ROFMMA 40: Backlash

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April 16, 2011

1stBank Center

Broomfield, Colorado

 

 

 

 

Thatch And Holland Return At ROF Backlash

Denver,CO -

 

RING OF FIRE MMA is one of the longest running Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the world. On Saturday

April 16th they return with ROF 40: BACKLASH!  Headlining the event will be a clash of two of the top

Welterweight prospects on the professional circuit. ROF Young Gun Champion, Brandon RUKUS Thatch

will be defending his belt against challenger Chris THE HAMMER Holland.

 

(above Brandon Thatch)

 

There is no more dynamic exciting fighter in the welterweight division then Brandon RUKUS Thatch. He is

a lifelong martial artist whose father and grandfather were both professional fighters. After a short stint in

Kickboxing Thatch set his sights on MMA, and has never looked back. Although being known mostly for his

devastating striking ability, he has proved his worth on the ground as well, with exactly half of his victories

coming by way of submission.

 

A neck injury de-railed the young star, and after a 20 month absence he returned at ROF 39, where he

finished Las Vegas fighter Danny DEE-1 Davis in a non title bout. Thatch now looks forward to returning to

the ROF cage and defending his YOUNG GUN Title belt against Chris Holland. Thatch won't have to look

very far for motivation as Holland has beaten two of Thatch's training partners in the ROF cage. "I am

looking for a little payback for sure, but also to keep my belt. It comes down to who wants it more, me or

him. This is my house, and these are my fans. I won't disappoint them. I'll be ready." said Thatch.

 

(above Chris Holland wins at ROF 38)

 

Chris The HAMMER Holland is known for his hard hitting aggressive fight style. He has amassed a 7- 4

record, with all 7 of his wins being a TKO or KO. He made his Ring Of Fire debut at ROF 33 where he

finished Chris Williamson in the second round by TKO. He returned at ROF 38 to face his biggest challenge

to date against knock out artist Vinnie Lopez. In what promised to be a stand up war, Holland shocked the

crowd that night with a KO victory in the first round.  After the bout MMA writer Luke Henderson wrote:

 

"At a certain point, people are going to have to stop referring to Holland as an underdog. Every undefeated,

or monster opponent that is put in front of the man, is as quickly put back out. This win cements Holland as

a real-deal main event draw, and more than a few people in the crowd were wondering when we might see

him again." The comment couldn't be more prophetic, as Holland gets his shot at the title, in the main event,

come April 16th.

 

(above Chaun Sims lifts opponent at ROF 38)

 

Making his return to the RING OF FIRE will be grappling standout Chaun Sims. Sims debuted for ROF in

2010 after working his way up on smaller shows, bringing a dangerous reputation with him. Sims is a Black

Belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu under professor Amal Easton and trains MMA at GRUDGE Training Center with

multiple UFC veterans. Facing Sims will be Vitor Belfort protégé Cesar MUTANTE Ferreira (3-1) from Rio de

Janiero, Brazil. Ferreira is one of the hottest prospects to come from the country known for producing some

of the toughest fighters in the world. Ferreira is currently training in his home country, but will do final fight

preparations in Las Vegas with his mentor Vitor Belfort.

 

(above Michelle Blalock)

 

One of the most intense fighters on the roster returns to ROF competition as well. ROF Women's YOUNG

GUN Champion, Michelle The BOBCAT Blalock will defend her belt for the first time on March 18th. Going

undefeated as an amateur, Blalock is ready to step up into the professional ranks.  

 

(above Jason Lee)

 

The newest addition to the RING OF FIRE roster is Jason THE DRAGON Lee. Lee was voted the ATO 2010

Amateur Fighter of the year. With a 4-1 amateur and 2-0 professional record, Lee looks to be one of the top

prospects to come out of the region in quite a while. The DRAGON will face Oakland's Christopher Clark.

Clark trains at multiple gyms in the talent rich Nor Cal area, and is a fighter out of the RINO Sports Team. 

 

 

Stay tuned for the full fight card to be released early next week!

 

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Venue information:

 

ROF 40 also marks the promotion's return to the 1ST BANK CENTER, formerly known as the Broomfield

Event Center. The arena is located just 15 minutes from both Downtown Denver and Boulder. The venue just

received a multimillion dollar face lift and has recently hosted UFC FIGHT NIGHT on SPIKE TV.

 

Tickets are priced at $20.00, 25.00, $35.00 and $45.00* and can be purchased online at

www.TICKETHORSE.com.

 

Tickets also available at:

- TicketHorse charge-by-phone (8am - 8pm M-Sat., 9am - 5pm Sun.): 866.461.6556.

- TicketHorse Kiosks located at all Dicks Sporting Goods 

 

*price does not include $4.00 facility fee, additional charges may apply

 

VIP TABLES:

As always if you would like to see the event is style, VIP GOLD and VIP SILVER tables can be purchased.

The VIP tables seat 8 people and are catered by Brothers BBQ. Cocktail service is available to the VIP

tables. Call 303-521-0966 or e-mail beanz4@msn.com to reserve your table! 

 

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- Press release from ROF

- Photos courtesy of ROF

 

 

 

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(3/10/11)