TWO TITLE MATCHES, SCORPIO SKY CONFIRMED FOR FIGHT NIGHT 7 (PRESS RELEASE)

By jaytan May 20, 2014
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE –

TWO MAJOR TITLE MATCHES, SCORPIO SKY CONFIRMED

FOR UNIVERSITY OF MMA: FIGHT NIGHT 7, 

JUNE 1 AT CLUB NOKIA AT L.A. LIVE

Los Angeles, CA – Two of the most anticipated University of MMA title matches in history, along with the U of MMA debut of famed indy pro wrestler Scorpio Sky, headline University of MMA: Fight Night 7, leading what is guaranteed to be a full night of exciting MMA action at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE. Tickets are now on sale at www.UofMMA.com and www.axs.com.

The University of MMA lightweight and light heavyweight championships will be defended at Fight Night 7, as Derion ‘DC’ Chapman, and Ozzy Diaz put their respective titles on the line for the first time, each against his most credible and dangerous challenge to date.

In a collision-course that sparked at the U’s Fight Night 6, the Nigerian- American Pious ‘Voodoo’ Enilolobo, Jr. (BJMUTA/Flying Kick Martial Arts) vies for Derion Chapman’s (House of Champions) lightweight championship. Both men reign undefeated, sharing eight cumulative victories since their respective debuts in early 2013. Likewise, Chapman and Enilolobo are among the U’s most popular and recognizable fighters, known for memorable post-fight celebrations in addition to matches that always pop the crowd. Enilolobo has demonstrated an innate ability to adapt and counteract his opponent’s strategy, while Chapman continually excels beyond expectations, utilizing strength and aggression unexpected (but perhaps fitting) of his background as a hip-hop dance instructor.

At the U’s previous event, Fight Night 6, reports circulated that Enilolobo and Chapman called each other out backstage even before the event ended. Enilolobo lobbied for a title match against Chapman in his post-fight interview (viewable on Youtube). When Chapman, who was in attendance at the fight, heard about the mention, he went looking for Enilolobo and said “June 1st. Let’s do this.”

University of MMA light heavyweight champion Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankration) faces Dominick Reyes (Cage Combat Academy), a wrestler and New York state collegiate football player originally from Victorville, CA. Sporting a 4-1 record, Diaz is a homegrown U of MMA star, having fought his entire MMA career at the U since his debut at the inaugural Fight Night on March 3, 2013. With two wins by KO/TKO and two by submission, Diaz’s versatility is undeniable. Moreover, Diaz is the #3 amateur light heavyweight in California, according to CAMO rankings for April 2014. Reyes, however, boasts an unquestionable 3-0 record, also with even striking/submission finishes. This will be both men’s tallest and most competitive challenge to date.

The U of MMA continues to reach new milestones with the debut of Schuyler Andrews, better known as the pro wrestler ‘Scorpio Sky’ (The Experience). A multi-time pro wrestling champion who’s appeared in Japan and on national television, including the WWE and TNA/Impact Wrestling, Sky has held notable belts such as the NWA International Television championship and the CWFH (Championship Wrestling From Hollywood) Heritage Heavyweight championship. Sky faces Orlando Itza (Venice Beach Boxing Academy), a longtime Tae Kwon Do black belt and longtime martial artist who also makes his U of MMA debut. Both men’s respective debuts have been in the works for some time, and come highly anticipated.

“Both of Fight Night 7’s championship matches involve among the very finest examples of ambassadors of the sport. Our champions demonstrated the best qualities in their quests for their titles, and the men challenging them are undeniable stars on the rise,” said U of MMA matchmaker Jay Tan.

Confirmed matches for University of MMA: Fight Night 7 include:

University of MMA Lightweight Championship:
155 lbs. – Derion ‘DC’ Chapman (House of Champions) vs. Pious ‘Voodoo’ Enilolobo, Jr. (BJMUTA/Flying Kick Martial Arts)

University of MMA Light Heavyweight Championship:
205 lbs. – Ozzy Diaz (NZT Pankration) vs. Dominick ‘The Devastator’ Reyes (Cage Combat Academy)

170 lbs. – Schuyler ‘Scorpio Sky’ Andrews (The Experience) vs. Orlando ‘The Tommy Goff’ Itza (Venice Beach Boxing Academy)

195 lbs. catchweight – Bruno ‘Pelo Loco’ Casillas (Valhalla Elite Training Center) vs. Jordan Taylor (Team Quest)

170 lbs. – Dean Bo Moskowitz (House of Champions vs. Ronald Minera (Nelson’s Boxing)

165 lbs. catchweight – Craig ‘Grasshopper’ Plaskett, Jr. (Hayastan MMA) vs. Michael ‘Myke Da Woo’ Woods (Desert Karate/Python Jiu Jitsu)

145 lbs. – Tommy ‘The Spaniard’ Aaron (Elite Training Center) vs. A.J. Bryant (XFit)

145 lbs. – Sergio ‘Surge the Kid’ Perez (Hayastan MMA) vs. Julian Baez (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym)

155 lbs. – Carnation ‘Flash’ Contreras (Krav Maga Unyted) vs. TJ Scot (Team Lagato)

145 lbs. – Jason ‘The Naked Author’ Mitchiner (JFM Boxing) vs. Albert Veloz (Cage Combat Academy)

170 lbs. – Steve Quick (Bas Rutten’s Elite MMA Gym) vs. Jacob ‘Yoshi’ Wasano (Team Quest)

“I think our last two events (Fight Nights 5 & 6) have easily been our two best events to date. We’re always trying to outdo ourselves and Fight Night 7 is no exception. From start to finish this is going to be one exciting event,” noted U of MMA founder Turi Altavilla. “We have two champions defending against two ultra-tough challengers and of course the debut of pro wrestler Scorpio Sky.”

The University of MMA: Fight Night 7 takes place at 5:00pm on Sunday, June 1, 2014, at Club Nokia at L.A. LIVE, 800 West Olympic Boulevard. Doors open at 4:30pm. Fight card is subject to change. Tickets are now available and can be purchased through www.UofMMA.com and www.AXS.com, charge by phone at 888-9AXS-TIX or 888-929-7849, and from 10:00 AM-5:00 PM, Mon- Fri at the STAPLES Center Box Office located at 1111 S. Figueroa St. Applicable fees may apply. The Club Nokia box office will open at 2:00pm the day of the event.

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CONTACT: Either Jay Tan at jaytan@UofMMA.com and (213) 618-0332 or Turi Altavilla at turi@UofMMA.com and (310) 701-8331.

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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 ran its first show on September 19th of that year at the Irvine Mariott in Irvine, CA, as part of the inaugural California Amateur MMA Organization (CAMO) State Tournament. The U serves as a scouting show for professional organizations such as King of the Cage and the Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA). Each event is sanctioned by the CAMO, which upholds the highest safety standards in the nation for amateur competition. The team behind the U collectively has over 20 years of professional promoting experience at the highest level of the sport, including international and domestic events which were broadcast on pay-per-view, cable, and network television in the United States, Japan, and Great Britain. For tomorrow’s MMA stars and champions … IT STARTS HERE!

About Club Nokia: Club Nokia, a multi-use music, entertainment and concert venue–located in the heart of the acclaimed L.A. LIVE sports, residential and entertainment district– accommodates over 2,300 guests. Featuring state-of-the-art acoustics designed for live entertainment, Club Nokia is the perfect venue for emerging music acts and cultural shows while also providing excellent space for corporate events and private parties. The theatre brings the latest technology to music enthusiasts including an innovative interactive experience embedded in foot-controlled floor interfaces, touchscreens, and a large LED installation within the lobby of the Club Nokia space. This interactive experience allows users to scroll through the history and the future of Club Nokia events and interact with pictures, video and text messages submitted by fellow concert fans. Club Nokia has been honored two consecutive years at the annual Pollstar Concert Industry Awards-in 2009 as “Best New Major Concert Venue” and in 2010 as “Nightclub Of The Year”; along with a Zagat Award for Best Live Music Club in Los Angeles (2009).

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