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Tuesday, 10/18/2011, 07:24 am

ProElite HW Tourny Participants Announced


ProElite has announced the field for its eight-man heavyweight tournament.

The bracket, filled with fighters ready for a wider audience, is highlighted by 2009 NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis of the University of Missouri. Ellis (1-0) will take on Ryan Martinez (5-1). In another opening-round battle, Richard Odoms of Texas faces Jason Bosler of Illinois. Jake Heun of Salt Lake City squares off against Chris Birchler of New Jersey. And, in the final matchup, Esteves Jones of Arizona will meet Walter Harris of Alabama.

“When we say we’re looking for the next great heavyweight this was not a half-hearted search. We have eight guys from eight different regions of the country. We have both coasts, the South, Midwest, Southwest and Mountain region covered,” ProElite’s Head of Fight Operations, T. Jay Thompson, said.

The ProElite tournament kicks off on November 5 from the iWireless center in Moline, Ill and will broadcast live on HDNet. The 11-fight card will feature notables Tim Sylvam Andrei Arlovski, Waylon Lowe and Reagan Penn.

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