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 (roycegracie.proelite.com), considered the godfather of
modern-day mixed martial arts, will face the imposing Sakuraba
(sakuraba.proelite.com), 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
Royce Gracie VS Kazushi Sakuraba
Mighty Mo VS Mu Bae Choi
Melvin Manhoef VS Dong Sik Yoon
Live on SHOWTIME(R) (9 p.m. ET/ 6 p.m. PT)
Jake Shields VS Ido Pariente
Gina Carano VS Jan Finney
Live Stadium Only (5 p.m. PT)
Javier Vasquez VS Katsuhiko Nagata
Brad Pickett VS Hideo Tokoro
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,
www.ticketmaster.com 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.
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
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
SHOWTIME(R) TOO(TM), SHOWTIME(R) SHOWCASE, SHOWTIME EXTREME(R), SHOWTIME
BEYOND(R), SHOWTIME NEXT(R), SHOWTIME WOMEN(R), SHOWTIME FAMILYZONE(R) and
TMC XTRA. SNI also offers SHOWTIME HD(R), THE MOVIE CHANNEL HD(TM),
SHOWTIME ON DEMAND(TM) and THE MOVIE CHANNEL ON DEMAND(TM). All SNI feeds
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.
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, ProElite.com, 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. ProElite.com -= Empowering the Fight Community
For more information, contact:
Kevin Burke - Hill & Knowlton
Chris DeBlasio - Showtime Networks
Whitney Ashley - ProElite
SOURCE FEG, Inc