Friday, May 20, 2011

Around the Pro Circuit - May 21 Weekend Preview: RITC 152, KSW 16, BAMMA 6, Donofrio Entertainment: Beatdown

With no Zuffa events in sight, this weekend will lay out some blistering regional and local pro action. Next to Bellator 45's heavyweight and featherweight finals matches, there's a full schedule of MMA on the roaster this weekend. Here's a rundown of some of the goin-ons around the pro circuit.
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Rage in the Cage returns to the Wild Horse Pass Casino to deliver a loaded 16-bout card. The main event features a light heavyweight fighter who probably isn't very far from Zuffa or Bellator radar. RITC staple fighter and current light heavyweight titleholder Matt Lucas (13-2) will meet Shawn Frye who recently defeated well-traveled veteran Shawn Bink at RITC 151 last month.

Rage in the Cage 152
Saturday May 21, 2011
Wild Horse Pass Casino
Chandler, AZ

Matt Lucas vs. Shawn Frye
Aaron Brink vs. Rudy Aguilar
Jamie Schmidt vs. RJ Gamez
Jeff Horlacher vs. Derek Seright
Gabe Rivas vs. Chris Gruetzemacher
Kelley Oser vs. Ben Clark
Dan Charles vs. Richard Ysaguirre
Justin Purcell vs. Glenn Devitt
Justin Bereche vs. Joseph Paul Simon
Chad Lehr vs. Rudolfo Rameriz
Cory Grant vs. Chris Stainken
David Nuzzo vs. Larry Esparza
JD Cacayuran vs. Matthew Tapia
Sam Yank vs. Ryan Crouch
Marcelo Castenada vs. Aldo Escudero
Elijah Muhammed vs. Jesus Arevala

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World's Strongest Man Mariusz Pudzianowski gave up his day job in 2009 and he hasn't looked back. Now 3-1, Pudz is set to tangle with Englishman James Thompson. At 15-14, Thompson's winning luck has been dry as he has lost three out of sixteen bouts since 2006. Meanwhile, Matt Lindland will have his handsful against Mamed Khalidov. A win over Lindland will be a sure stepping stone in Khalidov's career.

Konfrontacja Sztuk Walki
KSW 16: Konfrontacja
May 21, 2011
Ergo Arena,
Gdansk, Pomeranian Voivodeship, Poland

Mariusz Pudzianowski vs. James Thompson
Mamed Khalidov vs. Matt Lindland
Jan Blachowicz vs. Toni Valtonen
Michal Materla vs. James Zikic
Karol Bedorf vs. Grigor Aschugbabjan
Artur Sowinski vs. Cengiz Dana
Marcin Rozalski vs. Vitali Shemetov
Attila Vegh vs. Grigor Aschugbabjan

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A glance at the British Association of Mixed Martial Arts' sixth event reveals a card that shows why BAMMA is the UK's biggest MMA promotion. Pride vet Murilo "Ninja" Rua will challenge BAMMA Middleweight Champ Tom "Kong" Watson in the main event of BAMM 6. Former UFC welterweight title contender Frank Trigg will meet Welsh boxing specialist John Phillips (13-3) in the co-main event. UFC vet Ivan Salaverry takes to the cage for the first time in three years. TUF 12 cast member Aaron Wilkinson makes his BAMMA debut, taking on undefeated Shane Omer (6-0). The main card will air live on Syfy in the UK, The Fight Network in Canada, and the BAMMA.TV website. Prelims will air live on Facebook.

British Association of Mixed Martial Arts
May 21, 2011
Wembley Arena,
London, England

BAMMA Middleweight Championship Bout
Tom Watson(c) vs. Murilo Rua

Frank Trigg vs. John Phillips
Ivan Salaverry vs. Matt Ewin
Jason Ball vs. Leonardo Santos
Che Mills vs. Marcio Cesar
Shane Omer vs. Aaron Wilkinson
Sam Watling vs. Leigh Cohoon
Oli Thompson vs. Marcin Bartkiewicz
Catalin Zmarandescu vs. Darren Towler
Scott Jensen vs. Craig Chesters
Costas Doru vs. Jeremy Petley
Murrey Fullerton vs. Charles Scott
Ryan White vs. Glen Reid

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Joe Donofrio's Impact Fight League and Joe Battaglia's Triple X Cagefighting join forces to stage the first MMA event at the Dow Center in Saginaw Michigan. The event is the first of a series of three co-promoted events with events scheduled for June 4th and 18th. And if the fights don't get your attention, Donofrio packs the hottest set of ring girls in the Midwest.

Donofrio Entertainment: Beatdown
May 21, 2011
Dow Event Center,
Saginaw, Michigan

Main Event
Pat Hook VS Tony Zelinski

Co-Main Event
Matt Weight VS Jacob Ott

James Bashor VS Jacob Buttler
Rob Hunley VS Jordan Becrril
Dakota Keblect VS Justin Brandt
Rob Stiner VS Steve Johnson
Jon Goss VS Russ Toth
Nathan Awad VS Chuck Williams
Mike Brim VS Zak Shaw
Nate Grey VS Josh Totten
Steve Brandet VS Ty Russell
Justin Carpenter VS Drew Helliner
Pat Zippler VS Mike Jason
Jessie Basher VS Alrick Jones
Abraham Perez VS TBA
Wes Dinan VS TBA

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