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Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Bodog Fight Presenting Sponsor Of "Strikeforce At The Dome"

Courtesy of Bodog TV Press:

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2008

Two of the undisputed heavy-hitters in the mixed martial arts world are set to join forces again to bring the excitement of MMA to fans in the Pacific Northwest.

MMA powerhouse Bodog Fight has signed on to become the Presenting Sponsor of Strikeforce at the Dome, set to take place Feb. 23 at the Tacoma Dome in Tacoma, WA.

This event marks the fifth time the two organizations have partnered, and follows the recent success of the Bodog Fight-sponsored Strikeforce Tournament Series in San Jose, CA and the first-ever MMA event held at the world-famous Playboy Mansion in Beverly Hills, CA.

"We are thrilled to be joining forces with Strikeforce again," said Bodog Fight creator and billionaire entertainment mogul, Calvin Ayre. "Our organizations have proved in the past that we work well together, and we look forward to staging another top notch event for the great MMA fans in the Pacific Northwest."

"We are delighted once again to have Bodog Fight on board as our presenting sponsor," said Scott Coker, CEO of Strikeforce. "This unique collaboration provides a fantastic platform on which to deliver fight fans the absolute best in MMA action."

Bodog Fight Presents: Strikeforce at the Dome will feature Bodog Fight's Miami mauler, Jorge "Gamebred" Masvidal. The 23-year-old lightweight (13-2) will try to notch his eighth consecutive victory when he takes on "Diamond" Ryan Healy (9-2-1).

In the main event, former NFL lineman turned martial arts fighting sensation, Bob "The Beast" Sapp (8-2-1), will collide with the equally monstrous Jan "The Giant" Nortje (25-17) in a heavyweight tilt, while Maurice "Big Mo" Smith (73-20-4) will battle fellow legend and six-time world kickboxing champion, Rick "The Jet" Roufus (57-7).

Bodog Fight Presents: Strikeforce at the Dome will be broadcast live on hi-definition subscription network, HDNet.

Doors open at 7:00 pm PST, with fights scheduled to begin at 8:00 pm PST.

Tickets for the event, priced at $150, $75 and $35, are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations (253-627-TIXS), the Tacoma Dome box office, and Ticketmaster.com.

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 online at bodoglife.net, along with other Bodog Television programs including: 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 Strikeforce

Strikeforce is a world-class mixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, made history with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctioned mixed martial arts fight card in California state history. The star-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrock against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion, played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. The rapidly growing organization recently re-launched its website, www.strikeforceusa.net, which boasts a bold new look and all-new features, including video streaming capability. Since 1995, Strikeforce has been the exclusive provider of martial arts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, world championship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." For media inquiries please contact Mike Afromowitz at (917) 566-8754 or email muaythaimes@aol.com