Press Release courtesy of KC Concepts
Superfights MMA (with special thanks to KC Concepts) presents a Night of Combat featuring top fighters from Xtreme Couture, live at the Thomas & Mack Center on Saturday, October 11, 2008. The event will feature John Alessio, Mike Pyle, Jay Hieron, Josh Haynes and an entire night of MMA action.
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid vs Stephanie Palmer
Ian Omalza vs Ryan Hass
Patrick “Kui” Gonzalves vs Ryan Lamareaux
Johnathan “J J” Mix vs John Halverson
Josh “Bring The Pain” Haynes vs Steve Byrnes
John “The Natural” Alessio vs Gideon Ray
Mike “Quicksand” Pyle vs Brian Gassaway
Jay “The Thorobred” Hieron vs Bryson Kamaka
Hector “Sick Dog” Ramirez vs Rick “The Jet” Roufus
*Be advised that all bouts are subject to change prior to the date of the event.
John Alessio – John “The Natural” Alessio has fought in just about every major organization and has established himself as a world-class welterweight. Alessio developed his arsenal of fighting skills by studying Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in California and continues to polish his skills while training at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas. Any opponent that sets his sites on defeating Alessio must beware of his submissions, a mean rear naked choke and a fearsome guillotine choke are sure to have any opponent on their toes.
Mike Pyle – A ten-year veteran of the sport, Mike “Quicksand” Pyle is the pure definition of a mixed martial artist. While there is no single facet of his game that stands out, Pyle is a capable fighter with the ability to compete in any environment. It’s not uncommon for him to display strong takedown and offensive ground skills against an opponent who has a suspect standup game, or utilize his takedown defense to keep a fight standing if he’s competing against a fighter with a strong ground game. The grizzled vet is a no-nonsense guy with few interests outside of fighting, making it no surprise that he’s one of the most respected fighters at Xtreme Couture in Las Vegas.
Jay Hieron – “The Thorobred” Jay Hieron has enjoyed considerable success in the International Fight League (IFL), combining his exceptional wrestling skills with an ever-improving striking game. He became the IFL’s first welterweight champion after defeating Delson Heleno in the finals of the World Grand Prix in December of 2007. A Long Island, N.Y.-native, Hieron was a junior college All-American wrestler before deciding to try his hand at MMA. He moved to Las Vegas and began training at Xtreme Couture, where he quickly began down the path to becoming a complete mixed martial artist. Hieron is a very athletically gifted fighter and his work ethic has ensured that his conditioning is never in doubt. Alongside other Xtreme Couture fighters, he has helped make the gym a destination for fighters everywhere looking to improve their skills.
Josh Haynes – Josh “Bring The Pain” Haynes gained his initial fame on The Ultimate Fighter 3 when he made it to the finals against Michael Bisping. It’s been well-documented that his son has had to endure seven brain surgeries for a tumor he developed at a young age and that has very much endeared the fighter in the eyes of MMA community. Josh is a well known as a scrapper who likes to stand and bang with his opponent, but don’t let your guard down as Josh has a much improved Jui-Jitsu game that has yielded 7 submission victories out of his last 10 wins.
Doors will open at 5:00 pm with an autograph signing until 6:00 pm on the concourse level. The first of 9 MMA bouts will start at 6:00 pm. There will also be a number of retail booths set up to get your fill of MMA apparel and souvenirs.
Tickets start at just $18 and are available at UNLVtickets.com. This event is a great platform for these athletes to showcase their skills and build their records. Special thanks to Kim Couture who has assisted in filling the card with top notch fighters.