If you yearn for hard-hitting mixed martial arts action with some of the world’s best MMA athletes, then look no further.
Bodog Fight: Paradise Lost premieres in more than 90 million U.S. homes this Tuesday, June 26th at 11 p.m. / 10 p.m. Central on ION television and in Canada on The Fight Network.
This week, from the shores of sunny Costa Rica, Nick Agallar (17-4) takes on Ryan Bow (17-8-1) in a lightweight match-up, while newcomer David Avellan (1-0) looks to tame Antony “The Wild Thing” Rea (11-7) in a light heavyweight fight.
Agallar is a 27-year-old Wisconsin native who fought in the first series of Bodog Fight, knocking out Nardu Debrah in the second round. Now, after being KO’d by Vladimir Zenin in Bodog Fight: USA vs. Russia, Agallar is on the comeback trail as he returns to Costa Rica to fight the 29-year-old Bow.
An extremely agile fighter with lightning fast hands, Agallar is also a capable wrestler and Jiu-Jitsu practitioner from Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy.
Is he tough? He just returned from a 16 month tour of duty in Iraq. ‘Nuff said.
Born in Michigan, Bow is a former Shooto Champion who is new to Bodog Fight. The son of a wrestler, he moved to Japan in 1997 at age 17 to pursue a career in MMA. Eight years later, Bow became one of the first black men to open a dojo in Tokyo. Needless to say, the Kaminari Dojo (which translates to “lightning/thunder”) founder is well versed in the martial arts.
“I’ve studied Jow Gar Kung Fu, Wing Chun Kung Fu, Judo, and Muay Thai among other things,” says Bow. “But I think MMA is the truest form of combat - a sport in which one can truly express himself.”
Will Bow be able to “express himself” against the athletic Agallar? Tune in and find out!
25-year-old David Avellan is another dojo founder making his Bodog Fight debut. The Florida native has joined forces with his brother Marcus to form the Freestyle Fighting Academy, which is poised to rival American Top Team as Miami’s top choice for aspiring MMA athletes. Like his brother, David is an ADCC World Championship Qualifier well versed in submissions, although he doesn’t mind going toe-to-toe with his opponents.
Antony “The Wild Thing” Rea hails from France, where MMA is still illegal. As a result the 30-year-old grappler is used to fighting internationally, which could work to his advantage. He’s certainly well versed in MMA, having sparred with fellow Bodog Fight veteran Kristof “Hurricane Midoux and K-1 kickboxing legend Jerome Banner at the Elite Training Centre.
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