Mike Doebler from GODZ of WAR sent along the following:
World-Class Mixed Martial Arts Event Coming to Charlotte's Time Warner
Cable Arena for the First Time Ever
Former UFC heavyweight champion to return to MMA in much-anticipated
Charlotte, N.C., April 16, 2008 — Forget Vegas baby. For one night
this summer, Charlotte, N.C., will be the center of the championship
mixed martial arts (MMA) world when it hosts the most prestigious MMA
competition ever on the East Coast. The event, already building buzz amongst
MMA enthusiasts, takes place June 21 at 7:00 p.m. at Time Warner Cable
Arena, formerly known as Charlotte Bobcats Arena.
Global Fighting LLC, the organization bringing MMA to the Queen City
for the first time ever, signed two of the sport's most recognizable
stars to headline the event. Former UFC heavyweight champion Kevin “The
Monster” Randleman will battle UFC heavyweight contender and grappling
circuit standout Jeff “The Snowman” Monson in the evening's main fight.
MMA athletes combine a variety of fighting styles, such as boxing, judo,
jiu-jitsu, karate, kickboxing, Muy Thai, taekwondo and/or wrestling,
in each fight.
“We are extremely excited to bring the highest level of mixed martial
arts to a world-class city like Charlotte,” said Albert Moore, Chief
Operating Officer, Global Fighting. “From the arena to the fighters,
everything about the event on June 21 will exude first class, especially the
main showdown between Randleman and Monson. This much anticipated
fight should have happened long ago and we're glad we can bring it to the
great MMA fans in the southeast.”
In addition to Randleman and Monson, the night will feature proven MMA
fighters Murilo Bustamante, Josh Haynes, Sergio Moraes, Chris
Clodfelter, Milton Vieira, Lynn Alvarez and Phil Cardella. Additional fighters
will be added and announced in the coming weeks. Fight card subject to
The Main Event: Randleman v. Monson
Kevin “The Monster” Randleman, 5'10″, 205 lbs, started his fighting
career back in high school where he won a state wrestling championship. He
attended Ohio State University where he was a three-time All American,
three-time Big Ten Champion and two-time NCAA National Champion.
Professionally, Randleman captured the UFC Heavyweight Champion Belt at
UFC 23. He possesses great fighting skills in his stand-up game, but
also has incredible take-down technique where he loves to ground and
pound. Randleman owns a professional MMA record of 16-11.
Jeff “The Snowman” Monson is one of the world's top submission
grapplers and is coming into his own at the highest level of MMA. At 5' 9″ and
240 pounds of solid muscle, Monson is taking MMA on both sides of the
ocean by storm.
One of the most recognized MMA athletes in the United States, Monson is
a brown belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu and a powerhouse in submission
grappling. In both 1999 and 2005 he won the prestigious Abu Dhabi
Submission Grappling World Tournament in the Heavyweight Division. He is a
multiple event winner at NAGA, Grappler's Quest, and the Budweiser
Invitational, where he continues to compete. Monson is ready to issue a
challenge to or accept a challenge from any fighter in the world.
Tickets to the June 21 event go on sale April 21 at all Ticketmaster
outlets, ticketmaster.com, by phone at 704-522-6500, and in person at the
Time Warner Cable Arena Box Office. For more information about the MMA
event visit GodzofWar.tv.
About Global Fighting
Formed in October, 2007 by former martial arts fighters and
businessmen, Global Fighting LLC organizes, hosts and promotes live and televised
MMA sporting events. At the core of the business, is an emphasis on
fighter safety and dedication to their personal and professional
development, one of the key reasons why Global Fighting has attracted some of
the sport's top names.
About Time Warner Cable Arena
The premiere destination for live entertainment in the Carolinas, Time
Warner Cable Arena opened its doors on October 21, 2005, to a sold-out
Rolling Stones concert. Located in the heart of Uptown Charlotte, the
city-owned and BSE-managed facility is home to the National Basketball
Association's Charlotte Bobcats and East Coast Hockey League's
Charlotte Checkers, as well as major concerts and touring shows. The building
was designed to reflect Charlotte's diverse urban culture, and anchor
Uptown's phenomenal recent growth and development.