Jake Rosholt grapples with Dusty Miller at Masters of the Cage 15. Photo courtesy of Team Takedown.
DALLAS – HDNet Fights announced today that it is teaming with the Xtreme Fighting League for the upcoming “HDNet Fights Presents: Xtreme Fighting League” on March 15 at the Expo Square Pavilion in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The event will air live, exclusively on HDNet. This announcement is the latest is a series of new partnerships formed between HDNet Fights and many mixed martial arts organizations around the country and in Canada.
For the event, Team Takedown will send three of its fighters – and Oklahoma wrestling legends: Jake Rosholt, Johny Hendricks and Shane Roller. All are alumni of Oklahoma State University, so it won’t be too much of a stretch to hope for a partisan crowd. In addition, the remainder of the card will feature additional Oklahoma-based talent and young athletes from Osaka, Japan.
Team Takedown is a fighter management company based out of Texas. It is known for the unconventional method of putting fighters on salary, allowing them to focus on training full-time. In addition, its fighters are making the transition from all-star wrestlers to mixed martial arts athletes.
“I am excited about this partnership with HDNet Fights.” said XFL founder and promoter Dale Cook. “This card and the exposure on HDNet is tremendous for our League, our fighters and our city.”
HDNet Fights President Guy Mezger said Cook has been a long-time promoter of combat martial arts.
“Dale always has a strong regional show and we’re excited about partnering with him,” Mezger said. “He can continue to grow his shows and we’ll have high quality mixed martial arts programming for HDNet.”
Rosholt (3-0), will take on Chad Jay (7-2) in one of two main event fights. Rosholt is a three-time NCAA wrestling champion and four-time All American.
Hendricks, (3-0), will battle Blake McDaniels (5-0) in the second main event match-up. Hendricks is also a four-time All American and as well as a two-time NCAA wrestling champion.
Both main events consist of 3 five-minute rounds.
Roller (2-1) is a three-time All American and will face Yoshihiro Kitaoka (4-2-1) out of Japan. The fight, one of three “U.S. versus Japan” bouts, will have 3 four minute rounds.
Of the Team Takedown members, Mezger said the former OSU Cowboys are the next generation of MMA superstars.
“This will be their first time on TV,” he said. “We really expect a lot of good things out of them.”
The remainder of the U.S. team consists of Demarco Powrill (6-1) who will square-off against Akira Ninjo (6-4). Also, Shane Waits (7-1), enters the cage against Kazuya Nishiyama (5-2-1) in another U.S. versus Japan match.
The Japanese team hails from the renowned Yamane Dojo, in Osaka.
Two Xtreme Fighting League championships will be featured on the card when XFL 170 pound champion Levi Avera (8-2) accepts the challenge of XFL challenger Brandon Newsone (6-1), and 155 pound champ Jon “King of Late Nite” Carson defends against top XFL contender Mike Budnick (8-0).
The rest of the card features HDNet Fights veteran Chris Bowles (7-2) against San Antonio’s Adrian Sanchez (5-3) at 155 pounds; Donnie “PitBull” Frye (5-2) versus Josh “Platypus” Pulsifer at 145 pounds; and Jason “Real Deal” Brazeal (4-1) against Warren Walkerd (4-2) of the Miletich Fighting camp, at 170 pounds.
The Bowles/Sanchez fight is the only undercard match-up of 3 five minute rounds. Every other is three rounds of four minutes.