Los Angeles, CA – On Sunday, August 24, University of MMA: Fight Night 8 will once again showcase the depth of amateur MMA talent California has to offer. Three title fights featuring some of the top ranked talent in the state headline the show, bolstered by the long-awaited U of MMA debut for pro wrestler Scorpio Sky and a featherweight clash that is guaranteed to deliver a full night of exciting MMA action at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. Tickets are now on sale at www.UofMMA.com and www.axs.com.
The University of MMA light heavyweight and welterweight championships will be defended at Fight Night 8, asDominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy) and Roman ‘The Gladiator’ Todorovich (Elite Training Center) put their respective titles on the line for the first time, each facing his most credible and dangerous challenge to date.
University of MMA veteran Tommy ‘The Spaniard’ Aaron (Elite Training Center) welcomes newcomer Cameron ‘Showtime’ Underhill (Aguirre’s Fight System) to crown a new University of MMA featherweight champion. The undefeated Aaron finally gets his title shot after injuries sidelined him earlier this year. Scheduling conflicts further complicated a title match for Aaron, who opted to stay busy. The result was a shocking 11-second head kick knockout win at Fight Night 7, which was featured on Inside MMA. And although Underhill’s name might not be recognizable to U of MMA fans, the man they call ‘Showtime’ is not to be taken lightly. He’s a veteran of several amateur promotions, including King of the Cage, and reigns as the Gladiator Challenge featherweight champion.
Initially scheduled to take place at Fight Night 7, the welterweight matchup between Roman ‘The Gladiator’ Todorovich (Elite Training Center) and Shohei ‘Keji Toro’ Yamamoto (CSW) has only garnered more intrigue.
Todorovich won the belt at Fight Night 5 in a fight of the night performance, and will now defend his title against Yamamoto, an internationally acclaimed Kyokushin karate competitor who stands undefeated in MMA. ‘Keji Toro,’ which translates from Japanese as ‘Caged Tiger,’ boasts four first-round finishes, and is a protégé of former UFC heavyweight champion Josh ‘The Warmaster’ Barnett.
University of MMA light heavyweight champion Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy) has a fast turnaround in defending his belt, after winning it at Fight Night 7 in June, against the very experienced Shane ‘Huggy Bear’ Mervau (West Coast Jiu Jitsu). Reyes, currently the number two-ranked light heavyweight in the California Amateur Mixed Martial Arts Athletic Organization (CAMO) system, reigns supreme with a 4-0 record. Mervau ranks eighth in the rankings and is no stranger to high-level competition.
"For our 10th show at Club Nokia, we really wanted to put together something memorable as a tribute to the entire Southern California MMA community, meaning the gyms, fighters, coaches, and fans. I think we've done it with this fight card and show,” explained U of MMA matchmaker Turi Altavilla.
Also featured at Fight Night 8 will be the U of MMA debut of Schuyler Andrews, better known as the internationally recognized pro wrestler ‘Scorpio Sky’ (The Guild). Both the amateur MMA and independent pro wrestling communities have been abuzz since Sky announced his intentions to fight at the U of MMA earlier this year. Now, they’ll have more to discuss, as Sky takes on the very dangerous Jose ‘Red Devil’ Jovel (Dream Killer Fight Team), who owns the record for fastest knockout in U of MMA history (five seconds).
A multi-time pro wrestling champion who’s worked in Japan and with the WWE and TNA/Impact Wrestling, Sky has held notable belts such as the NWA International Television Championship and the CWFH (Championship Wrestling From Hollywood) Heritage Heavyweight Championship. Jovel himself is no slouch, known for powerful, rapid-fire hands and a wild, all-out brawling style.
In what already has the makings of a classic, U of MMA fan favorites Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym) and A.J. Bryant (XFit) come to loggerheads in a featherweight clash. With almost 14 matches cumulatively between them, Lilley and Bryant have (perhaps unknowingly) been on a collision course for each other since coming to the U of MMA in 2013. Both fighters’ respective reputations as exciting and fearless competitors precede them, as does their common mix of technical skill and unquestionable heart.
“I’m very proud not just that we were able to book as many fights on this show as we have, but also that all the guys on our show are taking on such
incredible challenges. Up and down the card, I think we’ve built our most thorough lineup of razor-close matches,” saidU of MMA matchmaker Jay Tan. “All credit goes to the fighters who stepped up and said ‘yes’.”
Confirmed matches for University of MMA: Fight Night 8 include:
University of MMA Welterweight Championship:
170 lbs. – Roman ‘The Gladiator’ Todorovich (Elite Training Center) vs. Shohei ‘Keji Toro’ Yamamoto (CSW)
University of MMA Light Heavyweight Championship:
205 lbs. – Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy) vs. Shane ‘Huggy Bear’ Mervau (West Coast Jiu Jitsu)
University of MMA Featherweight Championship:
145 lbs. – Tommy ‘The Spaniard’ Aaron (Elite Training Center) vs. Cameron ‘Showtime’ Underhill (Aguirres Fighting System)
170 lbs. – Schuyler ‘Scorpio Sky’ Andrews (The Guild) vs. Jose ‘Red Devil’ Jovel (Dream Killer Fight Team)
145 lbs. – A.J. Bryant (XFit) vs. Ryan ‘The Lion’ Lilley (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym)
145 lbs. – Sergio ‘Surge the Kid’ Perez (Hayastan MMA) vs. Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy)
125 lbs. – Hugo Aranda (House of Champions) vs. Gilbert Nakatani (Sampa BJJ/Sityodtong LA)
145 lbs. – Kurt Ebarhard (Nelson’s Boxing & MMA Club) vs. Andrew Secaida (Phoenix Training Center)
135 lbs. – Eric Castodio (Cage Combat Academy) vs. Demar ‘King George’ George (Dream Killer Fight Team)
135 lbs. – Milton Arguello (10th Planet Van Nuys) vs. Julio Santa Cruz (Systems Training Center)
195 lbs. catchweight – Michael ‘Lazer’ Reyes (10th Planet Van Nuys) vs. Chris ‘Baby Bear’ Rodriguez (Gracie Academy Torrance)
150 lbs. catchweight – Juan Orta (Lightning MMA) vs. Juan Vasquez (Dream Killer Fight Team)
145 lbs. – Josh Travaglio (R1 MMA) vs. Lance ‘Vanquish’ Lee (Hayastan MMA)
155 lbs. – Antonio Lopez (Saekson’s Muay Thai/Gooch Training Academy) vs. Craig ‘Grasshopper’ Plaskett, Jr. (Hayastan MMA)
The University of MMA: Fight Night 8 takes place at 5:00pm on Sunday, August 24, 2014, at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE, 800 West Olympic Boulevard. Doors open at 4:30pm. Fight card is subject to change. Tickets are now available and can be purchased through www.UofMMA.com and www.AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849, and from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon-Fri at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. Applicable fees may apply. The Club Nokia box office will open at 2:00pm the day of the event.
ABOUT THE University of MMA (www.UofMMA.com): The University of Mixed Martial Arts (aka “The U of MMA”) is a Los Angeles-based fight promotion specializing in exciting, high- octane, upscale amateur MMA events around the Southern California region. Its mandate is to provide a stage for young, aspiring fighters to hone their MMA skills and develop themselves as marketable personalities and respectable ambassadors of the sport. The U of MMA was founded in 2010, and ran its first show on September 19th of that year at the Irvine Mariott in Irvine, CA, as part of the inaugural California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO) State Tournament. The U of MMA serves as a scouting show for professional organizations such as King of the Cage and the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). Each event is sanctioned by the CAMO, which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur competition. The team behind the U of MMA collectively has over 20 years of professional promoting experience at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events which were broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television in the United States, Japan, and Great Britain. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions ... IT STARTS HERE!
About Club Nokia: Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue--located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district-- accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Club Nokia has been honored two consecutive years at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards-in 2009 as “Best New Major Concert Venue” and in 2010 as “Nightclub Of The Year”; along with a Zagat Award for Best Live Music Club in Los Angeles (2009).