- FIGHTERS ANNOUNCED FOR “WEC: THE HITMAN”

June 28, 2006
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The WEC has announced several of the fighters who will be competing on the upcoming “WEC: The Hitman” card, which is a benefit event for the Ryan Bennett Family Benefit Fund.

As previously announced, the show will take place on Friday, July 28th at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, California. One-hundred percent of the gate receipts from the event will be donated to the Benefit Fund, which goes directly to Ryan’s family. Since the show was announced, many fighters have stepped up and have agreed to compete on the show.

Here is the line-up for the card so far, as listed by the WEC:

-Urijah Faber vs. Cory Cass (submission grappling super-fight match)
-Keith Barry vs. TBA
-Sam Morgan vs. TBA
-Dennis “Piranha” Davis vs. TBA
-Craig “Big Z” Zellner vs. TBA
-Thomas Schulte vs. TBA
-Mikko Rupponen vs. TBA
-Doug “The Rhino” Marshall vs. TBA
-Glover “The Brazilian Pit Bull” Teixeira vs. TBA
-Nick “The Goat” Thompson vs. JT Taylor
-Jake O’Brien vs. TBA
-Poppies “Tachi Kid” Martinez vs. TBA
-Mike Whitehead vs. TBA
-Wes “The Project” Sims vs. TBA

Christian Printup, the Director of Entertainment at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino, said in an official statement, “I’d like to again take a second to applaud all of the fighters listed above for stepping up to the plate to help Ryan’s wife and children. We need guys to continue to step up and challenge the men listed above. This event is an opportunity to help give back to the family of a man who was such an influential figure in MMA and his influence in the sport was only overshadowed by his love of life, and his family and friends. Ryan was so much more than one of the WEC broadcast team, he was a dear friend to so many of us and we must come together to help out… again, big props to the fighters mentioned above for helping out and the list doesn’t stop there. Scott Adams is working hard to add some more well known popular fighters to this card.”

Tickets for the event went on sale on June 27th, with general admission tickets priced at $20 and reserved seats beginning with Row E priced at $40. You can order your tickets to the event by calling the Tachi Palace’s Gift Shop at 1-866-4-PALACE (1-866-472-5223).

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