OTTAWA, ONTARIO – June 28, 2005 – Due to a prior contractual obligation, TITO ORTIZ will replace Chuck Liddell as the new captain for Team USA. Ortiz is the breakout star who kept the fledgling UFC alive at the end of the SEG era, and now he brings his experience to a team of fighters yearning for that same type of exposure. On the TSN telecast, Ortiz will talk about the future of the former UFC light heavyweight champion. “We are very excited about having Tito involved with this event,” says Ontario native and Freedom Fight producer Pete Rodley. “Hull and Ottawa have warmly embraced this event and if this is a sign of things to come, we’ll be here for a long time.”
FREEDOM FIGHT 2005 will feature five team bouts and four undercard bouts. “We’ve had some injuries and have had to replace some fighters, but that’s the nature of the game,” says producer Clyde Gentry III. Team Canada member John Alessio suffered an inch-long cut above his eye, forcing him to withdraw from the event. Bobby Southworth was forced to cancel due to a shoulder injury.
“THE EXPERIMENT” KRYSZTOF SOSZYNSKI vs. MATT “SUAVE” HORWICH will now become the fifth team fight. Horwich is a world-class wrestler from Team Quest with a 9-4-1 record, with three of those losses coming by way of decision. Horwich holds submission wins over Canadian Jason MacDonald, Frenchman Antony Rea and Finland veteran Mikko Rupponen.
Another late replacement comes in the form of JON FITCH, who takes Mike Guymon’s place against JEFF JOSLIN. Fitch is former wrestling team captain for Purdue University who recently won an eight man tourney in Mexico and holds a TKO victory over Shonie Carter.
RICHARD “THE MONKEY” NANCOO (6-2-1) vs. JEREMY “LIGHTNING” BOLT (13-7) will be one new fight added to the card in the 130-pound division. Toronto-born Nancoo started his MMA career back in 1998 and after a two-year layoff, the BJJ black belt returns to action. Indiana native Bolt is an aggressive veteran in his own right, with only two bouts of his 20+ fight career going the distance.
COMPLETE FIGHT CARD:
TEAM CANADA vs. TEAM USA
205 LBS: BILL “THE BUTCHER” MAHOOD vs. TIM “WRECKING MACHINE” MCKENZIE
185 LBS: JOE DOERKSEN vs. ART “PANCHUCO” SANTORE
170 LBS: JEFF JOSLIN vs. JON FITCH
225 LBS. TODD GOUWENBERG vs. “BIG” LAVAR JOHNSON
205 LBS: KRYSZTOF “THE EXPERIMENT” SOSZYNSKI vs. MATT “SUAVE” HORWICH
185 LBS. STEPHANE POTVIN vs. TYRONE “TRIBAL WARRIOR” ROBERTS
155 LBS: RICHARD “CLEAT” CRUNKILTON vs. “KING” JAMES MARTINEZ
130 LBS: RICHARD “THE MONKEY” NANCOO vs. JEREMY “LIGHTNING” BOLT
205 LBS. CRAIG “FARMER” BROWN vs. RICARDEAU “LONG PLAY” FRANCOIS
Card subject to change.
Please check out the official FREEDOM FIGHT website at www.freedomfight.tv to see in-depth profiles on all the Freedom Fighters.
On Wednesday, July 6, at 8:00PM, Freedom Fight Productions presents a free seminar with “The Wonderboy” Stephen Thompson. Regarded as one of the best strikers in North America, Thompson has a lot to offer for students of any experience level. This FREE event will be held at the new Therien Jiu-Jitsu location in the Eastview Shopping Centre (Corner of Montreal Road and North River Road in Vanier). Many of the Freedom Fighters will be attendance.
There will be a Meet-and-Greet at Local Heroes in Ottawa on Thursday, July 7, open to the public from 5:00PM to 8:00PM. All Freedom Fight fighters are expected to be there, including team captains Tito Ortiz and Gary Goodridge. Local Heroes is located at 1525 Bank St, (Near Heron), Ottawa, ON K1H 7Z1 Canada and can be reached at 613.733. 0808.
On Friday, July 8, the official weigh-ins will take place at the Hard Rock Café in Ottawa. Come watch history be made as this is the first MMA weigh-in ever held in Ontario. The official weigh-in time will be announced shortly. The Hard Rock Café is located at 73 York St., Ottawa, Ontario, K1N 5T2.
The Holiday Inn Plaza la Chaudiere Gatineau-Ottawa is the official hotel for FREEDOM FIGHT 2005, conveniently located in the heart of Gatineau’s business district. Call 800-567-1962 or 819-778-3880 for more information, and tell them you’re coming for FREEDOM FIGHT 2005 to get your discounted rate. The hotel is located at 2,rue Montcalm, Gatineau, Quebec, Canada, JBX 4B4.
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