MMA Comes to Sarnia December 3rd


Avant-Guard Promotions is proud to bring Mixed Martial Arts to our community of Sarnia-Lambton. The RBC Centre will be the home of the FIRST ever MIXED MARTIAL ARTS event in Sarnia-Lambton on December 3, 2011. The event, called Meltdown in the Valley, will be a full card of sanctioned professional bouts, consisting of fighters from the area, across Ontario, and the United States. It is the first of many events that will be brought to the community by Avant-Guard Promotions. This exciting event will be highlighted with a maximum ten fights in the octagon on December 3rd 2011.

“As founder and long time instructor of St. Clair Tae-kwon-do, it was only natural to embrace the MMA sport. Having organized provincial team trials and participating as an official in Olympic Team trials, I find this opportunity of bringing “LIVE MMA ” to Sarnia for fans to enjoy just as exciting,“ President of Avant-Guard Promotions Al Duffy says.

“Partnering with Woodrow James, whose expertise and knowledge of the sport and enthusiasm that seems to know no bounds, inspires me to make this event one that will not be soon forgotten by the Sarnia fans.”

The weekend will begin with a special “Meet the Fighters“ dinner at the Holiday Inn on December 2. This exclusive dinner will include a weigh-in of the fighters, as well as a meet and greet with a UFC legend (whose name will be released at a later date).

“I just feel that this is a great event that has been long awaited by the area. Sarnia-Lambton is a huge fan base for the MMA sport,” marketing manager Duffy Simon says.  “I’m really looking forward to it and am excited to see such high calibre matches right here in our own backyard.”

The Expo, which will be held on the concourse level of the RBC Centre beginning December 3 at 1 p.m., will highlight life in the MMA as well as demonstrations, sales and exhibitions. Also during the EXPO there will be a legendary UFC/MMA fighter on hand signing autographs and talking to fans.

“It is an honour and a privilege to be a part of such a historic event to the RBC Center here in Sarnia.  As a long time fan and competitor of combat sports, I truly believe that our city is ready to host and embrace such an event. After spending the last five years working throughout Michigan, it’s finally nice to be able to work here at home and bring something I’m very passionate about to our community,” CEO Woodrow James says.

“For people seeing this sport live for the first time,  I am making a promise that it will rival any event this city has ever seen and starting December 3, I, along with my partners at Avant-Guard Promotions, intend on making this promise a reality.”

12 Responses to “ MMA Comes to Sarnia December 3rd ”

  1. sarniammafan says:

    finally, it would be great to be able to attend the dinner

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  2. Robin Black says:

    Woody is the man.

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  3. Rob says:

    I’m assuming Haggis Basher would fight on this card? If so, who?

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  4. blayd says:

    Wow, Great event for Sarnia!!!! never anything to do on a winter saturday night then drink and party. Perfect timing maybe

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  5. Rob says:

    Need the fight card details before I drive to Sarnia in the winter. Who’s on the card?

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  6. blayd says:

    John Fraser was at the press conference so id assume him, there is a facebook group called meltdown in the valley

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  7. Brad Wall says:

    Good job, Woody!!!

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  8. blayd says:

    fraser vs bo harris/ mitch gagnon winner would be great fight to watch.

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  9. Rob says:

    Who’s Fraser fighting at this show? Is Clements fighting in it?

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  10. Working on getting names. Nothing so far.

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  11. Alex says:

    Fraser vs. Harris/Gagnon winner would be a great fight!

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  12. blayd says:

    i heard gagnon is locked down in ringside, dissapointing for other events but cant blame them

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