Two-time world boxing champion Elena “Baby Doll” Reid (2-0-0) will be trading in her boxing gloves for MMA gloves, facing Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson (7-2-0) this Saturday night (April 11) in “Extreme Beatdown”, at the Apache Gold Casino, in San Carlos, Arizona.
UFC heavyweight champion Brock Lesnar will make a special guest appearance at the card, which will feature Sovereign Nations Mixed Martial Arts (SNMMA) championship matches.
SNMMA links federally recognized tribes throughout the United States and Canada. SNMMA’s mission is to develop, promote and help regulate mixed martial arts in a fair and professional manner by federally recognized tribes that are sovereign nations.
Elena “Baby Doll” Reid and Michelle “The Karate Hottie” Waterson, will be meeting at the event in a special female 112-pound catch-weight attraction.
Reid started fighting as a kick-boxer at the age of 15, winning several titles before transitioning to boxing, and then into MMA. Reid found that finding fights as a kick-boxer and a boxer was difficult, and with the growing popularity of women’s MMA, she is finding it easier to find opponents to fight.
“I was living in Las Vegas and was surrounded by MMA fighters with Randy Couture and I knew Gina (Carano) when she was starting out,” said Reid. “MMA was another way of fighting, a good outlet for me to do, and I’m having more MMA fights because it’s tougher getting boxing matches.
“I started calling out Michelle six months ago. We hung out a little three months back at an MMA event. She’s cool, beautiful and was on an MMA fight television show. Michelle’s into karate and has a Taekwondo background. She wants to go on the ground and I want to stay on my feet.. I hope that she wants to stand, I’ve heard her say that about other fights, but styles make fights and this should be exciting for fans to watch.”
In addition to the women’s bout, two titles are also on the line with former Arizona high school wrestlers, Yaotzin Meza (11-4-0) and Jamie “The Headhunter” Schmidt (7-2-0), facing off for the SNMMA featherweight title in the main event (5 five-minute rounds).
In the second championship bout, the first SNMMA super heavyweight (266-pounds or more) title will be decided in the co-feature (5-five minute rounds) as local hero Chance “King of the Street” Williams (6-2-0), who hails from nearby Globe (AZ), meets Las Vegas invader Brice Ritani-Coe (2-0-0).
Show sponsors include MTX Audio, Respek MMA Fight Gear, Catch 22 Sports Grill, and Hacienda Harley. Highlights of “Extreme Beatdown” will be taped and later shown on HD Net’s Inside MMA Show.
Lesnar will be at “Extreme Beatdown” to sign autographs and pose for pictures with fans, as well as to support his friend and Minnesota Martial Arts Academy workout partner, Chris Tuchscherer (16-1-0), the first and reigning SNMMA heavyweight champion. The former 2-time NCAA, Division II All-America wrestler, Tuchscherer, from Fargo (ND), is slated to fight in a non-title match against unbeaten Jamie Klair (7-0-0).
Several Phoenix-based MMA rising stars will be making an appearance at “Beatdown Extreme” for a meet-and-greet with the public including Efrain Escudero, Danny Martinez, Ben Henderson, in addition to others.
Extreme Beatdown: Meza vs. Schmidt
Yaotzin Meza vs. Jamie Schmidt
Elena Reid vs. Michelle Waterson
Jesse Moreng vs. Brandon Miller
Jesse Forbes vs. Shane Dezee
Ray Steinbeiss vs. Joe Cronin
Brant Gibbs vs. Chris Kennedy
Jason Trevino vs. Josh Gaskins
Jeremy Larsen vs. Jeff Horlacher
Chance Williams vs. Brice Ritani-Coe