A Closer Look At “the Comeback” Part One: The Welterweights
A Closer Look at "The Comeback"
Part One: The Welterweights
By Peter Parsons
"The Ultimate Fighter’s" fourth season hosts some familiar faces.
A prerequisite of first three seasons of SpikeTV’s "The Ultimate Fighter" reality series has been its participants be up and coming fighters who had never stepped foot into the UFC octagon. The twist to season four is that the cast will consist of UFC veterans who have already had their shot on the big stage of the UFC. Not only will the winners of season four win a $100,000 prize, they will also earn a title fight in their respective weight classes.
In the welterweight division, eight fighters are looking for another opportunity at UFC glory.
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From the event’s promoter:
INTERNATIONAL FIGHT LEAGUE TO HONOR MEN AND WOMEN IN UNIFORM AT SEPTEMBER 9 WORLD TEAM CHAMPIONSHIPS IN PORTLAND
Portion of ticket sales to benefit Police Activities League of Greater Portland
NEW YORK, August 16, 2006 — The International Fight League (IFL) today announced that it will pay tribute to men and women in uniform at the IFL World Team Championships at Memorial Coliseum in Portland, Oregon, on September 9. In addition, a portion of the proceeds from ticket sales will be donated to the Police Activities League of Greater Portland.
"The fifth anniversary of September 11 weighs heavily on all of us, so we felt that, with our Portland event taking place just two days prior, this was a fitting way to show our support for men and women in uniform," said Gareb Shamus, President of the IFL. "The people who serve this country — from police officers and firefighters, to members of the military — have always been big supporters of mixed martial arts and this is one way that we can honor them while supporting a very worthy cause."
The week prior to the event, IFL athletes will visit with local families of service personnel and first responders killed or injured in the line of duty. The families also will be honored during opening ceremonies on Sept. 9.
The Police Activities League of Greater Portland, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, provides educational, recreational, and athletic programs to the youth of the Portland / Gresham metropolitan area with an emphasis on "disadvantaged" youth. Fans purchasing tickets to the event should mention the code "PAL" to ensure their ticket purchase will count toward the donation.
The IFL World Team Championships will see the debut of two new MMA teams. The new Wolfpack, based in Portland and coached by Olympic silver medalist Matt Lindland, will take on the Tigersharks, based in Seattle and coached by World Kickboxing champion Maurice Smith. In the second matchup, the Los Angeles-based Anacondas, coached by world champion Bas Rutten, take on the new Tokyo-based Sabre Tigers, led by wrestling legend Antonio Inoki. In a bonus match, Lindland will take on Jeremy Horn to highlight the 11-bout fight card.
For ticket and event information, call 877-789-ROSE (7673) or visit www.RoseQuarter.com.
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"THE REAL DEAL" MEDIA TOUR
LOS ANGELES, California – PRIDE FIGHTING is proud to announce its first ever show on American soil, "THE REAL DEAL"! The event will take place on SATURDAY, OCTOBER 21st at the THOMAS & MACK CENTER in LAS VEGAS, NEVADA.
In preparation for the August 20th ticket sale date for the REAL DEAL, there will be a week of festivities for the fans and media! Be sure to stop by and meet the fighters.
Dates and Locations:
Wednesday, August 16th
Scheduled to Appear for Autographs: Fedor Emelianenko, Josh Barnett, Mark Coleman, Phil Baroni, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua
Thursday, August 17th
Field of Dreams
Scheduled to Appear for Autographs: Fedor Emelianenko, Kevin Randleman, Mark Coleman, Phil Baroni, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Frank Trigg
Saturday, August 19th
6:00pm to 8:00pm
PRIDE FIGHTING NIGHT!
PRIDE FIGHTING NIGHT will feature a meet and greet at the Fox Sports Grill in Irvine, California! Scheduled to appear: Fedor Emelianenko, Mark Coleman, Phil Baroni, Kazuhiro Nakamura, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua, Josh Barnett, Dan Henderson
A free, limited edition PRIDE Fighting poster will be available with purchase at both the Best Buy and Field of Dreams events.
Fighter appearances are subject to change.
Tickets to PRIDE FC’s "The Real Deal," go on sale Sunday, August 20 and are available at 1-866-US FIGHT. Ticket prices range from $50 to $700. PRIDE’s first U.S. card will also be featured on Pay-Per-View for $39.95. Check your local cable or satellite provider for details.