight League:

Super Fight League is India’s only Pro MMA Organization providing a platform for Indian and world-class MMA fighters. Launched in Jan 2012 by entrepreneur Mr Raj Kundra and Bollywood Superstar Mr Sanjay Dutt, we have had three major events in India with over 2.5 million YouTube views and growing. Launching from October 12th 2012 the only all year round sports league in India making SFL one of the largest MMA content providers in the world with new weekly fight nights. For more info log on to www.superfightleague.com

Contact:

Mike Afromowitz (917) 566-8754, mikea@yourwitzend.com

Zara Shirwan Zara@superfightleague.com