Former UFC star and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu legend, Pedro “The Rock” Rizzo, is set to challenge former UFC Heavyweight Contender, Justin “The Hammer” Eilers, in the main event when Art of War, Undisputed Arena Fighting Championships premiers at Dallas’ American Airlines Center on Friday, March 9th 2007.
Rizzo and Eilers are set to battle for the newly formed IFA (International Fighters Association) World Heavyweight Championship. Their championship bout will be one of ten exciting Mixed-Martial Arts fights on the card that will feature eleven Americans and nine International fighters.
Art of War, set for the circle cage beginning at 7:30 p.m., is being produced and promoted by the Sun Management Group, Inc.
Texas MMA legend, Carlos Prater will take on undefeated Russian champion, Dennis Levenski in the featured undercard bout. Dallas’ Alex Andrade, a UFC and Pride veteran, will be squaring off with European MMA champion, Klas Akesson.
Other fighters of note on the card include: Matt Grice, Justin Wren, and Alonzo Martinez.
Making a special appearance as Ring Announcer for Art of War will be the “Voice of MMA”, Bruce Buffer.
ART of War advisor/match matchmaker, Guy Mezger, is confident that Dallas-Fort Worth MMA fight fans are in for a special night at the American Airlines Center. “There’s no question this is the biggest MMA event in Texas- ever,” declared Metzger, the former UFC Champion and fighting legend from Dallas.
“It is truly the first International fight card in Dallas. We have a lot of very good fighters from the United States and some of the best from Europe and Asia. It’s going to be an exciting night for all MMA fans in the Dallas area.”
For Rizzo, the fight with Eilers is an opportunity to get back into the MMA spotlight. “I’m looking forward to coming to Dallas and fighting a very tough Justin Eilers,” said the former UFC Heavyweight Champion from his home in Brazil. “I’m looking to make a statement that I am back and ready to take on any heavyweight in the world, but know I first have to get past Eilers.”
Eilers, a former Iowa State football star, is set to make his own statement against Rizzo. “This is a huge fight for me - fighting a former UFC Champion and great fighter like Rizzo.” said Eilers, who fights out of the Miletich Fighting Systems in Bettendorf, Iowa.
After losing in his bid for the UFC World Heavyweight Championship in UFC 53 and anon-title fight in UFC 57, Eilers has won seven straight bouts. “I’m definitely a better fighter now than when I was in the UFC and am ready to show everyone I’m one of the best heavyweights in the World,” pointed out the confident Eilers.
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