Ringside 12

Paul "Semtex" Daley vs. Luigi "The Italian Tank" Fioravanti

Tickets On Sale On Friday, September 2nd At Noon!

October 21, 2011

Bell Centre - 7:30pm

Montreal, Quebec (Canada)

 

 

After a resoundingly successful debut at the Bell Centre last spring, Ringside MMA will once again make

its presence felt inside its celebrated walls. It is with great pleasure and pride that Ringside MMA will

present Ringside 12, in collaboration with evenko, on October 21st at the Bell Centre in Montreal. With

a super fight and 3 championship matches scheduled on the card, Ringside 12 will be the showcase the

most talented Quebec MMA fighters of their generation.

 

The main event will feature an explosive battle of international proportions as Paul “Semtex” Daley (27-

11-2) from England will face American Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (22-10-0). Daley, a notorious

KO artist (with 20 of his wins coming by way of knock out), is a UFC and Strikeforce veteran, and made his

last appearance in Montreal at UFC 113 in the infamous number one contender’s match for the UFC

welterweight title when he faced Josh Koscheck. He will be making his return to the Centre Bell after having

faced such formidable fighters as Duane Ludwig, Martin Kampmann, Dustin Hazelett, Scott Smith, Nick

Diaz and Jake Shields. Facing him will be Fioravanti, who in addition to M-1 Challenge is also a veteran of

the UFC, , and his preferred method of attack is no secret to anyone. Having already stood toe to toe

against the likes of Chris Leben, Jon Fitch, Forrest Petz, Luck Cummo, Diego Sanchez, John Alessio,

Pete Spratt and Joey Doerksen, this fighter keeps the crowds at the edge of their seats with his fearless

willingness to stand and fight.  Fight fans are sure to see an explosive battle between two warriors who use

their fists to earn decisive victories rather than leave things in the hands of the judges.

 

In the co-main event of the night, Ringside MMA’s bantamweight and featherweight champions respectively,

will battle for the 135 pound title in a 5 round match. Michel “Mitch” Gagnon (7-1), a 26 year old native of

Sudbury and current champion at 145 pound, will make his debut at bantamweight after a successful and

spectacular title defence last April when he stopped Rejean Groulx after a somewhat controversial

takedown in what was already a candidate for fight of the year.  Though he is currently on a 5 fight win

streak that has not seen him lose in over 30 months, he faces what could be his toughest challenge yet in

his opponent, Stephane Pelletier (5-1),. This is Gagnon’s opportunity to be Ringside MMA’s first ever

double title holder in 2 different weight classes simultaneously. Not looking to be anyone’s stepping stone,

Pelletier turned heads after getting a submission victory over Mikael Pellerin only a few days after

participating in tryouts for the reality show, The Ultimate Fighter. Only 3 months later at the Colisee Pepsi,

Pelletier surprised the analysts with his 3rd consecutive win, a stoppage over the veteran  Dimitri

Waardenburg, to win the Bantamweight title.

 

At lightweight, the vacant 155 pound title will be in play in a 5 round championship match that will put the

Bellator veteran and Tristar trained Mike Ricci (6-1) versus one of the best Canadian fighters in his

weightclass, Kurt “The Hurt” Southern (11-3), a formidable wrestler. Ricci’s record would have been

perfect had it not been for the loss at hands of Pat Curran. He is known to be a well rounded athlete who

possesses not only strong defence, but only an affinity for Muay Thai, and trains with the Canadian

National Wrestling Team. However, well schooled in wrestling is Southern, who fought competitively in the

sport for over 13 years before making his MMA debut in 2007. The Saskatchewan native has accumulated

victories over the likes of Martin Grandmont, Brad Cardinal and most recently BJJ ace Jorge Britto.

Currently riding a three fight winning streak, Southern is coming back to Ringside after his only appearance

back in January, 2010.

 

Also on the main card of the evening, former Ringside welterweight champion  Alex “The Dominican

Nightmare” Garcia (6-1) will make his return to the cage after losing his title and suffering his first loss at

the hands of Seth Baczynski last April. Fighting out of Montreal, Garcia had won his first six matches over

the likes of Ricky Goodall and Tyler Jackson. The undisputed top prospect in Canada will be making the

first stop on his way back to the top as he meets the veteran Matt MacGrath (10-6) from Halifax. MacGrath

has faced some of the best fighters in his weight class over the last three years including Matt Veach, Cory

MacDonald, Claude Patrick, Jonathan Goulet, Ryan Machan, Kalib Starnes, and Marcus Aurelio, of which

several are veterans of the UFC. Having lost to Aurelio by submission in May, MacGrath will be looking to

get back to his winning ways at the expense of Garcia.

 

Tickets for Ringside 12 will go on sale as of September 2nd, 2011 at noon on www.evenko.ca

 

 

Tickets:

Tickets available at Bell Centre Box Office

By phone: (514) 790-2525 or 1 877 668-8269

Order online: www.evenko.ca

Ticket prices: Tables: $1700 / $1500 / $1300 per table

Tickets: $110,50 / $90,50 / $70,50 / $50,50 / $40,50

 

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About evenko:

March 25, 2010, the Gillett Entertainment Group became evenko. Since its’ creation in 2002, they have

promoted and managed 4335 music, sporting and family events throughout Canada and the United States

and attracted close to 15 million spectators within only eight years of existence. In January 2010, Pollstar,

the most respected industry source, ranked evenko11th worldwide among international promoters. The Bell

Centre is ranked the 2nd best arena in North America and 7th at the international level. evenko presents

shows throughout Quebec, the Atlantic Provinces and the northeastern United States. The evenko

trademark is the property of L'Aréna des Canadiens Inc.

 

 

- Press Release from evenko

 

 

Subject to change

 

 

 

(9/1/11)