ProElite Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is proud to present the first round of their Heavyweight Grand Prix Tournament on November 5, 2011 from Moline, Il. This tournament consists of some of the best up and coming heavyweights in the world and the winner will be pushed into the upper tier of the heavyweight division.
Tickets for “ProElite 2:Big Guns” are on sale to the general public at the i wireless Center box office, all Ticketmaster locations (800)745-3000, Ticketmaster online(www.ticketmaster.com) and www.proelite.com
The second bracket of the Heavyweight Grand Prix starts with Proelite veteran Jake Heun (1-1) takes on the a proven finisher in Ed Carpenter (5-1). Standing 6-foot-2 and weighing 245 pounds, Heun’s transition from University of Hawaii Linebacker and Running Back to the sport of MMA came pretty naturally due to his athleticism. Now training out of Jeremy Horn’s Elite Performance Gym in Salt Lake City, Utah this freestyle fighter only has one thing on his mind – finish every fight. In his last win on April 23, 2011, he submitted Brandon Morgan via Keylock in the second round (2:45) of their fight in Alaska.
Fighting out of Clarendon Hills, Il and training at the Midwest Training Center along side former WEC champ Chase Beebe and UFC veteran Clay Guida, Ed Carpenter really knows how to lay down the law, finishing all of his opponents before the final bell has rung. On October 15, 2011, against 50-fight veteran Miodrag Petkovic, it took Carpenter only 2 minutes and 54 seconds to submit Petkovic via arm-triangle choke. With a solid wrestling and no-gi jiu jitsu background we can be certain that Carpenter wants to drag this one to the ground and work for an exciting submission win.
Two warriors go to battle in the last quarterfinal Grand Prix bout, as Richard “The Black Eagle” Odoms (5-0) faces off against Rodney Housley (4-1). Standing at an imposing 6-foot-5 and weighing 250 pounds, Odoms will look to continue his 5-fight win streak, which includes a win over UFC veteran Darrill Schoonover on November 6, 2010. This 13-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department has sharpened his striking skills along side MMA veteran Pete Spratt, so you know he is very dangerous on his feet.
Housley, fighting out of Cincinnati, Ohio, is looking to snap Odoms’ streak at 5 and make a name for himself in this tournament. As an amateur, Housley compiled a record of 9-1 and is a very dangerous standup fighter with knockout power. In Housley’s last fight, his opponent felt his wrath ending it by TKO in round 1(4:50). Look for this fight to be an exciting match up of two men that won’t back down from each other.
Proelite 2: Big Guns will be televised live on HD NET at 8 P.M. CST