Female Champion In MMA Debut At Marriott

Female World Boxing ChampionIn Historic MMA DebutSpringFist I Show Also Featured Pre Show Concert It All Happens This Sunday Afternoon 3pm At Marriott

For only the second time in history, a former world boxing champion will cross over to Mixed Martial Arts, and it will happen this Sunday afternoon, April 13th in the Irvine Marriott’s Grand Ballroom. Former International Boxing Association World Flyweight Champion Wendy Rodriguez will be making her MMA debut when she faces Seattle’s Heather Basquil on the big SpringFist I MMA show, the second installation of promoter Roy Englebrecht’s Fist Series and the action will be intense! The 3:00pm SpringFist I show will highlight seven Orange County fighters in seven pro MMA bouts plus feature a pre show concert by the Orange County metal band Painting In Negatives.

Rodriguez who fought some of the top flyweights in the world, including world champions Regina Halmich and Carina Moreno, and has a stellar 18-4 pro boxing record, will be unveiling her mixed martial arts skills that she has learned over the past four months training at the Krav Maga Center in Los Angeles. She will meet a tough fighter in 1-1 Heather Basquil, who lost a close three round decision to Jennifer Pene at WinterFist in February.

Other area fighters on the pro card include Fernando Serratos out of No Limits, Jarrod Kwity out of Millenia, Tyler Weathers out of Joker’s Wild Gym, Patrick Doty out of LA Boxing in Mission Viejo and Travis McRoberts and John Sassone out of Huntington Beach’s Ultimate Training Center to name a few. The complete fight card is available at www.battleintheballroom.com.

As an added bonus at SpringFist I, the metal band Painting In Negatives will perform a pre show concert starting at 2pm and play between bouts. Out of Newport Beach, the five member group has a big So Cal following, and the concert is free with your SpringFist I admission.

Good tickets for this Sunday’s SpringFist I show are still available at www.battleintheballroom.com.

* SummerFist MMA Show Coming To Orange County Fair

For the first time in MMA history, a pro mixed martial arts show will be featured at a Summer Fair. Mark Sunday, July 27 on your calendar for SummerFist 2008 at the Orange County Fair in Costa Mesa. The show is free with Fair Admission, but you can purchase close VIP seats at only $12.50 at a special Pre Sale starting Tuesday, April 8th. Just login at www.ticketmaster.com/venue/90262 and use password REE. Follow instruction for the OC Fair and SummerFist 2008. It will be a great night of MMA action and a great day at the Fair!

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