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Monday, Sep 25, 2006

Bodogfight A Knockout With Reality Tv Fans

From the event’s promoter:

BodogFight a Knockout with Reality TV Fans
Mixed martial arts followers crave Episode 2 of hot new series

Continuing its groundbreaking push into mixed martial arts (MMA), Bodog Fight, the brainchild of billionaire entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre, takes its second epic battle to the air tonight. On the Men’s Outdoor and Recreation channel and online at www.bodogfight.com, MMA fans will get to see the thrilling battle between Bronx role-model Kaream Ellington and MBA intellectual Mike Patt.

"This fight pits two phenomenal athletes and human beings together in a head-to-head war," says Calvin Ayre, Founder of Bodog.com Entertainment Group and creator of a number of reality television series, including Bodog Salutes the Troops, which has aired on Spike TV. "The fact that Patt trains six days a week while finishing his MBA and Ellington is recognized as a true role model in The Bronx’s mean streets reveals striking characteristics about their integrity and commitment to the sport."

A light heavyweight trained in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, Muay Thai and wrestling, Ellington is married and has a three-month-old baby who he cherishes more than anything. Being born and raised in one of the USA ‘s lowest income-per-capita areas, perseverance and commitment to professional MMA training and fighting was a catalyst in rising above adversity. Although never his intention, he is becoming a role model to underprivileged youth in a community where fighting is part of daily life. With his gigantic smile, open heart and humble character, Ellington exemplifies the qualities necessary to learn from past mistakes and press forward toward achieving goals.

His adversary is from the other side of the fence – a financial analyst and MBA student. Patt is also trained in boxing and has similar stature and fighting style as Ellington. With star-studded past successes in football, wrestling and rugby, Patt’s MMA career evolved under the coaching of Jorge Gurgel, renowned Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu and submission grappling instructor, and has been highlighted by the surprising victory in the 8-man FCC Tournament in July 2004. After winning his first two professional MMA fights by submission, and not having thrown a punch in either, Patt devised his own fight philosophy: Go in swinging and punch someone – hard – for the knock out. If the opponent shoots in, then tap him out on the ground. With an impressive 11-1 record, this strategy has been very effective.

From the event’s promoter:

Legendary Matchups will round out semifinals at site to be announced shortly

NEW YORK, September 26, 2006– The International Fight League (IFL) today announced the addition of two Superfights for the November World Team Championship semifinals. The matchups will have Daniel Gracie facing Allan Goes in one fight and Mark Kerr taking on Mike Whitehead in the other. Those two fights will follow the team semifinal matchups, featuring Bas Rutten’s Anacondas vs. Matt Lindland’s Wolfpack in one matchup, and Pat Miletich’s Silverbacks vs. Carlos Newton’s Dragons in the other.

The location, date and time of the IFL World Team Championship semifinal will be announced shortly.

"We are very pleased to be able to pair these MMA veterans as a highlight to what will be a very special semifinal evening," IFL Co-founder and Commissioner Kurt Otto said. "These four great athletes represent many of the disciplines that make up mixed martial arts, and seeing them together on the same card will be a treat for all in attendance."

Kerr is an MMA legend who will be making his first appearance in the ring since 2004. The former NCAA wrestling champion and NCAA All-American (at Syracuse University) and UFC and PRIDE heavyweight champion has been training recently with Rutten in Los Angeles as part of his comeback. His opponent, MMA veteran Whitehead, was also a three time all-America wrestler at North Idaho Junior College, Southern Oregon University, and the University of Missouri has posted an 8-1 record in his last nine MMA bouts. Brazilians Gracie and Goes have both made successful IFL debuts on the team level, with Gracie defeating Wes Sims in an IFL Superfight in June and Goes defeating Devin Cole in September as part of the Tiger Sharks.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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