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SportFight X was set to make history by turning Atlanta Symphony Hall into a Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight venue with the Brawl at Symphony Hall. The event made front page news in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and the extra attention caught Woodruff Arts Center patrons off guard. They created an out-lash resulting in Woodruff officials canceling the signed agreement and banning the sport from the venue permanently. While Sportfight X is still considering legal action, it has set its sights on another Atlanta landmark and this time will bring Beatdowns in the Ballroom to the Thomas Murphy Ballroom in the Georgia World Congress Center on Friday, March 26th. The event will be headlined by the finals of the Redline Grand Prix, an eight man tournament comprised of some of the toughest middleweight cage fighters this side of the Mississippi to determine the best of the best. The winner will take home a $10,000 grand prize.
Finalist Cortez Coleman is a former St. Louis street thug who says MMA has reformed his life for the positive and is now trained by UFC legend Matt Hughes. The other finalist is local superstar Douglas "The Phenom" Lima. Born in Brazil, Lima got his start in MMA at the age of 13 and has racked up 17 victories in 20 fights. Also on the card are some Atlanta entrepreneurs including Atlanta's #1 hometown favorite fighter and UFC veteran Diego "The Octopus" Saraiva, owner of Saraiva MMA in Doraville and Ethan Garrison, an undefeated MMA standout and owner of Clutch Fitness in Kennesaw and Roswell. Additionally, Dhiego Lima, younger brother of Douglas, follows in his brother's footsteps and makes his Georgia professional debut.
SportFight X is the premiere promotion of Atlanta and Georgia's only non-amateur MMA. MMA is a hybrid sport comprised of the best techniques of Boxing, Muay Thai, Wrestling and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. SportFight X is owned and operated by a team of marketing professionals who brought you Sin City Fight Club, Atlanta's premiere amateur promotion which has sold out all of its 3 shows in 2009.
Beatdowns in the Ballroom is sponsored by Project 96.1, Brawl Nutrition, Redline VPX, Dave and Busters & Discount Nutrition, MusclePharm, and Sponsored Fan Sports Management. Doors open at 7pm with fights beginning at 8pm. Tickets range from $29- $75 and are on sale at www.sportfightx.com.
For sponsorship, press, photos or fighter and VIP information, please contact William "Soco" McAlister at firstname.lastname@example.org or 404-906-9828.