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From the event’s promoter:

Battle of the Heavy Weights:
BodogFight’s Biggest Competitors Ready to Rumble

Blazing with momentum and popularity, BodogFight – the cutting edge mixed martial arts showcase of digital entertainment mogul Calvin Ayre – sends heavyweight competitors Mark Burch and Mario Rinaldi into battle Tuesday night on the Men’s Outdoor and Recreation channel, DISH network, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and online at www.bodogfight.com.

"Mark and Mario are BodogFight’s largest specimens to date, not only in physical stature but in character as well," said Calvin Ayre, founder of the Bodog.com Entertainment Group that includes acclaimed music label Bodog Music, responsible for the BodogFight soundtrack. "Both are hard-working, hard-hitting athletes here to make a statement about their toughness. The opportunity to represent their country in the USA versus Russia pay-per-view event has been at the forefront of their training agenda – this bout determines who goes on and who goes home."

Burch brings his striking style and 7-1 record to this bout with a serious mindset. His involvement with BodogFight represents a life-changing opportunity. A win against Rinaldi would be even sweeter than his most notable victory to date – a decision over Polish olympic wrestler and two-time national champion, Adam Maciejewski.

Rinaldi’s MMA experience is vastly different to that of Burch’s. A former collegiate wrestler at Delaware State University, Rinaldi has overcome injury to prove himself as a worthy Brazilian jiu-jitsu combatant with a perfect 3-0 MMA record. Viewers will be captivated with his entertaining demeanor and explosive in-the-ring prowess, which includes his signature victory back flips.

Which of the combatants will be crowned the BodogFight favorite fighter? Viewers will soon be able to cast their vote for the $50,000 prize at www.bodogfight.com, where biographies of all the fighters, exclusive footage, unedited interviews and confrontations are available and updated each week. Each of the episodes will air simultaneously on the Men’s Outdoor and Recreation channel and on BodogFight.com.

At the forefront of the international MMA scene, the BodogFight series is available in 43 million homes across America on Men’s Outdoor and Recreation, DISH Network, Comcast, Cox, Time Warner and online for world-viewers at BodogFights’s official website, www.bodogfight.com. Elimination battles, behind-the-scenes training, interviews with fighters, a soundtrack featuring Bodog Music artists and lifestyle segments compose the weekly one-hour BodogFight episodes. The final PPV main event will take place later this year, featuring a ten bout fight card consisting of three super fights and the highly-anticipated USA vs. Russia showdown.

From the event’s promoter:

HOOKnSHOOT Brings Back the Women
for Their Year-end Closer

11/18/06 – Evansville, IN
Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum

Last years event unexpectedly sold out for the first EVER 8-woman tournament in North America.

Julie Kedzie captured the tournament crown by defeating Molly Helsel via split decision. This time the two will rematch in the main event and both vow to walk out of the arena with the belt.

In additional to the main event, Jan Finney will attempt to get another shot at Kedzie in a #1 contender fight with Ginelle Marquez. Marquez was sidelined for two years with severe back/neck injuries but say’s she’ back to take on the champion in March.

The show will also feature the fighting debuts of several women and men as well as MSNBC will be in attendance filming a 4-part series on MMA to air in 2007.

Complete card:
135lbs – Julie Kedzie (Champion) vs. Molly Helsel
135lbs – Jan Finney vs. Ginelle Marques
HEAVYWEIGHT – Joseph Baize vs. Leo Sylvest

145lbs – John Turner vs. Tommy "The Tiger" Long
135lbs – Tanya Vlahac vs. Mystee Blackwood
125lbs – Melissa Vasques vs. Sybil Starr
115lbs – Jessica Pene vs. Brittany Pullem
170lbs – Courtney Ray vs. Luke "The War Machine" Taylor

Brent Counts vs. TBA
Michael Alden vs. TBA
Chris Keller vs. TBA

HOOKnSHOOT will also debut an amateur show in Owensboro, KY on 1/27/07 to determine the "Rising Star" in the 145lbs division. Those interested in fighting pro or amateur can contact hooknshoot@aol.com

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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