IRONHEART CROWN XI: APOCALYPSESaturday, November 18, 2006Hammond Civic Center Arena – Hammond, IndianaJust 30 Minutes from Downtown Chicago!Doors open at 5:00 PM, Fights begin promptly at 7:30 PM
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Chicago, IL – The Ironheart Crown returns again to the Hammond Civic Center in what promises to be one of the most exciting shows to date. After recently breaking new ground by airing on primetime Comcast SportsNet, the show is set again to blaze another trail. On November 18, 2006 the IHC will be featuring elite European fighters on the card! In conjunction with theEuropean Shooto Commission and Shooto Finland, Ironheart Promoters Braulio Corral and Eric Moon have arranged to import two top European Welterweights.
Jani Lax of Karlstad, Sweden is ranked number 10 in the world by the International Shooto Commission, and he is currently the number one contender for the European Shooto Welterweight Title. He has a win bysubmission over Pride veteran Joachin Hansen. Lax is reputably as comfortable on his feet as he is on the ground with nearly a hundred boxing and thai boxing fights under his belt. His grappling has been honed at the Scandanavian Academy of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and he has won most of his fights by submission.
Lax will be facing a game enough oppeonent in Jon Mahlow, formerly of Team Mash in Detroit but now operating out of Florida. Mahlow is a top contenderfor the King of the Cage Lightweight title and is one of the most exciting fighters featured on the Ironheart Crown to date, victorious in both of his prior IHC fights. Regardless of the outcome, this will be a match to remember!
Tom Niinimaki, hailing from Helsinki, Finland is a team-mate of Lax’s despite competing at the same weight. He is currently ranked number 3 on the European Shooto circuit. He will be facing Tristan Yunker of Damage, Inc in Indianapolis. Yunker, a formidable grappler, is known best for his victory over the lightweight juggernaut, Clay Guida.
Also in the Class-A line up and ranked number 4 in the Pan-American Shooto division, Joao Herdy of Indianapolis will be facing his toughest opponent todate in Micah Miller who remains undefeated with a record of 10 wins and no losses against strong competition.
And rounding out the headline bouts, UFC veteran Derrick Noble, a highly regarded Shooto veteran, will be facing Jason Gilliam who remains undefeatedwith a record of 13-0.
The undercard is also stacked with up-and-coming talent. Kyle Watson will face Dan Spychalski in the middleweight division. Aaron Kreke will face Nick Barlow in the light-heavyweight division. Jared McMahon returns to the ring against Nick Miner in the welterweight division. And Dan Hornbucklewill face Ryan Delorenzo in the light-heavyweight division. Other fighters on the card include Bill Boland from the Shah Franco Team in Toronto, Ontario, Canada along with Rafael Rebello and Lucas Lopes from the American Top Team in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. There are a total of 16 fights on the card which promises to keep fans on the edge of their seats from start to finish.
This show, sponsored again by Rockstar Energy Drink, Tapout Sportswear, and the local Woodhollow Lounge will air again on Comcast Sportsnet this Spring.
Also watch for explosive growth in the IHC over the next six months as the show returns to its original home in Chicago with bigger cards and a heavierfocus on international talent.
Tickets are on sale now for the upcoming November 18th show and a limited number of reserved and VIP ringside seats are available. For information and tickets, visit the website online at www.ironheartcrown.tv or call 219-688-7363 in Northwest Indiana or 773-793-6555 in Chicagoland.