ProElite MMA Returns Live on HDNet at Neal Blaisdell Center Honolulu, Hawaii
– January 21, 2012
Fight Card Headline features “Da Spyder vs. The PUNK” and ProElite Heavyweight
Grand Prix Semi’s
LOS ANGELES -- December 09, 2011
ProElite (PK:PELE) makes its return to the MMA-centric islands of Hawaii,
featuring a fight card loaded with world class talent on January 21, 2012 at
the Neal Blaisdell Center in Honolulu. The main event matches Kendall “Da
Spyder” Grove against Ikuhisa “The PUNK” Minowa, and includes the semifinals
of the ProElite Heavyweight Grand Prix.
Tickets for “ProElite: Da Spyder vs The PUNK” will be on sale soon to the
general public at the Blaisdell Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations
(800)745-3000, Ticketmaster online (www.ticketmaster.com) and
www.ProElite.com. The ProElite event, a wholly-owned property of Stratus Media
Group (www.stratusmediagroup.com), will be televised live on HDNet at 10 P.M.
Hawaii native Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (13-9) returns to the ProElite cage to
take on international fan favorite Ikuhisa “The PUNK” Minowa (51-32-8) of
Nagoya, Japan. The 6-foot-6 Grove had an impressive showing on ProElite’s last
card in Hawaii (August 27, 2011) where he choked out tough MMA veteran Joe
“Diesel” Riggs with a guillotine choke at just :59 seconds of the first round.
With 35 of his 51 wins coming by way of submission, Japanese fight icon Minowa
is one of the most well known and recognizable fighters on the international
circuit today. He has competed in PrideFC and Dream, where he defeated three
MMA giants including Bob Sapp (Achilles Lock), Hong Man Choi (Heel Hook), and
Sokoudjou (TKO) to capture the Dream Super Hulk (Openweight) Grand Prix title.
The January 21 fight will mark Minowa’s ProElite and North American debut.
The Honolulu Card also features the first semifinal match of the Heavyweight
Grand Prix, and showcases the very tough Ryan Martinez (6-1) taking on
headhunter Cody Griffin (5-2).
In his ProElite debut, Martinez handed 2009 NCAA Heavyweight wrestling
champion Mark Ellis his first MMA defeat by unanimous decision in the first
stage of the Grand Prix on November 5, 2011. Known for his go for broke
fighting style, the 5-foot-11 Martinez hails from Greenley, Colorado where he
trains out of Infinite MMA. Griffin, a true comeback kid, brings an explosive
style to the match. Between the two fighters only 3 out of their 14 total
fights have gone to decision.
The opposite bracket features the heavy hitting Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun
(2-1) against the biggest physical competitor in the tournament at 6-foot-5,
Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms (6-0).
Heun looks to continue his rise to prominence after training with Chris “The
Crippler” Leben during his time as a Linebacker at the University of Hawaii
and is now refining his technique in Utah under the guidance of MMA pioneer
Jeremy “Gumby” Horn. Heun has become a dangerous opponent for any fighter
entering the cage with him.
Richard Odoms, an imposing 6-foot-5 and weighing in at the heavyweight limit
of 265 pounds, is truly a giant in the cage. The San Antonio, Texas police
officer dominated his November 5 fight against Rod Housley and won a clear cut
unanimous decision to advance into the Honolulu semifinals.
Founded in 2006, Proelite has been a major global force in the world of mixed
martial arts (MMA). ProElite, based in Los Angeles, California, continues its
legacy to hold key domestic and international live MMA events. The company
owns U.K. based MMA brand Cage Rage and is a significant stakeholder in Spirit
MC in South Korea. ProElite signed a broadcast deal with HD NET in October
2011 to broadcast fights live in the highest quality video for consumers and
fans. ProElite also holds the distinction of having produced one of the two
highest-rated televised broadcasts of a live major network MMA event.
Headquartered in Santa Barbara, CA, with offices in Los Angeles, California;
New York City, NY; Geneva, Switzerland; and Perugia, Italy, Stratus Media
Group, Inc. (SMDI) is an owner, operator, developer, producer, and marketer of
live entertainment events. In addition, the company owns Stratus White, a new
standard in personal lifestyle and card services for the global affluent.
Available by invitation only, Stratus White is a discreet, elite member &
partner community providing exclusive and unparalleled service and access
across the luxury product & travel, social, sporting, cultural and
philanthropic areas of life, including events and experiences.
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may be forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities
Litigation Reform Act of 1995 and the Securities Acts of 1933 and 1934.
Forward-looking information is inherently subject to risks and uncertainties,
and actual results could differ materially from those currently anticipated
due to a number of factors. Although the company's management believes that
the expectations reflected in the forward-looking statements are reasonable,
it cannot guarantee future results, performance or achievements. The company
has no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.
ProElite MMA – Media Relations
Evan Cohen, 818-430-4222
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