Press Release
Sunday, May 20th, Gladiator Challenge returns to Eagle Mountain Casino with BEST OF THE BEST, an action packed fight card filled with the most exciting fighters in the sport. Returning to the home of mixed martial arts in central California, Gladiator Challenge assembles a fifteen-fight card, including a four man Lightweight Tournament and a bout to decide the Gladiator Challenge Native American Heavyweight Champion. Don’t miss the full contact cage fighting of Gladiator Challenge: BEST OF THE BEST.

In the main draw, four of central California’s most talented lightweights square off in a winner-take-all tournament to decide who is the best of the best. They vie for a tournament belt and a #1 contender position for the vacant Gladiator Challenge Lightweight World Title.

John Reedy fights out of Team Voodoo in Turlock. A skilled wrestler now training with some of the best kickboxers in the sport, Reedy returns to the cage for the first time since knee surgery. His last bout was in September of ’05 at Eagle Mountain Casino where he lost a hard-fought battle to fellow contender Brian Cobb. Now fully rehabilitated from his injury and training with a new team, Reedy expects his new skills to make an indelible mark on the MMA scene in his return to the cage.

Brian Cobb, a college wrestler from Bakersfield, is the most experienced participant in the tournament, just returning from a bout in Japan. Cobb’s last appearance in Gladiator Challenge was last July in HELLSTORM where he defeated welterweight contender Bobby Suggs with a neck crank in a bad blood main event match up. An experienced wrestler with unflagging cardio and a solid chin, Cobb looks to take his career to the next level with this tournament win in Gladiator Challenge.

Shawn Bias, the #1 Bantamweight contender, moves up to lightweight to take a spot in the tournament. Bias, of Oroville, is one of the most exciting and fearless fighters ever to fight in Gladiator Challenge, having fought opponents in several weight classes. A flashy wrestler, he hasn’t tasted defeat in a year and a half, with two wins already in 2007. Despite moving up a weight class, Bias has faced the toughest competition of anyone in the tournament, and expects his skill to negate his size disadvantage, making him the top contender in two weight classes.

The final entrant in the four-man tournament is the Cisco Kid – Francisco Magallon. Magallon drops down to lightweight for the first time in his fight career. In his last appearance at Eagle Mountain Casino, at Gladiator Challenge: HELLSTORM, the Cisco Kid won a TKO victory when his opponent was unable to answer the bell for the second round. With the drop to a lower weight class, look for the Cisco Kid to pack knockout power with his kickboxing skills.

Don’t miss the action on Sunday May 20th, when the best of central California’s warriors meet at Porterville’s Eagle Mountain Casino for a night of the best cage fighting in the world. Don’t miss Gladiator Challenge, Simply the Best in Mixed Martial Arts. Gates open at 1:30pm and fights start at 3pm. For tickets, call Eagle Mountain Casino at (559) 788-6220.

Brian Cobb vs Shawn Bias
John Reedy vs Frank Magallon

Jason Keith vs William Johnson
Bryan Travers vs Palika Drummundo
Marc DeLaCruz vs Mario Rivera
Doug Hunt vs Reggie Moor
Billy Terry vs Carlos Ochoa
Jared Williams vs Eric Olsen
Sergio Cortez vs Jared Saenz
Jesse Bowen vs Brandon Miller
Tom Contreras vs Rafael DelReal
Ryan Wilbanks vs Mike White
Francisco Loredo vs Anthony Garcia
Ray Moroyoqui vs Dominic Pena
Jason Hickox vs Rick Avela
Pedro Mercado vs Frank Martinez
Barney Garfield vs Sheldon Tace
Henry Lucio vs Rafael Gudino