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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Bonecrunch Fighting Knocks Out 2008 Season Schedule
Tickets, VIP Seats and Sponsorship Packages Available Now
SARASOTA, FLA. (December 10, 2007) — The premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) team fighting league featuring local fighters, Bonecrunch Fighting, is proud to announce its tournament-style 2008 schedule to find the nation’s toughest team. On January 12, the first quarterfinals event will pit Ross Kellin’s Lakeland Blaze against Tim Riddle’s Cincinnati Norsemen in the first five bouts and in the second five bouts, Rob Kahn’s Tampa Terrors will take on UFC veteran Din Thomas’s Port St. Lucie Devils. Kicking off the 2008 Bonecrunch Fighting season at 7:30 p.m. at Lakeland Center in Lakeland, Fla., the January 12 fight card rosters include:
W Ross Kellin’s Lakeland Blaze vs. Tim Riddle’s Cincinnati Norsemen
145 – Steven Weeks (pro debut) vs. Ryan McIntosh (0-2-0)
155 – Cris Fortin (pro debut) vs Josh Beck (pro debut)
170 – Joe Robinson (1-0-0) vs Bobby Friend (pro debut)
170 – Danny Ruiz (5-1-0) vs. Chris Reedy (3-4-0)
H – John Schall (2-1-0) vs. Matt Terlau (4-0-0)
W Rob Kahn’s Tampa Terrors vs. Din Thomas’ Port St. Lucie Devils
135 – Gilberto Burgos (1-0-0) vs. Pat Seidel (1-1-0)
145 – John Turner (pro debut) vs. Stephen Bass (1-0-0)
170 – Joe “Bamboo” Wissman (1-0-0) vs. Mike Hyman (pro debut)
185 – Brandon Sene (2-0-0) vs. Ira Guyer (2-0-0)
H – Alonzo Roane (pro debut) vs. Joe Stutzman (1-0-0)
All fighters and bouts are subject to change and Florida State Boxing Commission approval. Available now through Ticketmaster, tickets for the January 12 fight card start at only $20. VIP seating and sponsorships are also available.
The second fight card in the quarterfinals will take place at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. on February 9, when veteran IFL fighter Josh Odom’s Tallahassee Warriors will compete against UFC Fighter Seth Petruzelli’s Orlando Iron Monkeys. Also on February 9, Mike Lee’s Sarasota Slammers — with a new coach and fighters — will seek vengeance in a rematch with John Barrena’s Miami Crazy Wolves. Winning teams in the quarterfinals advance to the semifinals on April 5 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. The championship date and location have yet to be determined. The victorious champion team receives a trophy and each fighter and trainer receives a custom championship ring.
One of the nation’s leading MMA video producers and distributors, FightZone TV, will broadcast Bonecrunch Fighting’s 2008 season on the Fox Sports-owned SunSports Network to over 6 million Florida homes and over 2 million national subscribers of Direct TV and the Dish Network. Randy Harris of Talking Sports Network will be the lead commentator, assisted by Benjamin Glossip and Joe Marquis. SunSports Network will broadcast at least four battles between Bonecrunch Fighting’s eight teams with acclaimed trainers and fighters from top martial arts schools.
Bonecrunch Fighting is the nation's first mixed martial arts (MMA) league with local teams and local fan allegiance, entertaining fans with evenly matched professional fights and lively between-fight entertainment. With the assistance of an experienced and supportive leadership team, Sarasota, FL.-based Bonecrunch Fighting offers excellent sponsorship opportunities for companies interested in reaching the affluent 18-45 year old demographic locally, regionally, and nationally. Currently, the league has eight teams: Cincinnati Norsemen, Lakeland Blaze, Miami Crazy Wolves, Port St. Lucie Devils, Sarasota Slammers, Orlando Iron Monkeys, Tallahassee Warriors and Tampa Terrors. For more information on Bonecrunch Fighting and its leadership team please visit www.bonecrunchfighting.com.