New Era Fighting to promote
"World's Toughest Man" contest
SANTA ANA, California (February
6, 2007) - New Era Fighting (NEF), the evolving
mixed martial arts organization combining the
raw brutality of UFC with the entertainment
value of WWE, will promote the "World's
Toughest Man" contest, NEF president Ron
Kort announced today.
NEF will hold a series of international level
tryouts, tentatively scheduled to begin June
15-17,at a venue in Orange Country, California.
Each tryout in the proposed series will be conducted
during a three-day tournament.
Combat fighters selected will advance to the
next round, where they will fight each other
in a tournament format to determine 10 survivors.
The 10 tryout survivors as well as fighters
already signed to NEF promotional contracts
will compete on a show in either California
or Las Vegas. The winner will be crowned "World's
Toughest Man" and be offered an anticipated
$1,000,000 winner-take-all purse to fight living
legend Kimo Leopoldo, headlining a full card
for a pay-per-view broadcast live from in Las
Vegas at a date to be determined.
"More details are still being worked out,"
Kort explained. "We want to prove to the
MMA world that NEF has the best street-fighting
heavyweights. The challenge is open to anybody
who weighs a minimum of 205 pounds, if they
have what it takes to be an NEF warrior. We
will be organizing a set of rules to keep the
action going for these tryouts. The goal is
to test the fighters' abilities in a safe environment
and keep the audience entertained every minute
of the event."
Kimo is the undisputed superstar of New Era
Fighting. "The reason I am part of New
Era Fighting is I'm tired of fighting good fighters
in a political environment," Kimo said.
"When I fought (Ken) Shamrock and he kneed
me in the face, I fell on my back and immediately
rolled onto all fours. I did NOT tap-out, I
did NOT get choked out, and I did NOT get knocked
out. They just randomly decided to stop the
fight. When I beat 'Tank' (Abbott), I knew better.
'Tank' tapped-out twice before the ref stopped
the fight. I made sure the ref had to pull me
off so there was no mistake, so everyone knew
I won and that it wasn't by accident. These
guys wanted to promote another fighter beating
me because it made them look tougher.
"I want to fight the best of the best and
give someone else an opportunity to step into
my fame and glory. I just feel bad that they
will be on the losing end of the stick. The
bottom line is that I would love to find a REAL
fighter that's tough enough to step up, fight
me in a non-political arena, and beat me. I
don't think he exists! I am a pioneer in this
industry and set precedence by physically damaging
the creator of MMA in the USA, Royce Gracie.
Yeah, I'm ready to beat the best fighter this
world has to offer. Bring on the winner of the
'World's Toughest Man' contest, but make sure
he wears a diaper because I'm going to knock
the ____ out of him."
NEF Stable of Fighters
Kimo Leopoldo Huntington Beach, CA
Aaron Brink Huntington Beach, CA
Liron Wilson Fresno, CA
Frederick Steen Valinda, CA
Christopher Scheminder Chadron, NE
John George Corona, CA
Joel Garcia Pomona, CA
Rick Arballo San Diego, CA
Luis Figueroa San Diego, CA
Eric Denham Santa Ana, CA
Ethen Cox Long Beach, CA
Mychal Clark Seattle, WA
Alan Garcia Castillo Santa Ana, CA
Odsar Borboa Whitter, CA
Marlon Timothy Bonds Los Angeles, CA
Sean Belote Covina, CA