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Sunday, June 21, 2009

Press Release: Lyons Untamed On “Ultimate Chaos”

SOURCE - Bob Trieger, of Full Court Press:

Lashley-Sapp headlines Saturday night’s MMA PPV show in Biloxi, MS

BILOXI, Miss. (June 22, 2009) – Long before the bright lights come on for Saturday night’s “Ultimate Chaos” pay-per-view card, live from the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Mississippi, 21-year-old Austin Lyons will make his MMA mixed martial arts pro debut against John Harris.

Harris, fighting out of Memphis, is a former high school football player at Dyersburg, Tennessee, who will be 90-pounds lighter in the cage than his playing weight on the gridiron. The 250-pound defensive end will fight Saturday night as a welterweight.

The spotlight, however, will be shining on former WWE superstar Bobby Lashley (3-0-0) and K1 and PRIDE combat fighting legend Bob “The Beast” Sapp (10-4-1), who will bull-rush each other in their highly anticipated super heavyweight main event headlining “Ultimate Chaos, presented by Prize Fight Promotions and Fight Force International, in association with the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum, and Treasure Bay Casino.

“Ultimate Chaos” is being produced and distributed by Gotham MMA and Integrated Sports at 9:00PM ET/6:00PM PT in the United States and Canada on cable and satellite Pay Per View via iNDemand, TVN, DirecTV, Bell TV, Shaw, Star Choice and Viewer’s Choice for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. The show will also air internationally to viewers outside of North America on www.gofightlive.tv.

Veteran blow-by-blow announcer Col. Bob Sheridan and colorful mixed-martial-arts heavyweight Seth “The Silverback” Petruzelli lead the PPV broadcast team that also includes color analyst Bray Deavours and ringside reporter Dave Ferguson.

Meanwhile, Lyons will be proudly fighting in front of his parents, girl friend and some friends. He couldn’t be happier being in one the opening acts for the star-studded PPV card.

“I’ve been thinking about it lately,” he said, “and I’m going to be star-struck with all of the big names on the card. I’m going to feel like I’m walking on the red carpet. I’m looking forward to meeting all of them and, hopefully, making valuable contacts for my MMA career.

“I started MMA training five years ago, competitively fighting about 2 ½ years ago, and had an 11-2 amateur record. When college football didn’t work out for me, I remember going to an MMA show and seeing heavyweights fight up close. I’m only 5-9, 5-10 and I knew I couldn’t fight those guys. I weighed about 240-pounds at that time. I’ve been working out and eating right ever since then and now I weigh about 160. I’m a free-style fighter, good on my feet and the ground. I can’t wait for Saturday night.”

In the co-feature, 3-time UFC heavyweight title challenger Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo (16-8-0) meets Dutch knockout artist Gilbert “The Hurricane” Yvel (35-13-1) in an intriguing match-up. Former King Of The Cage and Gladiator Challenge lightweight champion Javier “Showtime” Vasquez (12-2-0) takes on The Ultimate Fighter 4 star Din “Dinyero” Thomas (24-8-0), while 4-time World Muay Thai title-holder William “The Bull” Sriyapai (12-4-0) faces highly-regarded Canadian lightweight prospect Chris “The Polish Hammer” Horodecki (12-1-0)

Also fighting on the card is Waachiim “NativeWarrior” Spirit Wolf (5-4-0) vs. welterweight Brett Cooper (9-4-0); middleweight Colby McMahan (3-1-0) vs. James Orso (8-3-0); Affliction vice president Tom Atencio (1-0-0) vs. pro debuting lightweight Randy Hedderick; veteran middleweight Lance Thomson (4-2-0) vs. The Ultimate Fighter 3 star Danny Abbadi (3-4-0); Belfast, Northern Ireland brawler Colin McKee (3-2-0) vs. welterweight Eric Bradley (2-1-0), 2-time All-America wrestler and 2003 NCAA boxing champion at Penn State. All fights and fighters are subject to change.

Tickets are priced at $25.00 (limited discount seating), $40.00 (general admission) and $55.00 (premium reserved seating) and sale at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum and all TicketMaster outlets.

For more information go to www.theultimatechaos.com or www.mscoastcoliseum.com. Doors open at 5PM/CT, first fight 6 PM/CT, and the first PPV fight is at 8 PM/CT.