NCAA Champion Makes Pro MMA Debut This Weekend 10/11



ESPN Magazine calls Davis
“wrestling's latest hot MMA prospect” and an”athletic freak”

Plymouth, Mass.October 6, 2008. – Frederic Belleton's NoBoundary Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Promotion along with LionHeart Fighters today announced that Four-Time All-American Wrestler and 2008 NCAA Champion, Phil Davis, will make his Professional MMA debut at “The Awakening” this Saturday, October 11th, at the Jungleplex in Plymouth, Massachusetts.

Davis will take on veteran Brett Chism (8-2) in the Main Event. Chism, fighting out of the Valdosta Martial Arts Center (VMAC) in Valdosta, Georgia, has won his last four fights in a row, three of those four in the first round. Davis was brought in as a late replacement for The Ultimate Fighter veteran Karn Gregorian, who last week pulled out of his fight with Chism due to illness.

Phil Davis became college wrestling royalty when he capped off an incredible career in 2008 by winning the Division 1 National Championship. With the win, Davis became only the fourth 4-time All-American in PennState's rich 100-year wrestling history. Davis went 26-1 his senior year and ended his career with a 116-20 career record, ninth all-time at PennState. After graduation Davis signed with LionHeart Professional Management and Promotions, Inc., to train for a career in MMA.

Davis takes the first-step in establishing his professional career on October 11th when he steps into the cage to face veteran Brett Chism. Chism brings a granite chin and seasoned brawler style that he believes will neutralize Davis' world-class wrestling game. Davis is undefeated as an amateur MMA fighter.

Regarding his step-up in competition Davis says; “After 5 months of training at LionHeart and several amateur fights, I'm really looking forward to competing at the next level, I've significantly improved my standup and ju-jitsu and have transitioned myself from a pure wrestler into a complete MMA fighter.”

No Boundary match maker Matt Peterson says the Davis-Chism fight is national news; “As a four-time All-American Phil Davis, like Josh Koshceck, is an elite level wrestler with the potential to make huge waves in MMA. On the other hand, Chism has been there and done that over ten times as a pro and many more times as an amateur, so he knows what to expect. It will be interesting to see how Davis makes the transition. We're very excited that Davis is getting introduced to the MMA world through our show.”

Other Main Event Bouts this Saturday include:

Eddie “The Sultan” Saldana takes on Jesse Peterson
Pro-Camps Battle of the Night
Saldana, trained by UFC Coach Mark Dellagrotte, is 4 and 1 and has been preparing with WEC's Mike Campbell, UFC's Kenny Florian, and UFC Middleweight Champion Contender Patrick Cote.
Peterson trains out of South Shore Sportsfighting with WEC's Josh Grispi, UFC & WEC Veteran Alex Karalexis, and EliteXC's Bobby McMasters.

Aguilano Brandao takes on Justin Homsey
BJJ Ground War of the Night
Brandao is 7 and 3 and his trainings includes Carlson Gracie BJJ out of his camp, the Brazilian Martial Arts Center.
Homsey, a Plymouth State Wrestling standout, is 2 and 1 and is a product of Team Renzo Gracie

The Rest of the Full Fight Card includes:

New England MMA Warriors Fights

Don Carlos Clauss (Bombsquad) vs. ChrisCape (Sityodtong)
Eric Foley (SSSF) vs. Randy Smith (Bombsquad)
Michael Mulligan (CCFA) vs. Jason Dolloff (Rumford Hardcore)
Rigo Dominicci (Dominicci) vs. Matt Johnson (SSSF)
Hercules Benjamin (Morelli) vs. Braden Bice (Bice MMA)

New England Top-Prospect Fights

Ryan Hackney (BMAC) vs. Muzaffar Abdurakhmanov (Sityodtong)
Jeff Remick (Chase MMA) vs. Aaron Skates (Arden)
Pat O'Leary (Rumford Hardcore) vs. Ryan Contaldi (Bombsquad)
Chip Pollard (CCFA) vs. Dawson Walton (Generations)
David Woodby vs. Cody Lightfoot (Seacoast)

WHERE: Jungleplex, 8 Natalie Way, Plymouth, MA 02360
WHEN: Saturday, October 11th, 2008. Doors open at 7:00 PM, first fight at 8:00 PM.
Ticket Prices: $40, $60, $100
Tickets are available online, at the Jungleplex, from a Fighter/Fighter's Camp or by calling (508) 830-1411

For more information or media access email [email protected], call (978) 703- 0708 or visit and .


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