For Immediate Release:
“THE ULTIMATE FIGHTER” ALUMS JOE “DADDY” STEVENSON AND MELVIN “THE YOUNG ASSASSIN” GUILLARD DO BATTLE IN KEY LIGHTWEIGHT MATCH ON SPIKE TV APRIL 5
Boston Bruiser and TUF 1 Finalist
Kenny Florian vs. Dokonjonosuke Mishima in Co-Feature
First Ever UFC Fight Night From The Pearl at The Palms in Las Vegas
New York, NY — March 5, 2007 — Joe “Daddy” Stevenson and Melvin “The Young Assassin” Guillard step into the Octagon in a match-up of top UFC lightweight contenders on Spike TV’s UFC Fight Night live from The Pearl at the Palms Casino Resort on Thursday, April 5 at 8:00pm ET. Stevenson (31-7) was The Ultimate Fighter 2 champ in the welterweight division and will drop down in weight to fight at 155 lbs. against fellow The Ultimate Fighter 2 alum, Guillard (39-6-3).
In the co-features, The Ultimate Fighter 1 finalist and Boston native Kenny “Ken-Flo” Florian (7-2) takes on Japan’s Dokonjonosuke Mishima (17-4-2). Florian recently lost a 5-round grueling battle to Sean Sherk for the vacant UFC lightweight crown. Veteran UFC heavyweight Frank Mir (9-2), whose impressive UFC resume includes victories over Tim Sylvia and Tank Abbott, takes on Antoni Hardonk (4-2).
Fighting out of Las Vegas, “Daddy” Stevenson is known for his overwhelming wrestling and ground and pound. Like Guillard, Stevenson fought his way through The Ultimate Fighter 2 competition to the finals where he defeated Luke Cummo by unanimous decision in a classic fight to earn his claim as the welterweight winner. Since then, Stevenson scored a second round TKO over Yves Edwards at UFC 61, and recently won a first round submission over Mishima at UFC 65. At the upcoming UFC Fight Night, Stevenson is planning a convincing victory over Guillard to show he will be the new favorite in the UFC lightweight division.
Fighting out of Baton Rouge, LA, Guillard is an explosive fighter with good wrestling and striking skills. His brash personality made him stand out immediately on The Ultimate Fighter 2, but with a decisive win over Marcus Davis in the finale, Guillard proved he has more than just attitude. After a setback against Josh Neer at welterweight, Melvin dropped down to the lightweight division at UFC 60 and destroyed Rick Davis quickly in the first round. Continuing as a lightweight, he followed that win with a second round TKO over Gabe Ruediger at UFC 63. Now Guillard is ready to take on Stevenson and prove his new-found dominance in the UFC’s 155-pound division.
The complete card of UFC Fight Night will be announced shortly.
About The Ultimate Fighting Championship:
The Ultimate Fighting Championship brand is the world’s leading professional mixed martial arts organization and offers the premier series of MMA sports events. Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, and headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., the UFC organization produces approximately twelve to fourteen live pay-per-view events annually that are distributed through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution, UFC fight programs are distributed throughout the world including broadcast on WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, on MAIN EVENT in Australia, Globosat in Brazil and Bravo in the United Kingdom. For more information, or current UFC fight news, visit www.ufc.com.
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About the UFC on Spike TV:
Spike TV began airing UFC programming in January, 2005 and was the first television network in North America to air a live UFC bout. Thus far, nine live UFC Fight Nights have averaged 2.2 million viewers – more than the average regular season telecasts of the NBA, NHL, MLB, and NCAA basketball on cable television. Spike TV is available in 91 million homes and is a top five cable network for Men 18-34 featuring such popular UFC branded shows as The Ultimate Fighter, UFC Unleashed, UFC Fight Night, UFC Countdown, Ultimate Knockouts, UFC All Access, UFC Live and Inside and Inside The UFC. The Ken Shamrock/Tito Ortiz III fight on October 10, 2006 peaked at a viewer ship of nearly six million and drew more men 18-34 than Game 1 of the ALCS that same night. For more information on Spike TV, please visit www.spiketv.com.
About The Pearl:
The Pearl is Las Vegas’ premier concert theater boasting accommodations for up to 2,500 ticket holders. Featuring a stage just four feet from the floor and the farthest seating area being a mere 120 feet from the stage, The Pearl offers the utmost in intimate viewing of your favorite acts. Private and semi-private skyboxes are located on each side of the venue offering private bars, lounges and restrooms. The Pearl is a marvel of modern technology using only top quality sound and video equipment throughout. Hard wired to The Studio at The Palms, The Pearl allows artists to create a cost-effective live album with efficiency and without additional venue set-up. For more information, please visit www.palms.com.