8-22-05: The Gladiators Fighting Series makes its debut in Cleveland, OH when McCarthy's Ale House and BetCris/BetonFighting.com present Fight Nite in the Flats 2005. Slated for September 17th, the Scene Pavilion in the historic Flats district will play host to a night of hard hitting action as MMA returns to the North Coast.
McCarthys Ale House and BetonFighting.com present
Fight Nite in the Flats - UPDATE
8-22-05: The Gladiators Fighting Series makes its debut in Cleveland, OH when McCarthys Ale House and BetCris/BetonFighting.com present Fight Nite in the Flats 2005. Slated for September 17th, the Scene Pavilion in the historic Flats district will play host to a night of hard hitting action as MMA returns to the North Coast.
Ben Rothwell (18-5) vs Allan Weickert (7-1)
In the nights main event, Kenosha, Wisconsin native Big Ben Rothwell will bring his 18-5 record in to the North coast as he looks to take one more step towards the UFC. A student of legendary champions Pat Miletich and Duke Roufus, Rothwells resume includes wins over UFC veteran Jonothan Weizorek and TUF 2 star Kerry Schall among others. An accomplished kickboxer (K-1, Heavyweight Gladiators), Rothwell is one of the most well rounded heavyweights in the sport today. On the other side of the cage will stand 235 pound powerhouse Allan Weikert of Tiffin, Ohio. A veteran of the WEC and King of the Cage, Weickert is considered to be a star on the rise and will no doubt face the toughest challenge of his young career on September 17th. Weikert is coming in riding a 6 fight winning streak and feels that a win over Rothwell will bring him that much closer to his ultimate goal, the UFC.
Current featured match-ups will include
Jeff Cox (10-1) vs Braden Workman (9-4)
A Cleveland police officer by day, Jeff Cox will be looking to impress the hometown fans as he takes on Team Gurgels Braden Workman of Columbus, OH. Cox, a training partner of former KOTC Champion and Pride FC veteran Dan The Bull Bobish, will try to rebound from his first career loss earlier this year and re-establish himself as a force in the welterweight division. Workman has won three of his last four fights and is regarded by many as one of the most improved fighters in his weight class. Both fighters are well versed on their feet as well as the ground which should make for a very entertaining match-up.
Greg Franklin (8-4) vs Rob Wince (11-3)
Cincinnatis Greg Franklin looks to take another step up in the heavyweight division when he clashes with former professional bull rider now turned fighter, Rob Wince. With brother and current UFC Middleweight Champion Rich Franklin in his corner, Franklin is out to make a name for himself on September 17th and prove that his 8-4 record is no fluke. His opponent The Bull Rider, as hes known to fans, will be a tough task for Franklin as Wince comes in with a mix of experience and power which is always a dangerous combination.
Josh Hendricks (8-4) vs Joey Smith (6-1)
In a super heavyweight match-up, King of the Cage veteran Josh Hendricks will take on the hard hitting Joey Smith of Hilliard, OH. Hendricks a former All American wrestler in college is coming off of an impressive TKO victory his last time in the ring and is ready for all comers. Smith has come out of nowhere to build a 6-1 record which includes 3 first round knockouts in his last three fights (all under one minute). A classic match-up between wrestler and striker will no doubt makes this a candidate for fight of the night.
Jason Dent (7-5) vs Josh Souder (8-4)
In a battle of top lightweights, Clevelands own Jason Dynamite Dent will collide with Team Gurgels Josh The Pitbull Souder. The Dent vs Souder fight is a match-up Ohio fans will finally get to see when these two lightweights square off in the Flats. A native of West Virginia and training partner of Rich Franklin, Souder holds wins over two of Dents teammates which Dent will be looking to avenge. Dent, is no stranger to the cage and has mixed it up with some of the top names in the sport including Jeff Curran and Ryan Shultz among others.
Main Card Bouts:
The main card will also include K-1 veteran Mark The Shark Miller as he continues to make the transition from kickboxing to mixed martial arts. Miller will face Ashland, Ohios Mitch Whitesel who hopes to make his mark in the sport with a win over The Shark. Millers team mate and former Muay Thai champion, Jason Steeltown Taylor will look for his second consecutive win. In his debut as a professional last March, Taylor defeated North Carolinas Robert Bradley by tapout (armbar) in the opening round but will have his hands full with Hammer House veteran Derek Collins (4-2) who has been on a roll of his own winning three of his last four fights. Clevelands Mike Bogner will face off with Tommy Ridenbaugh of Newark, Ohio to round out the main card.
Current preliminary match-ups will include:
The under-card will feature the unbeaten Justin Black (3-0) and the debut of the Murder City Fight Teams (Detroit, MI) Evan Sarniki. Also slated to fight are Ft. Wayne, Indianas Dave Morris, Clevelands Travis Short, Bob Harhay and rising MMA star Torrence "The Tyrant" Taylor among others. A total of FIFTEEN mma bouts!.
Just announced - WWE star and "Tough Enough" Million Dollar winner, Daniel Puder will be in in the house as one of many special guests of Fight Night in the Flats. As an added to bonus to fight fans in attendance, serving as special guest announcer will be none other then 4 time kickboxing world champion and K-1 legend, Duke Roufus. Also scheduled to attend are UFC MW Champion Rich Franklin, Former King of the Cage HW Champion Dan Bobish, UFC Veteran and former AFC HW Champion Wes The Project Sims, BJJ World Champion/MMA star Jorge Gurgel and Kickboxing chamion Ryan The Lion Madigan among others.
Complete Fight Card as of 8/6/05:
HW - Ben Rothwell 18-5 (MFS) vs Allan Weickert 7-1 (Tiffin, OH- PEAK Submission Fight Team)
HW - Greg Franklin 8-4 (Cincinnati, OH Meat-truck Inc) vs Rob Wince 11-3 (Newark, OH - Impact Martial Arts)
170 - Jeff Cox 10-1 (Cleveland, OH) vs Braden Workman 9-4 (Cincinnati, OH - Team Gurgel)
HW - Josh Hendricks 8-4 (Mansfield, OH) vs Joey Smith 6-1 (Columbus, OH)
155 - Jason Dent 7-5 (Cleveland, OH - Team Griffon-Rawl) vs Josh Souder 8-4 (Cincinnati, Oh - Team Gurgel)
155 - Jason Taylor 1-0 (Pittsburg - Team BOF) vs Derrick Collins 4-2 (Columbus, HammerHouse)
185 - Mark Miller 0-2 (Pittsburg, PA) vs Mitch Whitesel 0-2 (Ashland, Oh)
170 - Mike Bogner 1-0 (Cleveland Peak Submission Fight Team) vs Tommy Ridenbaugh 0-1 (Newark - Impact Martial Arts)
Amatuer Under Card
165 - Evan Sarnicki (Murder City - Det, MI) vs Matt Brown (Columbus, OH)
185 - Eric Truckovich (Columbus, OH) vs Clint Zeedyk (Defiance, OH - Peak Submission)
205 - Dave Morris (Ft. Wayne) Poff vs Matt Masterson (Independence)
215 - Justin Black (Mansfield, OH) vs TBA
155 - Bob Harhay (Cleveland, OH) vs TBA
185 - Travis Short (Independence, OH) vs TBA
170 - Torrance Taylor (Cleveland, OH Iron Dragon) vs TBA
Additional match-ups and appearances along with the official odds for this event will be released soon on the official internet home of Fight Night in the Flats www.Prokarateweekly.com and the home of the Gladiators Fighting Series, www.GladiatorsFights.com. All bouts and appearances are subject to change. Fight Night in the Flats is made possible by McCarthys Ale House, BetonFighting,com, BetCris.com, SportstalkCleveland.com, Celtic Media, HouseofPain.com, Sounds Crazy DJ Service, The T-Spot, KTFO, MMAvideo.com and the Voice of the Fight Fan, PKW. All fights and appearances are subject to change.
* In Cleveland - Tickets can also be purchased at "The Home of MMA in the Flats" McCarthys Ale House located in the heart of the Flats. As a BONUS to MMA fans supporting this event - 6 FREE wings will be given away with each ticket purchased at McCarthys!!!
* In Columbus - Tickets can also be purchased at Bo Kimlys Martial Arts Alliance located at : 3777 Ridge Mill Dr. Hilliard, OH 43026 or by calling (614) 216-5490
Tickets for Fight Nite in the Flats are now available and going fast. Reserve yours today by calling 330-324-2525 or visiting www.Prokarateweekly.com. General admission seats will be $25 in advance and $30 the night of the event. Ringside tickets are priced at $55 and VIP table seats are $75 in advance. For more information, please contact Greg Kalikas at (330) 324-3034 or at