ROFMMA 40 Backlash Updates

 

April 16, 2011

1stBank Center

Broomfield, Colorado

 

 

 

 

CHRIS HOLLAND... THE INVISIBLE MAN

Denver,CO -

 

The main event at Ring of Fire Backlash pits two men against each other that could not be more

diametrically opposed. In one corner, you have Brandon Thatch, one of the most popular and hottest up and

coming fighters not with the UFC. Thatch has heavy support in the community, and a presence that can be

felt from magazines to constant internet chatter

 

 

And then you have Chris 'The Hammer' Holland.

 

On Sunday it was Holland that MMA.CLVR.TV was looking for at the Ground Zero MMA media day, his

home gym. Ground Zero isn't easy to find, and if you don't know what you're looking for, a small gym in a

warehouse district lying in the shadow of Colorado Heights University, you will miss it. In that way, Chris

Holland and his gym are the same.

 

The media day was attended by exactly one outlet, MMA.CLVR.TV, a point Nate Johnson, coach, teammate

and part-owner of the gym (along with partner John Maldonado), was eager to talk about. 

 

"We're used to being ignored. You know who we are? We're the place Rocky worked out at during Rocky III.

Remember how the Russian was hooked up to all the machines, and Rocky was just running in snow?

Grudge is the Russian gym [laughing], remember who won that fight?" Johnson said, smiling as he stood

under an American flag that hangs above the wrestling mats.

 

He is half serious, but not in the way you would think. He does believe there is a villain in this main event,

but not a lumbering barely intelligible Drago; but one that Ring of Fire has created.

 

"They want Chris to be the villain, they need him to be the bad guy. He keeps knocking out their favorites.

He beats the promoter's friends, Williamson, Lopez, and now they want to fix all that by having Thatch beat

Chris," Johnson said.

 

It is pretty frequent that we hear a coach or a fighter talk about being the underdog, or being the bad-guy in

the hopes of pumping themselves and their fan base up, however in this case, it may just be true.

At the Ring of Fire event where Holland knocked out Lopez for instance, the crowd was so staunchly anti-

Holland that when the first round KO happened, it wasn't so much that they booed his victory, as they

screamed at it. They didn't hate Holland, they just loved Lopez.

 

And no one is more loved in the Colorado MMA community than Brandon Thatch.

 

But that didn't stop Chris Holland from cracking a wide grin on Sunday as he spoke to us.

 

"Are you kidding me? I'm the main event at Ring of Fire! This is my UFC. If I think about it too much, I start

to not believe anymore," Holland said standing near a weight bench that he had just a moment earlier been

doing reps on. He had arrived at the media day quietly, toting his young daughter and a dog that couldn't

weigh more than ten pounds. It was a comical image. This devastating force of nature in the ring, with fists

the size of hams and shoulders that are currently holding the entire collective future of Ground Zero MMA on

them, was as relaxed as could be.

 

TO READ THE FULL ARTICLE CLICK HERE.

 

(above Chris Holland wins at ROF 38)

 

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ROF 40 RING GIRL SEARCH WEEK 2

 

Ladies if you ever wanted to be a ring girl for ROFMMA well now is your chance.

 

We are looking for someone to help Official ROF Ring Girl MIRANDA at ROF 40 event..

 

The winner gets $500.00 in cash, a free photo shoot and website, and free tans from Zolarium!!

 

The contest is hosted by the guys from OH YEAH! and will be at MIX Music Lounge.

 

Click the banner below to contact Dan from OH YEAH to get involved. Or you can e-mail him at

danprok@gmail.com 303.358-8077

 

 

 

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ROF 40 Venue And Ticket 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! 

 

****Limited Availability On VIP Tables Reserve Today****

 

**SOLD OUT** VIP Gold Tables Are **SOLD OUT**

We do have a few VIP Silver Tables available for purchase

Click To Reserve VIP Silver Table

 

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- Press release from ROF

- Photos courtesy of ROF

 

 

 

Subject to change

 


 

 

(4/6/11)