Letter from MMA Big Show promoter Jason Appleton regarding Gary Goodridge

MMA Big Show’s next event, “New Dawn,” is scheduled to take place this Saturday in Indiana. In a now well-known and much-publicized move, “New Dawn” headliner Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge decided to take a last-minute fight in Japan against StrikeForce Light Heavyweight Champion Gegard Mousasi on New Year’s Eve at the “Dynamite!!” show. As a result of his TKO loss, the Indiana State Athletic Commission has decided not to license Goodridge. As of this past Monday, it was understood that Goodridge would still be allowed to fight. However, that has obviously changed.

Furthermore, due to the actions of the understaffed Commission, MMA Big Show Owner/Promoter Jason Appleton has made the difficult decision to pull the professional bouts off the card. “New Dawn” will continue with a full amateur card, and discounts for Feb 20th will be awarded to ticket-holders. Below is a letter from Appleton:

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“Relentless” Roger Bowling signs with Strikeforce

"Relentless" Roger Bowling signs with Strikeforce.
"Relentless" Roger Bowling signs with Strikeforce.

(PRESS RELEASE) – “Relentless” Roger Bowling, the undefeated MMA Big Show Welterweight kingpin, has signed a contract with San Jose-based StrikeForce, one of the top MMA promotions in America. The signing took place during intermission at the “Full Force” event on Saturday, Oct. 24th.

Bowling, who has yet to go to a decision or even see the 2nd round in his career, is considered by many to be one of the top welterweight prospects in MMA. Known for his cardio, brutal strikes, and excellent wrestling, he is expected to make his StrikeForce debut in February or March 2010.

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MMA Big Show signs TUF veterans Junie Browning and Luke Zachrich

TUF veterans Luke Zachrich and bad boy Junie Browning both sign with MMA Big Show.

Indiana (USA): MMA Big Show has signed two-time UFC veteran Junie Browning (3-1) and The Ultimate Fighter alum Luke Zachrich (9-1) to contracts.

Browning will debut at November’s MMA Big Show event, “ONSLAUGHT,” while Zachrich will fight at the January 9th event.

Junie Browning is a member of Xtreme Couture, and was a fighter on The Ultimate Fighter reality show. In his elimination bout, he defeated Jose Aguilar by TKO, as Aguilar was not able to answer the bell for the 2nd round.

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MMA Big Show’s unbeaten welterweight champ Roger Bowling wants War Machine

Undefeated Roger Bowling wants a piece of War Machine.
Undefeated Roger Bowling wants a piece of War Machine.

Indiana (USA): What started out as simply a potentially great fight has evolved into a blood feud between MMA Big Show Welterweight Champion “Relentless” Roger Bowling (6-0) and former UFC bad boy War Machine (10-2).

After having to pull out of a fight against Machine twice due to injury, Bowling is being forced to defend himself against all kinds of verbal attacks from his proposed opponent.

“Twice we have been scheduled to fight now and twice he has suddenly gotten injured two weeks before the fight! If you’re scared to fight the War Machine, don’t sign on the dotted line,” Machine told Fighters.com (in the only printable portion of the interview).

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