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Celebrity Line-Up Released For Vancouver MMA Expo


Press Release – June 5, 2011 – VANCOUVER –Mixed Martial Arts Expo released its celebrity line-up today for its June 11 – 12 event at the prestigious Vancouver Convention Centre in British Columbia.

Now in its seventh year MMA Expo brings to Vancouver a high-energy show with the reputation for delivering action-oriented tournaments, interactive exhibits and some of the hottest celebrities in MMA – the fastest growing sport in the world.

“We’re excited about bringing our popular event to Vancouver”, stated Gerald Chopik, founder of MMA Expo and president of Fight Media’s new Events Division. “BC-area fans are passionate about MMA and together with the Fight Network we look forward to giving them access to all that is MMA including top celebrities that most will otherwise only see on pay-per-view.”


For fans looking to get photos and autographs with MMA stars there is a long list of great names on the Vancouver roster: Carlos Newton, Canada’s first-ever UFC Champion; Shonie Carter, MMA veteran of over 70 fights and holder of 16 belts; Jason “The Athlete” MacDonald fresh from an impressive win at UFC Toronto; also coming off an outstanding 20-second KO at UFC Toronto, Vladimir Matyushenko; rising star 6′ 11″ Stefan “Skyscraper” Struve; Brendan “The Hybrid” Schaub; former UFC Welterweight Champion, Matt “The Terror” Serra sponsored by Xyience; and appearing at the HEADRUSH booth, former UFC Heavyweight Champion, Shane Carwin.

For serious bragging rights Paradise Warriors Retreat on the show floor offers the unique opportunity for on-the-mat seminars with Jake Shields, Gilbert Melendez and legendary coaches Shawn Tomkins, Firas Zahabi and Pat Miletich. No experience necessary. PWR instructors will also be available for autographs and photos through the weekend.

Exhibits include martial arts training facilities, suppliers of equipment, gear and apparel, distributors of supplements, nutrition products and energy drinks, MMA media, as well as fight promoters, the MMA Expo Hottie models and the introduction of the new Rockst*r Lager.

Also featured on the MMA Expo Vancouver show floor are four action-packed martial arts tournaments held under the umbrella of the West Coast Combat Championships. Round-robin competitions showcase the diverse styles of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, No Gi Grappling, WKC Continuous Sparring and Amateur Mixed Martial Arts. Spectators have access to all tournaments with general admission to the Expo.

Admission to MMA Expo is $20 including tax. Celebrity autographs and photos are free of charge.

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About Mixed Martial Arts Expo:

Since its launch in 2005, Mixed Martial Arts Expo has brought fans together with many of the top fighters and MMA champions in the sport, supported hundreds of exhibitors and martial arts instructors, and hosted thousands of competitors and attendees. In February 2011, MMA Expo was acquired by Fight Media Inc., parent company of Fight Network.

About Fight Network:

Fight Network is Canada’s only TV channel dedicated to complete coverage of combat sports, including fights, fighters, fight news and the fight lifestyle. It is carried nationally on all major cable, satellite and telco systems in Canada. Fight Network operates on multiple platforms including TV, web, mobile and, with the recent purchase of MMA Expo, events.

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