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- MIKE NICKELS HEADLINES RING OF FIRE 29

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Press Release
ROF promoter Sven BOOGIE Bean is happy to announce the fight card for ROF 29: AFTERSHOCK. The 12 bout MMA event will take place on Saturday, April 28th 2007 at the Broomfield Event Center in Broomfield, Colorado.

The name AFTERSHOCK was appropriately chosen for the follow up to the record breaking February event. Over 5000 fans witnessed history that night as not only were attendance records broken, but for the first time a Colorado based promotion aired on a national broadcast.

On April 28th three Championship Belts will be on the line. Also for the first time in the seven year history of the promotion, all matches will take place in a cage instead of a ring.

205 lb CHAMPIONSHIP
Unlike in boxing where heavyweights reign supreme, in MMA the light heavyweight division is the most recognizable in the sport. In the seven years that RING OF FIRE has been on the circuit, the 205 belt has remained vacant. That will change on April 28 th. Top national grappler Eliot Marshall will look to add ROF Champion to his long list of credentials. The BJJ Black Belt is undefeated in MMA with a perfect 4-0 record. Following in many top fighter’s footsteps, Marshall makes regular trips to New Mexico to train with Team Jackson’s in Albuquerque. Also hoping to add the belt to his collection is Las Vegas based fighter Marcus Sursa. He has taken advantage of his location and trained with the top who’ s who list of MMA fighters out there. The Jungle Fight Brazil veteran caught promoter Sven Bean’s eye at the K-1 Tryouts over the last two years. Sursa finished at the top of the tryouts session and was offered fights but scheduling conflicts kept him off past ROF cards. He now gets his ROF appearance and it is against the promotion’s #1 ranked fighter.

205 lb SUPER FIGHT
UFC veteran, BIG Mike Nickels returns to competition following his first round victory over Wes Combs at the Ultimate Fighter Season 3 Finale. Nickels finished the then undefeated fighter with a picture perfect rear naked choke. Already having local notoriety as one of the top tattoo artists, the Ultimate Fighter and UFC appearances elevated him to celebrity status. Nickels will be fighting in front of his hometown for the first time since September of 2005. His opponent, Carpaccio Owens last appeared at ROF 28 when he defeated K-1 veteran Andre Walker. He admitted that the altitude affected his performance, and plans to rectify that for ROF 29. The active duty Army Combatives champion will come to Colorado a week early to get acclimated. He will be staying at Fort Carson to train, and will be making appearances and promoting the event as well. He hopes to bring a few hundred new Army fans with him when he returns to ROF.

145 lb CHAMPIONSHIP
Also on April 28th, ROF Flyweight Champion Christian Allen will defend his belt. Allen’s nickname RELENTLESS comes from his fighting style in the ring. He has the conditioning level to set an incredible pace of lightning quick stand up and rapid fire submission attempts. He became the ROF Champion in February of last year with a submission victory over Joe Doherty. A severe back injury kept him sidelined for the rest of 2006. He went through an extensive rehab and has been training non stop for his first title defense. Standing in his way will be Ryan Hass from Des Moines, Iowa. Hass lives, eats, and breaths MMA. Besides training full time as a professional fighter, he is also the co-promoter of Midwest Cage Fighting Championship with UFC veteran John Halverson. Hass is a fitness junkie, and spends most of his time split between working out in the gym and on the mat training MMA. While his ground game is his strong point he feels very comfortable on his feet. On paper this is one of the most even matches on the card. Height, weight, style , and record. But this is MMA and statistics mean nothing when the doors shuts. What matters is who wants the belt more.

155 lb FEATURE BOUT
One of RING OF FIRE’s most popular fighters is known to fans simply as the COWBOY. Donald Cerrone earned the nick name in high school after a short stint as a pro bull rider. He amassed an impressive 22-0- 1 in kickboxing before making the move to MMA. To date he has a perfect MMA record 5-0 record. None of his previous ROF opponents chose to “stand and bang”, and the COWBOY finished them all by submission. His opponent at ROF 28 , also undefeated in MMA, may be the first to test those waters. Muay Thai stylist Anthony Njokuani hails from Dallas Texas. His trainer is the legendary 6 time World Muay Thai Champion Saekson Janjira. Njokuani stands 6’0 tall and is incredibly dangerous on his feet. He has a 7-0 record in MMA and is coming off 1st round head kick K.O. victory in March. This match has fight of the night written all over it.

155 lb FEATURE BOUT
Luke “Lil’ HULK” Caudillo could be referred to as the gate keeper at 155 for RING OF FIRE. Since debuting for the promotion back in 2003, he has fought six times against some of the best lightweights in the region. He has recently moved to Denver and is training at Nathan Marquardt’s High Altitude Gym. Caudillo is coming off a 3 fight win streak, highlighted by a 16 second K.O. in Canada’s TKO organization. His opponent, Dennis “The Piranha” Davis is one of the nation’s top an up and coming lightweights. He holds several titles and plans on continuing his dominance in the lightweight division. His accolades include a FCFF lightweight Champion, CFC lightweight Champion, and 4–time Sportfight lightweight Champion. Davis has a dangerous ground game and was originally trained by the world renowned Team Quest.

YOUNG GUNS CHAMPIONSHIP
Young Gun Champion Tyler THUNDER Toner will be defending his belt at ROF 29. The Brazilian Jiujitsu stylist is undefeated in MMA with a perfect 5-0 record. All but one of his fights have ended by TKO or submission in the first round. Toner has one punch knockout power, and very slick submission skills. Toner’s opponent Scott Jorgensen wrestled in college for Boise State University. He is a 3 time PAC-10 champion and finished in the top twelve at the NCAA national tournament. Scott began his MMA career in 2006 and has put together a 4-1 record. He was also a training/sparring partner of World Champion Urijah Faber for his last fight.

WORLD CLASS ARENA
The 45 million dollar Broomfield Event Center opened in November of 2006. 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.

TICKETS AVAILABLE NOW!!
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. Ticket Prices are $25.00, $35.00 and $55.00 for reserved seating (facilty fees not included).

As always if you would like to see the show in style 8 seat VIP tables or VIP Party Suites can be reserved at 303- 246-5237

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