The action heats up the frozen Russian tundra in Episode 2 of the hit mixed martial arts reality show BodogFight: St. Petersburg. This week’s episode, which airs February 20th at 11 p.m. /10 p.m. Central on ION Television, features two more brutal elimination bouts.
Our featured match includes a pair of American welterweights, as Miami’s Jorge “GameBred” Masvidal squares off against Steve “Red Nose” Berger of St. Louis.
A familiar face from the first season of BodogFight, Masvidal is a Freestyle Fighting Academy member who, under the guidance of trainers Marcos and David Avellan and 3-time kickboxing world champion Eric “El Tigre” Castanos, has developed from a street brawler into a well-rounded fighter. A deadly combination of natural talent, blazing hand speed, and heart make Masvidal a dangerous threat to any challenger.
Berger, a veteran Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu practitioner, is certainly not taking Masvidal lightly, calling it the biggest fight of his career. High praise indeed from someone with more than 30 professional bouts to his credit, however, Berger knows that the fight game is neither steady work nor easy money, and with the winner earning one of 15 spots up for grabs in BodogFight’s April 14th pay-per-view event, he vows to be all business when he steps into the ring.
“I know what I came here to do and I know what my job is,” says Berger. “Winning fights is what puts food on the table.”
Our other welterweight elimination bout pits 28-year old Canadian, Tyler “TNT” Jackson against Russian Dmitri Samoilov.
Possessing dynamite punching power, the 5-foot-7, 155-pound Jackson will be looking to live up to his explosive nickname. He’s also got something to prove to his girlfriend and family back home in Langley, British Columbia. They wish Jackson’s chosen profession did not involve him taking punches to the head, and he understands their concern.
“If I had a son, I wouldn’t let him do MMA, because you get a little dumber after each fight,” he jokes.
The Revolution Fight Team member will have to retain all his wits, though, if he hopes to beat his Russian opponent on his own turf. Dmitri Samoilov has an iron chin and isn’t afraid to go toe-to-toe, although his strength lies on the ground. A graduate from the Alexander Nevsky Junior Sports Club in Stary Oskol, Samoilov trained under famed grappling coach Vladimir Mihailovich Voronov, who also happens to train current heavyweight champion, Fedor Emelianenko.