By jaytan October 25, 2012




Los Angeles, CA – In the days following their biggest show to date, University of MMA’s founder / promoter Turi Altavilla and matchmaker Jay Tan have announced their Dean’s List for ‘Second to None,’ recognizing exceptional performances by fighters at U of MMA events.

Fight of the Night: Jens ‘The Sandman’ Grau (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA) x Gio Zavala (Legends MMA)

Knockout of the Night: Matt Jones (All In MMA)

Submisison of the Night: Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions / Aziz MMA)

Freshman Honors: Colbey Northcutt (Team Hoger)

The Dean’s List is sponsored by OTM Fight Shops and WSS, which have contributed $100 gift certificates to the winners.

“The U of MMA awards represent countless hours of hard work and training for each of these fighters. They had outstanding performances that merit recognition and we’re extremely proud of them,” said Altavilla.

The Dean’s List was created following the U’s ‘Champions of Tomorrow!’ event in May 2012. While three categories, Fight of the Night, Knockout of the Night, and Submission of the Night, are traditional and self-explanatory distinctions, Freshman Honors is a special category exclusive to fighters who are making their University of MMA debut (not necessarily an amateur debut). Freshman Honors is an award bestowed on the fighter with the best overall U of MMA debut that night, including fighting skills, personality, & interview skills.

“We had quite a few matches that could be Fight of the Night candidates, but Jens and Gio gave us a classic that is going to be remembered for a long time. Dean Bo and Colbey are stars in the making, and Matt Jones showed that he’s got some nasty stuff in those hands. I’m thrilled for them,” said Tan.

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CONTACT: Either Turi Altavilla at turi@UofMMA.com and phone (310) 701-8339 or Jay Tan at jaytan@UofMMA.com and phone (213) 618-0332.

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About the University of MMA (www.UofMMA.com): The University of Mixed Martial Arts (aka “The U”) is a Los Angeles-based fight promotion specializing in exciting, high-octane, upscale amateur MMA events around the Southern California region. Its mandate is to provide a stage for young, aspiring fighters to hone their MMA skills and develop themselves as marketable personalities and respectable ambassadors of the sport. The U was founded in 2010 and has run six shows in Southern California. The U serves as a scouting show for professional organizations such as Strikeforce and King of the Cage. Each event is sanctioned by the California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO), which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur competition. The team behind the U collectively has over 20 years of experience in promoting professional MMA at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions … IT STARTS HERE!

About OTM Fight Shops (www.OTMfightshops.com):  On The Mat (OTM) is an American company and brand dedicated to the sport and lifestyle of Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (BJJ), submission grappling (no-gi), and mixed martial arts (MMA). Founded in 1996 by owner Scotty Nelson in Mountain View, CA, OTM has become best known for its website, OnTheMat.com, which provides the largest online library of jiu-jitsu and grappling footage, including video magazines, instructional videos, and tournament compilations. Its online store and eight retail fight shops in California, Nevada, and New Mexico offer the widest selection of fight gear and apparel for fighters from every discipline. Additionally, OTM’s clothing line is among the most recognizable brands in BJJ and MMA, including a custom made jiu-jitsu gi called Lucky Gi. OTM has sponsored dozens of BJJ / MMA household names, such as B.J. Penn, Nick Diaz, Nate Diaz, Jeff Monson, Kenny Florian, and Diego Sanchez.

About WSS (www.shopWSS.com): WSS is a leading Southern California retailer founded in 1984. WSS (formerly Warehouse Shoe Sale) offers a wide variety of footwear, clothing, and accessories from all major brands. WSS carries over 3,000 of the latest styles from such brand names as Nike, Jordan, Vans, Converse, Sketchers, Reebock, Adidas, Puma, New Balance, DC Shoes, Timberland, K-Swiss, and many, many more. With over 25 years in business and 55 stores (Victorville, Bakersfield and Lancaster coming soon), WSS has an unrivaled reputation for having great values and great selection and for bringing customers the latest in the best styles. Participating in over 350 local events per year, WSS is also committed to giving back to the community.

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