NEWS - Denver Colorado MMA
XSI INSURANCE & BROTHERS BBQ PRESENT - "SUMMERBRAWL"
08-04-2010, Denver, CO
date: Friday, August 27th
Fillmore Auditorium, Denver, CO
Denver,CO - RING OF FIRE MMA is the longest
running promotion in the Rocky Mountain region. On
Friday August 27th they return with the second
annual SUMMERBRAWL event. Headlining the event will
be a clash of two former TUF and UFC veterans as
Eliot THE FIRE Marshall faces off against Josh BRING
THE PAIN Haynes.
Marshall, who's career was launched at Ring Of Fire,
is happy about the return. "I'm really excited to be
getting back in the cage and the Ring of Fire is a
great step for me to get back in the UFC. I started
my career here so I feel real comfortable fighting
for the organization, and my hometown fans" said
After going 5-1 in matches on ROF, promoter Sven
Bean submitted Marshall as an applicant to the SPIKE
Season 8 Ultimate Fighter. The BJJ Black Belt was
picked up a cast member on the show. Following the
show's production, Eliot defeated cast mate Jules
Bruchez at the TUF 8 Finale. He then faced Vinicius
Magalhães at UFC 97, whom he defeated by unanimous
decision. In September of '09 he fought Jason Brilz
at UFC 103, winning a split decision. Earlier this
year Marshall faced former IFL Light Heavyweight
Champion Vladimir Matyushenko at UFC LIVE: Vera vs.
Jones. Marshall lost a split decision (30-27, 28-29,
30-27). Following the loss to Matyushenko, Marshall
was released from the UFC.
Eliot makes no bones about wanting to return to the
UFC, but hasn't overlooked his upcoming opponent at
SUMMERBRAWL. "Josh Haynes is a tough opponent. He is
very durable and aggressive so it should make for an
exciting fight! This is a very important fight for
me. My goal is to get back to the UFC so this is the
first step. I also want to show my fans and the MMA
community a different and more aggressive style of
If Marshall is looking for an "agressive" match up
then he has to look no further than Josh BRING THE
PAIN Haynes. Out of Hayne's 17 victories, 15
opponents were finished by either KO, TKO or
Haynes, was a cast member of the Season 3 of the
Ultimate Fighter, fighting for Tito Ortiz's team.
After defeating both Tait Fletcher, and Jesse Forbes
on the show, he would face future superstar Michael
Bisping in the finals. After nearly 2 rounds of back
and forth action, referee John McCarthy stopped the
action with only :46 seconds left in the second
round. Surviving multiple submission attempts and
striking flurries, Haynes never stopped trying to
stay in the fight, as commentator Joe Rogan
repeatedly said "There in no QUIT in Josh Haynes".
Haynes was later released from the UFC after going
0-2 in single matches. Haynes next appeared as a
contestant on Ty Murray's Celeberity Bull Riding
Challenge along with NFL great Raghib "Rocket"
Ismail, freestyle motocross champ Kenny Bartram,
actor Stephen Baldwin and rapper Vanilla Ice.
After the completion of the show Haynes continued
his MMA career racking up 5-2 record, and is
currently on a 2 fight win streak. Haynes, like
Marshall, has aspirations of returning to the UFC.
But this veteran knows full well that it is a
" This fight is extremely important. Every fight is!
I want this fight and I want this win. I am looking
forward to this chance to get back into the game. If
I make things happen as I plan, this is just the
first step in my climb back to the UFC. I appreciate
Ring Of Fire and Eliot giving me this opportunity, I
fully intend to make the most of it! I can assure
you that my coach, Shawn Tompkins and my training
partners at Tapout Training Center will have me
ready to go. I expect no less from Eliot and his
camp. This will be a war and I fully intend to be
standing when it I over. Just don't blink, it might
be that fast."
At welterweight, Brandon RUCKUS Thatch will finally
return to the cage. Ruckus last appeared at ROF 33
where he won the 170 lb Young Guns Championship with
a devastating head kick to Mark Arrant in just :18
seconds of the first round. Thatch seemed like he
was on the fast track to stardom appearing on 4 ROF
events and also on the Strikeforce Playboy Mansion
broadcast. A neck injury de-railed the young star,
and after a 20 month absence he is 100% healthy and
100% ready to return. Thatch was originally
scheduled to defend his title against ROF 38 victor
Chris Holland, but Holland declined the title shot
wanting more time to prepare. Thatch will now face
Danny DEE-1 Davis in a non title bout. Thatch and
Davis are virtually the same type of fighter style
wise, both being proficient muay thai strikers. They
also have the same long and lean body style at 6' 3"
tall. Potentially this could be the shootout of the
It just wouldn't be a ROF event without at least one
women's match on the card. Fresh off her Young Guns
Championship victory at ROF 38, Michelle THE BOBCAT
Blalock returns to competition. Blalocks skill set
improves with each outing, and at ROF 38 she
controlled her opponent for all 3 rounds. No small
task considering her opponent was a world class
wrestler. Now holding a 5-0 record in MMA, she is a
force to be reckoned with. Michelle will be facing
Marciea THE BLACK WIDOW Allen from Watertown, SD. Marciea is a freestyle fighter training out of the
MMA Factory. She has a 3-1 record with 2 KO's and is
an incredibly conditioned athelete. Sometimes
training three times a day, her natural athletic
ability makes her a nightmare for opposing fighters.
This non title fight will be contested at 130 lbs.
Stay tuned for the full fight card to be released
early next week!
VENUE AND TICKET INFO:
SUMMERBRAWL will be held at the historic Fillmore
The Fillmore Auditorium, previously known as the
Mammoth Event Center, is a popular live music venue
located in Denver, Colorado. The Fillmore Auditorium
Denver was founded in 1999 and is named after The
Fillmore San Francisco. The Fillmore Auditorium
Denver underwent a name change when its current
owner, Live Nation, decided to make The Fillmore
name into a venue brand. The Fillmore Auditorium is
by far Denver's biggest indoor general admission
live music venue. The Fillmore Auditorium building
originally opened in 1907 as a skating rink. After
decades of name and operation changes, the Fillmore
Auditorium Denver was finally converted to its
current function in 1969.
The Fillmore Auditorium schedule features some of
the best events and concerts in the city. From
musical performances to private parties, the
Fillmore Auditorium schedule features it all.
HOW TO PURCHASE TICKETS:
Available online at www.TICKETMASTER.com charge by
phone at 866-448-7849
Visit the Fillmore Auditorium Box Office, or any Ticketmaster outlet including select metro
area Wal-Mart stores, Macy's stores, Select F-Y-E
Stores, Cherry Creek Shopping Center visitors desk,
Angelo's CDs, and Twist and Shout.
Ticket Prices: Tickets are priced at $25.00*,
$35.00*, and $45.00*
The Fillmore Box Office Numbers: (303)837-1482 for
recorded information. (303)837-0360 main business
The Fillmore Box Office Hours:
Mon - Fri 12noon - 6pm,
Saturday 10am - 2pm,
Sunday closed unless there is a show.
If there is a
show on Sunday, box office will open at 12noon.
*price does not include $3.00 facility fee,
additional Internet charges may apply
***ONLY A LIMITED NUMBER OF VIP TABLES AVAILABLE TO
As always if you would like to see the event is
style, VIP GOLD and VIP SILVER tables can be
purchased. The VIP tables seat 8 people and are
catered by Brothers BBQ. Cocktail service is
available to the VIP tables. Call 303-521-0966 or
firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your table