JEFF SMITH REPLACES INJURED CHRIS GRUETZEMACHER AGAINST JERROD SANDERS
May 30, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- LAS VEGAS, Nev. (May 29, 2013) – Streaking 25
year-old featherweight (145 pounds) rising star Jeff Smith
(10-1) of Harrisburg, Pa. will replace injured Chris
Gruetzemacher against Jerrod
Sanders (11-1) of Oklahoma City, Okla. in a World Series of
Fighting Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) preliminary card bout at Hard
Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas on Friday, June 14.
The red-hot Smith has won 10 consecutive bouts – 7 by way of
submission – since suffering a lone defeat in his professional
debut on Aug. 21, 2009. In his last start on July 14, 2012, Smith
earned a unanimous decision over D’Juan Owens.
Born in Sarasota, Fla., Smith is a lifelong athlete who competed in
both wrestling and football before turning down several offers from
NCAA Division II schools that would allow him to continue his
In 2007, Smith turned shifted his focus exclusively to MMA with
dreams of becoming a champion. After amassing a 5-1 record under
amateur status, he turned pro and hasn’t look back since.
Smith’s opponent, Sanders, will put a nine-fight win streak on the
line. The 33-year-old has finished his last three opponents – two
by way of submission and the third via TKO.
Tickets for the star-studded, 10-bout World Series of Fighting
event, priced from $29 (plus applicable service fees), are on sale
at the Hard Rock Hotel Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations,
online at Ticketmaster.com and charge-by-phone at 800.745.3000.
The four-bout main card will air live on NBC Sports Network,
beginning at 11 p.m. ET/8 p.m. PT.
In the welterweight (170 pounds) main event and a long-awaited
rematch, Jon Fitch
(24-5) of Fort Wayne, Ind., will square off with fellow superstar
Burkman (25-9) of Salt Lake City, Utah.
The second meeting between the 35-year-old Fitch, a member of San
Jose, Calif.-based Team AKA, and the 32-year-old Burkman, a winner
of four consecutive fights, comes slightly more than seven years
after Fitch submitted Burkman with a rear-naked choke in the second
round (4:57) of their initial encounter that, coincidentally, also
took place at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas.
In the co-main event, streaking stars and fearsome submission aces
Steele (10-1) of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Canada and Steve Carl
(19-3) of Cedar Rapids, Iowa will face off at welterweight.
Also slated for battle on the main card is heavyweight rising star
and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Rolles
Gracie (8-1) of Rio De Janeiro, Brazil, who will face off with
hard-hitting KO artist Dave
Huckaba (20-5) of Sacramento, Calif. All 8 of Gracie’s career
victories have come by way of submission and 16 of Huckaba’s 20
career wins have come by way of (T)KO.
Undefeated prospect Justin
Gaethje (8-0) of Denver, Colo. will collide with Brian Cobb
(20-7) of Bakersfield, Calif., in a lightweight (155 pounds)
contest and the first televised main card bout of the night.
In preliminary card action, battle-tested submission specialist
Gunderson (34-14) of Houston, Tex. will be pitted against
Lauzon (16-4) of Bridgewater, Mass. in another lightweight
tilt. All 16 of Lauzon’s professional career victories have come by
way of (T)KO or submission.
Beebe (13-2) of Schaumburg, Ill. will face undefeated
submission ace Joe Murphy
(6-0) of Huntington Beach, Calif. in a bantamweight (135 pounds)
Fellow undefeated prospects Krasimir
Mladenov (9-0) of Borica, Bulgaria and Kendrick
Miree (5-0) of Atlanta, Ga., will square off at middleweight
Hansen (4-1) of Las Vegas will battle Josh Montalvo (2-1) of
San Benito, Texas in a featherweight matchup.
Doors at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino will open at
4:30 p.m. PT and the first preliminary card bout will begin at 5:30
ABOUT WORLD SERIES OF FIGHTING Based in Las Vegas, Nev., the fight
capital of the world, World Series of Fighting is a professional
Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fight promotion dedicated to delivering an
incredible, action-packed entertainment experience for fight fans
by producing the best possible matchups between elite fighters from
around the globe. For more information please visit www.WSOF.com.
Follow World Series of Fighting on Twitter @MMAWorldSeries and
World Series of Fighting President Ray Sefo
About The Joint The Joint is a 4,000-person capacity venue that
serves as a sophisticated, intimate and unparalleled entertainment
destination. The Joint features seven Luxury Suites, a VIP Studio
Level, state-of-the-art sound system, superior video system and a
production package tailor-made for artist comfort. It has received
numerous accolades including “Best Concert Venue” in Las Vegas
Review – Journal’s “Best of Las Vegas” awards 2010 – 2012, “Best
Music Venue” in 2012 Las Vegas Weekly Awards, “No. 1 Hottest Club
in America” award by Billboard Magazine in 2011, “Best Live Music
Venue in Las Vegas” by MetroWize.com in 2011, “Best New Major
Concert Venue” at the 2010 Pollstar Awards, and “Best Live Music
Venue” in AOL City’s Best 2010 awards. The Joint delivers
unforgettable live music experiences with performances by both
legendary and ground-breaking artists including Paul McCartney, The
Killers, Bon Jovi, Kenny Chesney, Arcade Fire, Avenged Sevenfold,
Rise Against, Paramore, Muse, Drake and No Doubt. The venue created
the successful concept of rock ‘n’ roll residencies with
Supernatural Santana: A Trip Through the Hits, Mötley Crüe in Sin
City, Guns N’ Roses Appetite for Democracy and Def Leppard VIVA
Hysteria! as well as Tiësto In Concert, featuring the world’s No. 1
electronic DJ and producer Tiësto. For additional information,
visit www.thejointlasvegas.comor call 702.693.5583 or
ABOUT NBC SPORTS NETWORK NBC Sports Network, part of the NBC Sports
Group, is dedicated to serving passionate sports fans. Now in more
than 80 million homes, the network is the cable television home of
the Summer and Winter Olympics, National Hockey League (NHL), Major
League Soccer (MLS), IZOD IndyCar Series, Tour de France and the
34th America’s Cup, and beginning in 2013, the Premier League and
Formula One. In addition, NBC Sports Network features college
football, college basketball, college hockey, outdoor programming,
horse racing surrounding the Triple Crown and Breeders' Cup, Fight
Night boxing, Ironman, the Dew Action Sports Tour and USA Sevens
Rugby. The network is also home to original programs such as Costas
Tonight, The Crossover, NFL Turning Point, Pro Football Talk and
The Dan Patrick Show. NBC Sports Network is distributed via cable
systems and satellite operators throughout the United States.