Fight Promoters turned Movie Producers

Frederico Lapenda and Bas Boon are doing the Hollywood Thing. No Holds Barred! When they first met over a decade ago, Bas Boon was already a noted player in the world of martial arts and fighting event promotions, a successful manager and entrepreneur with several ongoing concerns. Frederico (Rico) Lapenda was an upstart promoter/manager with a short list of good fighters, lots of good ideas and all the energy the international fight game requires to become successful. In a business that necessarily breeds adversaries, Lapenda and Boon became fast friends and eventually strong partners, staging some of the most exciting events in the fight game. This included 100’s of fighting shows seen by millions of viewers at arenas and on television in more than 10 countries on four continents.

Vale Tudo, K-l, Pride and UFC event sponsors and fans all over the world know the names Lapenda and Boon as providers of unparalleled championship fighting action featuring names like Igor Vovchanchin, Mark Kerr, Semmy Schilt, Chlllid The Faust Arrab, Heath Herring, Pedro

Rizzo, Marco Ruas, Alistair Overeem, Stefan Leko and many others. While most manager/promoters would be satisfied with the kind of success

Lapenda and Boon have achieved individually and as a team, these guys are known for thinking big-and bigger.

Frederico Lapenda is all about entertainment. As one of the most prolific and successful live and broadcast promoters/producers in the history of Mixed Martial Arts, Lapenda has created properties that have entertained consumers throughout the world. In his role as Chairman/CEO of

Paradigm Entertainment Group, Lapenda is bringing his zeal for creating great products, his acumen in structuring financial packages and his loyalty to his heritage to run a production company unlike others in the industry. What we are actually in, says Boon, a Dutchman from the city of Einhoven in the Netherlands, is the entertainment business. And the entertainment business, adds the 36 year old Brazilian born Lapenda is ultimately the movie business; because everybody wants to be in the movie business.

So the movie business is where these two successful promoters find themselves now as their first feature film project wraps up production in

Los Angeles. ‘Bad Guys’ is a gritty noir/thriller with a fast talking cast of quirky characters, lots of guns, drugs and a blazing hot chick (The Biggest Latin television and film star Kate Del Castillo of upcoming ‘Borclertown’ starringjennifer Lopez and Antonio Banderas) at the centre of everything. The film marks yet another joint project for this dynamic duo, and while it may seem like a stretch for a couple of guys more use to dealing with Kick Boxers than actors, in fact, says Lapenda, it’s not much of a stretch at all. The business of Producing is the same, whether it’s a 1(> man Round Robin event in a 60 thousand seat stadium or a television special or a documentary or a feature film… its all them same. It’s about getting all the proper elements in place and executing a plan of attack to provide the best possible show for the audience, says Lapenda, the film’s Producer and progenitor of the project. Bas Boon, the Executive

Producer of’Bad Guys’, concurs and notes that he and Frederico have developed a number or projects for television that were great preparation for this undertaking.

This includes several programs for FOX television in the US and Europe including, The Red Light District, about the underground party scene in the brothels of Amsterdam.

These projects along with a number of reality programs and documentaries, were training for the novice filmmakers Lapenda and Boon, and set the stage for this next phase of their long partnership in the entertainment business. As I said before, explains Lapenda all Producing is the same. What you have to do is put together the right elements to provide the best possible show for the audience. In the movie business, says Lapenda that means rinding a great script. Which, adds Bas, Rico found and brought to me. On a single read Boon knew that he was about to take on a new challenge, and was more than willing. When I read the script for Bad Guys, recalls Boon I said… I’m in. This is gonna make a cool movie. I could see it in my mind just like I can tell when a fighter is going to be a champion. You just know. With script in hand Lapenda set about putting together the rest of the elements to make a first class independent feature film-including bringing some intriguing-elements from the fight world. Fighters are actors, says Lapenda, so we always wanted to find things for our guys to do in the right movie. This film provided an opportunity for guys like Ray Sefu and Quinton Rampage Jackson to prove that they are entertainers in the larger sense, not unlike The Rock or Arnold from back in the clay, he adds. One might think this a chancy undertaking, but not so says Boon. A guy like Rampage has the ability to captivate an audience; this is true whether it’s in the ring or on the silver screen. It just has to be the right part in the right film, and Bad Guys is a project that Ray and Q fit into perfectly. They are not the stars of the film, we have some great actors in the leads, but they provide and edge that fight fans will appreciate, and that will surprise movie fans, a lot. ‘Bad Guys’ site www.badguy has received thousands of hits on it’s first month, fight fans from all over the world, asking when the is the movie coming up, fighters wanting to audition, and sponsors wanting to be part of the already so talked about sequel. It is rare that a movie has such a strong kick from the start.

As for the future-Lapenda and Boon are already planning a sequel to ‘Bad Guys’ featuring a lot of thrills and the opportunity for even more of their real life action star fighters to play action stars on the big screen, an Chalid Arrab is one of the names that is buzzing here in


Lapenda and Boon believe he is also going to be part of the new generation of stars. And we are not stopping there, says Lapenda. We are working on films in various genres featuring famous actors from around the world, including two horror movies and a huge action film set in Las Vegas about duelling assassins. We are here to entertain you, babv… whatever it takes, says Lapenda. And well do whatever it takes, adds Boon. And I believe then!

Born to fight or trained to fight…

Have you got the FIGHTFACTOR? The ultimate fighting challenge could win you £50,000 if you’re tough enough! Anyone can enter! Stuart Davies ‘FightFactor’ is the ground breaking new fight format that has commissioning agents queuing up to televise it. Combining the raw fighting reality of ‘The Contender’ with the glamour and everyman opportunity of ‘X-Factor’ you don’t have to be a professional fighter to enter but that doesn’t have to stop you either. ‘Fight Factor’ is open to anyone who feels that they have the ability to fight, across two distinct disciplines, Stand Up and Ground Fighting, the ultimate goal £50,000! Fighters magazine is in at grass roots level with this phenomenal concept and will be bringing you regular updates on the various dynamic stages of the competition but this month is all about bringing you the basic concept, rules, and more importantly, that vital entry registration form.

This competition is to find the best fighters at Stand up and Ground and Pound. There will be winners in the Stand up and in the Ground and pound sections. The overall winner of Fightfactor will be chosen by a Fighfactor challenge and public vote.

FightFactor UK Category Rules Overview Stand up Section This section is for the fighters that prefer to be on their feet such as boxers, Thai fighters, Kickboxer’s, Karate, Tae kwon do and Kung fu practitioners to name a few but please remember anyone can enter we cannot stress enough that this competition is open to all, trained untrained. Over 18 years. Applicants can apply for both categories Stand up and MMA if they want. With the public voting anyone can win…

The rules are simple; Western style boxing all punches above waist and no punching to the back. Looz Gloves will be provided. All kicks above the knee, boot and shin guards will be worn. Fight factor believe this is the closest we are going to get to rules that all applicants can fight under no matter what their background is. There is no minimum punch or kicks per round so if you don’t want to kick you don’t have to, likewise with the punches!

Illegal moves Stand up section There will be no elbows, knees, throws or holding. No spinning back fists. Full comprehensive rules will be sent to successful applicants.

Ground ‘n’ Pound section This section will suit the tough street wise fighter and those that love the rough and ready world of UFC, cage fighting and mixed martial arts. The rules will be based on the MMA semi pro rules. Win by way of knock out or submission. No head shots on the ground.

Illegal moves Ground ‘n’ Pound section No stamping, direct elbows to the spine, biting, groin strikes. Full comprehensive rules will be sent to successful applicants FightFactor UK Category Descriptions There are a number of stages that the applicants must pass: Paper sift stage: Let us know why you should be on Fight factor.

Audition stage: To show your skills. Full details will be forwarded to successful applicants that pass the paper sift stage.

Fitness test and Interview stage: Full details will be disclosed to applicants that pass stage 2. Very special filmed fitness tests, these will be used on the show,

TV Show Final stage: Full details disclosed to successful
applicants. Each week one or two fighters will be nominated by the judges to fight.

The public will choose from the remaining fighters who will fight the judge’s nominees.

This means that anyone can win. You may end up with easy fights or difficult fights let the public decide.

So there you have it…maybe you have been waiting for the chance to prove you have the Fightfactor…well now it’s here!

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