Gracie Fighting Championships, which postponed its Jan. 20 event at
the American Airlines Arena in Miami, has pinned a new venue and
date for its return.
The 20,000-seat Jerome Schottenstein Center in Columbus, Ohio, home
to the Final Four-bound Ohio State University men's basketball
program, will host "Evolution" on May 19 headlined by American Top
Team heavyweight Jeff Monson(Pictures) against Lancaster, Ohio
native Wes Sims(Pictures).
Monson, 36, is scheduled to face Kazuyuki Fujita(Pictures) April 8 on Tokyo in what is being
billed as the first UFC-PRIDE "dream fight." The former UFC
heavyweight title challenger looks to get back in the win column
after seeing his 16-fight win streak come to a halt against
Tim Sylvia(Pictures) last November at UFC 65. Sims
last saw action against Van
Palacio(Pictures) at Palace Fighting Championship's
"Fast and Furious," with the bout being ruled a No Contest after
Sims was struck illegally twice in the groin.
The card will be broadcast on pay-per-view in the U.S. via iNDEMAND
and Dish Network. Canadian viewers will have access through Viewers
Choice and Bell ExpressVu. Mark Cuban's HDNet is expected to
televise "Evolution" at a later date. Well known actor Keith David
will join Cesar Gracie(Pictures) in handling commentating