Following the overwhelming success of its hit debut season, BodogFight changes backdrops for its second season of mixed martial arts action. Swapping the sunny shores of Costa Rica for the frigid Russian tundra, BodogFight: St. Petersburg promises to amp up the intensity. It does just that with a first episode that spotlights a match involving one of the most exciting pound-for-pound fighters on the MMA scene.
Yves Edwards, the self-proclaimed creator of “Thug-Jitsu”, carries an impressive 31-11-1 record into the ring against the muscular Mike Brown in a welterweight tilt that highlights the premiere of BodogFight: St. Petersburg. The weekly series debuts Tuesday, February 13 at 11 p.m./10 p.m. Central on ION Television, with viewers in more than 90 million U.S. homes being treated to two great bouts, culminating with Edwards vs. Brown.
Edwards, a 30-year-old native of Nassau, Bahamas, is a well-rounded veteran fighter who describes himself as “a professional ass kicker”. He is well schooled at Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, but also boasts a strong boxing pedigree. He calls this unique blend of styles “Thug-Jitsu”, and teaches it to students at his Revolution Dojo in Houston, Texas. To learn more about Edwards and “Thug-Jitsu”, read Bodog Nation’s profile on him.
His opponent in St. Petersburg earned a biology degree from Norwich University in Vermont, but Brown prefers the ring to the lab. A native of Maine, the 31-year-old now fights out of Florida, but has traversed the globe – including stops in Japan, England and Brazil – to work with some of the top trainers in MMA. Now training with American Top Team, Brown is a UFC veteran who also holds the AFC 145-pound title. He is a boxer/wrestler who will be tested by Edwards’ quickness.
The Brown-Edwards fight will be preceded by a bout that features a classic contrast in styles as 27-year-old Indian striker “Black Mamba” of Team Revolution takes on 26-year-old Brazilian wrestler Rodrigo “Crazy Face” Damm.
Like his venomous namesake, “Black Mamba” is quick and deadly, while Damm is patient and tactical. Trained by Peter de Andrade, Damm holds a black belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. Their fight kicks of the exciting season of BodogFight: St. Petersburg, an eight-episode reality series that will be followed by a pay-per-view spectacular in April.
In addition to being broadcast on ION Television, all episodes of the series will be available to fight fans worldwide through streaming video on www.BodogFight.com. MMA followers will get access to previews, recaps, behind-the-scenes exclusives, fighter bios and additional footage only available online.