Heavyweights Take Center Stage In Hawaii
From the event’s promoter:
Heavyweights Take Center Stage in Hawaii
HONOLULU, Hawaii — Hoping history will repeat itself, a talented field of heavyweight fighters will put it all on the line April 26-27 at the Blaisdell Arena in search of instant recognition and the opportunities that go with it.
Super Brawl 24: Return of the Heavyweights, presented by Full Contact Fighter, promises to be the most exciting event held in Hawaii in recent years. The two-day, 16-fighter tournament boasts $20,000 in prize money and hopefully a chance to start a career with the sport’s major organizations.
"Without a doubt, some stars will be discovered in this tourney," said Super Brawl promoter T. Jay Thompson. "We have a talented field of competitors and the only thing that is certain is we’re going to have people throwing bombs and people getting knocked out."
Just over two years ago in the same arena, Super Brawl held what is considered to be the most successful heavyweight tournament in the sport’s history. Of the eight competitiors, six went on to compete in either UFC, Pride, or both. Advancing to UFC were: Josh Barnett, Bobby Hoffman, Travis Fulton and Ricco Rodriguez. Advancing to Pride were Heath Herring, John Marsh and Rodriguez.
Barnett, the newly crowned UFC champion and winner of the first tourney, will be on hand to personally put the belt on this year’s champion.
Half of the field for "Return of the Heavyweights" was selected through qualifying 8-man tournaments held earlier this year in Iowa and Utah. The rest, were selected from a long list of applicants asking to take part in the event.
"We have received more interest from fighters than we ever imagined," said Extreme Challenge promoter Monte Cox, who is co-promoting the event. "We have stuck to our promise to only use up-and-coming fighters who have no prior experience in the UFC or Pride… we’re looking to make some fighters’ dreams come true."
Ben Rothwell (11-1) of Milwaukee, Wis., won the Iowa event, beating Mike Radnov (9-4) of Dallas, Texas, in the final. Tim Sylvia (10-0) of Bettendorf, Iowa, won the Utah event, beating Matt Frembling (8-1) of Buena Park, Calif., in the title match. All four will compete in Hawaii.
Adding to the local flavor will be Hawaii favorite Wes "Cabbage" Coreirra, who has become a Super Brawl standout.
All 16 fighters will compete in single bouts on April 26… reducing the field to eight fighters. On April 27, the eight will continue the tourney until one fighter wins three bouts (four over two days) and is crowned the champion.
Tickets are on sale at the Blaisdell Center box office, all tickets plus outlets or online at http://www.ticketplushawaii.com/ Much more information is available at http://www.superbrawl.tv/
For additional information, email T.Jay Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 524-6062.
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