[Boston, MA] February 19th, 2009- World Championship Fighting, New England's leading mixed martial arts promotion is pleased to announce that it has produced its first television program, WCF Rewind, which will debut on Comcast SportsNet New England on Sunday, March 1st at 6:30 PM. The show will be rebroadcast on Monday, March 2nd at 9:00 PM, and again on Sunday, March 8th at 9:30 PM.
The half-hour program, filmed at WCF#4, features intimate and gritty portraits of some of the region's most exciting up and coming mixed martial artists as they prepare for bouts.
The premier episode, which will be presented by title sponsor Kelly's House of Harley Davidson, demonstrates the diversity of MMA as one of New England's most decorated amateur wrestlers, Matthew Smith from Danville, NH, takes on Josh Spearman, a tough MMA veteran from Providence, RI now residing in Lynn, MA. In very candid pre-fight segments, Spearman credits MMA for keeping him off the streets and out of jail. Smith claims that he and Spearman were former teammates and that there is no love lost between them.
In the second segment, undefeated Local 7 Ironworker John Beniot (5-0) drops down in weight to take on Davin Wesinger (4-1) from Whittensville, MA in a 155 lb clash. Each fighter is profiled as they work out in two of New England's premier MMA schools. Beniot trains out of MMA-legend Renzo Gracie's gym in New Hampshire and Wesinger out of UFC Fighter Jorge Rivera's USMMA in Bellingham, MA Their bout is one of the more boisterous of the night as they both have significant crowd support.
The show's final segment and main event features hard-hitting Dan Bonnell (6-4) taking on Joe Cushman (10-2) in a pivotal bout for dominance of the WCF 145 lb division. Cushman credits his training with renowned UFC Fighters Joe and Dan Lauzon at their gym in East Bridgewater for getting him prepared. Wilmington native Bonnell promises a slug-fest, and both fighters deliver in the most explosive fight of the night.
“Mixed martial arts is growing in popularity and WFC Rewind will give fans across New England a unique look at some of the region's up and coming fighters,” said Bill Bridgen, Comcast SportsNet executive vice president and general manager.
“World Championship Fighting brings top local and national talent to the Boston Area, and having WCF Rewind on Comcast Sports New England is a great way for us to showcase the excitement of MMA to the greatest sports fan in the world,” said Joe Cavallaro, president, World Championship Fighting.
The program was co-produced by StoneyBeach and Water's Edge Productions; directed by Matt Smith (no relation to the fighter); and edited by Peter Barstis of Boston's Edit Bar.
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About World Championship Fighting
World Championship Fighting is New England's Premier Mixed Martial Arts Promotion. Running regular live events that mix top local and national talent, WCF is the one of the fastest growing brands in MMA today. For more information, please visit, www.wcfighting.com.