Press Release
When fans tune into ION Television for this week’s all-new episode of the hit TV series BodogFight: St. Petersburg they’ll have a chance to get into the non-stop action and win $10,000 by voting for their favorite fighters.

“Getting hardcore MMA fans more involved in our programming is just part of the goal of further expanding Bodog’s social networking components across all our entertainment channels,” said Calvin Ayre, BodogFight creator and Founder of Bodog Entertainment. “Voting for fighters adds to the fun of watching them do battle.”

On Tuesday, March 20 at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central four fierce light heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters will be doing their best to attract votes and fend off elimination. In the first featured bout Canada’s Bill “The Butcher” Mahood (15-5-1) takes on Khalil “Scorpion Heart” Ibrahim (6-0) of the United Arab Emirates.

The 39-year-old Mahood is a veteran striker who’s been a MMA fighter since he was old enough to make a fist, studying Judo, Karate, Kung Fu, Tae Kwon Do and Kickboxing. Mahood now trains with American Top Team’s Denis Kang and Vancouver’s Revolution Fight Team.

“The Butcher” hopes to make mincemeat out of his 28-year-old opponent but that won’t be easy. Ibrahim, who will be making his pro debut, trains with the world-renowned Abu Dhabi Combat Club.

The second bout features Steve “The Hooligan” Steinbeiss (7-0), a 25-year-old Englishman now fighting out of Arizona, and Jeff “Big Deisel” Ford (7-2) of Colorado.

When he’s not working his day job as a construction superintendent, Steinbeiss is a Muay Thai kickboxer who trains with twin brothers Trevor and Todd Lally at Arizona Combat Sports.

“The Hooligan” will have his hands full with Ford, a 36-year-old fighter with a resume boasting accolades such as three-time Muay Thai World Champion, two-time MMA Champion and Golden Gloves Champion. He’s trained with MMA luminaries such as Pat Miletich and Frank Shamrock, and has appeared on VH1’s Celebrity Fit Club as a fitness trainer.

With an opportunity to compete at BodogFight’s April 14th pay-per-view spectacular “BodogFight: Fedor Emelianenko vs. Matt Lindland, Clash of the Nations” at stake, each of these MMA warriors will be out for blood.

Fans can visit the award-winning web site www.BodogFight.com for more information on how to win the $10,000 by voting for their favorite fighters or to watch the BodogFight: St. Petersburg series via streaming video.