Longtime MMA promotion Gladiator Challenge has 14 big bouts scheduled on Saturday, June 13, 2009, at the Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino in Wendover, Nev. The fight card, entitled “Gold Rush,” was originally supposed to be headlined by UFC veteran, “Mr. International,” Shonie Carter.
Carter, who is unable to appear for undisclosed reasons, will be replaced by Gladiator Challenge veterans Lee Doss (12-8) taking on the heavily experienced Jake “The Snake” Paul (12-13) in the main event.
In the co-main event, ex-training partner of former UFC Light Heavyweight Champion Rashad Evans, “Coach” Chris McLeod of the High Desert Hitmen out of Elko, Nev., will face newcomer Andy Medina.
This will be the Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino’s first time to host a Gladiator Challenge event. Wendover Nugget General Manager said, “We’re very excited to bring Gladiator Challenge and its MMA action to the Nugget. We’ve been looking for a way to bring new excitement to our venue, and MMA is the perfect way to do this. We’re extremely pleased to have an agreement with Tedd Williams and Gladiator Challenge, and we’re looking forward to a long, mutually-beneficial relationship.”
He added, “I’m a big fan of MMA, and folks have been stopping me on the casino floor, asking about us providing MMA events at the Nugget. Now, thanks to Tedd and Gladiato Challenge, the Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino is Wendover’s finest place to play with the hottest MMA action in the state.”
Gladiator Challenge Owner and Promoter Tedd Williams spoke about a new agreement between his promotion and the Nugget which will bring high-level MMA action to Wendover on a regular basis, “Gladiator Challenge is always happy to bring the sport of MMA to new venues, and we’re very pleased that the Wendover Nugget Hotel & Casino will be the next site to enjoy all the action. We plan to hold between three and six events a year at the Nugget, and we feel confident that this agreement will bring new customers to the Nugget, while exposing the Gladiator Challenge brand of MMA to a new area of fight fans.”
Tedd also has a special message for local fight fans: “There’s nothing like seeing Gladiator Challenge live and in-person. You won’t want to miss these fights.”
Here are the confirmed bouts for “Gladiator Challenge: Gold Rush:”
Lee Doss vs. Jake Paul
Chris McLeod vs. Andy Medina
Jack Montgomery vs. Jarrett Kelton
Koffi Auztso vs. Brad McRal
Chris Yulkemen vs. Miguel Espitia
Juan Espitia vs. Jordan Chandler
For more information on Gladiator Challenge and all its events, please visit www.gladiatorchallenge.com. Information on the Wendover Nugget can be found at www.wendovernugget.com, and fans can purchase tickets to “GOLD RUSH” at www.virtualboxoffice.com, or call (888) 826-8858. Stay tuned to PRO MMA (promma.info) for the results of “Gold Rush.”
By: Jack Bratcher