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DYNAMIC DUO! WWE's Jim Ross And Chael Sonnen To Call BattleGrounds MMA
TULSA, Okla., Sept. 4, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- Two consummate performers in WWE Hall of Famer Jim Ross and recently retired UFC superstar Chael Sonnen have teamed up to form what is bound to be one of the most memorable commentary teams in sports entertainment history, and will call the world-class Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) action on the LIVE pay-per-view telecast of BattleGrounds MMA: 'O.N.E.' (www.battlegroundsmma.com) from BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla. on Friday, October 3.
Headlined by the first one-night, eight-man tournament in Tulsa since UFC 4 in 1994, BattleGrounds MMA: 'O.N.E.' will award its welterweight (170 pounds) winner a grand prize of $50,000.
BattleGrounds MMA 'O.N.E.' will be distributed at a price point of $19.95 in the United States and Canada by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Avail-TVN in the United States and Bell TV and SHAW PPV in Canada. A pre-show will begin at 9 p.m. EST/6 p.m. PST.
"As a longtime fan of MMA, to be asked to call the fights for the BattleGrounds MMA event is amazingly exciting for me," said Ross, a 2007 WWE Hall of Fame inductee.
"I've broadcast NFL and XFL games," continued Ross, "FOX Sports boxing and WWE action, but MMA is a new adventure and one that I'm enormously excited about contributing to.
"This is going to be a TV event that any MMA fan won't want to miss," said Sonnen, a three-time UFC championship challenger and former analyst for FOX Sports Network. "I am thrilled to be working with a legend like Jim Ross. We are going to make the BattleGrounds MMA event one of the most exciting extravaganzas in combat sports history."
Slated for action in the single-elimination tournament is submission ace Cody "AK Kid" McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.; hard-hitting brawler Luigi "The Italian Tank" Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protege David "Bulletproof" Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert Roan "Jucao" Carneiro (16-9) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Trey "That Just Happened?" Houston (11-2) of Bixby, Okla. The final two tournament participants as well as additional bouts will be announced soon.
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