December Newsletter

Alexey Oleynik Prepares for His Next UFC Fight

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – AUGUST 07: Aleksei Oleinik of Russia poses on the scale during the UFC Fight Night weigh-in at UFC APEX on August 07, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Chris Unger/Zuffa LLC)

Alexey Oleynik is set to return to the Octagon on February 20, 2021, in a Heavyweight Bout. UFC will announce his opponent later this month. Oleynik is looking to “continue defying Father Time,” according to editor Jay Anderson of the Cageside Press.

The UFC has not announced a location for the event, although it is assumed to be either in Las Vegas or “Fight Island” in Dubai. Oleynik is already training to ensure win #60.
“No one works harder to compete and prevail than I do,” said Oleynik.  Follow us on Twitter and Instagram to receive updates regarding the fight. Oleynik is sponsored by ETF Managers Group.

 

 

Oleg Prudius Featured in John Wick Article

Oleg Prudius, most notably known for his time with WWE as Vladimir Koslov (a.k.a. The Moscow Mauler), was featured in Cinema Blend’s latest article about the characters of John Wick: Chapter 2.

The article states, “John Wick: Chapter 2 pretty much picks up where things left off for the recently un-retired assassin when he goes to retrieve his stolen Mustang from a chop shop. Before he can do so, however, John Wick must take down a small army of Russian gangsters, including “Russian Assassin,” the larger-than-life beast of a man in coveralls. And if you thought that his bodyslam on Wick looked like something out of WWE, that’s because the actor, Oleg Prudius, wrestled for the company from 2006 to 2012…making him the third (but probably not last) wrestler to appear in the franchise.”

To read the full article, click here.

 

 

Greenville Triumph Extends Paul Christensen’s Contract

Fourteen players from Greenville’s title-winning squad will return to the side in 2021. (Photo courtesy of Tormenta FC).

The Greenville Triumph SC have exercised their team option on keeper Paul Christensen, ensuring Paul’s return for the 2021 season.  The Triumph were the USL League One champions in 2020.

 

 

A Special Time in a Difficult Year

The image above is artwork we commissioned during my days at the NYSE. I look at it pretty much every day. To me, it captures the excitement, joy, wonder, and hope children have during the holiday season.  This year, we all need some of that joy and hope to help lift our spirits in what has been a year to forget.

 

But it is also a year to recognize the amazing work of our first responders and health care workers…and the scientists who have developed a breakthrough vaccination in what is actually a very short time.

 

With our teams largely working from home and, like everyone around the world, praying for the development of the vaccine and a return to “life as normal,” we opted this year to send our holiday wishes electronically.

 

And as we have in years past, we made several contributions during the year to organizations dedicated to helping others, including the FDNY FoundationCento Amici,  RWJUH and The Hurley Family Foundation.
Enjoy this holiday season with your families. And stay safe.

—Bob Zito, Managing Partner, IPZ

 

 

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November Newsletter

Philadelphia Union Academy Star Joins IPZ

WARREN, NJ (November 12, 2020) — Quinn Sullivan, a versatile midfielder and top prospect within the Philadelphia Union (MLS) and USA Soccer, has signed with IPZ, the company announced today.

The 16-year-old Philadelphia native has been a mainstay within the Philadelphia Union Academy, representing the club at every age group. Most recently, Quinn played as an amateur for the professional side Philadelphia Union II, which in 2020, competed in the United Soccer League Championship (USLC), the second division of United States professional soccer.

Quinn will officially embark on his professional soccer career, starting January 1, 2021, when he joins the First Team of the Philadelphia Union. The Philadelphia Union have a history of developing young talent and were recipients of the 2020 MLS Supporters’ Shield, an achievement given to the club with the best regular season record in MLS.

“I didn’t choose IPZ. IPZ, and in particular Jeff Curtin, chose me,” said Sullivan. “Jeff has watched me play for a number of years and when the early bloomers were attracting the attention of agents and managers, Jeff saw something in me, and would come watch my games whenever he had the chance. My family and I appreciated that. It is obvious that the boutique nature of IPZ allows them to really focus on representing their clients holistically, and the proof is in the results- in a matter of months Jeff was able to secure me both a trial at Borussia Dortmund, a top German club, and a Homegrown Major League Soccer (MLS) contract with my hometown Philadelphia Union. I look forward to a long partnership with IPZ.”

“Quinn is an exceptional young talent,” said Curtin, Managing Director of IPZ. “At just sixteen years old, Quinn is ready to take the next step in his soccer career as a professional. Quinn has the talent, mindset and approach to be a great pro and we are delighted to have him officially join the IPZ family.”

See the Union’s Official Release here.

Luca Bernardi Wins the 2020 Campionato Italiano Velocità SuperSport600

Luca Bernardi, the San Marino rider of the Gomma Racing team, added two more podiums (seven out of eight races) in the historical circuit of Vallelunga in Rome, to clinch the Campionato Italiano Velocità SuperSport600 Championship.

After a tough year, Bernardi clinched the title with 152 points in only his second year participating at this event.

Along with this title, Bernardi has won the 2017 CIV Championship SuperSport 300 and the 2017 Yamaha R3 Cup.

Andrei Arlovski Adds to His Record

UFC Heavyweight and IPZ client, Andrei Arlovski, defeated Tanner Boser in the co-main event inside the Apex Las Vegas this past weekend.

Arlovski won via unanimous decision after surprising Boser with a spinning backfist in the final seconds of the second round.

“I looked at Boser and saw myself 21 years ago…He’s young, powerful, strong and hungry. I wish him good luck,” said Arlovski in an interview with ESPN after the fight.

This win marks his 19th win in the UFC’s heavyweight division, which is the most of all time. Even with this, Arlovski, now back in the top 15 rankings, has stated that his best is yet to come.

 

October Newsletter

Dimash Kudaibergen Works with Michael Kors on World Hunger Initiative

Dimash is partnering with Michael Kors in this year’s Watch Hunger Stop campaign. The program supports The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) which feeds children in schools around the world. The WFP was today named the winner of the Nobel Peace Prize.
This year’s product capsule includes the “Love” t-shirt and tote bag. All proceeds from the Michael Kors’ “Watch Hunger Stop” line, go toward supporting the WFP’s essential work in finding ways to provide children with the vital nutrition they need.
Dimash is proudly supporting his Love Shirt and encouraging his fans to support the program as well, through the month of October.

 

Visit www.watchhungerstop.com for program details, and visit https://www.michaelkors.com/trend/watch-hunger-stop/_/R-cat3450002 to learn more about Michael Kors’ products and involvement in the initiative.

 

Oleg Prudius Releases New Movie Trailer

Former WWE wrestler and renowned actor, Oleg Prudius–or the Moscow Mauler–has released a new trailer for his upcoming movie, Miami Heat. The movie, starring Prudius, has a storyline you won’t forget, as he battles human trafficking and saves his daughter.

 

Take a look at the trailer here.

 

Oleg, who was a ‘tag team’ champion in the WWE, was the USA Heavyweight Sambo Champion, and the U.S. Kickboxing Association Heavyweight Grappling Champion. He has appeared in numerous action movies and television series.

See some of his highlights at www.olegprudi.us.

 

 

Dimash Kudaibergen Appears on MTV’s Official YouTube Channel

Last Friday, October 2nd, Dimash appeared on MTV’s YouTube Channel live stream. He was the first Kazakh artist to debut a song on MTV’s YouTube Channel in Kazakh. He was among the top five most requested singers of the night.

Dimash and his Dears did so well that he has been invited back to this week’s MTV YouTube live stream, (tonight) on October 9th. You can stream here.

IPZ to Work with Interperformances Client, Paolo Diana

Paolo Diana on the podium and with Interperformances President, Luciano “Lucky” Capicchioni and the Director of Women’s Division, Valentina Fabbri

IPZ will begin working with Interperformances client, Paolo Diana. The 44-year-old rally driver made his first debut in 2000 and has been driving ever since. He has made his mark in Italy and around Europe, most notably for his Fiat 131.

 

This past weekend, Diana clinched the third step of the podium at the Legend Show, the opening event of the 18th RallyLegend in San Marino. Paolo Diana, helped by the navigator Francesco Fresu, was thrilled after the race:

 

“[Last night] we started the warm-up for the weekend special stages. It was really great to compete with so many champions and get on the podium with Adrien Foumaux and Ken Block: each of them is a top driver in what they do. Being there with them was a great matter of pride for me. I was also very pleased to have given the emotion of the podium to my friend and navigator Francesco Fresu, at his first RallyLegend.”

IPZ September Newsletter

Pat Andree Signs Professional Basketball Contract

Pat Andree has signed with S.C. Lusitania for the upcoming season and leaves this week to meet his new team in Portugal.

 

S.C. Lusitania has a long history of success, having been founded in 1922 as a professional basketball and soccer club. The basketball team is currently coached by Nuno Barroso, and features several American players.

“We’re thrilled that Pat will have the opportunity to make an impact on a team and in a league that is highly-regarded throughout Europe,” said IPZ Founder, Robert Zito. “Because of COVID-19 and travel restrictions, this has been a difficult year for players to find opportunities. We sincerely appreciate the help we got from Dewey Hawkins and JCK Sports Group in opening this door.”

 

New Project by Dimash Kudaibergen in the Works

On the heels of Dimash’s recent success following the release of Qairan Elim, he is back in the studio working on his next project.

Upon release, Qairan Elim hit one million views on YouTube…in less than a week.

What’s he working on now? His new project—we believe—will capture the attention of his fans worldwide, and build on his growing legion of followers around the globe. It will be a “first” for an artist from that region of the world. Stay tuned.

 

Oleg Prudius to Launch New Vodka

Oleg Prudius has a lot of accomplishments under his belt, but is most notably recognized and applauded for being the infamous “Moscow Mauler” on WWE.

Oleg trademarked the “Moscow Mauler” name, and will now be the face of a signature vodka brand. “Moscow Mauler Vodka” is the first vodka to be distilled in Ukraine.

“Today’s modern market consumers are looking deeper into quality, and have discovered the importance of the distillation and filtration process, which has a direct influence on the quality and the final result of the beverage,” said Oleg.

“Moscow Mauler” Vodka is a record-breaking nine times distilled and seven times filtered, five times through quartz.

The bottle is hand crafted, made of copper, and decorated with Swarovski crystals.

The vodka is set to be distributed in the coming months, following the release of Oleg’s new movie, Miami Heat.

 

Motorcycle Pilot Luca Bernardi Adds IPZ to His Team

Interperformances’ client Luca Bernardi, a 19-year-old Motorcycle Champion from San Marino, will be represented by IPZ, working with Interperformances, for global brand support.

Bernardi got on his first bike when he was very young, and began competing in the little league category of motorcycle at the age of five. He has collected the 2007, 2008, and 2009 editions of the Adriatic Trophy in the UISP Championship, along with the Trifoglio di Cattolica Trophy, the UISP Italy Trophy, and the Regional Endurance Championship.

In 2010, Luca became the official Polini Minimoto rider, where he finished in first, which guaranteed him access to the Italian Championship Final where he won fifth place.

 

In the last ten years, Luca has won each year at the Italian Championship. He is currently sponsored by Caberg (Helmet), Eyerise (Sunglasses), Gimoto (Suit), xTech (First Layer), NAS (Clothing Store), GASSS (Event Organizer), and World line (Transportation).

 

“Luca is a fearless, driven competitor who will catch the attention of brands hoping to reach the Motorcycle demographic,” said Zito. “And at 19 years of age, he has an amazing future to look forward to.”

 

IPZ Welcomes Darius Williams

Williams originally began his college career at Paris Junior College before transferring to Cal State Bakersfield and then ultimately finishing his college career at Southern University, where he began to shine. The smooth and athletic Williams averaged 7 points per game, 6 rebounds, and 2 assists on 55% shooting for a Southern team that was inches away from qualifying for the NCAA tournament.

 

As talented as Darius is on the court, he is equally as skilled and dedicated when it comes to his music. Darius recently released a song on YouTube titled “What’s the Word” that is nearing 10,000 views.

 

The multitalented Williams will begin his professional basketball career with Cactus Tbilisi in the Georgian Superliga.

 

 

 

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The Fight Library Interviews Alexey Oleynik: 10 More Years

Oleinik is coming off of a win over former heavyweight champion, Fabricio Werdum, at UFC 249. The fight was looked forward to by many fans due to the level of grappling to be seen at the fight. But, Oleinik kept the fight standing most of the time, using his absurd 80″ reach to wail on Werdum. He pointed out that the fight isn’t a grappling fight and that he is a mixed martial artist.

“Yes, Werdum and I had a great fight. We fought with him striking, wrestling and grappling. I can work standing, I can work on the ground. I don’t know what to use in a fight, it depends on my opponent. I can work everywhere.”

[…]

Oleinik is prepared for the toughness and power of Lewis and plans to approach it like he does any other fight: smartly.

“Derrick Lewis hits hard, maybe the hardest in the UFC. I have to do my camp for a couple months. You can work with hard striking with only your mind and your technique. That’s how I’ve prepared for this fight.”

Read the full story here.

‘A Beast and a Boa’: Alexey Oleynik takes on Derrick Lewis August 8

UFC on ESPN+ 32 poster revealed: ‘A Beast and a Boa’ take center stage

 

A clash of styles will headline the UFC’s Aug. 8 card.

Derrick Lewis faces Aleksei Oleinik in the main event of UFC on ESPN+ 32, which takes place at the UFC Apex in Las Vegas.

Former UFC heavyweight title challenger Lewis (23-7 MMA, 14-5 UFC) snapped a two-fight losing skid with back-to-back decision wins over Blagoy Ivanov and Ilir Latifi.

At the age of 43, Oleinik (59-13-1 MMA, 8-4 UFC) is the oldest heavyweight on the UFC roster, but the submission specialist has won his past two in a row, most recently edging out former UFC heavyweight champion Fabricio Werdum at UFC 249 in May.

 

Read the full article and check out the official poster on MMA Junkie here.

Kazakh Pop Singer Dimash Kudaibergen Signs On With U.S. Talent Scouts, Finishes His Master’s Degree

Popular Kazakh pop-star Dimash Kudaibergen marked two important milestones in his career on June 18. The singer signed on with the American IPZ talent promotion agency on June 1st, the agency’s press service announced on June 18th. IPZ will represent Kudaibergen and develop strategies to promote him to American audiences.

 

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As a student majoring in Music Composition, the second big milestone for Kudaibergen on June 18 was his outstanding defence of his master’s thesis at the Kazakh National University of Arts. The jury members gave his thesis, “Personal image of traditional musicians,” 100 points, the university instagram page reported. Due to the pandemic, Kudaibergen had to present his thesis virtually.

 

Read the full story here.

KAZINFORM International News Agency: Kazakhstan’s Dimash Kudaibergen signs contract with IPZ

NEW JERSEY. KAZINFORM Dimash Kudaibergen, a 26-year-old Kazakh singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known for his vocal range, has signed with IPZ, Kudaibergen and IPZ announced early June.

 

Read the full story here.

Music, Punches, and Hoops – IPZ’s Latest Newsletter

Kazakh Music Artist, Dimash Kudaibergen, to be Represented by IPZ

WARREN, N.J., (June 1, 2020) — Dimash Kudaibergen, a 26-year-old Kazakh singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist, known for his vocal range, has signed with IPZ, Kudaibergen and IPZ announced today.
“Dimash is a multi-talented artist who is just beginning to gain recognition in the United States,” said IPZ managing partner Robert Zito. “He has tremendous opportunities to expand his already successful career and will be an asset to global brands looking to connect with his followers.”

 

The University-trained singer comes from Aktobe, Kazakhstan, and has been performing on-stage since the age of two, winning his first musical contest at the age of six. He graduated in Classical Music (Bel Canto) from the music institute of K. Zhubanov University in Aktobe, in 2014. Upon graduation, he began his studies in Contemporary Music at Kazakh National University of Arts in Astana. He graduated with a Major in Vocal in 2018 and is now taking his Masters in Composing.

 

Kudaibergen has performed songs in twelve different languages and plays seven instruments. He is currently bilingual in Kazakh and Russian and is studying English and Mandarin. Kudaibergen has earned multiple awards around the world, including “Best Asian Singer,” his first Chinese Award.

 

Dimash released his first self-composed work in 2012, and his second, Unforgettable Day, in 2015. In 2016, Kudaibergen had his first headlining tour, Unforgettable Day, holding 25 concerts in 25 regions of Kazakhstan. The 2015 Slavianski Bazaar Grand Prix Winner rose to fame around the world, most notably in China as a “wildcard competitor” in Hunan TV’s Singer 2017. On Singer, Kudaibergen sang his own song “Unforgettable Day” which sent his song to the top of the Fresh Asia Music Charts. He has appeared at many music festivals around the world, including his appearance at the 2016 Women’s Day concert in Astana, where he sang with his parents, and the “All Stars for My Beloved” concert dedicated to International Women’s Day in Moscow.

 

Following Singer, Kudaibergen sold out his first large-scale solo concert, “Beginning”, and had continued success throughout China and Russia. Last year, Kudaibergen was introduced to the United States as the “Six Octave Man” and the “man with the world’s widest vocal range”. Also in 2019, he released his first album, which reached platinum status within 37 seconds after release, and triple-platinum within an hour of release. In December, he performed in the United States for the first time, selling out the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

 

Kudaibergen’s Arnau World Tour began in February 2020, where all six events were sold out. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted his tour until further notice. However, Kudaibergen has not let the pandemic halt his reach. In Nur-Sultan and Aktobe, he has provided more than 100 families in need with donations of food and supplies.

 

“Reaching audiences in the United States is the next logical step in my career,” said Dimash. “I have been extremely fortunate to this point in my life to have the support and guidance of my parents, friends and family, as well at times as our entire nation. I hope my continued growth will help the world see the cultural beauty of my home.”

 

Aside from music, Dimash has ventures in modeling, fragrances and acting. He is also very involved in humanitarianism, performing at numerous charitable events, and is a goodwill ambassador of the “Listen Project” by the Audiology Development Foundation of China Trust Fund, that provides hearing aid devices and education to hearing-impaired children.

 

Alexey Oleynik featured in Miami Herald Following UFC 249 Win

American Top Team’s Alexey Oleynik made history during UFC’s history making return

by Jim Varsallone, Miami Herald, June 16, 2020

 

UFC returned May 9 in Florida in Jacksonville with UFC 249.

That wasn’t the only history being made that night as UFC fighter Alexey Oleynik was making history, too.
Not only was he part of the historic card, the first since the coronavirus pandemic, but this South Florida resident, via Russia, won his bout, beating Fabricio Werdum to become the first MMA fighter in history to win fights in four decades.

Oleynik is 42-years-old, in shape, ranked Top 10 UFC heavyweights, has a 59-13-1 record (8-4 in UFC with five Performance of the Night wins). He fought twice for UFC in Russia, including the first time UFC conducted a show there, and the hometown hero won beating Mark Hunt.

Oleynik visits family and friends in Russia when time permits.

Through a friend, Oleynik moved from Russia to South Florida about four years ago, joining the award-winning American Top Team training center, based in Coconut Creek.

Read the full article on The Miami Herald here.

 

Alexey Oleynik expected to headline UFC card in August

Derrick Lewis vs. Alexey Oleinik expected to headline UFC card on Aug. 8

A heavyweight fight between Derrick Lewis and Alexey Oleinik is expected to headline the upcoming UFC card on August 8 in the United States.

Multiple sources confirmed to MMA Fighting that verbal agreements are in place for the matchup following an initial report from ESPN.

Read the full story on MMA Fighting here.

 

Pat Andree Featured in Asbury Park Press

Pat Andree, Former CBA Star, Ready for Pro Basketball Career Leap

Sherlon Christie, Asbury Park Press, May 13, 2020

Some 40 years after Bob Roma set it, Pat Andree eclipsed his total of 1,671 career points

He’s made an impression everywhere he’s shot a basketball for a team.

From the hardwood floors at his high school alma mater of Christian Brothers Academy in Middletown, to Stabler Arena in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, to PNC Arena in Raleigh, North Carolina, Pat Andree is ready to take the next step in his basketball career.
He’s ready to go pro.

“It is what I have wanted to do. I pictured myself graduating college and going on this route,” said Colts Neck native Andree, a 6-foot-8 forward who’s a skilled catch-and-shoot threat on offense. “My dad Tim played overseas for seven or eight years. So, when I moved from Lehigh University to North Carolina State University and away from my family and friends, it was a trial run of what life would be like living on my own.”
Read the full story here.

 

Andrei Arlovski Celebrates UFC Fight Night Win

Andrei Arlovski found out what happens when he sticks to his team’s game plan

by Matt Erickson and John Morgan, MMA Junkie, May 15, 2020

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Andrei Arlovski beat Philipe Lins with a unanimous decision Wednesday on the main card at UFC on ESPN+ 29 in Jacksonville, Fla.
Take a look inside the fight with Arlovski, who has alternated wins and losses his past four fights.
Read the full article on MMAJunkie here.

 

 

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American Top Team’s Alexey Oleynik made history during UFC’s history making return

UFC returned May 9 in Florida in Jacksonville with UFC 249.

 

That wasn’t the only history being made that night as UFC fighter Alexey Oleynik was making history, too.

 

Not only was he part of the historic card, the first since the coronavirus pandemic, but this South Florida resident, via Russia, won his bout, beating Fabricio Werdum to become the first MMA fighter in history to win fights in four decades…

Nicknamed the Boa Constrictor, Oleynik is the first fighter in UFC history to finish with an Ezekiel choke. He is also the only fighter in UFC history to finish with an Ezekiel choke (twice)…

Read the full article in The Miami Herald here.