– MMAWeekly.com

MMAWeekly.com is in Indiana for Royce Gracie’s debut as promoter for FightFest. There are some interesting notes about tonight’s fights. Dean Lister is off the card. He sustained a cut above his eye in training and will not fight.

Photo’s are available right now in the Photo Gallery –

Here is the fight card:

Royce Gracie’s FIGHTFEST   – December 9, 2005  FIGHT CARD

Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST”
December 9, 2005
Evansville, IN

Roberts Municipal Stadium

Featuring only professional, elite fighters from around the globe, Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST” is revolutionizing the industry by merging the hottest alternative music acts today with the fastest growing sport. Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST” is a competitive event pitting warrior against warrior in hand-to-hand battles of skill, honor and art.

From Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu to wrestling and Muay Thai boxing, all styles are encouraged, but in order to consistently win, participants must be well versed in every aspect of the fight game.

Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST”. It’s about punches, kicks, elbows, knees, big knockouts, technical submissions, takedowns, and strategy. It’s like no other sport you’ve ever seen!

Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST” takes the sport to the mainstream. The sanctioning of mixed martial arts by states such as Nevada has brought credibility to the sport and the rest of the country will find out what fight fans already know. There are rules to protect the competitors and the sport is as safe, if not safer, than many of the major league American Sports.

Which style will reign supreme? Which man will be left standing?

For the first time ever, Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST”& Skid Row! Coming to Evansville on Friday, December 9th, at 7 p.m. at Roberts Municipal Stadium. Tickets are on sale at all Ticket Master locations, online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling the box office.

Royce Gracie’s “FIGHTFEST”brings a high energy show, mixing good old rock & roll with the most extreme sport in the nation

In the Main Event of the Evening  will feature the king of the four rounder’s and former IBA Super Heavy Weight Champion Eric “Butterbean” Esch battling Wally Keanboom.

Our Super Fight promises to be action packed as a former pro boxer Danny Thomas takes on Officer Chris Fernette. Lets just say that Danny Thomas has very little regard for the law or those sworn to uphold it. Office Chris Fernette wants to change his mind.

More action coming your way as undefeated Heath Pedigo takes on up and comer Andy Major. These two have battled before with Pedigo coming on top, will Andy get his revenge or is Heath too much for him to handle?

Pedigo and Major are not the only ones with something to prove as Brandon Gardner takes on Mike Boyd. These two battled at the KOTC Payback in Cleveland, OH. Boyd came out with a unanimous decision, Gardner does not agree with and wanted a rematch, well here is your chance Brandon.

and that’s not all…… as we bring you more exciting MMA action check out the full lineup

Royce Gracie’s “Fightfest” is the only Mixed Martial Arts production to combine some hard hitting MMA action with Rock and Roll Entertainment, as Skid Row performs live for the first time at the MMA event.

SHOW UP EARLY AND MEET ROYCE AND RODRIGO GRACIE. The MMA Legend and UFC Hall of Famer Royce Gracie, as well as Pride and K-1 Veteran Rodrigo Gracie will be signing autographs and chatting with the fans before the show from 5PM until 6PM at the Roberts Municipal Stadium. Don’t miss this opportunity to meet a true MMA pioneer and a legend.

Main Event – Eric ” Butterbean” Esch vs. Wally Keanboom
Super Fight – Danny Thomas vs. Officer Chris Fernette

Forrest Petz takes vs. Butch Hajicek
Heath Pedigo vs. Andy Major
Chris Griffin vs. TBA
Brandon Gardner vs. Mike Boyd ( Rematch)

Jake Whitfield vs. Vadim Ivanov (RUSSIA)

Jason Bryant vs. TBA

Jeremiah Huskins vs. Brent Weedman
Tom Jones vs. Mitch Whitesel
Matt Truckovich vs. Tim Sout
Chris Tuchscherer vs. Jon Ivy

John Souder vs. Chris Larlakin