Gracie-Sakuraba Rematch Among Key Bouts on Star-Studded Dynamite!! USA Fight Card

Gracie Seeks to Exact Revenge for Legendary 90-Minute Bout Seven Years Ago;

Full Card Features MMA Favorites and Crossover Curiosities

May 08, 2007, 01:00 ET from FEG, Inc

    LOS ANGELES, May 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MMA legends Royce Gracie and Kazushi
 Sakuraba, who fought an exhausting 90-minute battle seven years ago, will
 meet once again, this time as the co-main event at "Softbank presents
 Dynamite!! USA in association with ProElite" in the Los Angeles Coliseum on
 June 2 (live SHOWTIME(R) PPV, 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT).
     Gracie (, considered the godfather of
 modern-day mixed martial arts, will face the imposing Sakuraba
 (, nicknamed "The Gracie Hunter" for his
 well-documented victories over four members of the Gracie family, including
 the dramatic victory over Royce in 2000.
     The rematch will be part of an extraordinary main fight card that includes
 7-foot-2 South Korean Hong Man Choi, former WWE champ Brock Lesnar, NFL star
 Johnnie Morton, Ray Sefo (New Zealand), Antonio Silva (Brazil) and J.Z. Calvan
 (Brazil).  The complete fight card is as follows:
                     SHOWTIME(R) PPV (10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT)
                          Brock Lesnar  VS  Hong Man Choi
                                 (USA)      (Korea)
                         Royce Gracie   VS  Kazushi Sakuraba
                             (Brazil)       (Japan)
                             Mighty Mo  VS  Mu Bae Choi
                                 (USA)      (Korea)
                        Melvin Manhoef  VS  Dong Sik Yoon
                         (Netherlands)      (Korea)
                   Live on SHOWTIME(R) (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT)
                          Jake Shields  VS  Ido Pariente
                                 (USA)       (Israel)
                           Gina Carano  VS  Jan Finney
                                 (USA)      (USA)
                         Live Stadium Only (5 p.m. PT)
                        Javier Vasquez  VS  Katsuhiko Nagata
                                 (USA)      (Japan)
                          Brad Pickett  VS  Hideo Tokoro
                                  (UK)      (Japan)
     The Gracie-Sakuraba story is rich in history, as the Gracie family,
 represented by Royce, Ryan, Renzo and Royler have come after Sakuraba four
 times and all four times have fallen short of victory. The longest of those
 matches took place on May 1, 2000, in the second round of the Pride Grand
 Prix Open Weight Tournament, when Royce faced Sakuraba for the first time.
 The fight, a no-time-limit match, was scheduled for 15 minute rounds until
 a winner was declared. The match lasted for 90 minutes (6 rounds at 15
 minutes each), and both fighters demonstrated remarkable heart and
 determination, especially because the winner was expected to face his next
 opponent on the same night. In the 4th round, Gracie injured his leg due to
 repeated kicks from Sakuraba and remained hobbled for another 45 minutes,
 until the beginning of the 7th round, when his corner threw in the towel,
 stopping the fight.
     "I've been waiting for this fight for close to a decade, it's been
 something that I've struggled to live with for some time," said Gracie. "We
 both have mutual respect for each other, but June 2 is circled on my
 calendar as the date I plan to avenge my family's legacy from Sakuraba."
     Tickets for Dynamite!! USA are on sale via Ticketmaster locations, and the LA Coliseum box office. Seats will be
 available on the field and throughout the majority of the stadium bowl,
 with the exception of limited blocked sections on each end for restricted
 viewing. In the stadium bowl, seats in the upper sections will sell for
 $30, with the exception of the west end, which will be $10. The lower bowl
 will sell for $60 in most areas and $30 in the west end. On the field,
 tickets will run at $100 on the outer rim, $250 in the middle section and
 $1,000 at ringside.
     The other co-main event on the Dynamite!! USA fight card will face
 7-foot-2 South Korean giant Hong Man Choi, aka "Techno Goliath," against
 former NCAA and WWE wrestling champion Brock Lesnar. Johnnie Morton, a
 former USC Trojan wide receiver and NFL star, will return to the Coliseum
 for his MMA debut.
     Dynamite!! USA will begin at 5:00 p.m., PT with doors opening at 3:30
 PM, with a fight undercard that includes Hideo Tokoro, J.Z Calvin, Brad
 Picket as well as EliteXC fighters Jake Shields, Antonio Silva and Gina
 Carano. The SHOWTIME(R) PPV fight card will begin at 7 p.m. PT, 10 p.m. ET.
     Dynamite!! USA marks the first FEG event on U.S. soil and the inaugural
 MMA contest in the LA Coliseum's 74-year history. FEG's Heroes MMA events
 in Japan and Korea have routinely sold out major arenas and stadiums,
 including the 74,000-seat Tokyo Dome. The inaugural Dynamite in August of
 2002, held at Tokyo National Stadium, drew a record crowd of 92,000 fans.
     The SHOWTIME(R) PPV fight card will feature up to six fights, with
 co-main events. Prior to the pay-per-view, SHOWTIME will televise the three
 undercard bouts, free to SHOWTIME subscribers from 9-10 p.m. ET/6-7 p.m.
 PT. For pay-per-view pricing and ordering information, viewers should
 contact their local cable or satellite provider.
     About FEG
     Formed in 2003, FEG, Inc assumed the role of K-1 Corporation in
 production and management of K-1 events that at the time were enjoying 13
 years of success. In addition to K-1 Events, FEG, Inc's goal was to expand
 the company's presence into the world of Mixed Martial Arts as it saw the
 overwhelming demand from the viewers and fans. In 2005 FEG, Inc started the
 production of the Hero's events in Japan. Under the current corporate
 structure, FEG, Inc is responsible for the production and promotion, as
 well as all other aspects of business from fighter contracts to event
 marketing of both the K-1 and Hero's (Mixed Martial Arts) events all over
 the world.
     About Showtime Networks Inc.
     Showtime Networks Inc. (SNI), a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS
 Corporation, owns and operates the premium television networks SHOWTIME(R),
 THE MOVIE CHANNEL(TM) and FLIX(R), as well as the multiplex channels
 provide enhanced sound using Dolby Digital 5.1. SNI is also an owner and
 manager of SUNDANCE CHANNEL, a venture of NBC Universal, Robert Redford and
 SNI. SNI also manages Smithsonian Networks, a joint venture between SNI and
 the Smithsonian Institution. SNI markets and distributes sports and
 entertainment events for exhibition to subscribers on a pay-per-view basis
 through SHOWTIME(R) PPV.
     About ProElite
     ProElite Inc. delivers the most exciting entertainment experience in
 the world of mixed martial arts (MMA) with live arena-based entertainment
 events, cable television programming on Showtime Networks and
 community-driven interactive broadband entertainment via the Internet.
 ProElite embraces MMA with the highest levels of honor, integrity,
 discipline and self-esteem, all the while remaining inclusive for fighters,
 fans and schools. ProElite's live fight division, EliteXC, delivers
 spectacular live MMA fight events that showcase the world's top fighters.
 ProElite's interactive business,, capitalizes on the growing
 popularity of the sport of mixed martial arts by building a community of
 mixed martial arts enthusiasts. In addition to streaming the most exciting
 live fights to the web, ProElite expands the fan base of the sport by
 providing a comprehensive set of online social networking tools for fans,
 fighters and organizations. -= Empowering the Fight Community
     For more information, contact:
     Kevin Burke - Hill & Knowlton
     (t) 714.313.6863
     Chris DeBlasio - Showtime Networks
     (t) 212.708.1633
     Whitney Ashley - ProElite
     (t) 310.280.3710