The public has spoken and BattleGrounds MMA has listened. Due to popular demand, the promotion led by Olympic wrestling gold medalist Kenny Monday will take its highly-anticipated, one-night, eight-man welterweight (170 pounds) tournament, which will award its winner a $50,000 grand prize, to a national audience with a live pay-per-view telecast on Friday, October 3 from BOK Center in Tulsa, Okla.
BattleGrounds MMA ‘O.N.E.’ will be distributed in the United States by Integrated Sports Media for live viewing, beginning at 10 p.m. EST/7 p.m. PST on October 3 on both cable and satellite pay-per-view carriers iN DEMAND, DirecTV, DISH and Avail-TVN. The price point for the live pay-per-view telecast as well as other details will be announced soon.
All tickets that have already been purchased for the event, which was originally scheduled to take place on June 27, will be honored by BOK Center on October 3.
“This is a tremendous step forward for our two year old company that will allow us to bring BattleGrounds MMA’s world-class competitive platform to a live, national audience for the first time,” said BattleGrounds MMA President Monday. “We truly appreciate all the support and enthusiasm that the fans and our fighters have shown us. On October 3, we are going to show our gratitude by giving MMA fans throughout the U.S. the opportunity to take in all the action live from their homes.”
The tournament affair marks the first one-night, eight-man MMA contest in Tulsa since UFC 4 on Dec. 16, 1994.
Slated for action in the tournament are submission aces Dennis “Superman” Hallman (53-14-2, 1 NC) of Yelm, Wash. and Cody “AK Kid” McKenzie (15-4) of Spokane, Wash.; undefeated upstart and 2012 NCAA national wrestling championships runner-up Chris Honeycutt (4-0) of Fresno, Calif.; two-time, one-night tournament winner Brock Larson (37-8) of Brainerd, Minn.; Luigi “The Italian Tank” Fioravanti (24-11) of St. Louis, Mo.; Urijah Faber protégé David “Bulletproof” Mitchell (14-4) of Lower Lake, Calif.; Roan “Jucao” Carneiro (16-9) of Atlanta, Ga.; and Trey “That Just Happened?” Houston (11-2) of Bixby, Okla.
In the tournament reserve matchup, undefeated prospect Marcus “Milk” Sanchez (4-0) of Tulsa will take on Anderson “The Spider” Silva sparring partner Jordan Smith (18-6) of Kaysville, Utah. Should one of the tournament’s quarterfinal stage winners is unable to re-enter the cage for the semifinal stage due to injury, the victor of the reserve matchup will take the injured combatant’s place in the tournament.
In non-tournament, Superfight action on the card, Ryan Couture (7-3) of Las Vegas, Nev. will collide with Jonny “The King of Late Night” Carson (11-6) of San Francisco, Calif. in a lightweight (155 pounds) showdown and seasoned veteran Nicdali “The Night Queen” Rivera-Calanoc (8-7) of Tulsa, Okla. will battle Jen “Tink” Aniano (0-2) of Kalamazoo, Mich. in an atomweight (105 pounds) scrap.