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- BANG LUDWIG HEADLINES RING OF FIRE 28

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Press Release
ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce that ROF 28: EVOLUTION will take place on Friday, February 16th 2007 at the brand new Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The event is named EVOLUTION as this show is the next step in growth for the region’s longest running MMA promotion. The World Class event will feature not only the top athletes on the promotion’s roster, but top athletes from around the world as well.

In the main event, World Champion Duane BANG! Ludwig returns to Colorado for the first time in over a year. Ludwig is a UFC, Strikeforce and K-1 veteran with a 14-5 record in MMA. The two time World Champion is coming off a huge TKO victory over Anthony Fryklund at Strikeforce this past December. He wants to build off that victory and start 2007 off right with a win in front of his hometown crowd. Facing Ludwig will be Pancrase fighter Shinya Kamuzawa of Okinawa, Japan. Kamuzawa has a combined record of 10 wins 1 loss and 1 draw. Kumazawa is a super aggressive young fighter with solid submission skills. He is also known to stand and trade, something most of Ludwig’s opponents are very leery of doing. Kumazawa is not deterred by Ludwig’s reputation as being one of the most lethal strikers in the sport. On the contrary, Kumazawa intends to make a name for himself with a victory at Ring Of Fire. Ludwig was impressed by what he saw on tapes of Kumazawa. “The guy is a gamer for sure. He looks like he really likes to fight and is not afraid to throw down. Those are the guys that get me excited to fight. I know he won’t be afraid to throw some leather with me which is great. As soon as he tags me once, it’s on. I won’t look past him at all but 2007 is my year. Last year I had a few bumps in the road, but now I am rededicated to my fight career. I want to make my way back to the top. And it all starts with Kumazawa at Ring of Fire.”

Current Light Weight Champion, Alvin KID Robinson (8-1) will take a new direction in his career. The KID will be dropping to 145 lbs for the first time. With recent changes in the national scene there is now great opportunities for fighters in that weight class. Robinson is a world class athlete who loves challenges, and is excited at the move to this division. Facing Robinson will be top UCE fighter Oliver Bradstreet from West Valley, Utah. Bradstreet brings an amazing 21-1 record with him. Bradstreet is easily Robinson’s most experienced opponent to date. Both Robinson and Bradstreet consider wrestling their base, and style wise match up perfectly. The WEC just crowned Urijah Faber their 145 champ, a fact that didn’t go unnoticed by The KID. He has his sites set on a World Title, but first has to get past Bradstreet at ROF 28.

One of the promotion’s most popular fighters Donald COWBOY Cerrone also makes his return to ROF. The COWBOY is mostly known for his stand up skills and KO power. After a short stint as a pro bull rider, the self described thrill seeker found himself competing in local kickboxing matches. After amassing a 22-0-1 record, he then made the move to MMA. To date he has a perfect 4-0 record, finishing all his opponents by submission. His opponent at ROF 28 is also undefeated in MMA. Ryan Roberts has cut his teeth in the very tough Midwest circuit. The wrestler/boxer has acquired a 5-0 record and the Fury Fighting Lightweight title belt along the way. A lot more than bragging rights is on the line here as neither fighter wants to add a notch in the losing column.

The light heavyweight division is one of the most lucrative in the sport, and ROF is in no short supply of top athletes to offer. BJJ Black Belt Eliot Marshall will again step in the MMA arena. Marshall has made a great name for himself in the grappling circuit gaining gold medals and national titles. He has transitioned perfectly into MMA, and looks to add another win to his undefeated record on February 16th.

K-1 veteran, Andre The Silencer Walker will compete under MMA rules for the first time since 2002. The power puncher needed less than round to dispatch his opponent at ROF 27 under K-1 Rules, and feels the time is now to make a run at the 205 division.

The special feature match for ROF 28 will be a women’s rules bout. Muay Thai specialist Michelle Waterson will face off against sport jujitsu athlete Jennifer Moran.

The full fight card will be posted this week at www.rofmma.com.

ROF 28 will mark the first MMA event at what is truly one of the nicest venues in the west. The 45 million dollar Broomfield Event Center is just a few months old. It is home to the Colorado RAGE hockey team and the Colorado 14ers basketball franchise. The facility is state of the art and there is not a bad seat in the house. “We are happy to be working with Sven Bean and the RING OF FIRE for our first fighting event at the Broomfield Event Center. We know that Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in the country. We also are aware that RING OF FIRE is the top promotion in the region with a great reputation in the industry. We are excited for the World Class event on February 16th and look forward to the future with RING OF FIRE.” said BEC Director of Booking, Kelly Kuper.

Tickets for the event are on sale now and can be purchased at the Event Center Box Office, charge by phone at 303-410-T I X S, or online at www.broomfieldeventcenter.com. As always if you would like to see the show in style 8 seat VIP tables can be reserved at 303-246-5237

RING OF FIRE 28: EVOLUTION
Friday, February 16th, 2007
Broomfield Event Center
Broomfield, CO
Doors at 7:00 pm, Fights at 8:00 pm
303-410-T I X S (8497)
www.broomfieldeventcenter.com