FORMERRICKSON GRACIE PROTÉGÉ KEVIN CASEY TO FACE MATT “THE LAW’’ LINDLAND INSTRIKEFORCE CHALLENGERS MAIN EVENT
FRIDAY, MAY 21,
AT ROSE GARDEN ARENA IN PORTLAND, ORE.
Unbeaten “Relentless’’ Roger Bowling To Make STRIKEFORCE Debut OppositeBobby Voelker; Tickets On Sale
NEW YORK (April 22, 2010) –Former Rickson Gracie protégé and highly confidentmiddleweight (185 pounds) “King” Kevin Casey (3-1) of Los Angeles willface the toughest test of his Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) career when he facesformer Olympic wrestling silver medalist and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland (21-7) of Oregon City, Ore., in the STRIKEFORCEChallengers main event at Rose Garden Arena in Portland, Ore. onFriday, May 21.
A welterweight (170 pounds) battle between undefeated rising star “Relentless’’ Roger Bowling (7-0) of Columbus, Ohio, who’ll be making his STRIKEFORCEdebut, and hard-hitting brawler “Vicious”Bobby Voelker (21-7) of Kansas City,Kan., has been added to the card.
In previously announced matchups,promising, unbeaten welterweight Tyron“T-Wood” Woodley (6-0) of St. Louis will face local favorite Nathan Coy (8-2) of Portland while Kerry Vera (2-0), of San Diego, Calif.,and Julianna “The Venezuelan Vixen” Pena(2-0) of Spokane, Wash., will collide in a battle of 135-pound femaleprospects.
Tickets are on sale at the Rose Garden Box Office,all participating Safeway/TicketsWest outlets, or by calling (877) 789-ROSE(7673). They also can be purchased online at www.ComcastTIX.com and STRIKEFORCE’s official website (www.strikeforce.com).
Casey, a Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu expert schooled by famed master RicksonGracie, won his first start in 13 months with a dominant, first round (1:41)submission (rear-naked choke) of ChadVance at STRIKEFORCE: Challengerslast Nov. 20 in Kansas City.
The multi-talented Casey is also a hip-hop artist as well as a friend andbusiness partner of MTV reality series superstar and Beverly Hills socialite, Spencer Pratt. Casey recently recorded the single, “NoSurrender.”
Lindland captured the silver medal in Greco Romanwrestling while representing The United States at the 2000 Summer Olympics. Aformer All-American wrestler for University of Nebraska and the 1993 NCAA BigEight conference champion, the 39-year-old will look to return to his winningways after suffering two consecutive defeats.
The six-foot Lindland lost his last outing on a first- round submission (armtriangle choke) to superstar Ronaldo“Jacare” Souza at STRIKEFORCE: Evolution on Dec. 19, 2009. During a
stellar 13-year MMA career, Lindland has fought thebest, including the famed Fedor Emelianenko, and has triumphed over anumber of all-time greats, among them former UFC champions Pat Miletich and CarlosNewton.
Two years ago, Lindland entered the world of politics, winning the OregonRepublican Party’s nomination for the House of Representatives before beingdefeated in the general election.
Nothing short of a wrecking machine, Bowlinghas been rolling since making his MMA debut in June 2007. The five-foot-nine,28-year-old registered six consecutive first-round victories at the outset ofhis career before he had to settle for a 0:14, second-round TKO (punches) over Jerrod Appenzeller in his last startlast Feb. 10.
The six-foot-one Voelker, who specializes in American Jiu-Jitsu, has won fourof his last five fights, including a dramatic, come-from-behind second-roundTKO (punches) over Erik Apple at theSTRIKEFORCE: Challengers event last Nov. 20 inKansas City.
A pro since February 2006, Voelker was rocked and dropped early in the openinground. But the momentum began to change by midway through the five-minutesession.
Near the conclusion of the round,Voelker had assumed control, dropped Apple with an overhand right early in thesecond, pounced on his crumpled opponent and brought about a stoppage at the1:23 mark of the round.
Rose Garden Arena doors will open for the STRIKEFORCE Challengers event at 5:15 p.m. The first preliminary card bout will begin at 6 p.m. and the first maincard bout will begin at 8 p.m.
The event will be televised live on SHOWTIME® at 11 p.m. ET/PT (delayed on the West Coast).
STRIKEFORCE (www.strikeforce.com) is a world-classmixed martial arts cage fight promotion which, on Friday, March 10, 2006, madehistory with its "Shamrock vs. Gracie" event, the first sanctionedmixed martial arts fight card in California state history. Thestar-studded extravaganza, which pitted legendary champion Frank Shamrockagainst Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Cesar Gracie at San Jose's HP Pavilion,played host to a sold-out, record crowd of 18,265. Since 1995,STRIKEFORCE, sanctioned by ISKA, has been the exclusive provider of martialarts programming for ESPN and, after 12 years of success as a leading, worldchampionship kickboxing promotion, the company unveiled its mixed martial arts(MMA) series with "Shamrock vs. Gracie." In May 2008, WestCoast Productions, the parent company of STRIKEFORCE, partnered with SiliconValley Sports & Entertainment (SVS&E), an entity created in 2000 tooversee all business operation aspects of the San Jose Sharks and HP Pavilionat San Jose.