The American Fight League present Erupption tonight at the Rupp Arena in Lexington, Ky. The fight card is littered with Ultimate Fighting Championship veterans such as Diego Saraiva, Junior Assuncao, Rory Singer and Dan Christison. Another coup for the promotion is MMAWeekly.com No. 9 ranked featherweight Rafael Assuncao, Junior’s brother.
The evening’s main event features Saraiva vs. Joe Ammerman for the promotion’s lightweight championship.
The AFL has its own production crew that will be filming the event. The promotion has aired on HDNet in the past and is currently in talks with several television outlets including MyNetworkTV, Comcast and an unidentified cable sports network.
Tied into the patriotic theme of the AFL’s name is its business practices. According to Marketing Director Sean McClure, the AFL donates a portion of its proceeds to various charity organizations, specifically supporting American military troops. Some of the charities the promotion donates too include Impact a Hero, Fisher House, and Keep it in the Ring Foundation.
The promotion intends to contribute to local charities as well, as the AFL has plans to take its show on the road following tonight’s event. McClure stated that the promotion will be in Georgia in May, Texas in July (this will be a PPV event), Florida in
September, Lexington again at the Rupp Arena in October, and a very special pay-per-view event in November that will be announced soon.
“We are about leaving each city a better place, about giving back,” said McClure.
The promotion’s aspirations are definitely high and only time will tell if it will be able to meet the high marks it has set. For tonight, the AFL focuses on Lexington and delivering on its promise to the fans at Rupp Arena.
AFL Professional Lightweight Championship
Diego Saraiva vs. Joe Ammerman
Junior Assuncao vs. Steve Sharp
Rory Singer vs. Chilo Gonzalez
Dan Christison vs. John LeBlanc
Allen Browning vs. Dustin Walden
George Lockhart vs. TJ Cook
Rafael Assuncao vs. Aaron Williams
Doug Lima vs. Cody Senseney
AFL Amateur Middleweight Championship
Brandon Yocum vs. Brian Keller
Amateur Lightweight bout
Jason Jones vs. Josh Ball
Amateur Featherweight bout
Ryan Jones vs. Mike Baskis