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Thursday, October 18, 2007

Bodog Fight To Sponsor SportFight

Courtesy of Bodog TV Press:

For Immediate Release
October 18 , 2007

Mixed martial arts powerhouse Bodog Fight is teaming up with an organization founded by two of the biggest names in the sport.

Bodog Fight will sponsor the next event by Oregon-based SportFight, an up-and-coming MMA promotion founded by Team Quest marvels Randy "The Natural" Couture and Matt "The Law" Lindland.

Bodog Fight Presents: SportFight 20, The Homecoming will take place October 27 at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon. The co-main events will feature Bodog Fight's Chael Sonnen (20-8-1) and Kyacey "Ice Cold" Uscola (13-9) in a middleweight bout, and a welterweight battle between Chris "The Professor" Wilson (13-3) and Derrick Noble (22-9-1).

"We are delighted to be working with SportFight," said Bodog Fight's billionaire creator Calvin Ayre. "Joining forces will allow us to bring some of the world's best mixed martial arts fighters to fans in the Portland area."

"As a Bodog fighter myself, I know first hand how Calvin Ayre and the Bodog Fight team operate," said Lindland, President of SportFight, LLC. "They are a first-class organization and all of us at SportFight are thrilled they are on board for what promises to be a fantastic homecoming for us in Portland."

The stacked card also boasts a slew of local fighters from Oregon and Washington State, including heavyweights Josh Bennett (2-0) and George Slater (2-0), Andy Eiccholz (6-2) and Travis Bell (4-2).

Joining Sonnen and Uscola in middleweight action will be "Judo" Jon Krohn (4-10) and Cory Devela (5-1) along with Tyson Griffin (9-1) and Josh Burnham (3-3).

Wilson and Noble are joined by welterweights Mike Dolce (4-3), Michael Pierce (4-0), and newcomer Nathan Coy (0-0), whose opponent is TBA.

Lightweights include Enoch "The Animal" Wilson (12-4-1) and Gerald "The Finishing Machine" Strebendt (8-6), with Dave Jansen (4-0) squaring off against Dennis Parks (4-0).

Featherweight action features Ian Loveland (14-7) taking on Andy Lukesh (7-1), and Will Shutt (5-3) facing off against Eddie Dahlen (3-0).

About Bodog Fight

Since its inception in 2006, Bodog Fight has become one of the heavy-hitters in the world of mixed martial arts. Created by billionaire entertainment mogul and longtime MMA enthusiast, Calvin Ayre, Bodog Television's Bodog Fight series offers viewers a unique combination of action and allure from exotic locations throughout the world. Bodog Fight can be viewed in 100 million homes across North America and around the world on bodoglife.net. Some of Bodog Television's other programs include: a poker lifestyle and reality show, Calvin Ayre Wild Card Poker , and an international million-dollar band search competition, Bodog Battle. For more information, contact Media Relations at 1-866-892-3371, or fightpr@bodoglife.net. BODOG is a registered trademark.

About SportFight

Founded in 2003 by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture, SportFight is the foremost mixed martial arts promotion in the northwestern United States. Together with its subsidiary brands, "Proving Grounds" and "Clash at the Casino," SportFight has produced more than 30 live MMA events in Oregon, Nevada and Colorado, providing a showcase for the sport's most exciting athletes. An extensive DVD library of SportFight event footage is available at all major retail locations. For more information, visit sportfight.tv. For media inquiries, please contact cmoss@sportfight.tv

Note from Ric: Dana &%$%&$%^% White must be %^#$@^%*@ thrilled.