RING OF FIRE 29: AFTERSHOCK!!
ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy toannounce the fight card for ROF 29: AFTERSHOCK. The 12 bout MMA event will take place on Saturday, April 28th 2007 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado.
The name AFTERSHOCK was appropriately chosenfor the follow up to the record breaking February event.
Over 5000 fans witnessed history that night as notonly were attendance records broken, butfor the first time a Colorado based promotion aired on a national broadcast.
On April 28th three Championship Belts will be on theline. Also for the first time in the seven year history of the promotion, all matches will take place in a cageinstead of a ring.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~205 lb CHAMPIONSHIP
Unlike in boxing where heavyweights reign supreme,in MMA the light heavyweight division is the mostrecognizable in the sport. In the seven years that RINGOF FIRE has been on the circuit, the 205 belt hasremained vacant. That will change on April 28 th. Topnational grappler Eliot Marshall will look to add ROF Champion to his long list of credentials. The BJJ Black Belt is undefeated in MMA with a perfect 4-0 record. Following in many top fighter’s footsteps, Marshall makes regular trips to New Mexico to train with TeamJackson’s in Albuquerque. Also hoping to add the belt to his collection is Las Vegasbased fighter Marcus Sursa. He has taken advantage of his location and trained with the top who’ s who list of MMA fighters out there. The Jungle Fight Brazil veteran caught promoter Sven Bean’s eye at the K-1 Tryouts over the last two years. Sursa finished at the top of the tryouts session and was offered fights but scheduling conflicts kept him off past ROF cards. He now gets his ROF appearance and it is against the promotion’s #1 ranked fighter.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~205 lb SUPER FIGHT
UFC veteran, BIG Mike Nickels returns tocompetition following his first round victory over WesCombs at the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Finale.Nickels finished the then undefeated fighter with apicture perfect rear naked choke. Already having local notoriety as one of the top tattoo artists, the Ultimate Fighter and UFC appearances elevated him tocelebrity status. Nickels will be fighting in front of hishometown for the first time since September of 2005.His opponent, Carpaccio Owen last appeared at ROF 28 when he defeated K-1 veteran Andre Walker. He admitted that the altitude affected his performance, and plans to rectify that for ROF 29.
The active duty Army Combatives champion will cometo Colorado a week early to get acclimated. He will bestaying at Fort Carson to train, and will be makingappearances and promoting the event as well. Hehopes to bring a few hundred new Army fans with himwhen he returns to ROF.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~145 lb CHAMPIONSHIP
Also on April 28th, ROF Flyweight ChampionChristian Allen will defend his belt. Allen’s nicknameRELENTLESS comes from his fighting style in thering. He has the conditioning level to set an incrediblepace of lightning quick stand up and rapid firesubmission attempts. He became the ROF Championin February of last year with a submission victory overJoe Doherty. A severe back injury kept him sidelinedfor the rest of 2006. He went through an extensiverehab and has been training non stop for his first titledefense. Standing in his way will be Ryan Hassfrom Des Moines, Iowa. Hass lives, eats, and breaths MMA. Besides training full time as a professional fighter, he is also the co-promoter of Midwest Cage Fighting Championship with UFC veteran John Halverson.
Hass is a fitness junkie, and spends most of his timesplit between working out in the gym and on the mattraining MMA. While his ground game is his strongpoint he feels very comfortable on his feet. On paperthis is one of the most even matches on the card.Height, weight, style , and record. But this is MMA andstatistics mean nothing when the doors shuts. Whatmatters is who wants the belt more.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~155 lb FEATURE BOUT
One of RING OF FIRE’s most popular fighters isknown to fans simply as the COWBOY. Donald Cerrone
earned the nick name in high school after a short stintas a pro bull rider. He amassed an impressive 22-0-1 in kickboxing before making the move to MMA.To date he has a perfect MMA record 5-0 record. None of his previous ROF opponents chose to “stand and bang”, and the COWBOY finished them all by submission.
His opponent at ROF 28 , also undefeated in MMA,may be the first to test those waters. Muay Thai stylist Anthony Njokuani hails from Dallas Texas.His trainer is the legendary 6 time World Muay ThaiChampion Saekson Janjira. Njokuanistands 6’0 tall and is incredibly dangerous on hisfeet. He has a 7-0 record in MMA and is coming off 1st round head kick K.O. victory in March. This matchhas fight of the night written all over it.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~155 lb FEATURE BOUT
Luke “Lil’ HULK” Caudillo could be referred toas the gate keeper at 155 for RING OF FIRE. Since debuting for the promotion back in 2003, he has fought six times against some of the best lightweights in theregion. He has recently moved to Denver and istraining at Nathan Marquardt’s High Altitude Gym.Caudillo is coming off a 3 fight win streak, highlightedby a 16 second K.O. in Canada’s TKO organization.His opponent, Dennis “The Piranha” Davis isone of the nation’s top an up and coming lightweights.He holds several titles and plans on continuing hisdominance in the lightweight division. His accoladesinclude a FCFF lightweight Champion, CFClightweight Champion, and 4-time Sportfightlightweight Champion. Davis has a dangerous groundgame and was originally trained by the worldrenowned Team Quest.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~YOUNG GUNS CHAMPIONSHIP
Young Gun Champion Tyler THUNDER Tonerwill be defending his belt at ROF 29. TheBrazilian Jiujitsu stylist is undefeated in MMA with aperfect 5-0 record. All but one of his fights have endedby TKO or submission in the first round. Toner hasone punch knockout power, and very slick submissionskills. Toner’s opponent Scott Jorgensen wrestled in college for Boise State University. He is a 3 time PAC-10 champion and finished in the top twelve at the NCAA national tournament. Scott began his MMA career in 2006 and has put together a 4-1 record. He was also a training/sparring partner of World Champion Urijah Faber for his last fight.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~WORLD CLASS ARENA
The 45 million dollarBroomfield Event Center opened in Novemberof 2006. It ishome to the Colorado RAGE hockey teamand the Colorado 14ers basketball franchise. Thefacility is state of the art and there is not a bad seatin the house.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!
Tickets for the event are on sale now and can bepurchased at the Event Center Box Office,
Charge by phone at 303-410-T I X S, or online at www.broomfieldeventcenter.com (http://rs6.net/tn.jsp?t=vnqcz6bab.0.ecme68bab.bfwx5vbab.3169&ts=S0242&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.broomfieldeventcenter.com). Ticket Prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $55.00 for reserved seating (facilty fees not included).
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