|The Event Marks the 10th Anniversary of the First Mainstream Mixed Martial Arts Event in the U.S.; Controversial from Its Inception -- Now One of the Fastest-Growing Phenomenons in Sports|
The International Fighting Championships (IFC) will hold their Mixed Martial Arts 10th Anniversary event, "Global Domination" World Cage Fighting Championships, at the Pepsi Center in Denver on September 6 at 7:00 p.m.
The original event in 1993 at McNichols Arena in Denver, the "Ultimate Fighting Championships 1," initially stirred controversy due to its "no holds barred" billing, in which Denver City Council refused to allow "Ultimate Fighting Championships 2" to return. Now Mixed Martial Arts has become one of the fastest-growing sports worldwide, due to the IFC's introduction of safety rules and time limits in 1996, and the return event in Denver will celebrate the success of the sport since its initial debut.
The "Global Domination" World Cage Fighting Championships will feature eight of the best light heavyweight fighters in the world, colliding in a 30-foot steel cage. The eight top light heavyweight contenders, hailing from around the world, will battle for the IFC World Light Heavyweight Championship title, recently vacated by former IFC World Light Heavyweight Champion Chuck Liddell. The eight-man tournament includes Brazilians Renato "Babalu" Sobral, Mauricio "Shogun" Rua and Paulo Filho; Russia's Michail Avetisyan; Trevor Prangley (Coeur D Alene, ID); Jeremy Horn (Davenport, IA); Falaniko Vitale (Hawaii); and Colorado's Mike Van Arsdale.
The exploding popularity of the sport has enticed avid top-named celebrity fans: Chuck Norris, Nicholas Cage, Sylvester Stallone, Vin Diesel, Drew Carey, Brad Pitt, Mel Gibson, Steven Seagal, Dennis Rodman, Mike Tyson, Bruce Willis, Ted Nugent, and Arnold Schwarzenegger, to name a few.
Founded in 1996, the IFC is one of the longest-running Mixed Martial Arts promotion companies worldwide. IFC World Tour events, reaching millions through its television network around the world, are also available on DVD/VHS. The IFC's first major video release joined the WWF and NBA on Billboard's Recreational Sports Video bestseller chart.
For updates/rules go to www.ifc-usa.com or www.iska-mma.com. Tickets are on sale at all Ticketmaster locations, and ticket prices start at $20.00. Order tickets online at www.ticketmaster.com or by calling 303-830-8497 or 719-520-9090.