If you're in the DC/MD/VA area in late April, a respectable MMA event is coming to town. I know of some top-tier fighters and VERY good up-and-comers who are competing on this card. From a press release in my inbox:
Tickets Now On Sale at All Ticketmaster Outlets
Fairfax, Va. (March 17, 2008) --- The INVASION is COMING!
Brace yourself for the biggest professional mixed martial arts (MMA) Cage Fighting event to ever strike the Nation's Capital region as UltimateVIP International and the John Lewis Entertainment Group proudly present UWC - INVASION, Saturday, April 26, 2008 at George Mason University's Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va...
More than just a regular MMA show, UWC (Ultimate Warrior Challenge) - INVASION promises a truly monumental, star-studded event with top professional MMA -- Extreme Cage Fighting matches along with special guest appearances by some of the sport's most recognizable fighters and area celebrities.
Headed by Maryland-native S. Marcello Foran, UltimateVIP International is an elite lifestyle and entertainment company providing everything VIP and beyond. The Florida-based company also specializes in creative marketing and event production.
"We're very excited to be bringing a top notch, world-class MMA event to the Patriot Center and reaching the untapped Washington, DC market with UWC - Invasion," said Foran. "Fans can expect to see a high quality produced show from start to finish with elite professional fighters battling in the cage, just like they watch on TV. There's nothing like the energy and feel of a live MMA show and our goal is to bring a true `Vegas' look, feel and approach to the Nation's Capital."
Lewis, one of MMA's true pioneers as fighter, trainer, coach and promoter, is best known for helping revolutionize the sport from its early underground infancy to its current mainstream dominance -- "The Fight Club - Meets the Night Club." Inside the cage, he was the first MMA/UFC fighter to dominate a Gracie (breaking the myth of the famed first family of MMA) and has trained and cornered legends such as Chuck Liddell, Tito Ortiz, and Randy Couture, among others. Lewis is also a prominent promoter/event coordinator in the entertainment industry know for high-profile celebrity events staged in Las Vegas, Atlantic City, Miami Beach, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and more..
The battles inside the cage will feature elite fighters from across the country and world, including Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC), Bodog, International Fight League (IFL) and Pride veterans. UWC will also give opportunities to the best fighters from the region's premier gyms including Lloyd Irvin's Martial Arts, Ground Control Academy, One Spirit Martial Arts, and top UFC referee's Mario Yamasaki Academy.
Exclusive VIP ($150) and UltimateVIP ($250) ticket packages that include cage side seats, fighter meet and greets, UVIP and VIP status at official celebrity pre- and after-parties are available online at www.uwcmma.com or via email at email@example.com .General admission tickets can be purchased through Ticketmaster by going online at www.ticketmaster.com, calling 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Patriot Center box office. Group discounts are available for parties of 12 or more and for all George Mason University students, faculty and staff, as well as members of the military. For more info and news please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Major announcements unveiling the highly-anticipated fight card and special guests for this historic event will be released soon. For more information, please log on to www.uwcmma.com , www.myspace.com/uwcmma or www.ultimatevipclub.com