Indiana (USA): A heavyweight elimination bout headlines MMA Big Show’s next event offering, "FULL FORCE," live at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa in Belterra , Indiana on Saturday, October 24th. Also featured will be the first professional women’s bout in Big Show history.
All told, 15 bouts are scheduled to entertain fight fans, and the "FULL FORCE" action is sure to be hard-hitting. Tickets are priced at $25, $40, and $45, and are available through Ticketmaster, as well as http://www.mmabigshow.com/.
21 and over only, please.
With a shot at current MMA Big Show Heavyweight Champion Josh Hendricks at stake, former heavyweight champion Brian Heden will look to stop the challenge being brought by 6’6" 265 lbs. up-and-comer Steve "Lambchop" Banks. Originally scheduled to be a title fight between Hendricks and Banks, the champ had to pull out due to a bad bout with bronchitis. Heden eagerly stepped up to take on Banks and get a chance at the belt he feels is rightfully his.
"When Brian lost his belt, he had slipped on the mat and Hendricks was able to capitalize on that" explained Big Show Owner/Promoter Jason Appleton. "These guys are big, and they sweat profusely and that mat gets wet really quick. I'm not saying Hendricks didn't win the fight at all, I like Hendricks and he's the Champ, no doubt about it. I just can't help but wonder how things would have ended differently had Brian not slipped."
As a result, Heden and Banks will go to war with the winner getting a shot at Hendricks for the strap.
In the other co-main event of the evening, history will be made as MMA Big Show promotes its first-ever professional women’s bout. Marissa Caldwell is a very tough female fighter out of Cincinnati , OH who trains with the likes of Big Show Welterweight Champion Roger Bowling and Victor O'Donnell. A smart and talented fighter, she displays a very capable ground game that strikes fear in the hearts of opponents.
Standing on the other side of the cage will be the more seasoned Jan Finney. Can the well-toned and in-shape fighter overcome the newcomer with natural submission abilities? Trainer and Team Vision owner Rod Housely says that Caldwell is "ready," and fans seem to think she has more than enough in her arsenal to take on Jan Finney. On October 24th, we’ll all find out who is better.
Also featured in an anticipated welterweight bout, recent MMA Big Show signee Keilan O'Daniels will make his debut against Big Show veteran Jared "Honey" Combs.
O’Daniels possesses an impressive list of amateur wrestling accolades, which include being a three-time Pennsylvania section champ, three-time Pennsylvania regional champ, a two-time state runner-up, and a one-time state champion, with an overall high school record of 133-13-1. Basically, the ground is his domain, and with fights against UFC veterans Brock Larson and Chad Reiner, he has the experience to make his mark in MMA
Now signed to Jason Appleton Management, Keilan is looking to make some waves in the 170 lbs. division of MMA Big Show starting on October 24th against Combs. Combs also comes from an impressive wrestling background, and is known to be a fierce striker as well. O’Daniel's first fight in the Big Show cage won't be an easy task.
In an amateur bout, Big Show Amateur Lightweight Champion Chris "The Samurai" Bennett (14-1) will drop down a weight class to face undefeated Ian Snowberger (11-0) at 145 lbs. Bennett is dropping a weight class after completely dominating the amateur weight class.
The "FULL FORCE" fight card will feature:
- Brian Heden vs. Steve "Lambchop" Banks (heavyweights)
- Marissa Caldwell vs. Jan Finney (featherweights)
- Keilan O’Daniels vs. Jared "Honey" Combs (welterweights)
- Jon Akers vs. Brandon Walker (bantamweights)
- Chris "The Samurai" Bennett vs. Ian Snowberger (featherweights)
- Dominic Steele vs. Danny Surface (heavyweights)
- Aaron Maynard vs. TBD (lightweights)
- Kenny Warrix vs. Keith Cunagin (catchweight - 175 lbs.)
- Marcus Lewis vs. JJ Gilmer (bantamweights)
- Jacob Larter vs. Josh Curry (featherweights)
- Joe Pegg vs. Brad Balmer (bantamweights)
- Cliff Tillotson vs. Tim Kelley (welterweights)
- Carl Crane vs. John Platt (lightweights)
- Leando Banks vs. Tim Riffle (featherweights)
- Craig Rehage vs. Joseph Coylier (middleweights)
- Michael Dabe vs. Chris Potee (middleweights)
Please visit http://www.mmabigshow.com/ for event and tale of the tape details, as they appear for each of the scheduled fights.