Honolulu, HI August 30, 2005 – The most anticipated match-up in Icon Sport (formerly Super Brawl) history is official. Falaniko Vitale and Jason “Mayhem” Miller will meet in the middleweight (185-lb) main event of Icon Sport: Opposites Attract on Friday, October 28th at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu. Although the victor will earn the opportunity to challenge current Middleweight champion Robbie Lawler for the belt, neither Vitale nor Miller are looking past their October match-up.
Both fighters are wary of the other’s talents and abilities. Miller will look to nullify Vitale’s amazing athleticism and devastating power; Vitale will be forced to guard against Miller’s skillful submissions, cunning offensive tactics, and intimidating head-games.
Icon Sport President T. Jay Thompson commented on the main event of Opposites Attract:
“It’s a fascinating match-up because Niko and Mayhem (Miller) represent two contrasting ends of the spectrum…they are elite fighters with polar opposite fighting styles, personalities, and outlooks. Fans are guaranteed an unpredictable, exciting, edge-of-your seat fight.”
Jason “Mayhem” Miller burst onto the local mixed martial arts scene at the June 2003 Super Brawl event, Collision Course. Since then, he’s tallied six consecutive victories in Hawaii, including impressive wins over talented local fighters Shawn Taylor, Egan Inoue, Ronald Jhun, and, most recently, Mark Moreno. Perhaps no other “away” athlete has mesmerized, impressed, and entertained local fans while beating the “home team” as Jason “Mayhem” Miller.
Falaniko Vitale will train for his match-up with Miller at the AMC Martial Arts Center in Kirkland, Washington. Vitale will be trained by the center’s legendary owner / president, Matt Hume. Known as “The Wizard” by fans and peers, Hume is widely considered to be one of the most talented and versatile mixed martial arts instructors in the world. He is also a successful promoter, sanctioning body president and founder, major event referee, major event judge, pay per view televisi! on commentator, M.M.A. journalist, and M.M.A. reporter. Hume, who invited Vitale to his training center after witnessing his loss to Robbie Lawler in Super Brawl: Icon, said of Vitale:
“I see an unpolished gem in Falaniko. He has as much potential and raw talent as I’ve ever seen. My job is to train him physically, technically, and tactically…but more, to make him believe in himself.”
Vitale’s two-month training under Hume begins Tuesday, September 6. Removed from family, friends, and his 808 Fight Factory, Vitale will live in a simple studio apartment next door to the AMC Martial Arts Center. Vitale will return to Hawaii on October 24, 2005.
FALANIKO VITALE – JASON “MAYHEM” MILLER
MAIN EVENT PRESS CONFERENCE:
2 p.m., Monday (Labor Day), September 5, 2005
Eastside Grill (Pucks Alley @ University Avenue)
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL MEDIA AND GENERAL PUBLIC