Press Release

Thursday, July 26, 2007,
Chumash Casino Resort. Santa Ynez, Calif.

Edson Berto (11-3-1) of Orlando, Fla., faces KJ Noons (3-1) of San Diego (155-pound match) and Jaime Jara (15-4) of Sacramento, Calif., will meet Jeremiah Metcalf (5-2) of Modesto Calif., in a King of the Cage/Gladiator Challenge welterweight championship unification match in the co-featured MMA bouts Friday on SHOWTIME.

Jara is a replacement for Aaron Wetherspoon, who withdrew with an injury. The Gladiator Challenge 185-pound champion, Jara has won nine in a row and is unbeaten the last three years. He is dropping down in weight for this.

In other ShoXC fights to air during a live two-hour premiere telecast of of ShoXC: Elite Challenger Series on SHOWTIME (11 p.m. ET/PT, delayed on the west coast), Jefferson “Tanque” Silva (3-1) faces Aaron Rosa (8-0) in a 205-pound match; Chris David (8-5-1) meets Scott Jorgensen (3-1) in a 135-pound bout; and Muhsin Corbbrey (4-2) opposes Lee Gibson (10-2) in a 155-round contest.

The fights are scheduled for three, 5-minute rounds.

For ticket information and sales, please visit www.chumashcasino.com or call the box office at 1-800-585-3737. Friday’s event starts at 8 p.m. PT. Doors open at 7 o’clock.

Five additional fights on Friday will be streamed live on the Internet (www.ProElite.com) immediately following the SHOWTIME telecast. To view the Internet matchups, please see bout sheet, which is attached.

ShoXC will air regularly on Saturday nights — following the Friday premiere — and will feature fighters from all over the world. In the debut episode, matches will take place in a 20′ x 22′ foot hexagon cage. MMA fights on other ShoXC telecasts may take place in a cage or a ring.

Selected Quotes:
“This is a weird weekend for my family and me. My brother is boxing Friday night and I am fighting MMA the same night. My father, who is my fulltime trainer, is with me.”

“This is going to be an exciting fight; a very good fight for both of us. But it is not going to be an easy. I am confident, of course. Noons is a very good fighter with a good all-around background. He got caught with a lucky punch last time. But I have to win. I came too far too lose.”

“Fighting a late replacement means I have to change up my game plan but it is not a big deal because I am in great shape and prepared for anything.”

“We are both fast-paced guys, so this should make for a really exciting, fast-paced fight.”

“Fighting on SHOWTIME is a tremendous opportunity for me and a way for me to get a whole lot of exposure and get my name out there.”

“I took this fight on two days’ notice but it won’t matter because I am always in the gym, always training anyway. I am very excited to get the chance to fight on SHOWTIME.”

“He sees himself as a fast guy. So do I. Let’s see if I can slow him down a little.”

“I do not know anything about my opponent (undefeated Aaron Rosa) so I have no idea what to expect when I see him the cage. But it is not what he can or cannot do. It is all about what I can do, and I am always going for a knockout.”

“I am making my pro debut Friday. So today, I feel like a little kid on Christmas Eve. I am all excitement. I am 22 now, and this excitement has been building since I was 18 or 19.”

“I wrestled four years at Fresno State University so I definitely feel I have a strong ground game. But I feel I have the strength to take the fight anywhere.”

“I have been in MMA for about 15 months and absolutely love it. It is very tough and a lot of hard work, but fun.”

“After what I went through as a former Army Ranger and three tours of Iraq where we might get shot at everyday sometimes, this is like a walk in the park. Even if I lose, it is not like anybody is shooting at me.”

“I grew up wrestling in Kansas City, but I always have loved to fight. I am really looking forward to my fight on Friday and fighting on SHOWTIME.”

EliteXC/King of the Cage – ShoXC
July 27th, Chumash Casino
Showtime Broadcast – 8pm PST

1- Lee Gibson (154 1/2 Pounds) vs Muhsin Corbbrey (155)

2- Jefferson “Tank” Silva (205) vs Aaron Rosa (204)

3- Chris David (135) vs Scott Jorgensen (135)

4- Jaime Jara (176) vs Jeremiah Metcalf (174 1/4)

5- Edson Berto (155) vs KJ Noons (155)

6- Shayna Bazler (138) vs Jan Finney (140)

7- Josh Neal (185) vs Eric Beondo (185)

8- Anthony Rubalcava (204) vs Drew Montgomery (205)

9- John Reedy (153 1/2) vs Brian Cobb (154 1/4)

10- Anthony Ruiz (202 3/4) vs Jason Gerris (205)