September 15, 2005

Press Release
The “Pride and Glory” Show this weekend at Duluth GA’s Gwinnett Arena is On! Pro Boxer and Atlanta’s own Ebo Elder headlines the Championship boxing card. There are several World Ranked Boxers on this card in addition to some of the toughest Mixed Martial Artist on the planet. The Promoter, Guilty Boxing, in association with Battleline Productions and the World Kickboxing Association – USA look to bring an unprecedented mixed card of Championship Boxing, Muay Thai Kickboxing, and Mixed Martial Arts to one event. The WKA will sanction the Muay Thai and MMA Action with 5-featured Pro Title fights. The show is on Friday September 16th, for tickets or more information visit www.wkausa.com or www.battlelineproductions.com

This show will feature the return of UFC veteran Sean Sherk from Minnesota Martial Arts versus the Baby Silverback Joel Blanton. Both fighters are tough fighters and look to push the action in front of a packed house Friday night.

Din Thomas has stepped in to replace his teammate Edson Diniz from American Top Team. Thomas has fought some of the best fighters around and is the consummate professional in and out of the ring. Asked about the short notice Thomas says, ” MMA is my sport, it’s what I do and I am always training and ready.” When asked about his opponent, Dwayne “Diesel” Shelton, making his Pro Debut, Thomas adds, “I don’t know much about him other than he is 5-0 but that doesn’t mean I am not taking him seriously. If anything I will take him more serious because he has nothing to lose….BJ Penn was 2-1 when I fought him so experience and records mean very little.”

The MMA and Muay Thai Card is being sanctioned by the worlds oldest and respected Martial Arts Sanctioning Organization, the WKA USA and is as follows:

WKA US MMA Super Lightweight Championship
Sean Sherk, Minnesota Martial Arts vs. Joel Blanton, Team Animal House

WKA Intercontinental Muay Thai Super Welterweight Championship
Khunpon, Team Velocity vs. Chris Ngimbi, Netherlands

WKA US MMA Welterweight Championship
Steve Headen Team Velocity vs. David Kaplin Team Lloyd Irvin

WKA US MMA Lightweight Championship
Din Thomas American Top Team vs. Dwayne Shelton, Team Prodigy

WKA Eastern Regional MMA Bantamweight Championship
Paulo Dantes, American Top Team vs. Mike Easton, Team Lloyd Irvin

The event will be tape delayed on PPV and Video On Demand and will run for 60 days. This event will be the first in a series of PPV and Video On Demand events partnering the WKA USA with Battleline Productions and Guilty Boxing.

Do not Miss this Event if you live in the area!