mma & muay thai week on GFL COMBAT SPORTS NETWORK

Oct 20, 2011
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Friday, October 21, 2011 7:30pm ET featuring Ringside MMA 12 – Daley vs Fioravanti from the Bell Center, Montreal, Canada. The main event will feature an explosive battle of international proportions as Paul "Semtex" Daley (27-11-2) from England will face American Luigi "The Italian Tank" Fioravanti (22-10-0). Daley, a notorious KO artist (with 20 of his wins coming by way of knock out), is a UFC and Strikeforce veteran, and made his last appearance in Montreal at UFC 113 in the infamous number one contender's match for the UFC welterweight title when he faced Josh Koscheck. He will be making his return to the Centre Bell after having faced such formidable fighters as Duane Ludwig, Martin Kampmann, Dustin Hazelett, Scott Smith, Nick Diaz and Jake Shields. Facing him will be Fioravanti, who in addition to M-1 Challenge is also a veteran of the UFC and his preferred method of attack is no secret to anyone. Having already stood toe to toe against the likes of Chris Leben, Jon Fitch, Forrest Petz, Luck Cummo, Diego Sanchez, John Alessio, Pete Spratt and Joey Doerksen, this fighter keeps the crowds at the edge of their seats with his fearless willingness to stand and fight. Fight fans are sure to see an explosive battle between two warriors who use their fists to earn decisive victories rather than leave things in the hands of the judges. The co-main event of the night, Ringside MMA's bantamweight and featherweight champions respectively, will battle for the 135 pound title in a 5 round match. Michel "Mitch" Gagnon (7-1), a 26 year old native of Sudbury and current champion at 145 pound, will make his debut at bantamweight after a successful and spectacular title defense last April when he stopped Rejean Groulx after a somewhat controversial takedown in what was already a candidate for fight of the year. Plus other former UFC, Strikeforce fighters on the card.

- Friday, October 21, 2011 9:00pm ET featuring New York Mixed Martial Arts – Feature Film. New York MMA is an enthralling documentary that provides a back seat view of the grass roots struggle to legalize and regulate the professional sport of mixed martial arts (MMA) in New York State. New York is one of a handful of states in which MMA is still outlawed; sacrificing fighter safety, jobs and millions of dollars in revenue to neighboring states and countries since 1997. In his first feature length film, martial artist and filmmaker Kahleem Poole-Tejada presents an intimate account of the struggle to legalize MMA through the lens of one amateur fighter's (Bradley Desir) quest to turn professional under the guidance of his coach (Stephen Koepfer). Viewers are offered a rare glimpse behind the curtain of the political, sometimes frightening, and always exciting world of mixed martial arts.

- Friday, October 21, 2011 10:00pm ET featuring M-One Grand Muay Thai Championship from the Nokia Center, Los Angeles, CA. The main event features Muay Thai's version of Mike Tyson, Joe "Stitch 'em Up" Schilling vs. the "Giant Killer" Kaoklai Kaennorsing for the WBC Muay Thai Light Heavyweight World title. Joe is a non-stop, aggressive fighter that loves to push forward and use his elbows to end the fights early. He has won his last 5 bouts by knockout and is looking to shock the world. Kaoklai Kaennorsing is the former K1 Asia champion and former WBC Muay Thai World champion. Kaoklai has over 150 wins and comes in as the heavy favorite. He will be looking to use his experience and solid technique against Schilling. This fight has all the makings to be an instant, unforgettable classic. The night's co-main event includes America's poster boy Kevin "The Soul Assassin" Ross who is coming off a legendary performance against Saenchai and will now be facing current Lumpinee Stadium champion Sakkedao Petchpayathai for the WBC Muay Thai Super Lightweight title. Kevin has worked his way up by fighting the world's best and now gets his chance at a world title. His colorful character and "never die" attitude make him a fan favorite. Sakkedao is the last man to beat the legendary Saenchai, and is eager to make his U.S debut by defeating Saenchai's last opponent in his own backyard and taking the title back to Thailand.

- Friday, October 21, 2011 11:00pm ET featuring Ultimate Reno Combat 28 – Invincible, Grand Sierra Resort, Reno, NV. The main event, Marcus "Little Tank" Ocegueda battles Spencer Roberts for the Ultimate Reno Combat Flyweight Championship. Ocegueda should be the stronger of the two 125 lb fighters as he previously fought for the bantamweight (135 lb) title. Ocegueda will also have a decisive experience advantage and look to utilize all five rounds in the fight to wear out Roberts. Along with having far more fights than Roberts, Ocegueda is also a regular with Ultimate Reno Combat with this bout being his eighth fight for the northern Nevada organization. For Roberts, he will have the advantage of being an unknown, and will be able to scout his opponent better and have a better game plan on how to attack Ocegueda's weaknesses. Expect Roberts to be put to the test immediately by Ocegueda in what will no doubt be a barnburner of a championship bout. In the co-main event, undefeated Oscar Ramirez (6-0) battles Andrey Mitchell (0-0-1) in a bantamweight scrap

- Saturday, October 22, 2011 7:30pm ET featuring The Rise of Warrior – 4, Free viewing from the Havert Fenn Center, Port Pierce, Florida. Xtreme Cage Fights and Infuse Fight Gear present "The Rise of a Warrior 4" Fernando Tovar and Chad Livingston go to war for the XCF 155lb Title Belt and the $5,000

- Saturday, October 22, 2011 8:00pm ET featuring Muay Thai “Battle at Bally’s” from Bally’s in Atlantic City, NJ. Headlining this Saturday's event Muay Thai Kick Boxing event will be Justin 'The Purple People Eater' Greskiewicz (14-9, Cool Hearts Muay Thai, Philadelphia) vs. Eddie 'The Knockout Artist' Martinez (28-4, 1-0-2, 19 KO's, 5 Points Academy, New York). Greskiewicz has fought all of the top North American Muay Thai fighters including Kevin Ross and Omar Ahmed now looks to take down Martinez who fought to a draw with main event participant Turan Hasanov on the 'Battle at the Beacon' card. Nick Vaughan (12-1, The Wat) vs. Jessie Cronier (8-3, Sudbury Muay Thai). Vaughn trains under legendary Muay Thai Master Kru Phil Nurse, and recently won the WKA 165 lbs North American Title. Cronier hails from combat sports crazed Ontario, Canada, and has trained under Muay Thai legend Coban "The Cruncher" Lookchaomaesaitong.

- Saturday, October 22, 2011 9:00pm ET featuring Muay Thai Journey Fight-Series from Century Casino, Calgary, Canada. After starting with 8 of the top 140lb professional Muay Thai fighters in North America, the field has been narrowed to two! In an all Canadian final, Toronto's Matt Embree takes on Josh Palmer of Halifax. Both fighters have been very active in 2010 and are looking to get their hands on the $10,000 winner's fight purse! As an extra incentive the bout will be for the vacant WMC North American Title, the first ever North American WMC belt awarded! This event will also feature hometown athlete "Nasty" Nate Smandych against Mark Deluca. These accomplished athletes battled once before as amateurs with Smandych winning. Deluca looks to even the score as a professional! Regular Fight of the Night winner Jessica "Thumper" Gladstone steps into the ring bringing her nonstop action packed style to the fans. "Shotgun" Sean McKinnon and Billy "Kung Fu Panda" Kim round out 5 professional bouts! A full undercard of local amateurs will complete the card as Calgary's Chris McMillan continues to climb the rankings and attempts to avenge a loss to Edmonton's hard hitting Jamie Gifford!

Other non MMA events this week: Pro-Wrestling: Branded Outlaw Entertainment – Saturday, LIVE Oct 22, 8:30pm ET. Impact Zone Wrestling: Oct 22, 2011 8:00pm ET(FREE View).

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