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Wednesday, 12/21/2011, 12:33 pm

MMA NEWS – Tickets For "ProElite: Grove vs. Minowaman" On Sale Now

ProElite is coming back to the islands of Hawaii on January 21, 2012 at the Neal Blaisdell Center. The main card will be televised live on HDNet at 10 P.M. EST.

Returning to the ProElite cage after breaking into the world top ten rankings, 9th ranked Olympic silver medalist Sara McMann (4-0) will be facing off against the 5th ranked Hitomi “Girlfight Monster” Akano (18-8). Coming off a dominant performance capped off with a keylock submission in the third round against Raquel Pa’aluhi, McMann hopes to continue climbing the ladder of the world rankings. “This will be my biggest test since the Olympic Games, so I’m very excited to be competing against Hitomi. I’m confident I belong in the top 5 in the world and beating her soundly should put me there.”

Fighting out of Tokyo, Japan, Akano has fought the who’s who of women’s MMA. She possesses an extremely technical and effective ground game that is evident by 14 of her 18 victories coming by way of submission. This fight will carry heavy implications in the women’s 135 pound world rankings. Head of Fight Operations for ProElite T.Jay Thompson said this about the fight, “I’m as excited for this WMMA fight as I am for the Main Event. Two topped 10 ranked fighters putting all on the line. That’s what ProElite is all about!”

The main card is rounded out by a matchup between two heavy handed fighters that both won their last fights by KO. Brent Schermerhorn (4-1), currently serving in the U.S. Navy, put a beating on Jesse Lundgren with a barrage of punches, bringing an end to the fight at just 1:38 of the first round.

Standing across the cage from him will be B.J. Penn trained fighter Kaleo Gambill (1-0). He turned off the lights of Eldon Sproat at 1:31 of the first round of their fight in August with some vicious ground and pound.

The main event features Hawaii native Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (13-9) facing off against Japanese star Ikuhisa “Minowaman” Minowa (51-32-8). Also featured on the main card are the semifinals of the Heavyweight Grand Prix. The first semifinal match showcases the very tough Ryan Martinez (6-1) taking on headhunter Cody Griffin (5-2) and in the opposite bracket heavy hitting Jake “The Honey Bear” Heun (2-1) takes on the biggest competitor in the tournament at 6-foot-5, Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms (6-0).

Tickets for “ProElite presents: Da Spyder vs. Minowaman” are on sale now to the general public at the Neal Blaisdell Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800)745-3000, Ticketmaster online( and

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5 Responses to “MMA NEWS – Tickets For "ProElite: Grove vs. Minowaman" On Sale Now”

  1. Dustin says:

    LOL, I think I’ll pass. Even if i lived across the street from it.

  2. Lee says:

    People are just going to talk crap about this fight. Minowaman was an MMA pioneer.

    • Michael says:

      regardless of the opposition and regardless of the show; 50 wins is 50 wins and he has fought 80 times. That, in and of itself, means you are badass. Even if you were 0-80 your a bad dude for fighting 80 times.

  3. Duane says:

    Gave up on Kendall along time ago! In my eyes he should’ve been holding a belt at some point in the UFC, and i really believed he would. Till you see him come out time after time with the same bone head game plan. Seriously whoever was his striking coach is man you really did him a dis service. But i can’t completely put that on the hands coach, you would think a fighter that keeps loosing in the same fashion would make changes on his own but nah. Oh well, keep beating up on the locals. But minowaman im positive will dominate!

  4. petes says:

    whos matchmaking these cards? they suck!! hawaii got so much talent!! wheres the love?? we no like watch women fights..for future references, u guys going bring down mainland guys bring down some good fights, not washed up ufc guys…hope u guys succeed but ahdono. good luck KG.

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