Zuffa was unable to keep Pride going, but it absorbed many of the top names into the UFC. Perez auditioned, and was hired as the host after impressing producers with her natural ability in front of the camera and behind the microphone. UFC 255: Figueiredo vs. Perez fight card Check out the current card for UFC 255 on November 21st. Why don’t you submit your pictures?’ It’s pretty much to get your picture in the magazine. Kenda was discovered after entering Maxim magazine's Hometown Hotties competition. “I’m an Orange County girl, a beach girl,” Perez said. RIP Josh Samman. Zuffa, which owns the UFC, purchased Pride Fighting Championships in 2007. It’s pretty cool to talk to them and see the differences they like about UFC and Pride.”. Perez graduated high school from Orangewood Academy in Garden Grove. While Pride was wildly popular in Japan and had a hardcore underground following in the U.S., it never reached the same kind of popularity as the UFC in the U.S. Zuffa decided to put together 26 one-hour shows for Season 1 of “The Best of Pride” on Spike TV. Kenda also hosts a weekly online MMA show “The Ultimate Show” on BleacherReport.com and a weekly SiriusXM radio show on Faction Radio. The third season aired on Fox Sports 2. Josh Samman badly wanted to work in TV and we talked about it a lot. I was fortunate to spend some time with Josh Samman. “She keeps up with the sport and knows her stuff,” Kirkpatrick said. Condolences to all those effected. Swanson with his partner and child SOURCE: Ikusa . The cards would routinely draw 50,000-70,000 people and they were over-the-top spectacles with fireworks and elaborate ring entrances. Host of the internationally broadcast Best of Pride Fighting Championships running four seasons and the Best Of WEC on Fox Sports 1 running two seasons. That was my sport and I did the stats for the basketball team. He was a five-fight UFC veteran who most recently competed at UFC Fight Night 91 in July, where he suffered a second-round TKO loss to Tim Boetsch. Rescue teams had to wait a full day to retrieve the body due to the dangerous conditions of the stream. Please ignore rumors and hoaxes. I pretty much played volleyball. “When we were filming it, I was getting to know everything about it. Kenda Perez was born on May 18, 1983 and is 37 years old now. OK, so who is Perez’s favorite Pride fighter of all-time? Host of the internationally broadcast Best of Pride Fighting Championships running four seasons and the Best Of WEC on Fox Sports 1 running two seasons. “It’s pretty much girls who have no modeling experience that are just kind of going to school, working full-time and doing what they are doing,” Perez said. Welcome to MMA Junkie's European Union Experience. 2 minutes to read. Kenda Perez was born in Laguna Beach CA, and raised in old-town Orange, and attended Orangewood Adventist Academy. The incident occurred when Perez fell into Silliman Creek while walking along Twin Lakes Trail, according to Teresa Douglass, a spokesperson for the Tulare County Sheriff’s Department.  Kenda has continued to work with Maxim Magazine on promotional events, including an appearance on the TV game show 1 vs. 100 and appearing in the magazine numerous times including the cover of the December 2012 issue. Rest easy dude @JoshSamman, — Lando Vannata (@GroovyLando) October 5, 2016. There was a language barrier because he has a really strong accent, but I’m going to have to say him.”. “It’s a real small private school,” Perez said. We haven't heard any unfortunate news about Kenda Perez having the coronavirus (COVID-19). “It showed her talent for finding humanity in stories and also approaching stories with a very personal point of view,” Splint told The Daily Bruin. 13/10/2020 . Her father, Ken Perez, holds a black belt in Shitō-ryū. Regardless, he was a very good guy. With the purchase of Pride, Zuffa also picked up Pride’s vast video library which features many of MMA’s all-time greats. Kenda was born in Laguna Beach California and grew up in old-town Orange while attending Orangewood Adventist Academy. I was like, ‘What the heck, I’ll do it.’ You also had to submit a little video that shows your personality.”. Perez started picking up hosting gigs for Maxim parties and she also got promotional jobs. She hosted a weekly online MMA show for BleacherReport.com called “The Ultimate Show” for two years, which debuted on August 4, 2011. The program showcases some of the best fights, and fighters from Pride. It was an honor to share a card with you @JoshSamman. It’s hard to pick a favorite fight because there were some awesome fights.”, Perez said she was going to fights before she started working for the UFC, but there are some major perks being the host of “The Best of Pride,” which airs Wednesday nights at 11 following “The Ultimate Fighter.”. If you see comments that you find offensive, please use the “Flag as Inappropriate” feature by hovering over the right side of the post, and pulling down on the arrow that appears. 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