SAN DIEGO (Aug. 3, 2010) - Former IFL middleweight champion Matt "The Fighting Hippy" Horwich is the new opponent for former UFC title challenger Thales Leites in their August 14 battle for the vacant Powerhouse World Promotions (PWP) LLC Middleweight Championship, one of three world title fights on the "War on the Mainland" Pay Per View event, live from Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.
Leites (17-3-1), fighting out of Brazil, and Hollywood-based Horwich (23-13-1) are both Brazilian Jui Jitsu specialists. Leiti has defeated Gustavo Machado and Jason Guida, while Horwich's victims include Jason Lambert, Mike Pyle and Benji Radach.
"We're excited to add Matt Horwich to our already stacked card," PWP CEO Brian Manna said. "They are two of the best BJJ fighters in the world. Either one will make a great PWP Middleweight Champion."
Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim "Maine-iac" Sylvia meets former UFC and Strikeforce title challenger Paul "The Headhunter" Buentello in the main event for the PWP Heavyweight Championship.
"War on the Mainland," presented by Powerhouse World Promotions, is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT in North America on cable and satellite Pay-Per-View via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network, as well as Viewer's Choice, Bell TV and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. It will also be available in the United Kingdom via Primetime Live. The PPV card will also be streamed live on Internet PPV outside of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom by going to www.WarontheMainland.com.
In the co-main event, former WEC titlist Jason "The Punisher" Lambert (25-11-0) faces 8-time World Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion Allan Goes (17-3-0) for the vacant PWP Light Heavyweight title belt in the third of three PWP title fights on the card (5 X 5, all other fights are 3 X 5).
Also fighting on "War on the Mainland" is Brazilian middleweight Gustavo "Ximu" Machado (18-8-1) vs. Rick Reeves (10-3-0) and Mexican welterweight Jorge "The Naked Man" Ortiz (16-5-1) vs. veteran Terry Martin (19-8-0).
Undercard fights featuring local fighters include lightweights Joao Silva (3-2-0) vs. Erin Beach (1-0-0), lightweights Cleber Luciano (3-3-0) vs. Todd Willingham (2-4-2), welterweights A.J. Mathews (3-0-0) vs. Sean Choice (1-0-0), and pro-debuting lightweights Evan Aitkins vs. Chad McCausland. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, ranging from $35.00 to $110.00 reserved and $110.00 to $295.00 on the floor, are on sale at the Bren Events Center Box Office (10 AM/PT-6 PM/PT, Mon-Fri), going on line to www.bren.uci.edu or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.949.824.5000.
Doors open at 5:00 PM/PT, first bout 6:15 PM/PT, first PPV bout 7 PM/PT - 10 PM/ET. Go to www.WarontheMainland.com or www.bren.uci.edu for additional information.