BAMMA USA PRESENTS BADBEAT 3 MMA EVENT AT WORLDS LARGEST POKER CASINO COMMERCE CASINO ON AUGUST 20, 2011
Featuring Main Event with â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€ Contestant Joseph â€œLeonidasâ€ Henle
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
(COMMERCE, Calif.) â€“ Badbeat 3, presented by BAMMA USA at the worldâ€™s largest poker casino Commerce Casino, will provide fight fans another spectacular night of MMA fights on August 20, 2011. The main event showdown features a pair of tough middleweights as former â€œThe Ultimate Fighterâ€ contestant Joseph â€œLeonidasâ€ Henle (4-0-1) looks to stay undefeated when he competes against a tough slugger in Gabriel Lopez (1-3).
â€œItâ€™s great to share this fight with local So-Cal fans and sponsors and put on a great show for them,â€ said main event fighter Joseph Henle. â€œWe have talked about it before but timing was not right and now BAMMA USA is a great place for me to fight. They are doing a great job putting on shows.â€3
Doors open at 5 PM, with preliminary fights beginning at 6 PM, and the professional bouts start at 7:30 PM. Tickets for this exciting event cost $40.00, $60.00, $80.00 and $500.00 for VIP seats. Tickets are selling quickly and may be purchased online till midnight on August 17, 2011, at the Commerce Casino box office or by calling 714-912-8822.
After fighting for his life and beating cancer, Chris â€œThe Real Dealâ€ Beal (2-0) returns to the cage to take on muay-thai veteran Evan Esguerra (3-3). This fight will mark Bealâ€™s return to the cage in over 2 years, where at one point in his treatment, he was informed by doctors that he may never walk again. Heâ€™s rehabilitation has gone better than he imagined and heâ€™s excited to showcase his skills at Badbeat 3.
â€œRight after my October 2009 fight I found a small lump on my left leg. After going to a specialist we were informed that it was soft tissue sarcoma. I then went through three terms of chemotherapy, two rounds of radiation and underwent surgery twice. The surgeon cut part of my hamstring and tendons out of my leg and at one point I was told that I may lose it. Now, Iâ€™m ready to get back in action and fightâ€
Strikeforce veteran Evan Esguerra (3-3) has won the last two of three fights by way of TKO. The former marine fought muay-thai for six years professionally prior to making his transition into the sport. He looks to put his skills to the test against a tough Chris Beal.
In a clash of the counties, Diman â€œSteel Legâ€ Morris (3-1) from Los Angeles calls out Nick â€œMercenaryâ€ Moghaddam (4-4) from Orange County. Dimanâ€™s only loss was delivered by former UFC middleweight Jared â€œJ-Rocâ€ Rollins. Morris is coming off an exciting 3-round split decision victory at M-1 Global this past July.
Moghaddam, an Allan Goes Jiu-Jitsu trained fighter has competed in Bellator Fighting Championships, won the past 4 of 6 fights and is no stranger to knocking his opponents unconscious. He scored a first round KO against Frank Navarez and plastered Reed Shelger with punches to win by TKO in the second round.
Los Angeles school teacher and Bellator veteran Albert Rios (12-6) and former Strikeforce competitor Bobby â€œThe Kidâ€ Sanchez (6-15) have agreed to go to war in a bantamweight pairing. Mr. Rios was matched up against a tough Jason Williams at Badbeat 2 back in June of this year where he dropped a decision. Sanchez took part of the main event of Badbeat 2 where he was forced to tapout due to an arm-triangle choke in the first round.
Middleweights Michael Jasper (1-0) and Teshawn â€œBeast Modeâ€ Walls (1-0) will also step inside the cage to start off the Badbeat 3 fight card. Both fighters are looking to continue to improve their records and rack up another win. â€œBeast Modeâ€ trains out of Ultimate Fitness with Uriah Faber and team Alfa Male and is making the trip down south to fight Ventura resident Jasper who fights out of Elite MMA.
Those in attendance can expect a plethora of MMA legends including Josh â€œThe Baby-Faced Assassinâ€ Barnett, Renato â€œBabaluâ€ Sobral, legendary Bas Rutten, Arthur Lieberman of POW Entertainment and a pair of stunning ring girls â€“ Ms. Jennifer Swift and Ms. Katelynn Ansari. Pictures at www.bammausa.com
Weigh-ins is open to the public. Doors open at 5:00 PM PST and fighters hit the scales at 6:00 PM PST.
Middleweight â€“ (185 lb.) – Joseph â€œLeonidasâ€ Henle vs. Gabriel Lopez
Light Heavyweight â€“ (205 lb.) – Nick Moghaddam vs. Diman Morris
Bantamweight â€“ (145 lb.) – Chris Beal vs. Evan Esguerra
Bantamweight â€“ (145 lb.) – Albert Rios vs. Bobby Sanchez
Middleweight â€“ (185 lb.) – Michael Jasper vs. Teshawn Walls
About BAMMA USA:
BAMMA USA is a Mixed Martial Arts promotional company specializing in creating live entertainment featuring both professional and amateur combatants looking to take their career to the next level in the sport. While the promotion prides themselves on their motto: â€œKeep Moving Forwardâ€œ the ultimate passion for BAMMA USA is to create an environment in which fighters are truly valued. For more information about BAMMA USA please visit: http://www.bammausa.com. For more information about The ALFA League please visit: http://www.alfaleague.com.