Thursday, September 10, 2015
PRO MMA COMING TO WEYBURN
Prestige FC, the first home-grown mixed martial arts promotion in the Province of Saskatchewan, is
excited to announce its inaugural event.
Prestige FC 1: Atonement will take place on Saturday, October 24th, live at Crescent Point Place in
Weyburn, Sask., with co-main events topping the bill. The main card will stream on GoFightLive.com and
air on tape-delay on both The Fight Network and ACCESS Communications.
Headlining the card will be a welterweight clash pitting three-time UFC combatant Mike “Biggie” Rhodes
against Ryan “The Sylvan Lake Strangler” Machan, who is the top 170-pounder in Canada outside of the
Completing the co-main event is Saskatchewan’s own Kurt “The Hurt” Southern battling Gabriel “Solo”
Solorio in a bantamweight tilt.
“We are very proud to be Saskatchewan’s undisputed first born-and-bred MMA promotion, and just as
proud to be able to put together this level of a lineup in our very first event,” said Cord Crowthers, CEO
and Matchmaker of Prestige FC.
“There is MMA talent on this card from across Canada as well as the United States and Brazil, and from
world-renown elite camps like Tristar and Roufusport. Our intent is to become the leading source of live
MMA events in Canada and this is certainly an outstanding start to that end goal.”
Rhodes (7-4), who is originally from Waterloo, Iowa, started his career 4-0 and has since racked up three
knockouts wins and two victories via submission. Rhodes’ biggest win to date was a unanimous decision
verdict over current UFC rising star Alan Jouban.
Machan (23-9) is one of Canada’s most accomplished competitors, having finished his opponent in all 23
of his wins – seven by knockout and 16 by submission. The Sylvan Lake, Alberta, product has won five in
a row and boasts career wins over such notables as current UFC fighter Kajan Johnson and Richie
Whitson. Machan competed nine times under the banner of the Maximum Fighting Championship and
was previously coached by Jason MacDonald, one of Canada’s original UFC standouts.
After spending most of his career in the 155-pound division including twice contending for the MFC
lightweight belt, Southern (13-6) now makes his debut in the featherweight (145-pound) division. The
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, product has finished 10 of his opponents with three knockouts and seven
submissions. Southern is best-known for his five-fight run in the MFC that featured a spectacular
submission win over Mukai Maromo in May 2013 followed by a TKO victory that avenged a previous loss
to Brazilian jiu-jitsu ace Jonatas Novaes.
Solorio (12-10), a well-seasoned fighter now competing out of Seattle, Washington, is unbeaten in two
previous fights 2-0 on Canadian soil.
Also on the card is one of Canada’s pioneering women’s fighters, Charmaine “Not So Sweet” Tweet.
Currently the #10-ranked female featherweight fighter in the world, Tweet expects to have quite a
cheering section at Prestige FC 1 as she hails from nearby Regina – the capital of Saskatchewan. Tweet
(6-5) has competed three times under the flag of Invicta Fighting Championship, the preeminent allfemale
MMA organization. Tweet has toed the line against the world’s two best female fighters in facing
both UFC megastar Ronda Rousey and long-time phenom Cris “Cyborg” Justino.
Tweet’s opponent is up-and-coming Ontario fighter Bobbi Jo Dalziel.
Two of Canada’s veteran MMA fighters are also slated to be in action on the Prestige FC 1 card.
Ontario’s Alex Ricci (9-3) will take on Gil Guardado (4-1) of Las Vegas in a lightweight tilt, while Calgary’s
Jordan McKay (7-2) goes head-to-head against undefeated Mariusz “The Iron Pole” Ksiazkiewich (4-0)
Several promising Saskatchewan fighters are also slated for action including welterweights Sheldon
Leblanc and Clayton Schira, both of whom will be fighting with home-town support behind them in
Weyburn, plus heavyweight Josh Heinz from nearby Estevan.
Many more fights, including additional bouts for the main card, will be announced very soon. Updates
and information will be found on Prestige FC’s social media pages:
Facebook - www.facebook.com/PrestigeFightClubMMA
Twitter - @PFCPrestige
Tickets for Prestige FC 1 are now on sale by calling (306) 580-0340. VIP Tables and General Admission
seating is available.