Final card for April 11th's YAMMA Pit Fighting event announced

Written by Tim Ngo
March 5th, 2008
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We still don’t know what the new “surface” is for YAMMA Pit Fighting, but we now know who will be fighting on that very surface. The details regarding the surface are still sketchy as YAMMA Pit Fighting is describing it as giving, “NO escape, NO give and NO mercy!” YAMMA Pit Fighting sent out a press release with the full card earlier today for April 11th’s card.

Here’s the complete press release from YAMMA Pit Fighting:



Eric “Butterbean” Esch to Face Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge in Second ‘Masters Superfight’
Los Angeles, March 5, 2008 – Today YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF), a new mixed
martial arts (MMA) organization created by Ultimate Fighting
Championship (UFC) founder Bob Meyrowitz, announced the final details of
the organization’s first live pay-per-view event.  The event, comprised
of an eight-man tournament for the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion
and two ‘Masters Superfights,’ will air live from the Trump Taj Mahal in
Atlantic City on April 11, 2008.  Tickets for the event will go on sale
March 8 and can be purchased through Ticketmaster or at the Trump Taj
Mahal Box Office from March 9 onwards.  The live pay-per-view broadcast
is available in the United States and Canada through In Demand Networks,
TVN Entertainment, Bell ExpressVu, Viewer’s Choice Canada and Dish

The two ‘Masters Superfights’ will feature Eric “Butterbean” Esch versus
Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge and Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov versus
Don “The Predator” Frye.  The veteran fighters will face off in ‘Masters
Superfights,’ one-on-one matches that feature some of MMA’s most
illustrious and legendary fighters.  The April 11th event will also
showcase the skill and endurance of eight fearsome competitors in a
tournament match.  Tournament fighters include: Marcelo “Pato” Pereira,
Sherman Pendergarst, Rex Richards, Tony Sylvester, Chris Tuscherer,
Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff, Alexey Oleynik and George Bush.  Jeff
Blatnick will serve as a commentator for both the Heavyweight Tournament
and “Masters Superfights.” 

The April 11th event will unveil “The YAMMA,” an evolution of the
traditional fighting structure that will change how the fight is fought
and the strategy the fighters must use to win.  This new “ring” has been
specifically designed to keep the fighting more explosive and

“For YAMMA Pit Fighting’s inaugural event, we’ve brought together some
of the greatest MMA veterans as well as some of the best emerging
fighters,” said Bob Meyrowitz.  “The event will demonstrate that these
MMA legends still have a lot to teach and will also advance the
tournament fighters towards legendary status themselves.”

Eric “Butterbean” Esch is a professional Super-Heavyweight
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Super-Heavyweight>  boxer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Boxing> , kickboxer
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kickboxer>  and mixed martial artist
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mixed_martial_artist> .  Esch has held the
title of IBA World Super-Heavyweight Champion, as well as the WWA World
Heavyweight title.  Esch stands 5 ft 11 tall and weighs 398lbs. He has a
MMA record of 11 wins with 4 knockouts, 6 losses and 1 draw.

Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge, a UFC/Pride/K-1 veteran, was born in
Trinidad & Tobago <
and now resides in Ontario, Canada <
. Goodridge is known for his devastating strikes and showmanship.  He
first turned heads in the MMA scene with his victory over Paul Herrera
in UFC 8.  Goodridge is also a top-ranked contender in professional arm
wrestling <
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arm_wrestling> .  He stands 6 ft
3 in tall and weighs 240lbs and has a record of 23-15-1.

For the first time in over a decade, MMA will return to its origins by
reviving the hugely popular tournament format, in which fighters will
participate in multiple fights on their way to claiming the ultimate
victory, the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion.  The format will test
the endurance and skill of each fighter, as victory in each round is
rewarded not with extended rest, but with another fight. Tournament
fighting has long been a huge draw for dedicated MMA fans due to the
non-stop action provided by fight-after-fight formatting.

The two newly announced MMA fighters are:

*      Alexey Oleynik – a 6’1″ 220 pound fighter on Russia’s #1 team,
Red Devil Sports Club, and an M-1 and Bodog veteran with an MMA record
of 4-3-0

*      George Bush – a 6′ 1″ 235 pound fighter from Columbus, OH with a
MMA record of 5-0-0

The April 11th fight card is as follows:


Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov
Don “The Predator” Frye

Eric “Butterbean” Esch
Gary “Big Daddy” Goodridge


Marcelo “Pato” Pereira
Sherman Pendergarst
Rex Richards
Tony Sylvester
Chris Tuscherer
Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff
Alexey Oleynik
George Bush

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster’s extensive network of 81
ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley including Boscov’s,
Marshalls and select West Coast Video and Gallery of Sound locations or
call Ticketmaster’s convenient Charge-by-Phone service at
1-800-736-1420. For Online Information:

YAMMA Pit Fighting will be available throughout the Unites States and
Canada on pay-per-view.  The April 11th live event will carried by In
Demand Networks (virtually every cable pay-per-view system in the US –
38 million pay-per-view homes), TVN Entertainment (a leading supplier of
on-demand programming & the exclusive provider to Verizon Fios & AT&T
U-Verse – 7 million pay-per-view & VOD homes), Bell ExpressVu (the
largest pay-per-view provider in Canada – 1.8 million pay-per-view
homes), Viewer’s Choice Canada (over 1 million pay-per-view homes) and
Dish Network (over 14 million satellite pay-per-view homes).

About Rope Partners

Rope Partners, formed by Bob Meyrowitz and Peter Kauff, have over a 20
year track record of pioneering successful ventures in the music,
broadcasting and sports industries.  As illustrated by their successes
in building the largest independent radio syndication company, DIR
Broadcasting, The College Television Network, the largest private
television network in the United States, and Semaphore Entertainment
Group the originator and  founder of the UFC.

For more information, visit www.yammapitfighting.com



Butterbean- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eric_Esch– Wikipedia

Goodridge- http://www.garygoodridge.com/index.html – official website

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