World Cagefighting Alliance - Pure Combat - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Event on February 6, 2009 in Atlantic City, New Jersey USA

World Cagefighting Alliance Announces First MMA Fight at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City and Names Derek Panza President

East Coast Fighters to have new platform to display skills


NEW YORK, December 3, 2008 – World Cagefighting Alliance (www.WCAfights.com) has formed a Mixed Martial Arts Organization that will establish their fight promotions on the east coast. Their first event called “Pure Combat” will be premiering in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday, February 6, 2009 at the Boardwalk Hall Ballroom. Tickets on sale now, priced at $100, $75, $60 and $50. Cageside seats are available at $150. Tickets can be purchased at the Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, at ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-736-1420. More information on fighters, tickets and a seating chart can be found at out www.WCAfights.com. The first fight begins at 7:30 PM.

The World Cagefighting Alliance, “Pure Combat” event will feature some of the best East Coast rising talent in the sport. The Co-Main Event fight will feature a New Jersey Flavor pitting Welterweights Rich Ashkar (Team Oliveira) fighting out of Redbank, NJ against USKBA Champ Tom Gallicchio (Team Pellegrino) out of Toms River, NJ. Included in other match-ups will be Vineland, NJ standouts and former Cage Fury Lightweight champ, Al Buck (Team Evolution) taking on Jose Rodriquez (Rhino Fight Team) out of Keansburg, NJ. Other Welterweight bouts include; Doug Gordon (Team Rush) from Maryland will go against Mike Medrano (Rhino Fight Team) from New Jersey and Brian Demuro (Team Balance) out of New Jersey will fight Cortland, NY’s Eric Henry (Bombsquad MMA). Featherweights Doug Solnier (Fight Firm / Fight Unit) fighting out of Philadelphia, PA. will fight Steve D’Angellis (Bombsquad MMA) out of Tom’s River, NJ.

February 6, 2009 Fight Card (order TBD):
170 lbs.: Tom Gallicchio (Toms, River, NJ) (Team Pellegrino) (9-3) vs. Rich Ashkar (Redbank, NJ) (Team Oliveira) (5-1)

155 lbs.: Matt Lee (Worcester, MA) (MMA Training Center) (11-6) vs. tba

170 lbs.: Al Buck (Vineland, NJ) (EVO Fight Club) vs. Jose Rodriquez (Keansburg, NJ) (Rhino Fight Team)

170 lbs.: Doug Gordan (Maryland) (Team Rush) (8-6) vs. Mike Medrano (Clifton, NJ) (Rhino Fight Team) (4-2)

155 lbs.: Chris Schlesinger (NJ) (Bellmore Boxing Club) (5-3) vs. Andrew Calandrelli (Connecticut) (Ultimate MMA) (4-2)

265 lbs.: Mahnseah Boley (Cortland, NY) (Team Bombsquad) (1-0) vs. Pat Collins (NJ) (AMA Fight Club) (1-0)

145 lbs.: Kevin Roddy (Bricktown, NJ) (Team Pellegrino) (9-6) vs. tba

170 lbs.: Ryan Smith (Delaware) (Team Rush) (1-0) vs. Anthony D’Angello (NY) (Panza MMA) (4-4)

145 lbs.: Steve D’Angellis (Toms River, NJ) (Team Pellegrino) (6-4) vs. Doug Solnier (Philadelphia, PA) (Fight Firm / Fight Unit) (4-0)

145 lbs.: Lester Caslow (Tom’s River, NJ) (Team Pellegrino) (2-2) vs. Patrick White (Vineland, NJ) (EVO Fight Team) (debut)

170 lbs.: Brian Demuro (Blackwood, NJ) (Team Balance) (4-4) vs. Eric Henry (Cortland, NY) (Team Bombsquad) (8-6)

145 lbs.: Anthony Leone (Cortland, NY) (Team Bombsquad) (2-0) vs. Joey Comacho (NJ) (AMA Fight Club)

155 lbs.: Daniel Tavares (NJ) (KPOZ Fight Team) vs. Brian Danner (NJ) (EVO Fight Club (debut)

Fight Card subject to change and approval by the NJSAC.

In addition, Derek Panza, a 10-year veteran of the mixed martial arts industry and owner of Panza Mixed Martial Arts, is named President of the start-up MMA organization.

"We are excited to announce the formation of the WCA and the new vision for the sport on the east coast" said Derek Panza, President of WCA. "Mixed Martial Arts is the fastest growing sport in America, It is the boxing of the 21st century." "We have seen the success and growth of Mixed Martial Arts globally and are looking forward to bringing a new and exciting perspective to it. We have put together a strong team to lead our organization." Gary Marino formerly with Cage Fury and other fight organizations will head up the Matchmaking. Keith Evans formerly with the UFC and IFL will handle operations. "We are looking forward to our Inaugural Event. It's our mission to create excitement in the cage and it's our goal is to take MMA to a new level on the East Coast. We are excited to have HDnet's "Inside MMA" scheduled to cover this event and we are currently looking into television and other broadcast partnerships," he went on to say.

Media interested in covering the event or who require additional information should contact Mary Godleski, Marketing Manager for Boardwalk Hall, at 609-348-7021 or mgodleski@accenter.com

Event Information


Marcus Aurelio
WINNER
Chris Liguori
Marcus Aurelio
Maximus
VS
Chris Liguori
The Story
21-10-0
Record
15-10-0
5′ 11″
Height
5′ 9″
155 lbs.
Weight
161 lbs.
KO
(Strike) in the 2nd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Nate Coy
Paul Bradley
WINNER
VS
Paul Bradley
The Gentleman
13-7-0
Record
21-10-0
5′ 10″
Height
5′ 9″
185 lbs.
Weight
190 lbs.
Decision
(Split Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 28-29.
Tom Gallicchio
Rich Ashkar
WINNER
19-10-0
Record
6-2-0
5′ 9″
Height
5′ 10″
170 lbs.
Weight
170 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Matt Lee
Dave Jansen
WINNER
VS
Dave Jansen
The Fugitive
13-9-1
Record
21-4-0
6′ 0″
Height
5′ 9″
170 lbs.
Weight
150 lbs.
Submission
(Choke) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Steve De Angelis
WINNER
Felipe Arantes
10-8-0
Record
14-10-1
5′ 6″
Height
5′ 9″
145 lbs.
Weight
145 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27.
Kevin Roddy
Anthony Morrison
WINNER
16-16-1
Record
18-11-0
6′ 0″
Height
5′ 7″
160 lbs.
Weight
150 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27.
Lester Caslow
WINNER
Joey Camacho
15-10-0
Record
5-7-0
5′ 9″
Height
5′ 6″
153 lbs.
Weight
155 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 2nd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Anthony Leone
WINNER
Patrick White
17-8-0
Record
3-8-0
5′ 6″
Height
5′ 9″
135 lbs.
Weight
160 lbs.
Submission
(Rear Naked Choke) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Ryan Smith
Phillip Wyman
WINNER
VS
Phillip Wyman
The Wicked
4-4-0
Record
4-5-0
5′ 10″
Height
6′ 0″
155 lbs.
Weight
170 lbs.
Submission
(Triangle Choke) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Mark Getto
Kenny Foster
WINNER
1-5-0
Record
12-13-0
5′ 7″
Height
5′ 8″
155 lbs.
Weight
146 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27.
Francisco Tavares
Bryan Danner
WINNER
1-2-0
Record
4-2-0
5′ 10″
Height
5′ 9″
153 lbs.
Weight
161 lbs.
KO
(Strike) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Brian DeMuro
Eric Henry
WINNER
4-8-0
Record
10-7-0
5′ 8″
Height
5′ 11″
170 lbs.
Weight
170 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27.
Al Buck
George Sullivan
WINNER
5-10-0
Record
18-8-0
5′ 10″
Height
6′ 0″
180 lbs.
Weight
196 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Douglas Gordon
WINNER
Mike Medrano
11-11-0
Record
12-13-0
5′ 8″
Height
5′ 5″
175 lbs.
Weight
180 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (5x5x5)
Carlos Rodriguez scored it 30-27. William Mason scored it 30-27. Ray Martin scored it 30-27.