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From Richard Santoro, SHOOTO:


In the sport of Shooto, the menu usually features the little men as the main entree. However, the main dish being served up on January 17th in Clarksville, TN will be the Super Heavyweights. You better have a big appetite because promoter John Renken is serving up a five-course meal of the big men at the Action Sportsplex in his latest installment of Tennessee Shooto. Going into his 2nd Shooto sanctioned event, Renken and his team have really stirred things up in the Midsouth and this one promises to be a crowd pleaser. "People like the heavies and super heavies" says Renken, "and we have really put together a solid card of powerhouses."

Standout Jonathan Ivey, has been on the verge of exploding for quite sometime. He is a fighter that people have been aware of for quite awhile, having faced quality opponents in Jeremy Horn, Travis Fulton, Travis Wiuff (both of which are slated to face each other on this card), Roger Neff, and Pedro Otavio. He is easily one of the most experienced fighters at this weight and he has put together a pair of impressive submission victories in his last two outings. With a renewed focus on developing technique along with his already formidable power he is primed and really to make his mark.

Other Super Heavyweights that will be mixing it up are a couple of UFC veterans that were already mentioned… "The Ironman" Travis Fulton and Travis "Diesel" Wiuff. These two have already squared off where Wiuff won by decision. Fulton will be getting his chance to settle the score and both men will get the chance to break into the Shooto scene.

For those with a lighter palate, fear not. The line-up for TN Shooto "Conquest" has plenty of lighter fair covering all the lower weight classes. With all the talk and Internet angst, Joe Jordan v. Roli Delgado has the potential be a showstopper. Jordan easily dispatched his opponent last time out in Clarksville, but Delgado is coming in with solid credentials and tons of fan support. More favorites to keep an eye out for are the infamous Ed Clay, local standout Nate Baker, and a host of promising new talent coming out of the south.

But, TN Shooto is more than just an exciting card. It is a rising promotion set to grow into a centerpiece in the full-contact martial arts world. There have been some very close dealings with the Tennessee State Boxing Commission to not just get Shooto (and events like it) approved in the state, but to achieve the official status of a licensed sport, as seen in NJ and NV. Additionally, negotiations are underway to start a weekly television show on TV 43 in Tennessee where it is planned to feature this TN promotion and other rising grass-roots events as well. This is a great development, as it offers a superb chance for John Renken to present his product and the sport in general to a wide field of potential fans. And for dessert, another deal is being worked out that will bring TN Shooto into the heart of Clarksville where it will operate in a University field house. This provides more seats, better accommodations for fighters and fans, and better accessibility to the public. Only three events strong at this point, Mr. Renken is really making waves, and TN Shooto is receiving high scores for breads and circuses…

Don’t miss this event scheduled for January 17th at the Action Sportsplex in Clarksville, TN.

SHW – 242.5 lbs and over
Jonathan Ivey vs. Chad Bartlett
Travis Fulton vs. Travis Wiuff
Buddy Lewis vs. Brad Grimes
Kevin Jordon vs. Sean Sallee
Gerrod Allen vs. Vega Aleveres

LHW – 183.0 lbs
Karima Bennett vs. Danny Cooper

MW – 167.5 lbs
Ed Clay vs. Josh Hopkis
Dan Covel vs. Tom Kirk
Jason Moonie vs. Mike Ahrenholz

LW – 143.3 lbs
Joe Jordon vs. Roli Delgado
Nate Baker vs. William Mccoughlin

FW – 132.3 lbs
Chris Spedale vs. Andrei Kalinine

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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