Fred Durst, Frontman For Limp Bizkit, To Accompany Tito Ortiz To The Octagon For Ultimate Fighting Championship 40: Vendetta
From Josh Hedges/Zuffa:
FRED DURST, FRONTMAN FOR LIMP BIZKIT, TO ACCOMPANY TITO ORTIZ TO THE OCTAGON FOR ULTIMATE FIGHTING CHAMPIONSHIP 40: VENDETTA
Durst to Sing New Version of "Break Stuff" At November 22 Live Pay-Per-View Fight Featuring Defending Light Heavyweight Champion Ortiz Vs. Returning Legend Ken Shamrock at the MGM Grand
Las Vegas, November 15, 2002 -Fred Durst, the famous frontman for the multi-platinum selling band Limp Bizkit, will be electrifying the crowd as he accompanies Tito Ortiz to the Octagon while singing a new version of "Break Stuff" at Ultimate Fighting Championship 40: Vendetta, which starts live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, Nov. 22, from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. UFC 40: Vendetta is attracting significant media attention due to the long-awaited main event, a super-fight between the brash defending light-heavyweight champion Ortiz and the returning hard-core legend, Ken Shamrock.
Durst, long a fixture at Ultimate Fighting Championship events in support of Ortiz, is best known for his achievements with Limp Bizkit, the rock band that has sold more than 23 million records worldwide with a new album scheduled for release in 2003. In addition to his involvement with the band, he is a senior vice president of Interscope, a film director, music producer and, as his press biography states, "a provoker and overall cultural savant."
What fans may not know is Durst’s life-long passion for martial arts and specifically Ultimate Fighting Championship’s mixed martial arts’ blend of boxing, kickboxing, wrestling, jiu-jitsu and karate. One of its top practitioners is Ortiz, "The Huntington Beach Bad Boy," and the UFC defending light heavyweight champion.
"Tito is gigantic," said Durst. "We’re going to crush Shamrock! Me with my mouth and Tito with his fists and feet. As his friend, I know there’s no hype here —he’s one of the baddest of all time. This is going to be Tito’s show. No joke."
"Fred has stood by me throughout my career in the UFC," said Ortiz from his training camp in Big Bear, California. "He’s going to be rapping rhymes about me when he does his song ‘Break Stuff’. Durst’s gonna blow the roof off the MGM Grand with some new vocal licks. And me? I’m preparing a whole new form of punishment," he said as a sly reference to his opponent, Shamrock.
FRANK MIR INJURED; TRAVIS WIUFF TO FIGHT VLADIMIR MATYUSHENKO AT UFC 40: VENDETTA, NOV. 22, AT MGM GRAND
Heavyweight Bout Featured On 8-Fight Card On Live Pay-Per-View At 10 p.m. EST
Las Vegas, November 12, 2002…Heavyweight Travis Wiuff, 22-2-0 in mixed martial arts, from Owatonna, Minn., will replace Las Vegan Frank Mir as the opponent for Vladimir Matyushenko in a featured heavyweight bout at UFC 40: Vendetta, that will be shown live on pay-per-view at 10 p.m. EST, Friday, November 22, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Mir sustained a rib injury in training and had to withdraw from the fight.
Matyushenko, 11-2-0, of Los Angeles, Calif., is a world-class wrestler who will move up a weight class for the fight. In his last UFC fight, he met Light Heavyweight Champion Tito Ortiz for the title Sept. 28, 2001 at UFC 33: Victory In Vegas. With less than two weeks to prepare, he went the full five rounds and gave the champ all he could handle.
Wiuff, who will be making his UFC debut, also is a wrestler who earned All-American honors three consecutive years at Rochester Community College and Minnesota State University.
The Ultimate Fighting Championship, headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev., is the world’s leading mixed martial arts sports association. Owned and operated by Zuffa LLC, the UFC programs six live pay-per-view events yearly through cable and satellite providers. In addition to its U.S. distribution on iN DEMAND, DIRECTV, Bell ExpressVu and Viewers Choice Canada, UFC events are distributed internationally through British Sky Broadcasting, WOWOW, Inc. in Japan, Globosat in Brazil and Modern Sports and Entertainment in Scandinavia. UFC licenses video games for all major playing platforms through Crave Entertainment.
From the event’s promoter:
WORLD FIGHTING ALLIANCE: LEVEL 3 UPDATE
MASTER RAPPER ICE-T ON BOARD FOR LEVEL 3!
(Las Vegas, November 12, 2002) Unbreakable rhymes. Hardcore action – both in the cage – and now on the mic. Enter: the Original Gangster. Continuing to raise the bar for mixed martial arts entertainment, the WFA is proud to announce the addition of rapper-turned-actor Ice-T to its Level 3 show! Ice-T, a self-professed MMA fan, will perform live for the WFA’s November 23rd return to Las Vegas, and the combination of thrills, lights, sounds, and beauties will make for an unparalleled experience.
Ice-T is one of the founding fathers of gangster rap, and is known as much for his success on vinyl as for his successes on the big screen. His musical hits include "Colors", "New Jack Hustler" and the controversial "Cop Killer" from his metal band Body Count. The star of "New Jack City" and "Ricochet", Ice-T can currently be seen on the critically acclaimed television hit "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit".
With rap icon Ice-T’s intense stylings on the mic added to this already-stellar mix, there’s not a moment to lose! Get your tickets NOW by purchasing them directly through the Aladdin Resort & Casino’s box office (877-333-9474) and through all Ticketmaster locations (702-474-4000 or www.ticketmaster.com). Ticket prices range from $30, $50, $100, $150, and $200. Visit www.wfa.tv, the official web site of the world’s hottest MMA experience, for the latest news and updates.
For additional event information, please contact: Paula Romero, WFA Marketing & Promotions at firstname.lastname@example.org
From the event’s promoter:
World Fighting Alliance Invades Grapplers’ Quest
Las Vegas, NV (November 12) Las Vegas’ hometown fight production, the World Fighting Alliance, will set up shop at this Saturday’s Grappler’s Quest West III.
Along with the customary bevy of WFA beauties, title hungry fighters Frank "Twinkle Toes" Trigg and Marvin "The Beastman" Eastman will grace the Durango High School auditorium to represent the finest in sports fighting today. Trigg and Eastman, both WFA veterans, will compete for the Welterweight and Light-Heavyweight Titles respectively. Joining the mix for autograph and picture opportunities will be Huntington Beach stand-out "Razor" Rob McCollough.
Along with their official merchandise, tickets for the WFA’s Saturday, November 23rd event will be on sale. So hit up the WFA booth from 12-3 PM located right next to all the great grappling action.
For more information, please contact: Paula Romero, WFA Marketing & Promotions at email@example.com