Brazilians to Invade WRECK MMA This Friday
By now, many MMA fans in Canada and beyond have heard the buzz about the upcoming MMA documentary series, The Fight Exchange; currently in production, and scheduled for broadcast this fall on Superchannel. The show will follow six up and coming fighters, three from Canada and three from Brazil, as they take part in a one of a kind, school exchange program for MMA.
Having recently returned from filming in Brazil, where Mauricio Veio’s team Evolucao Thai fighters took on tough opponents from the famed Team Nogueira gym in Rio de Janeiro, The Fight Exchange now moves back to Canada to follow the journey of Brazilian fighters Claudia Gadelha (6-0, 130lbs), Felipe Olivieri (10-3, 155lbs) & Daniel ‘Jacare’ Almeida (7-2, 185lbs).
Production was set to conclude following completion of the Brazilian contingents scheduled bouts , which were expected to headline the now defunct FREEDOM FIGHT MMA: CAGED COMBAT event which was scheduled for April 21st in Sudbury, Ontario. Following the collapse of this event, Fight Exchange producer Aaron Avruskin (Rebel Media Ventures International) was quick to contact Wreck MMA president Nick Castiglia in hopes of saving three great fights!
With little negotiation required, both Wreck MMA and The Fight Exchange came to a quick agreement ensuring that Canadian fans will not be denied a chance to witness a Brazilian Invasion, as three hungry young fighters from Nova Uniao in Rio de Janeiro will take to the Wreck MMA cage as part of the already stacked Wreck MMA: Road to Glory event at the Casino Du Lac-Leamy, in Gatineau, Quebec on Friday April 20th 2012.
As for the bouts that will be added to the Wreck MMA event as a result of this alliance, the first is a middleweight scrap between former Bellator combatant Smilin’ Sam Alvey (17-4) and Daniel ‘Jacare’ Almeida (7-2). Also added is a lightweight bout between Cesar Gracie team member and Strikeforce veteran David ‘Tarzan’ Douglas (8-3) and the hard hitting Felipe Olivieri (10-3). And last but not least, Canada’s top female fighter Valerie ‘Trouble’ Letourneau (4-2) steps up to face the undefeated BJJ Black Belt, Claudia Gadelha (6-0).
Avruskin added, “When we realized the Sudbury event was no longer a possibility, we knew we had to get in contact with Wreck. They had a great event already planned, and their strong reputation led me to believe they’d recognize the opportunity to add three top-tier international fights to their card. I’m glad they saw it that way and we’re ecstatic to be taking this production to Gatineau for a great night of fights”.
In addition to the up and coming UFC hopefuls, dubbed ‘the Brazilian invasion’, the Wreck MMA: Road to Glory event features a Main Event featuring two of Canada’s top bantamweights as ‘Relentless’ Randy Turner takes on Eric ‘Odalay’ Perez for the Wreck Bantamweight Title. Also on the card are UFC veterans Mark ‘Boots’ Holst and Kit Cope and top Canadian talent Nabil ‘The Thrill’ Khatib, Brant Dewsbery, Jeff Harrison, Pablo Santos and many others.
Tickets are available from the fighters, via Ticketmaster.ca or by calling (613) 755-1111. Buy your tickets now asthere are only 1500 seats available and this event will once again sell out!! The show features UFC, Bellator andStrikeforce veterans and fighters representing some of Canada’s top gyms; Ottawa Academy of Martial Arts, Canadian Martial Arts Center, Team Bushido,Winnipeg Academy of MMA, Tristar MMA, Maximum Training Center and Adrenaline MMA. Also represented are some of the world’ top gyms; Nova Uniao, Wand Fight Team, Team Cesar Gracie and Team Quest. Wreck MMA: Road to Glory is brought to you by Ristorante Giovanni’s; Ottawa’s best italian restaurant and a proud supporter of Wreck MMA. For the best meal in the city Ristorante Giovanni’s is the place.
WRECK MMA: ROAD TO GLORY
Date: April 20th, 2012
Venue: CASINO DU LAC-LEAMY
Location: GATINEAU, QUEBEC
MAIN EVENT for the Wreck Bantamweight Title
Eric ‘Odalay’ Perez (WAMMA, Winnipeg) vs. ‘Relentless’ Randy Turner (OAMA, Ottawa)
Brant Dewsbery (CMAC, Lethbridge) vs. Nabil ‘The Thrill’ Khatib (Team Bushido, Ottawa)
Stephane Lamarche (N1 Martial Arts, Ottawa) vs. Mark ‘Boots’ Holst (OAMA, Ottawa)
Valerie ‘Trouble’ Letourneau (Tristar, Montreal) vs. Claudia Gadelha (Nova Uniao, Rio de Janeiro)
Kit Cope (Wand Fight Team, Las Vegas) vs. Jeff Harrison (OAMA, Ottawa)
Manny Alfaro (MTC, Windsor) vs. Pablo Santos (FIT MMA, Gatineau)
David ‘Tarzan’ Douglas (Cesar Gracie, Brentwood) vs. Felipe Olivieri (Nova Uniao, Rio de Janeiro)
Robert ‘Maximus’ Seres (Fighter Dream, Montreal) vs. Andrew Walters (OAMA, Ottawa)
James Haourt (Adrenaline MMA, London) vs. Andrew ‘Animal’ Cseh (Modern Vision MMA, Welland)
‘Smilin’ Sam Alvey (Team Quest, Murrieta) vs. Daniel ‘Jacare’ Almeida (Nova Uniao, Rio de Janeiro)
Bojan Kladnjakovic (Adrenaline MMA, London) vs. Brandon Hachey (World Championship Martial Arts, Peterborough)
TBA vs. Jeff Chan (OAMA, Ottawa)
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