K-1 ANNOUNCES OFFICIAL MATCHUPS, ADDS HEAVYWEIGHTS JARRELL MILLER vs. JACK MAY TO K-1 RISING U.S. GRAND PRIX CHAMPIONSHIP
LIVE FROM THE LA SPORTS ARENA - SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2012
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Los Angeles, CA - K-1, the world's premier kickboxing organization, today announce the official matchups for the U.S. Grand Prix Championships at the LA Sports Arena on Saturday, September 8, 2012.
In the Grand Prix heavyweight division the matchups include: Mighty Mo vs. Rick Roufus, Seth Petruzelli vs. Xavier Vigney, Dewey Cooper vs. Randy Blake, and made public today, Jarrell Miller vs. Jack May.
23-year old Jarrell Miller is one of the top rising prospects in the stand-up fighting world. He undefeated with a record of 19-0. He stands 6'4" and at 250 lbs. is perfectly matched against May. Miller also holds a pro boxing record of 4-0, and owns a victory over UFC veteran Pat Barry in the World Combat League.
"We are pleased to have signed top rising heavyweight Jarrell Miller who comes to us out of Brooklyn's Renzo Gracie School," said Doug Kaplan, CEO, K-1. "Jarrell's manager, Joseph Katz, was instrumental in making this happen. Katz and his team are lining up an intense training program and intend to take Jarrell all the way to the K-1 finals."
Jack May (4-1) towers over most of his opponents with his size and strength at 6'8"/260 lbs. Just 31-years old, he fights out of Fullerton, California at the Combat Submission Wrestling Center (CSW) under Erik Paulson, the first American ever to win the World Light Heavyweight Shooto Title in Japan. May will make his K-1 debut at the U.S. Grand Prix Championships on September 8.
"We are very excited to add Jack May to our heavyweight roster," said Kaplan. "Fighters like May, Vigney, Blake and Miller represent the new generation of American kickboxers and prove that incredible talent can be found right here in the United States."
K-1 also announced the official lineup for the MAX fights as: Chaz Mulkey vs. Kit Cope, Michael Mananquil vs. Scotty Leffler, Bryce Krause vs. Justin Greskiewicz and Ben Yelle vs. Joey Pagliuso. Superfights include: Lerdsilla Chumpairtour vs. Gabriel Varga, Andy Howson vs. Romie Adanza, Justin Buchholz vs. Zhipeng Zhou and Markhaile Wedderburn vs. Jeremiah Metcalf. Additionally, six hopefuls chosen from the K-1 Open Tryouts will kick off the night in three undercard matchups.
Tickets for the K-1 Rising U.S. World Grand Prix Championships on Saturday, September 8 live from the LA Sports Arena will go on sale this Friday, July 27 at 10:00 a.m. PT.
Tickets are available for purchase through www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-448-7849. Tickets are also available at the LA Sports Arena Box Office located at 3939 S. Figueroa Street in Los Angeles or by calling (213) 748-6131.
Doors for the K-1 Rising U.S. Grand Prix Championships on Saturday, Sept. 8 will open at 4:00 p.m. PT; first bout starts at 5:00 p.m. PT. Main card goes live at 6:00 p.m. PT.
More fighters and the official matchups for the K-1 U.S. Grand Prix Championships will be announced early next week.
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