Albuquerque, New Mexico (USA): MMA Fight Pit's highly-anticipated debut event on Saturday, August 13th, "MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS," will be offered to fight fans via Pay-Per-View, as was announced today by Fight Pit Co-Owner/Founder Torry Crooks. The fight card is stacked with UFC® and WEC® veterans, and is set to take place at "The Pit," a world-renowned New Mexico sporting venue that has put on fights with top boxers such as Bob Foster and Johnny Tapia. The MMA showdown will be distributed live on Pay-Per-View beginning at 9 PM EST/6 PM PST by MultiVision Media, Inc. The suggested retail price is $29.95.
The "MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS" PPV broadcast will feature six electrifying bouts, including a highly-anticipated light heavyweight war between former UFC® competitors Houston "The Assassin" Alexander and "Razor" Razak Al-Hassan. In the co-feature, MMA pioneer and former UFC® Lightweight Champion Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver tangles with Jackson's MMA star Coty "Ox" Wheeler at featherweight.
Four other exciting bouts will also be featured on the PPV-broadcast, including a lightweight battle between The Ultimate Fighter® (TUF®) season eight alum Junie "Lunatik" Browning and Albuquerque native Lenny Lovato; a middleweight clash between TUF® season 11 competitor Jamie Yager and undefeated Jackson MMA product "Slick" Willie Parks; and a heavyweight collision between 14-year MMA veteran Chris Guillen and knockout machine Tyler "The Beast" East. In addition, an exciting women's bout between Angelica Diaz and Diana Rael will take place on the PPV portion of the card.
"MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS" will take place Saturday, August 13th at "The Pit" in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The undercard starts at 6:30 PM EST, and the main card starts at 9 PM EST. Ticket information is available through www.mmafightpit.com. "MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS" will be beamed on PPV via cable and satellite in the United States and Canada. The event will be in High Definition, and it will be broadcasted in both English and Spanish (where available).
MMA Fight Pit is recognized as one of the premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) promoters in the Western United States. "We're excited to be the first MMA promotion to be given the honor of holding our event at ‘The Pit,'" stated Crooks. "Albuquerque is world-famous for MMA, and on August 13th, we'll see this town and ‘The Pit' in an uproar. Catching the excitement live and broadcasting it to the world on Pay-Per-View is going to be a monumental event."
"Thanks to the embracement of our broadcast partners, we are very excited to bring this inaugural MMA event to over 80 million households via cable and satellite," stated Executive Producer, Brian Ricco. "We plan to blaze the same trail as our predecessors through marketing and our partners' aggressive placement of this awesome event."
Houston "The Assassin" Alexander (12-6--2) made a massive splash on the national MMA scene in his first UFC® bout, as he dispatched Jackson's MMA fighter Keith Jardine in under at minute for a signature win at UFC® 71. He quickly garnered a reputation for his "kill or be killed" mentality in the cage, and garnered a lot of fans and media attention as a result. After a rough stretch that saw him released from the promotion, Alexander has rebounded, winning his last three bouts, with two coming via TKO. At "MMA FIGHT PIT: Genesis," he will face a fellow UFC® vet in "Razor" Razak Al-Hassan (11-3). A submission specialist and Roufusport fighter, Al-Hassan has competed in the UFC® twice, and is looking to come back from a recent loss that snapped a five-fight win streak.
Jens "Lil' Evil" Pulver (24-15-1) is a bona fide legend in MMA, and is a pioneer amongst the lighter weight classes. His battles with the likes of Joe "Daddy" Stevenson, Din Thomas, John Lewis, Caol Uno, Dennis "Superman" Hallman, and B.J. Penn, who he beat for the UFC® lightweight strap, helped put the lightweight class on the map. With 19 combined appearances in the UFC®, WEC®, and PRIDE, "Lil' Evil" has secured his place as one of the most popular lightweight fighters of all time. He's gone through a rough stretch in recent years, but has won two of his last three bouts, and is looking to continue his winning ways against New Mexico favorite Coty "Ox" Wheeler (14-3). Another veteran of WEC®, Wheeler has finished 13 of his 14 victims, and has only been stopped once in his career. After two losses in the WEC®, Wheeler has come back to win two straight bouts. At "Genesis," he will look to get the biggest win of his career in his tilt with a legend.
Also populating the PPV main card of "MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS," will be several other notable fights, including a bout between a veteran of TUF®, the always controversial Junie "Lunatik" Browning (4-4), and one of the top-ranked fighters in New Mexico, Lenny Lovato (8-1). Browning has developed a reputation as a wild card, and as someone whose actions you can just never predict. His time on The Ultimate Fighter® was marked by zany actions that drew the young fighter a lot of attention. After the show, he split two bouts in the UFC® before being released due to his actions outside of the cage. "Lunatik" will now face a very stiff test in Lovato. The Albuquerque native hasn't competed in the last year, but has won eight of nine bouts to start his career. Now, Lovato will look to add a very famous notch to his belt at "MMA FIGHT PIT: GENESIS."
Also part of the televised main card will be a middleweight bout between another notorious TUF® alum in Jamie Yager (3-2) and unbeaten Jackson's MMA fighter "Slick" Willie Parks (4-0), as well as a heavyweight scrap between noted finisher Tyler "The Beast" East (9-3) and Chris Guillen (13-12), a fighter who has been competing in MMA since 1997, and has faced notables such as Heath Herring, Shane Carwin, Wes Sims, Ricco Rodriguez, Justin Wren, Brad Imes, Dave Herman, and Ben Rothwell. Rounding out the televised card is the beautiful and dangerous Angelica Diaz (4-0 with four submissions), a respected specialist in Kajukenbo who trains out of the famed Chavez Dojo in the South Valley, who will be facing Colorado Muay Thai specialist Diana Rael (2-1).
The full fight card for MMA FIGHT PIT: "GENESIS" includes:
Main card (PPV)
205 lbs. - Houston Alexander (12-6-0-2) vs. Razak Al-Hassan (11-3)
145 lbs. - Coty Wheeler (14-3) vs. Jens Pulver (24-15-1)
155 lbs. - Junie Browning (4-4) vs. Lenny Lovato (8-1)
185 lbs. - Jamie Yager (3-2) vs. Willie Parks (4-0)
205+ lbs. - Tyler East (9-3) vs. Chris Guillen (13-12)
105 lbs. - Angelica Chavez (4-0) vs. Diana Rael (2-1)
145 lbs. - Conrad Padilla (2-0) vs. Guy Youell (1-1)
145 lbs. - Josh Montoya (6-6) vs. Jason Sampson (7-0)
170 lbs. - TBD vs. Sean Spencer (6-0)
185 lbs. - Rocky Ramirez (3-1-1) vs. Mark Lujan (0-0)