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I’ve been dealing with TapouT for a few years now. When I started I would be on the phone to Dan Caldwell (aka punkass) or the TapouT president, ex disco mogul Marc Kreiner, as they walked through their warehouse telling me what they actually had in stock and what they didn’t. Such was the lack of sophistication of their stock management systems there was no way I could place a large trade order using their website and without actually walking through the TapouT warehouse they didn’t have a clue what stock they had.

There was always something very different about TapouT, right from the early days it was evident that this brand was something special. Their imagery and edginess (using porn actresses such as Britney Skye as models for example) stood them apart from any other Californian lifestyle brand. They really lived their mantra, American, Arrogant and In Ya Face. TapouT didn’t do subtlety. It was sex, it was violence and it was out there.

I took the TapouT brand to a UK trade show for independent “Urban” brands a few years ago. None of the buyers “got it”. Despite purporting to be independent and edgy they just didn’t get it, preferring to stick to their tried and tested brands and wondering why they had nothing that set them apart from anyone else in their town or mall. It was all rather depressing until the young skaters who were representing the skate brands came in and flooded round my TapouT stand, forsaking the brands that were actually paying for them to be in attendance. This confirmed to me that TapouT was a brand worth sticking with and it was indeed going to become something big.

Almost three years on and it’s a very different story. TapouT is now a $200m dollar business and still growing at a frenetic pace. Although I have long since been relegated from the premier league of trade accounts (a place now dominated by the large global retailers such as Macy’s and Footlocker) TapouT remains very much an inspiration to my own business. The drive of the late Charles Lewis (aka Mask) and his philosophy of “believe” is well documented.

But anyone who underestimates the impact of Marc Kreiner really doesn’t understand TapouT at all. A man every bit as charismatic as any of the TapouT Crew he has until the death of Lewis preferred to stay in the shadows. A somewhat Machiavellian figure with a fascinating life story long before he joined TapouT, it’s good to see him taking a more prominent public role as I have found him every bit as much an inspiration to my business as the renowned Lewis.

I personally don’t think TapouT have even scraped the surface of what they will achieve and I for one do “Believe”.

Anyway enough of my reminiscing and rambling, here is a video feature on TapouT made by the US finance publisher Forbes.

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Dream 9 Results

  • Minowaman beat Bob Sapp by first-round submission (Achilles lock)
  • Hong Man Choi beat Jose Canseco by first-round submission (strikes)
  • Sokoudjou beat Jan Nortje by first-round TKO (strikes)
  • Gegard Mousasi beat Mark Hunt by first-round submission (kimura)
  • Tatsuya Kawajiri beat Gesias “JZ Calvan” Cavalcante by decision
  • Hideo Tokoro beat Abel Cullum by second-round submission (RNC)
  • Hiroyuki Takaya beat Yoshiro Maeda by first-round TKO (strikes)
  • Bibiano Fernandes beat Masakazu Imanari by decision
  • Joe Warren beat Kid Yamamoto by split decision
  • Ronaldo Jacaré vs Jason Miller ends in no contest

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MMA fighter’s salaries paid by UFC are a matter of public record. The salaries below are published by the Nevada State Athletic Commission. Additional bonuses are not subject to the same rules and as such are private and not included in this list. Props to MMA Weekly for initial publication


  • Lyoto Machida $140,000 (includes $70,000 win bonus) def. Rashad Evans $200,000 (win bonus would have been $175,000)


  • Matt Hughes $200,000 (includes $100,000 win bonus) def. Matt Serra $75,000 (win bonus would have been $75,000)
  • Drew McFedries $34,000 (includes $17,000 win bonus) def. Xavier Foupa-Pokam $6,000 (win bonus would have been $6,000)
  • Chael Sonnen $50,000 (includes $25,000 win bonus) def. Dan Miller $15,000 (win bonus would have been $15,000)
  • Frank Edgar $40,000 (includes $20,000 win bonus) def. Sean Sherk $40,000 (win bonus would have been $40,000)


  • Brock Larson $42,000 (includes $21,000 win bonus) def. Mike Pyle $15,000 (win bonus would have been $15,000)
  • Tim Hague $10,000 (includes $5,000 win bonus) def. Pat Barry $7,000 (win bonus would have been $7,000)
  • Kyle Bradley $8,000 (includes $4,000 win bonus) def. Phillipe Nover $10,000 (win bonus would have been $10,000)
  • Krzysztof Soszynski $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Andre Gusmao $5,000 (win bonus would have been $5,000)
  • Yoshiyuki Yoshida $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Brandon Wolff $3,000 (win bonus would have been $3,000)
  • George Roop $16,000 (includes $8,000 win bonus) def. Dave Kaplan $8,000 (win bonus would have been $8,000)


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Muaythai Legends 1st August
England vs Thailand

Fight Card

David Pacquette (KO Gym, England) vs Kaoponglek (Thailand)

Michael Dicks (Darlington, England) vs Thanit Im-On (Thailand)

Damien Trainor (K-Star, England) vs Super K (Thailand)

UKMF British title:
Michael Wakeling (Scorpions) vs Chris Shaw (Wossobama)

Lee Morgado (Super Gym) vs Tim Thomas (Nak Soo)

Chris Knowles (Minotaurs) vs Arunas (Storm Gym)

Plus Dillian White, Daniel Sam, Ollie Watson, Ruth Ashdown, Sheree Halliday, Rob Storey, Adam Grew and others

Tickets go on sale 1st June. Call 0208 688 9291

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Dream 9 Fightcard


Tuesday May 26th DREAM 9. Featherweight Grand Prix 2nd round bouts coupled along with the debut of the open-weight “Super Hulk” tournament.

Bob Sapp vs Minowaman

Hong Man Choi vs Jose Canseco

Jan Nortje vs Sokoudjou

Gegard Mousasi vs Mark Hunt

Gesias Cavalcante vs Tatsuya Kawajiri

Bibiano Fernandes vs Masakazu Imanari

Yoshiro Maeda vs Hiroyuki Takaya

Hideo Tokoro vs Abel Cullum

Kid Yamamoto vs Joe Warren

Ronaldo Jacaré vs Jason Miller

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FIGHTSHOP are now stocking TUF9 Team UK apparel by TapouT.


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Billed as the “World Cup of Mixed Martial Arts,” the M-1 Challenge is a full season of MMA events sponsored by partner Affliction that showcases some of the best up and coming MMA fighters in the world.

Broadcast to over 80 countries around the world, including HDNet in the United States, the M-1 Challenge pits teams of five fighters representing their respective countries against each other for international bragging rights and the title of M-1 Challenge Champions.

FIGHTSHOP is pleased to announce that in partnership with SANDEE Thailand it is now the official kit sponsor of M1 Team England

Team England comprises of

Ian Butlin
Simon Phillips
Matt Thorpe
Tom Blackledge
Rob Broughton

The fifth edition of the 2009 “M-1 Challenge Presented by Affliction” is scheduled to emanate from Memorial Hall in Kansas City, KS on Friday, June 5. The event will be headlined by a challenge bout featuring Team USA East (1-0).

England stepped up in April and in a stunning performance upset Team Japan by a 4-1 score on its home turf in Tokyo. The Englishmen are now scheduled to take on Team France in the US on 5th June.

Tickets for the event are currently on sale via all Ticketmaster outlets. To order, call 816-931-3330 or visit http://www.Ticketmaster.com. For additional event information, including the finalized rosters for all six teams, please visit www.M-1Global.com.

Stay tuned to the FIGHTSHOP blog as we bring you upadtes, news and interviews of the M-1 Team England.

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