Red Canvas Fight Promotions Presents: ‘Art of Submission 1’

Sep 10, 2012
(PRESS RELEASE) -- San Jose, CA. – September 6, 2012 – Red Canvas Fight Promotions, the only fight promotion to showcase the ‘Art of Submission’ in the cage and on the big screen, is set to make their debut in the mixed martial arts world in September with ‘Art of Submission 1.” Red Canvas Presents: ‘Art of Submission 1’ will take place on Saturday, September 15 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Fans can also watch the fights live via internet pay-per-view on MSXN.TV.

Red Canvas Fight Promotions, presented by actor Ernie Reyes JR, is slated to host tournament style MMA events every month in various regions. The week following each fight event, Red Canvas will release the film ‘Art of Submission’ on multiple screens throughout the city. ‘Art of Submission’ is a full-length feature film with a star studded cast that includes A-list actors and elite martial artists. Please see “About the movie Art of Submission’ at the bottom of this news release for detailed information. Many of the film’s stars will be making appearances at Red Canvas MMA events.

According to Ken Chamitoff, producer of the film and president of Red Canvas Film Productions, “We are extremely excited to host our first live ‘Art of Submission 1’ MMA event in San Jose, California. The bout card is stacked with compelling professional and amateur match-ups and features some of the area’s top MMA talent. We are equally excited about the theatrical release of our full length MMA film, ‘Art of Submission’, following the event. Fans will not be disappointed!”

The ‘Art of Submission 1’ main event features a compelling welterweight match-up between two dynamic fighters. Strikeforce veteran Lucas Gamaza (5-3), who trains out of the Cesar Gracie/Nick Diaz camp, will step into the cage to face Fight Factory’s Wayne Phillips. Phillips (5-5) is a fierce competitor that trains out of San Jose's AKA gym under kickboxing legend Javier Mendez. This is a very significant bout, as both fighters are looking to redeem themselves after recent losses. The main event promises to be an action packed fight from start to finish!

In the Co-Main event, two explosive female fighters, undefeated Muay Thai champion Miriam Nakamoto and SikJitsu’s Elizabeth Phillips, will make their pro MMA debuts. Poised to take the MMA world by storm, Nakamoto (15-0-0 Muay Thai) first gained recognition as a cast member on the Fight Girls reality show in 2007. She is now regarded by many as one of the top pound-for-pound female strikers in combat sports. Her opponent Elizabeth Phillips (3-1-1 amateur MMA), who has gone the distance in all but one of her bouts, has one goal in mind - to stop the Muay Thai phenom before she even gets started.

* ‘Art of Submission 1’ Professional Fight Card: Lucas Gamaza vs. Wayne Phillips Miriam Nakamoto vs. Elizabeth Phillips Thomas Diagne vs. Alex Trevino Ryan Wong vs. Sean Pierre

* ‘Art of Submission 1’ Amateur Fight Card: Frank Sanchez vs. Tony Charles Peter Thompson vs. Josh Sandiego Favian Guiterrez vs. Justin Davis Ivan Batinich vs. Vincent Barrera Kyle Lehane vs. Luis Vargas David Larzabal vs. TBD *Card subject to change

The ‘Art of Submission 1’ official weigh-in event will take place on Friday, September 14 at Gordon Biersch Brewery Restaurant located on 33 E. San Fernando Street in San Jose, California. Weigh-ins will promptly begin at 2:00pm PST. Fans and media are welcome!

The fight event will take place on Saturday, September, 15 at the San Jose Civic Auditorium in San Jose, California. Doors open at 5:30pm PST. Fights start at 7:00pm PST. Fight fans will not want to miss this! Tickets are on sale now. Fans can purchase tickets on-line at or Tickets can also be purchased at the venue.

Fans can also watch ‘Art of Submission 1’ live via internet pay-per-view on MSXN.TV. The cost is $14.95 for MSXN members/ $19.95 for non-members. The fights will air live starting at 7:00pm PST/10:00pm ET. For more information about Red Canvas Fight Promotions please visit For more information on the film “The Art of Submission”, please visit

About Red Canvas Fight Promotions:

Red Canvas Fight Promotions is the ONLY MMA promotion to showcase the “Art of Submission” in the cage and on the big screen by hosting live tournament style MMA events in conjunction with the release of the full length martial arts film ‘Art of Submission’. The Promotion is slated to host tournament style MMA events every month throughout the country in various regions. Following each live event Red Canvas will release the film ‘Art of Submission’ on multiple screens throughout that city as part of an ongoing project. The project will include the production and release of subsequent ‘Art of Submission’ films. Many of the fighters that compete in the live events will be featured in future Red Canvas films. For more information please visit

About the Movie 'Art of Submission':

‘Art of Submission’, starring Ernie Reyes JR, Ving Rhames, Sara Downing, MMA Legend Frank Shamrock, UFC fighter Gray Maynard, Mathias Hues, Maxim Model Fernanda Romero, Maria Conchita Alonzo, John Savage and George Takei is a full-contact action drama that shatters emotional boundaries. The film is loaded with authentic mixed martial arts and layered with dynamic heart-to-heart combat. It is a story of redemption. It is a reluctant “Hero’s Journey” reflecting true stories found within the ranks of martial arts schools throughout North America. While inspirational at its core, it explores the shrouded wounds of fathers and sons, and has within it the power to transform and unify the entire family. Viewers consider the story victorious and transcending. For more information on the movie and to view the official movie trailer please visit

Media Contact: Melissa Ingram Melissa Ingram PR 602-434-5055 [email protected] Twitter: @ingrampr


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