San Jose, CA.- March 27, 2009 – Legendary mixed martial arts fighter and four-time world champion Frank Shamrock officially added new talent to his fight team on March 21st after holding open tryouts at his newest training facility in San Jose, California. Team Shamrock gained six new talented MMA fighters and a Strikeforce contract was awarded to the standout athlete.
The Team Shamrock tryouts, sponsored by TapouT, were open to experienced professional fighters with backgrounds in combat sports such as boxing, wrestling, Muay Thai and kickboxing. Frank Shamrock’s reputation as one of the most respected and skilled mixed martial artists in the world, paired with the opportunity to walk away with a Strikeforce fight contract, attracted over forty fight team hopefuls. Competitors traveled from across the U.S and abroad to compete for a coveted spot on Shamrock’s team.
“The tryouts were a great success; I liked the entire group of athletes that tried out and was very impressed with their skills. The skill level of the average fighter has definitely gone up considerably in the past few years, allowing me to add some phenomenal new talent to my team. I’m also very excited to be one of the first MMA coaches to award a Strikeforce contract at fight team tryouts.” stated Frank Shamrock, MMA Legend and founder of Shamrock MMA.
Middleweight Victor Cheng, the stand out athlete and winner of the Strikeforce contract, traveled to San Jose from Sweden to compete for a spot on the team. Cheng, who excelled in every level of the competition, clearly impressed the judges with his presence, level of conditioning, and unparalleled striking and ground skills.
New Team Shamrock fighters Victor Cheng, Floyd Nazereno, Nick Gennoe, Allen Stevens, Nicholas Eric Marcus and Christian Barber will officially represent Shamrock’s fight team and will have the opportunity to train with Frank Shamrock at his academy. In addition, each new team member will be awarded a contract opportunity with MMA Stars Inc., a full service management and talent development company for mixed martial arts athletes, and may also have the chance to work with Strikeforce, as well as other local, national, and international fight promotions, various reality TV shows and media outlets.
About Shamrock Martial Arts
Shamrock Martial Arts Inc (SMA) is a world-renowned franchise and community service provider of mixed martial arts (MMA) with martial arts training for adults, children and professional athletes. SMA embraces MMA, the fastest growing spectator sport in the world, with the highest level of honor, integrity, and discipline leading the international community in this family based lifestyle industry. From the flagship location in San Jose, California, founder and UFC Legend Frank Shamrock teaches and trains students, managers and franchise owners in the art of fight entrepreneurship; the Shamrock Way. For more information on SMA please visit www.shamrockmma.com. For Franchise information, please e-mail [email protected]
Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its “Shamrock vs. Gracie” event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose’s HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship
About MMA Stars
MMA Stars is a talent development and brand management company focused on creating and developing world-class talent for combative sports and sports entertainment. The company is dedicated to creating lifelong brands and professionalism in martial athletes and sports personalities in a variety of combat sports. Located in San Jose California, MMA Stars has a global team of partners and companies with a diverse background in: live events, martial arts instruction, branding, sport specific training, business development, consulting, and asset management. For more information, please visit www.mmastars.com.