HONOLULU, HAWAI’I – Apr 11, 2006 In an effort to crown its first welterweight champion, Rumble on the Rock (ROTR) and parent company Rumble World Entertainment (RWE) will bring to the Blaisdell Center Arena the remaining leg of January’s eight-man welterweight world championship tournament. Fighters will compete to win ROTR’s welterweight World Title belt. The event will be held on Friday, April 21 at the Blaisdell Center Arena, doors will open at 6:30pm and the show starts at 7:30pm.
Promoters have planned a triple threat showdown for their World Championship event. In addition to the championship semi-finals and finals, RWE has put together a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) card that pits Team Hawai‘i against Team Japan. Hawai‘i’s favorite Eric “Butterbean” Esche will also return to compete in the ROTR cage against former Toughman champion and WWE superstar Aaron “HardKore Kidd” Aguilera.
Semi-finals and Finals Welterweight Tournament Lineup:
Jake Shields (USA) vs Yushin Okami (JAPAN)
Frank Trigg (USA) vs Carlos Condit (USA)
Alternate Tournament Welterweight Contenders:
Brandon Wolfe (USA) vs Josh Macdonald (USA)
Superfight: (Heavyweight) Eric “Butterbean” Esche vs Aaron “HardKore Kidd” Aguilera
Team Hawai‘i vs Team Japan:
(Welterweight) Brendon Wolf vs Sotoyama Shinpei
(Welterweight) Ray “Braddah” Cooper vs Koji Yoshida
(Welterweight) Renato “Charuto” Verissimo vs Kuniyoshi Hironaka
(Heavyweight) Scott Junk vs Hideki Tadao
(Heavyweight) Wesley “Cabbage” Correira vs Kazuhiro Hamanaka
(Welterweight) Steve Byrnes vs Matt Knaub
MMA rules will be honored and all bouts will be held in ROTR’s octagon cage.
Tickets to the event range from $35 to $300 and can be purchased by visiting www.ticketmaster.com.
A press conference will be held on Wednesday, April 19 where media will have the opportunity to interview fighters. Location of the press conference to be announced at a later date. Weigh-ins will be held at Dave and Buster’s in Honolulu’s Victoria Ward Center in the second-floor showroom at 6pm. The event is free and open to the public.
ROTR fans who cannot attend the April 21st event will have the unique opportunity to watch the event the next day via Internet Pay-Per-View by visiting ROTR’s website at www.rumbleontherock.com. RWE’s newest venture, the Internet-based RumbleVision has proven to be wildly popular among fans, allowing enthusiasts to purchase their favorite fights via the RumbleVision website for a nominal fee.