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Former Crimson Tide Linebacker and 2009 BCS National Championship team member Eryk Anders will have his biggest fight as an amateur on Saturday in Tuscaloosa. I will be there watching and will update you guys on how he does.
TUSCALOOSA - Strike Hard Productions will host their nineteenth (19) amateur MMA event since they began over 4 years ago. Strike Hard 19 will take place on August 25 at 7 p.m. at the Killer Buzz Arena, located at the old Sticks n’ Stuff in McFarland Mall.
Strike Hard 19 will feature several local fighters, such as, Justin Reeser, Paul Andres, BJ Webb, Riley Matheson, Bradley Johnson, Brad Ingram, Jeremy Ledlow, Nate Turner, Tony Williams and Erik Anders (former 2009 BCS Champion Crimson Tide linebacker). This is our last event in Tuscaloosa before football season kicks off. We will be taking a break during football season so it is the city's last chance to see live MMA this year. We have already sold out of front row tables and our sponsorships are going fast. Our fight card is positioned to be the best that it has ever been due to many promoters "closing their doors" throughout the state! The current fight card will be available at the following link http://www.MixedMartialArts.com once we get within 2 weeks of the fight date and will be updated as the remaining information for some of the fighters is obtained.
We will have TWO TITLE FIGHTS throughout the night with some great fighters from the Southeast. Paul Andres of local gym Headhunter Combatives of Tuscaloosa and Kevin Fitzpatrick competing out of Relentless Grappling from Columbus, GA will be the main event for the Heavyweight title. Paul and Kevin have fought before about 4 years ago, when Paul beat Kevin with an impressive rubber guard that ended in a submission. Kevin is ready for an opportunity for revenge! Our Co-main event will be Erik Anders, former 2009 BCS Champion Crimson Tide linebacker, training out of Champions Gym in Birmingham and Chase Horton who is fighting out of Sylacauga area. Chase Horton is regarded by most of the Alabama MMA community as the best 185-205 pounder in the state and possibly the Southeast. This is a fight where Erik will have the opportunity to position himself and gain notoriety as a dominant force throughout the Southeast for that weight class. He is extremely excited to be able to fight this pivitol fight in Tuscaloosa where he has the opportunity to have the "home team" atmosphere. He hopes that many people come out to support and help propel him to one of the best MMA fighters in the Southeast.
Matt Leavell of Strike Hard Productions said, “I laugh at this statement and feel like such a promoter when I say it, but this card will be the best fight card that we have put together to date! With other production companies folding around the state, Strike Hard is able to secure the best of the best fighters without any competition. This has allowed us to bring in some of the most exciting MMA action that the state has ever seen! We are super excited to be able to bring a former Crimson Tide fan favorite, Erik Anders, back home to compete for his hometown crowd in a slightly different way! The Killer Buzz Arena is continuing to grow in reputation and notoriety as the premier MMA venue that the Southeast has to offer. We are fortunate to be working with some of the most helpful and reputable organizations in the city of Tuscaloosa to improve the professionalism and image of the sport of mixed martial arts. This could not have been done without the continual support of local organizations like Killer Buzz Energy Drinks, Tuscaloosa Tourism & Sports Commission, Hungry Howies and others.”
The Killer Buzz Arena, located at the old Sticks n’ Stuff in McFarland Mall, is a 25,000 square foot building with high ceilings, a large dressing room area, concession stands, VIP section and an advanced fighters entrance with professional lighting. It also features an elevated platform that the media may use for a clear view of the arena floor.
Tickets for Strike Hard 19 can be purchased at Tera Lane Salon on Highway 69 South, TL Signature Salon in Midtown Village, Eat My Beats on 15th Street, Jackson Industrial Supply and GFG Gym during normal business hours. If tickets are purchased at GFG Gym, the ticket purchaser enters a drawing for a free 6 month membership! Tickets may also be purchased at www.strikehardproductions.com, facebook.com/StrikeHardProductions, or by calling 205.861.4273.
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This is a big fight for Eryk and if he wins he could be turning pro after this fight.
Had no idea he was doing MMA, one of the unsung heroes of our defense a few years back, his hit against AU and Texas are two of my all time favorites
Definitely gonna go to this--thanks for the heads up!
Hell yes I'd love to see EA whip ass and turn pro.
Never Gets Old
I hope Eryk wins. I work out with him in Huntsville sometimes. He is a pretty nice guy and works real hard.
This post was edited by Cunni035 23 months ago
Horton will be his biggest test yet, by far. Chase is a legit fighter in his own right and whoever wins this will have certainly earned it.
im sure i will forget about this saturday...somebody please make an update thread
I will be there letting you know what happens.
^^This. Chase is a superb athlete and one of the most humble guys you'll ever meet. I was driving an hour and a half every Sunday afternoon to train in Sylacauga at Southern BJJ when Chase started there in 2007, and he learns quicker than anyone I've ever trained with. If Anders goes to the ground with Chase, he will get submitted quickly. I'll post a couple videos below.
Edit: The two videos I was looking for have been taken off youtube.
This post was edited by manley0702 23 months ago
Don't know why this is such a big deal. Current and former auburn players fight every Saturday (and Sunday, and Monday, and...)
Let's go HeadHunters!!!! 3-0 Sat night baby!!!
I wish both of these fighters the best. I haven't gotten to see Chase fight yet, but I've known his dad for many years through work. Good family, I hope he does well.
Is Miles looking to follow in his brother's footsteps and fight one day too? He started training same time Chase did.
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