Promoters Look For Stars In’return Of The Heavyweights’
From the event’s promoters:
Promoters look for stars in
‘Return of the Heavyweights’
Pomoters T. Jay Thompson and Monte Cox have announced the co-promotion of a 3-part mega event that will conclude with a 2-day, 16-fighter heavyweight elimination tournament in Honolulu.
"Return of the Heavyweights" is the largest Grand Prix Tournament event in U.S. history. Including two 8-fighter qualifying events — scheduled Feb. 16 in Des Moines, Iowa, and March 16 in Orem, Utah — up to 32 competitors will take part in the tourney. The 16-fighter finale is set for April 25-26 at the Blaisdell Arena.
The event will be presented by Full Contact Fighter, and will certainly draw the attention of event promoters everywhere, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, the sport’s most prestigeous event in the U.S.
"Monte’s and T.Jay’s shows have discovered many young fighters who have gone on to become big stars," said Joe Silva, UFC vice president of talent relations. "I am looking forward to seeing who wins this tournament. I am always looking for new, talented heavyweight fighters."
In addition to providing exposure to UFC officials, the tourney also offers a premium payday for the up-and-coming heavyweights. The Grand Prix winner will receive $10,000 and the runnerup will earn $2,500… not to mention exposure in Full Contact Fighter’s magazine and television show.
The heavyweight tourney is nothing new for Thompson, who promotes Super Brawl events and produced one of the most exciting 8-man events of time a year ago. In that event, six of the eight fighters went on to compete in either the UFC, Pride or both. Those fighters include: Josh Barnett, Travis Fulton, Heath Herring, Bobby Hoffman, John Marsh and Ricco Rodriguez.
"After such an amazing tourney, we knew it would be tough to duplicate it," Thompson said. "So, we decided to double it… and spread it out over two days and find out once again who are the biggest young heavyweights in the world."
Anticipating a long list of fighters wishing to take part in the event, promoters decided to hold the two qualifying events. In each of those tournaments, the winner and runnerup will earn $2,000 and $1,000, respectively, and spots (all expenses paid) in the final 16-man bracket. The other 12 fighters will be chosen on their own merits.
Fighters interested in either the Feb. 16 event in Des Moines, or the March 16 event in Orem, Utah, should contact Cox at Fiteiowa@aol.com or call (563) 332-2075.
Fighters interested in the 16-man finale should contact Thompson at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (808) 524-6062.
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For more information, call 719-575-0900
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WARRIORS QUEST UPDATE:
On behalf of Warriors Quest, I have felt the need to make a statement in order to clear up a couple of rumors that have been circulated recently. Warriors Quest is NOT in financial trouble! We are STRONGER than ever and you will see it in our next card. You can look forward to a lot of new, explosive talent from Hawaii as well as from the U.S. mainland and internationally. We have searched the world for the best opponent for Ray "Bradda" Cooper who will be defending his title that night. The match between "Cabbage" Correira and Malcolm Ahlo is CANCELLED. Cabbage’s management pulled him out of Warriors Quest. Last but not least, Hawaiian champion, Kawika Pa’aluhi makes his long awaited return to the ring and has his sights set on the vacant Warriors Quest Light Heavyweight Championship.
Brennan Kamaka, Warriors Quest promoter