Less than 2 weeks to go and promoters Pete Rodley and Alex Caporicci are pleased to announce the updated fight card as well as the pre-FREEDOM FIGHT festivities. “The last few months have been a whirl wind of activity but all the hard work has paid off. The fighters are ready, the fans are ready and Ottawa/Hull is buzzing even more than in July!” says Freedom Fight Productions owner Pete Rodley. Alex Caporicci adds “Over the holidays we lost a couple of fighters due to injury but the fight card is now final, with some great additions.”
A welcome addition to the team is Jacob Stahler, known for his high impact ring announce style THE MOUTH OF THE MIDWEST is always the guy to get the crowd pumping and set the tone for any MMA event. “I’m excited to make my first trip to Canada to participate in such a high profile event. On January 14th I will be the MOUTH OF THE NORTH and I couldn’t be more pumped to get up there and Rock the house!” says Stahler.
Another new element is the FREEDOM FIGHT GIRLZ. The beauties will be out in full force representing this historic event at not only the live show but also the pre-event festivities in the Ottawa/Hull region! You can get a sneak peak at some of the most gorgeous MMA fans around at www.sinzproductions.com
PRE EVENT FESTIVITIES
Tune in to TSN on Tuesday January 10th at 6pm to catch “Off The Record” with Michael Landsberg. His guest will be none other than “Showdown” Joe Ferraro. They will discuss various topics including Freedom Fight 2006 where the duo will share duties in the commentary booth.
As a special treat to all MMA fans, feel free to join us live from the Holiday Inn Gatineau as a member of the event broadcast team, Gabriel Morency will broadcast his acclaimed radio show SPORTSRAGE. Hear the KING OF A.M. MAYHEM give an event preview and hear what the fighters have to say just before the big day. Also in the building and always looking for a good time will be the Team Captains, Phil Baroni and Carlos Newton, UFC Veterans Jeff Curran and Joe Doerksen, Pride Champion Dan Henderson and numerous other stars from MMA and other sports. Tune in to 990 AM if you are in Montreal or www.team990.com to listen to the live broadcasts on Thursday January 12th at AND Friday January 13th from Midnight to 3am EST and get ready for some MMA and hardcore sports talk!
The official weigh ins will once again be at the HARD ROCK CAFÉ OTTAWA on Friday January 13th at NOON. This event is open to the public and is a great opportunity to meet the fighters and get to witness what happens behind the scenes the day before the fights. The Hard Rock Café is located at 73 York Street, Ottawa, ON K1N5T2.
Also on January 13th, please join us at the OFFICIAL FREEDOM FIGHT 2006 MEET AND GREET. AT 5PM come out to MARSHYS BAR AND GRILL on 7 Centrepointe Drive, Nepean. Mingle with fighters, coach Baroni and coach Newton, take pics, autographs and other goodies. For information on Marshys please visit their web site www.marshys.com.
Just because the event will be wrapped up it doesn’t mean that the action has to end! The official Freedom Fight 2006 AFTER PARTY will be at LE COSMO, only 2 blocks from the Holiday Inn Gatineau (official hotel), we will get to unwind with APEX/Freedom Fighters and staff right after the show! For more information on LE COSMO check out their web site www.lecosmo.com
As with any MMA event, there have been some changes to the APEX: FREEDOM FIGHT 2006 lineup. Stepping up to replace Ryan Ackerman on Team USA against BJJ phenom Wagnney Fabiano is Jeff Curran protégé Matt “Sunshine” Fiordirosa. Fiordirosa comes into the fight with a 4-0-0 MMA record and is expected to use his wrestling and striking ability to offset Fabiano’s world class submission skills. Fabiano’s career is taking a new turn in the APEX organization as he believes this is the first step in proving to the world that one of the best grapplers is also one of the best MMA fighters. The underdog Fiordirosa wants to show he is the next big thing out of the Midwest and Fabiano is the ticket to getting the respect he deserves.
Added to the card is a featured fight that will pit APEX Veteran Nuri Shakir against Joe Doerksen student Kevin Manderson from Winnipeg. Shakir impressed all Canadian fans with his performance against UFC veteran Steve Berger at the last APEX event and is said to be looking for the big KO against Manderson. Manderson at 5-2-1 feels its time for him to step up in competition and sees Shakir as a big test to see where he stands among the sports elite.
This historic event will take place at the beautiful Palais Des Congres in Hull, Quebec. This spectacular venue is located only meters from Hull’s main transit depot, 2 blocks from the event hotel and 5 minutes from Ottawa’s downtown core. This venue is easily accessible from Hull, Ottawa, Montreal and anywhere that fight fans will be traveling from. As of Friday January 6th, all VIP and $200 seats are SOLD OUT and the $100 are almost all gone, but there are still some good seats left at www.ticketmaster.ca .
The Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudiere Gatineau is once again the official hotel of APEX: FREEDOM FIGHT 2006! Conveniently located in the heart of Gatineau’s business district and minutes from downtown Ottawa, this 4 star facility offers 232 spacious rooms, pool, whirlpool, sauna, restaurant, bar, parking and more. Call 800-567-1962 or 819-778-3880 for more information, and be sure to mention that you’re coming for FREEDOM FIGHT 2006 to get your discounted rate of $99.00 per night. The hotel is located at 2,rue Montcalm, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, JBX 4B4. BOOK EARLY TO GUARANTEE YOUR SPECIAL RATE!
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