Wednesday, October 4th, 2006 (Cleveland, OH): We are less then four days from the return of Gladiators Fighting MMA to Cleveland. “Caged Vengeance 2” is set for this Saturday night, October 7th, 2006 at the historic Gray’s Armory centrally located in downtown Cleveland, Ohio.
Headlining the main event is Ohio’s Josh “Heavy” Hendricks (14-4) who will be defending his Gladiators Fighting MMA Heavyweight belt for the first time since winning the title this past June in Cleveland. His opponent will be 2 time UFC veteran Geza Kalman (4-2) of Canada who returns to the cage with the hopes of putting his name back on the MMA map by beating a streaking Hendricks who hasnt tasted defeat in his last seven bouts.
Donnie Walker (6-3) will replace team mate Jason Dent and will face off with Erie, PA’s Dan “The Pennsylvania Hitman” Swift (27-19) for the vacant Gladiators Fighting MMA Lightweight title. After Dent recently agreed to terms with the UFC, the door opened for Walker to step in and make a name of his own in front of the home town fans. “Having the hometown crowd behind me gives me an unspoken advantage inside the cage, even if I am entering this fight as the underdog. Clevelanders tend to hate everything from Pennsylvania, which comes from the whole Browns-Steelers rivalry” said Walker on his hometown edge this weekend.
Replacing a medically suspended Thomas Russell, Team Higher Power’s Ron Hedges (4-1) will face the biggest test of his young career as he clashes with current Gladiators Middleweight Champion Mitch Whitesel. After defeating UFC veteran Adrian Serrano to capture the middleweight title this past June in Milwaukee, Whitesel (5-3) may be at the top of his game and hopes this will be the start of a long reign as king of the Gladiators middleweight division.
Kickboxing champion and World Combat League star Ryan “The Lion” Madigan will look for his second mixed martial arts win when he battles Wreckroon Athletics Chad Trukovich this weekend. After an impressive second round TKO win over Clint “The Haymaker” Zeedyk at Fight Nite in the Flats 2, Madigan will brings his hard hitting style of fighting to Cleveland for a scheduled three round war with Trukovich who is among the heaviest handed Gladiators in the welterweight class.
Fan favorite Jason “Freebird” Freeman (4-1) returns to the caged coliseum when he tangles with Hammer House slugger Justin Geesey (2-1) in a light heavyweight contenders bout. A former world tough man finalist with an amatuer record of 77-5, Freeman has quickly garnered the attention of fellow Gladiators with the help of a ferocious right hand. When asked in a recent interview about current Gladiators Light Heavyweight Champion Rob Wince, Freman replied “He’s a tough competitor and I respect him as fighter. However, that’s my title, not his; and I’m coming to get it.”
In another highly anticipated clash, unbeaten welterweight “Smokin’” Joe Heiland (4-0) will take on Rising Dragon’s Frank Carabello (1-1) in what promises to be a slugfest as both fighters come in off impressive wins their last time in the cage.
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Gladiators Preliminary Card:
155lbs – Paul Compton 3-0 (Fikes Combined Martial Arts – Cleveland, OH) vs Leo Fowler 2-1 (Team Predator – Newark, OH)
205lbs – Jason Scherer 0-0 (Hammer House) vs Nicholas Duell 0-1 (Ryan Madigans Jungle Fight Team – Canton, OH)
170 lbs – AJ Pulling 3-2 (Team Griffon-Rawl Cleveland, OH) vs Ryan Victory 0-1 (Erie Swat Team – Erie, PA)
185 lbs – Ricky “The Thriller” Miller 1-0 (Ryan Madigan’s Jungle Fight Team – Canton, OH) vs Jamie Niner 0-0 (Brunswick Fight Team – Brunswick, OH)
155 lbs – John “The Mongoose” Myers 4-2 (Dover, Oh) vs Mike Nesto 3-0 (Shrader’s MMA – Uniontown, PA)
170 lbs – “Smokin” Joe Heiland 4-0 (Strong Style Fight Team – Cleveland, Oh) vs Frank Carabello 1-1 (Rising Dragon Fight Team – Cleveland, Oh)
Gladiators Featured Card
155 lbs – Tommy “Gun” Ridenbaugh 2-4 (Hammer House – Newark, OH) vs TBA
170 lbs – Ryan “The Lion” Madigan 1-0 (Team BOF/Jungle Fight Team – Akron, OH) vs Chad Trukovich 2-2 (Wreckroom Athletics – Ashland, OH)
205 lbs – Jason “Freebird” Freeman 4-1 (Vander Fighting Systems – Dover, OH) vs Justin Geesey 2-1 (Hammer House – Newark, OH)
Gladiators Middleweight Title Fight – Mitch Whitesel 5-3 (Wreckroom Athletics – Ashland, OH) vs Ron Hedges 4-1 (Higher Power MMA Team – Newark,OH)
Gladiators Lightweight Title Fight – Donnie Walker 6-3 (Team GriffonRawl – Cleveland, OH) vs Dan “The Pennsylvania Hitman” Swift 27-19 (Team DNA – Erie, PA)
MAIN EVENT: Gladiators HW Title Fight – Josh “Heavy” Hendricks 14-4 (Strong Style Fight Team – Cleveland, OH) vs Geza Kalman 4-2 (Suffer System Fighting Team – London, Ontario, CA)
*All bouts and appearances subject to change
“Caged Vengeance 2” is sponsored by Betonfighting.com, PKW Live, 2XL Sports Gear, Bloody Buddy Fight Gear, MMAvideo.com, Sounds Crazy Entertainment and SportstalkCleveland.com.
For more information or for media credentials, please contact Greg Kalikas at 330-324-3034 or via email at Greg@prokarateweekly.com. You can also visit www.ProKarateWeekly.com or www.GladiatorsFights.com for a complete list of all upcoming Gladiators Fighting events and fighter profiles. And dont forget to tune in to PKW LIVE tonight for a special Caged Vengeance 2 preview show featuring live interviews with Josh Hendricks, Geza Kalman and UFC star Rich Franklin…..7 PM EST only at PKWLive.com!