Missy Hurley sent along the following:
Rapidly expanding to showcase a number of local skilled fighters, Bonecrunch Fighting is proud to announce that it has added four teams to its professional MMA franchise league and attracted renowned MMA fighters and trainers, Din Thomas, Seth Petruzelli, Tim Riddle and Kurt Pellegrino, to lead the new teams.
Seven-time UFC veteran Din Thomas will lead the Port St. Lucie Devils. With an exemplary record as an MMA fighter and trainer, Thomas was featured on season four of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter.” A professional boxer, Black Belt under the World Grappling Association and Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, Thomas has trained under 1976 Olympic Gold Medalist Howard Davis, World Kickboxing Champion Mike Bell and Ricardo Liborio. Throughout his illustrious MMA career, Thomas has earned titles such as ISCF World Welterweight Champion, three-time WEF Lightweight Champion, two-time RSF Lightweight Champion, WKA MMA Lightweight Champion. He has also competed in Shooto Japan, Inoki Bom Ba Ye Japan and Superbrawl Hawaii. Affiliated with American Top Team, Thomas runs ATTPSL, which has two locations on Florida’s east central coast.
Leading the Orlando Iron Monkeys, Seth Petruzelli is a two-time UFC veteran. With an impressive record as an MMA fighter and trainer, Petruzelli was featured on Spike TV’s season two of “The Ultimate Fighter”. Training in martial arts since he was six years old, his distinctions include titles in various MMA promotions, including Reality Super Fighting, King of the Cage and Cage Wars. He also has excelled in numerous karate and grappling competitions, garnering medals such as National Kumite Champion, World Team Kumite Champion and 2002 U.S. Open Absolute Grappling Champion. Affiliated with American Top Team, Petruzelli co-owns ATT Orlando.
Cincinnati’s veteran MMA fighter and trainer Tim Riddle has been tapped to lead the Cincinnati Norseman. Known as the Nordic Terror, Riddle has been training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for eight years and holds a combined MMA record of 15-6 with a boxing record of 7-0. Training in some of the best schools in the nation, he has combined several fighting styles to create his proprietary Norsemen Fighting Systems. His team of explosive fighters has been together for a year and a half and has fought in more than 40 shows.
The Jupiter Warriors will be led by acclaimed MMA fighter and trainer Kurt Pellegrino. A top grappler and mixed martial artist, Kurt Pellegrino made his professional MMA debut in 2000 at WEC 4 – Rumble Under The Sun, where he defeated Mac Danzig in a unanimous decision. Following the WEC, Pellegrino fought in various MMA promotions, including Reality Fighting, Pancrase, Ring of Combat, Euphoria, Freestyle Combat Challenge and Absolute Fighting Championship. Making his UFC debut at UFC 61: Bitter Rivals, Pellegrino defeated Junior Assuncoa at UFC 64: Unstoppable and Nate Mohr at UFC Fight Night 9. Currently competing in the lightweight division, Pellegrino trains at the Armory in Jupiter, Fla. with the renowned Hermes Franca, Eduardo Guedes and Raphael Chaves. Prior to the Armory, he trained with Ricardo Almeida, a world famous Brazilian Jiu Jitsu competitor.
The Bonecrunch Fighting teams will compete in tournament style throughout 2008 to determine the first championship team. The next fight card will be held Saturday, February 9, 2008 at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. and feature four teams. While team rosters have not been announced, the Cincinnati Norsemen will take on the Tampa Terrors in a five-bout contest and the Lakeland Blaze will battle the Sarasota Slammers in the second half of the fight card.
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, Fla.-based Bonecrunch Fighting offers excellent sponsorship opportunities for companies interested in reaching the 18-34 year old demographic locally, regionally and nationally. Currently, the league has eight teams: Cincinnati Norsemen, Jupiter Warriors, Lakeland Blaze, Miami Crazy Wolves, Orlando Iron Monkeys, Port St. Lucie Devils, Sarasota Slammers and Tampa Terrors.