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YAMMA 4/11 Atlantic City card

By Zach Arnold | February 26, 2008

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Press release

Los Angeles, February 26, 2008 – Today YAMMA Pit Fighting (YPF), a new mixed martial arts (MMA) organization created by Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) founder Bob Meyrowitz, announced that their first matchup will pit Russia vs. U.S.A, as Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov and Don “The Predator” Frye will go toe-to-toe in the organization’s first live pay-per-view event.

The event 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.

This first matchup will witness two MMA legends battle in a totally new and unique arena. The veteran fighters will face off in one of the ‘Masters Superfights’, one-on-one matches that feature some of MMA’s most illustrious and legendary fighters. In addition to the Superfights, the April 11th event will showcase the skill and endurance of eight fearsome competitors in a tournament match for the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion. Tournament fighters include: Marcelo “Pato” Pereira, Sherman Pendergarst, Rex Richards, Tony Sylvester, Chris Tuscherer and Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff.

“Don Frye needs to do only two things: fly to Russia and stay there for ten years to study Sambo. Then, maybe he’ll be ready,” said Oleg Taktarov about his upcoming face off with Frye.

Jeff Blatnick will serve as a commentator for both the Heavyweight Tournament and “Masters Superfights.” Blatnick, a retired athlete and cancer survivor, has won ten national wrestling titles and various international awards. He was a member of both the 1980 and 1984 United States Olympic Teams, and is famous for his awe-inspiring underdog win at the 1984 Olympics, after having his spleen and appendix removed due to Hodgkin’s disease. This win made him only the second U. S. Greco-Roman wrestler in history to win a gold medal. Since retiring, Jeff has become a successful television sportscaster and has appeared as an expert analyst on NBC, ABC and ESPN.

Don “The Predator” Frye is an American professional mixed martial arts fighter, actor, and professional wrestler who has fought in UFC, PRIDE and K-1. Frye rose to fame fighting in early Ultimate Fighting Championship events, winning the UFC 8 and Ultimate Ultimate 2 tournaments. He is widely considered one of the first “cross trained” MMA fighters, having a background in multiple disciplines including: extensive collegiate wrestling, a 2nd degree black belt in Judo and a professional boxing record. Frye stands 6ft 1in and weighs 220lbs and has a MMA record of 19-6-1.

Sambo and Judo expert Oleg “The Russian Bear” Taktarov is a PRIDE, UFC and Bodog Fights veteran known for calmness during battle and acrobatic takedowns. Taktarov’s MMA record is 13-5-2 and he has never been submitted in a MMA match. He stands 6ft tall and weighs 220lb and recently returned to the MMA ring, winning a decisive victory over challenger John Marsh in November 2007.

YAMMA Pit Fighting will return to the popular origins of MMA by reviving the tournament format, in which fighters will participate in multiple fights on their way to claiming the ultimate YAMMA victory, the title of YAMMA Heavyweight Champion. This format will push fighters to the limits of skill and endurance, as victory in each round is rewarded not with extended rest, but with another fight. Some of MMA’s newest and best emerging fighters will be featured in the Heavyweight Tournament fight card and will include:

· Marcelo “Pato” Pereira – a multiple world and Brazil BJJ champion known for this strong chin and very heavy hands with an MMA record of 5-0-0

· Sherman Pendergarst – a 6’1 230 pound former Collegiate wrestler and State High School wrestling champion with a background in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing and Kick boxing with an MMA record of 10-8-0

· Rex Richards – a former lineman for the Indianapolis Colts and Machado BJJ brown belt. Richards is a veteran of Strike Force and Art of War with a professional mixed martial arts record of 4-1-0

· Tony Sylvester – a boxing/wrestling expert who is considered to be one of the top up-and-coming heavyweights in the nation with a MMA record of 10-1-0

· Travis “The Diesel” Wiuff – a UFC, Pride and IFL veteran, and current IFO World Champion with a Mixed Martial Arts record of 47-11-0. He is known for his well rounded fighting style with vicious elbows on the ground

The additional three tournament fighters will be announced in the coming weeks.

Tickets are available through Ticketmaster’s extensive network of 81 ticket centers throughout the Delaware Valley including Boscov’s, Marshalls, Tower Records, 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:

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.


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8687 Melrose Ave.

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Los Angeles, CA 90069


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11 Responses to “YAMMA 4/11 Atlantic City card”

  1. Zack says:

    Can’t wait to watch this trainwreck.

  2. Samscaff says:

    Still no word on what the fighting surface will be?

    What are these guys waiting for? It makes me think that they still dont know.

    And Jeff Blatnick??? What a joke.

  3. MMA Game says:

    This is going to be an epic failure.

  4. Zack says:

    Why is Blatnick a joke? He did fine for the UFC & the pre-Zuffa WEC.

  5. Samscaff says:

    Blatnick is too old school. He was always too pro-wrestling as well. Not as in puroresu, as in he has a bias for real wrestlers in mma.

    His announcing skills are also sub-par. In the UFC Japan fight between Eugene Jackson and Keiichiro Yamamiya, he pronounced “Yamamiya” at least 40 different ways. And of all Japanese names, that one is really not that hard.

    Even Mike Goldberg (one of the worst in the business)can say Dokonjonosuke Mishima without screwing up.

    If theyre bringing back Jeff Blatnick, why not Kathy Long, Jim Brown, and Bill Wallace from UFC 1. Or how about Don “The Dragon” Wilson?? There comes a point where old school is not good.

  6. Zack says:

    “If theyre bringing back Jeff Blatnick, why not Kathy Long, Jim Brown, and Bill Wallace from UFC 1. Or how about Don “The Dragon” Wilson?? There comes a point where old school is not good.”

    Because its not the Ultimate Fighting :::burb::: Challenge.

  7. JThue says:

    I sort of agree with samscaff. Except I liked Blatnick’s work in UFC. He did learn along the way and in the end delivered quite the insight. BUT I saw him commentate something last year(I guess it was Art of War), and whatever he may have had, he has lost. Big disappointment.

    YAMMA should be fun though. One way or another this is becoming a regular term in the MMA-vocabulary after April. I already use the word YAMMA in just about every conversation I have.

    BTW, Goodridge vs. Butterbean is listed on their official site.

  8. klown says:

    Who wants to guess what the revolutionary fighting surface consists of?

  9. Brandt says:

    I’ll go to this if anyone wants to finance it. It’s right before my birthday so you can call it an early birthday present. I’m a big fan of the tournament style fighting and I’m not quite sure why.

  10. Diamond Dave Williams says:

    I feel all of these negative comments are unwarrented. Any MMA organization outside of the UFC is goods for the sport overall. It provides younger fighters with another outlet to earn money while fighting. If these and other athletes start earning real dollars for fights, it will allow them to dedicate more time to train and less time worrying about finances. A prime example of a young fighter excelling in MMA would be BJ Penn. The man never worked a day in his life and was a world champion at 20 in BJJ. His UFC career speaks for itself.
    In five years these so called no names may be the face of the sport due to Yamma and others.

  11. Ivan Trembow says:

    Meyrowitz is making himself seem very out of touch with the one-night, three-round tournament concept.

    Also, did the Goodridge-Butterbean fight fall apart?


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