OPERATION OCTAGON XIX: PRO/AM CAGE FIGHTING FEATURING BRIAN VAN HOVEN V. GEORGE SHEPPARD
Sterling, Va.- Bellator veteran, Brian Van Hoven of Gold Medal Grappling is scheduled to battle George Sheppard of MMA Institute, in the main event at Operation Octagon XIX, Saturday at 7pm at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, Va.
"Landing this bout is truly a coup for Operation Octagon fans as the desire for this match-up has been brewing for a while and not even M1 was able to pull off pairing these two juggernauts of the Mid-Atlantic Pro MMA scene," said Jeff Salisbury of Operation Octagon.
Also scheduled, a professional match-up between Donny Ooton of MMA Institute and Daniel Yeagley of EMIT MMA both of whom are making their debuts as "paid" fighters.
WKA Champ Najim Wali, will square off against NAME of EMIT MMA, rounding out the professional bouts for the night.
More than 20 mixed martial artists are scheduled to battle in the cage Saturday including: Mike Pope of Vanguard Gym versus Royal Martial Arts' Nate Jaime for the featherweight title, Cisco Isata from Pure Performance MMA versus MMAI's Michael Lawrence for the recently vacated lightweight title and defending champions Kevin Kent (welterweight) of Team Warfighter and Josh "Cobra" Brown (heavyweight) of Complete Fitness Concepts will put their belts on the line.
Since its inception in January 2008, Operation Octagon has been the DC area's longest running and most successful mixed martial arts event promotion company. By combining the mid-Atlantic region's top fighters with an unparalleled "big fight night" production, Operation Octagon continues to set itself apart from its competitors.
For info about fight tickets, official weigh in's, and VIP events click here.
To see video highlights of the event at Ibiza in December click here.
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FIGHT FANS-OPERATION OCTAGON XVII LAUNCHED:
Operation Octagon, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area's most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company will feature local favorites from Gold Medal Grappling's Willie Floyd, Welterweight and Bryan Robey, Flyweight defending their Titles. Floyd will take on Disciple MMA's Anthony Cordero and Robey will face Team Assassin's Vic Alpizar. In the Main Event, MMA Institute's Joanna Catabui, a Muay Thai expert and instructor, will challenge Dauntless MMA's Maribeth Sachetti, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Black Belt in a Women's Flyweight bout. In addition to these stellar matches, Operation Octagon XVII will boast over 10 other fights on December 17, 2011 at the Ibiza Night Club in Washington, DC
Washington, DC, December 17, 2011 -- Operation Octagon is the DC area's longest running and most successful Mixed Martial Arts ("MMA") event promotion company. By combining the mid-Atlantic region's top fighters with an unparalleled "big fight night" production, Operation Octagon continues to set itself apart from its competitors.
Since its first event in January 2008, Operation Octagon has sold out 16 consecutive events and plans to bring another full-capacity show to the Ibiza Night Club in Washington, DC on December 17th, 2011.
In one of two of Operation Octagon XVII's Title matches, 170 lb Champion, Willie "No Love" Floyd of Gold Medal Grappling ("GMG") will defend his title against the ever dangerous Anthony Cordero of Disciple MMA. Also, in the second Title bout, 125 lb Champion, Bryan Robey, of GMG, will enter the cage to battle Team Assassin's Vic Alpizar.
In the Main Event of the evening, which happens to be between two female warriors, Muay Thai expert and MMA Institute instructor, Joanna Catabui will square-off against Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ("BJJ") Blackbelt and Dauntless MMA instructor, Maribeth Sachetti.
Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA specialists, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans!
*fight card subject to change.
Combined with the energy of this non-stop MMA action, Operation Octagon proudly features the hottest Cage Girls in the game, along with Hostesses from Hooters for all VIP guests. (Yes, this is the only MMA event featuring special VIP packages with bottle service and unmatched exclusivity. Don't wait-contact Operation Octagon quickly as these tables are selling rapidly.)
For the finale, and definitely not to be missed, is the Official After-Party: The Saturday Night Hook-up Hosted by DJ Chris Styles and broadcast LIVE on Hot 99.5, which will immediately follow Operation Octagon XVII.
SPECIAL ALERT-ALL SHAMROCKFEST FANS PAY ATTENTION: Operation Octagon XVII will be an Official Ticket Raid Location for the area's biggest annual party, SHAMROCKFEST. Tickets to SHAMROCKFEST will be given away throughout the evening. This is certainly an event you don't want to miss.
Operation Octagon XVII set for December 17th in Washington, DC at Ibiza Night Club. You won't want to miss this action packed night of fights featuring the area's top MMA fighters. Tickets are on sale now!
Justin Timberlake's date to the Marine Corp Ball and Operation Octagon Title holder, Kelsey DeSantis, is featured in the Marine Corps Times.
Another great write-up on Operation Octagon XVI by Jim Kirkland of BloodyKnux.com.
ATTENTION OPERATION OCTAGON XVI FIGHTERS!!!
Official fight night pix are HERE! Follow the link below to 'MMA FIGHT PICS' and type your name into the search field at the top left of the screen to see ALL of the pix from your fight. When placing your order, use coupon code FIGHTER at checkout to receive 15% off your order. (This special discount is for fighters only, so the name on the order must match the name of a fighter from the event)
For any questions feel free to contact Operation Octagon's official photographers Mike Burns (Mike@mmafightpics.com) or Etta Smith (Ettasmithphotography@gmail.com)
Operation Octagon will announce big news about upcoming events at Operation Octagon XVI. There will also be top fighters in attendance, including Shurron Thompson from MACE and Dustin Pague from Disciple MMA and the current season of The Ultimate Fighter.
We do allow photographs and video to be taken at Operation Octagon. However, anyone intending to shoot photos and/or videos must sign our Media Waiver/Shared Copyright document. Exceptions may be granted for cell phone cameras or non-professional equipment at our discretion. Please contact us at email@example.com if you have any questions. Following is a copy of the document:
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Justin Timberlake's Date to Fight at Operation Octagon MMA
Operation Octagon, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area's most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company will feature local Marine and Justin Timberlake's date to the Marine Corps Ball, Corporal Kelsey DeSantis, versus LA Boxing's Stacy Sneeringer to battle for the Women's Middleweight (145 lbs.) Championship Title fight. In addition to this stellar match, Operation Octagon XVI will boast over 15 other fights on October 22, 2011 at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA.
Sterling, Virginia, October 22, 2011 -- Operation Octagon, the Washington, D.C.-metropolitan area's most established and respected Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promotion company, is pleased to announce the Main Event, a Women's Middleweight (145 lbs.) Championship Title Fight, two other Men's Title fights and over 13 other top-notch MMA fights at its next production:
On October 22, 2011 at the Dulles Sportsplex in front ofa huge crowdofroaring fight fans, Kelsey DeSantis will enter the Cage against Stacy Sneeringer to battle for the Operation Octagon Women'sMiddleweight Championship.
Kelsey, who recently obtained international fame for her bold YouTube invitation to Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corps Ball (and yes, he accepted and will be accompanying her to the gala), is a proud United States Marine Corporal and member of Team Gideon. She is highly skilled in the discipline ofMuay Thai and has yet to be defeated in a MMA match. In this match, Kelsey will cornered by professional MMA fighter, United States Army Staff Sergeant Colton Smith.
Her worthy adversary, Stacy Sneeringer, a viciousstriker, trains at the renowned LA Boxing club and promises to give Kelsey the stiffest challenge of her career.
This bout between female warriors is destined to become one for the ages in the MMA world and is not to be missed!
The Operation Octagon fight card for October 22 will also feature two additional and exciting Championship Titlematches.
In the Light-Heavyweight division, EJ Mecklenburg of the Beta Academy, who recently impressed the MMA world with a stunning submission only46 seconds into the 1st round of his last fight at Operation Octagon XV, will square off against fellow MMA submission specialist, Jeremy Shifflet ofJerakan MMA.
The Welterweight title belt will also be on the line featuring the always entertaining Willie "No Love" Floyd of Gold Medal Grappling who will be defending his Title against DJ Hilton of XFW MMA, a powerful striker who boasts a brutal 7 second knockout in one of his last fights.
Not to be left out are more than 20 other well-trained and dangerous MMA fighters, who will enter the Cage to punch, kick, elbow and grapple each other into submission for the glory of victory and entertainment of the fans of Operation Octagon!
See Kelsey's Invitation to Justin here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6Th0thA4qc
See Justin's acceptance of Kelsey's invite here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lswoAfCwqJs&NR=1
See the story on CNN here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZYQvEVFiEPc
See Kelsey's last fight with Operation Octagon here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMzv0SI7Mf0
Contact: Jeff Salisbury
Check out Vanguard Gym and MMAinDC.com. Here's a highlight video of fights from Operation Octagon XV. http://www.vanguardgym.com/2011/08/operation-octagon-highlights-video/
Local fighter Dustin Pague will be on The Ultimate Fighter Season 14. Click here to check out a great write-up on the AOL patch by Jim Kirkland from BloodyKnux.com about Dustin and TUF 14.
Operation Octagon XVI set for October 22, 2011 at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA.
Corporal Kelsey DeSantis to fight at Operation Octagon XVI just weeks before her date with Justin Timberlake at the Marine Corps Ball:
Operation Octagon has just announced that Corporal Kelsey DeSantis will fight for the Women's Featherweight Title at Operation Octagon XVI on October 22, 2011 at the Dulles Sportsplex in Sterling, VA. Kelsey has been a great draw for Operation Octagon in the past with her impressive victory over Kristen DeBrucker at Operation Octagon XIII.
Kelsey recently gained national attention by inviting Justin Timberlake to the Marine Corp Ball on November 12th in DC (click here to see her video invitation to Justin)...and he accepted (click here to see video Justin accepting her invitation). Kelsey's opponent has not yet been named but Operation Octagon expects to deliver another dynamite fight with the usual stacked fight card and top notch production that everyone has come to expect from Operation Octagon.
BETA Academy (Team Lloyd Irvin) accepts TWO Title Fights at Operation Octagon XVI:
Master Nakapan Phungephorn of BETA Academy in DC has just accepted offers for TWO Title Fights at Operation Octagon XVI on behalf of his students. After impressive victories at Operation Octagon XV, EJ Mecklenburg (Light Heavyweight) and Cameron Smith (Middleweight) were offered title shots. The Light Heavyweight and Middleweight Titles are currently vacant. The opponents for EJ and Cameron have not yet been announced but Operation Octagon expects to announce those soon.
Operation Octagon acquires Valhalla Fights. See the press release here: http://www.valhallafights.com/
News Links about Operation Octagon:
http://www.mmaindc.com/operation-octagon-beta-academy-team-lloyd-irvin-fights/ Photos: www.MMAfightPics.com