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Thomas Denny vs. Malaipet to headline next ShoXC Elite Challenger Series event

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The next ShoXC Elite Challenger Series event was recently announced for March 21 at the Chumash Casino in Santa Ynez, Calif., this past weekend.

Lightweights Thomas "Wildman" Denny (25-16) and Malaipet Sitprapom (3-1) will tangle during the main event of the evening, which will be broadcast on the Showtime premium cable channel at 11 p.m. ET.

Denny has 21 stoppages in his 25 career wins (14 submission, 7 (t)kos). He fights out of Hesperia, Calif., and trains with Team Wildman Vale Tudo.

"Wildman" is a journeyman who has been tested by some of the game's best fighters. He's been in there with George St. Pierre, Joe Stevenson, Yves Edwards, John Alessio and Tony Fryklund, among others. His fight experience will be his strength going into this fight against Malaipet, who has just four career mixed martial arts fights to his credit.

Malaipet competed in ShoXC back in October 2007, defeating Kaleo Kwan with a unanimous decision. The 26-year-old is originally from Thailand and has been a professional fighter there since he was eight years old. In fact, Malaipet is a former Muay Thai world champion, meaning he is a very crisp and dangerous technical striker.

This should be a fun fight to watch one week from the big show -- Shamrock vs. Cung Le -- in San Jose, Calif., on March 28. EliteXC Live Events President, Gary Shaw, is unsurprisingly, interested in seeing how Malaipet performs against stiffer competition.

Here's a snip:

"Malaipet is a legend in kickboxing, but I think a lot of us are anxious to see how he does as he continues to step up. For sure, he could turn out to be special, but Denny is one tough vet. I love to watch the progress of all young athletes as they develop. The response to this series has been incredible.''

Other televised bouts just announced include:

160 lbs.: Marlon Matias (5-1) vs. Conor Huen (6-2)
140 lbs.: Cristiane Cyborg (5-0) vs. Jen Case (4-1)
265 lbs.: Shane Del Rosario (3-0) vs. Analu Brash (2-1)
140 lbs.: Mark Oshiro (9-1) vs. Chris Caraiso (6-0)

And the non-televised dark matches:

160 lbs.: Karen Darabedyn (2-1) vs. TBA
170 lbs.: Devin Howard vs. Mark Kempthorne (1-4)
265 lbs: Amadeo Viola (0-1) vs. Jason Williams
170 lbs.: Luke Riddering vs. TBA
170 lbs.: Kenny Johnson vs. TBA

For more details about the upcoming ShoXC event, as well as to check out the fighter pages, head over to

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