Millennium Events will present its next event, MMA Xplosion: International Team Challenge, which takes place on Saturday, January 29th, 2011 at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino. Some of the world’s best will showcase their skills as athletes from the United States, Brazil, Mexico, and Kazakhstan will form four national teams that will compete against one another at this incredible event. At the Challenge, Team USA will square off against Team Brazil, and Team Mexico will clash with Team Kazakhstan. Two of MMA Xplosion’s brightest rising stars, Damien Knight and Casey Johnson will be featured amongst the six fighters who will represent Team USA. Brazilian favorite Vinny Magalhaes is just one of the talented competitors looking to further elevate the reputation of his native Brazil at the Challenge. Team Kazakhstan will once again be representing their country with the two Nazarov brothers, Ardak and Beibit, as they team up to face Team Mexico, which will include the ultra-tough Art Ramirez.
Tickets for this event start at $30, and are on sale now at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Box Office, (702) 693-5222, www.hardrockhotel.com or www.ticketmaster.com. The event is open to all ages. Doors open at 6 PM, and the first match is scheduled for 7 PM.
The main event will feature an outstanding competitor who’s been on a run in Xplosion inDamien Knight (3-0). In his last two Xplosion appearances, Knight has showcased his skill set in convincing wins over Travis Bartlett and UFC veteran Scott Junk, who he moved up in weight to face. He will represent the Team USA’s 205 pound weight division against highly-regarded Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Vinny “Pezao” Magalhaes (5-5). “Pezao” has won two of his last three fights, and is well-known for his time in the UFC, where he facedEliot Marshall and top star Ryan Bader. The matchup between Knight and Magalhaes has far-reaching implications, and will surely bring out the best in both talented athletes.
Several other notables will be featured at this International Team Challenge event. Explosive talent Casey Johnson (1-0) will endeavor to continue his MMA Xplosion winning streak against undefeated Brazilian Pedro Munoz (3-0). Also representing Team USA will be dynamic fighters John Wood (10-5) and Chidi Njokuani (4-1), a young star who is the brother of multi-time WEC veteran Anthony Njokuani. In addition, Team Kazakhstan’sArdak Nazarov, Beibit Nazarov, Kazybek Ashimov, and Begnar Ammanbyev, who put on an extremely impressive performance at the Joint on October 9th, will look to build off that momentum as they tangle with Team Mexico. And two of MMA’s top fight teams will be represented, as Greg Jackson fighter Karina Hallinan (3-3) will face off with Michele Guiterrez (4-2), a member of Team Wand.