BattleGrounds MMA Signs First Six Fighters for Its One-Night, Eight-Main $50,000 Tourney

May 1, 2014
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Battlegrounds MMA LogoBattleGrounds MMA, the upstart Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion headed by Olympic wrestling legend Kenny Monday, announced on Thursday that it has signed the first six competitors for O.N.E., its highly-anticipated, one-night, eight-man welterweight (170 pounds) tournament that will award the winner a grand prize of $50,000 on Friday, June 27 at BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.

Tickets for the event, which will feature eight professional bouts in addition to the single-elimination tournament, are priced from $65, and can be purchased online at as well as at Arby’s Box Office at the BOK Center, all ticket outlets, or by calling 1-800-7-BOKCTR.

All-time great Dennis “Superman” Hallman (53-14-2, 1 NC) of Yelm, Wash. will lead the charge into the star-studded playoff and be joined by fellow submission ace Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; undefeated prospect and former NCAA National Wrestling Championship runner-up Chris Honeycutt (4-0) of Fresno, Calif.; battle-tested Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protégé David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; and Josh “The Beast” Bryant (14-4) of Broken Arrow, Okla.

“We are excited to have assembled a group of incredibly talented and accomplished athletes for this landmark tournament,” said BattleGrounds MMA President and three-time U.S. Olympic wrestler Monday, who captured the gold medal in freestyle wrestling in 1988 and, before that, earned three-time All-American honors competing for Oklahoma State University.

“The one-night tournament,” continued Monday, “is truly the toughest test physically and mentally in all of combative sports, and BattleGrounds MMA is proud to bring this format back to life and usher in a new era of elite competition in the world’s fastest growing sport.”

The final two tournament participants as well as the remainder of the fight card will be announced soon.  A lottery draw to determine the tournament’s matchups will be held after weigh-ins on Thursday, June 26.

  • Timothy Malone

    I like that they aren’t determining match-ups until after weigh-ins. You can’t gameplan ahead of time, just have to rely on your own abilities.

    • Bobby Z

      So I am clear… they will be fighting a 3 times if they make it to the final????? that is F%$KING AAWWWEEESSOOMEEE!!!

  • Darin

    Eight “main”???
    I can’t wait to see which main wins!
    Is Scarface now writing for mmaweekly? These writers are a joke.

  • shakejunt

    my money would be on hallman, but who knows how something like this will play out. first round could be brutal and change the entire landscape.

  • Jacob K

    Reads like an advertisement. Second paragraph exclusively dedicated to informing the reader how to purchase tickets to the event. Probably >1% of all ppl reading this are in Oklahoma or an adjacent state. Article ads…better or worse than pop ups? Not sure…

    • Timothy Malone

      It would be bad if one of the writers was doing it, but it clearly says it is posted as a press release.