Press Release: KOTC “Damage Control” On 5/26 In Chicago


The Exciting Sport of Mixed Martial Arts Explodes into Chicago when King of the Cage Debuts at the UIC Pavilion Memorial Day Weekend

(Chicago, IL) – “King of the Cage” . . . The finest in Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) competition . . . The evolution of combat. Featuring only professional, elite fighters from around the globe, “King of the Cage” is a competitive event pitting warrior against warrior in hand-to-hand battles of skill, honor and art. From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to wrestling, Muay Thai to boxing, all styles are encouraged. But in order to consistently win, participants must be well versed in every aspect of the fighting game. “King of the Cage” . . . It's about punches, kicks, elbows, knees, big knockouts, technical submissions, take-downs, and strategy. It's like no other sport you've ever seen!

On Saturday, May 26th, 2007, history will be made as King of the Cage comes to Chicago for the very first time. The event will be held at the UIC Pavilion, located at 525 South Racine in Chicago. Doors open at 6 pm and fights begin at 7pm.

KOTC Lightweight Champion Clay French (9-2) will take on Buddy Clinton (9-3), in French’s first bout since defeating Mac Danzig for the title by majority decision in January. Clinton has won two fights in a row since he failed in his title bid against Danzig last August, defeating Corey Garner and Donald Sanchez in November and January respectively.

Pride and UFC veteran Jeff Curran (28-8-1) is slated to fight John Mahlow (7-7). Curran has won 3 fights in row since losing to Hatsu Hioki by decision at Bushido 12 last August and most recently, submitted Donny Walker with a 3rd round rear naked choke at KOTC “Hard Knocks” in January.

Another Illinois veteran, Brian Gassaway (23-16-1), will take on Derrick Keasley (4-4). Gassaway is coming off a rear naked choke submission loss to John Alessio at World Extreme Cagefighting 25 in January.

Tickets are on sale now and available at all Ticketmaster locations. For more information on King of the Cage, please visit

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EEG is a Chicago based event production and urban marketing company that specializes in event design and management, advertising/marketing development and live-show productions. The company was founded in June of 2004 by Tyrone Collins. Tyrone has over 10 years’ experience in the Sports and Entertainment Industry. In that time span, he has produced, managed or been a part of over 1000+ events including live music concerts, theatrical performances, motor sports, festivals, citywide fundraisers, “Black-tie” affairs, conferences, meetings, seminars, etc. Attendances at these events have ranged from as small as 100 to over 70,000+ persons. In his previous role as Booking Manager for Live Nation (formerly Clear Channel Entertainment), Tyrone was responsible for placing shows, negotiating favorable deals with major arenas and stadiums, maintaining business relationships and managing events in over 50 markets (including the US, Canada and Puerto Rico).