Sylvia-Buentello headlines one of 3 PWP Title fights Saturday night in Irvine, CA
SAN DIEGO – Hall of Fame boxer Carlos Palomino, WBC Welterweight Champion from 1976-1979, has crossed over the mixed martial arts as an Executive Officer for Powerhouse World Promotions, which presents Saturday night’s “War on the Mainland” Pay-Per-View event, showcasing three Powerhouse World Promotions (PWP) LLC title fights, live from Bren Events Center in Irvine, California.
Two-time UFC heavyweight champion Tim “Maine-iac” Sylvia battles former UFC and Strikeforce title challenger Paul “The Headhunter” Buentello in the main event for the vacant PWP Heavyweight Championship.
“War on the Mainland,” presented by Powerhouse World Promotions, is being distributed by Integrated Sports Media at 10:00PM ET/7:00PM PT in North America on cable and satellite Pay-Per-View via iN Demand, DIRECTV, Avail-TVN and DISH Network, as well as Viewer’s Choice, Bell TV and Shaw PPV in Canada, for a suggested retail price of only $29.95. It will also be available in the United Kingdom via Primetime Live. The PPV card will also be streamed live on Internet PPV outside of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom by going to www.WarontheMainland.com.
Palomino (31-4-3, 19) is involved in marketing for Powerhouse World Promotions. Originally, he explained, Saturday night’s show was going to be a boxing-MMA hybrid show, but when negotiations dragged on for two proposed world title fights, it was decided that Powerhouse’s first show would be entirely MMA.
“The idea was to draw audiences from boxing and MMA,” Palomino said. “We weren’t able to do that for this time, eliminating boxing, but plan to for our next show. I got involved with Powerhouse because my good friend, 2-time MMA Trainer of the Year Tony Martinez, called to see of I’d be interested. At first, being a boxer, I didn’t understand what they were doing (in MMA), even when they were standing and fighting. But my older brother is a construction worker and he told me they all loved MMA. Three years ago, I got a call from one of the Gracie brothers asking if I’d come to his gym in Torrance. He had three boys – 19, 20 and 21 – who were becoming cage fighters. They hired me for six months to train them to box. After each session, they showed me what they did on the ground and I understand that they can’t smother themselves on the ground. They’re deadly. I had a different perspective and learned a little about what they did on the ground.
“I’ve learned to appreciate MMA. In boxing, we’re taught to turn and give minimal targets, not square-up like they do in MMA. Now, though, I understand that they have to fight like that to protect themselves from kicks and being taken down. It’s hard for them to turn on punches (from that stance), which is why they throw a lot of arm and looping punches. It’s a different game like tapping out. Quitting is the worst thing in boxing but, in MMA; if they don’t tap-out they could break a wrist, arm or other bones.
“To me, it’s amazing to watch them fight. Fighters with strong wrestling backgrounds do well. Some guys can really stand and throw good punches, too. It’s quickly become a very competitive sport. Kids love it. It’s a very interesting, different time for fighters and fans.”
In the co-main event, former WEC titlist Jason “The Punisher” Lambert (25-11-0) takes on former King of the Cage heavyweight and light heavyweight champion, Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez (18-4-0), for the vacant PWP Light Heavyweight title belt.
In the third of three PWP title fights on the card (5 X 5, all other fights are 3 X 5), former IFL middleweight champion Matt “The Fighting Hippy” Horwich (22-13-1) meets former UFC title challenger Thales Leites (17-3-1) for the PWP middleweight crown.
Former UFC Lightweight Champion Jens “Little Evil” Pulver (22-13-1) is in a crossroads fight against Diego “El Nino” Garijo (4-1-0) in a Special Lightweight Attraction.
Also fighting on “War on the Mainland” is Brazilian middleweight Gustavo “Ximu” Machado (18-8-1) vs. Rick Reeves (10-3-0) and Mexican welterweight Jorge “The Naked Man” Ortiz (16-5-1) vs. veteran Terry Martin (19-8-0).
Undercard fights featuring local fighters include lightweights Joao Silva (3-2-0) vs. Erin Beach (1-0-0), lightweights Cleber Luciano (3-3-0) vs. Todd Willingham (2-4-2), welterweights A.J. Mathews (3-0-0) vs. Sean Choice (1-0-0), and pro-debuting lightweights Evan Aitkins vs. Chad McCausland. All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets, ranging from $35.00 to $110.00 reserved and $110.00 to $295.00 on the floor, are on sale at the Bren Events Center Box Office (10 AM/PT-6 PM/PT, Mon-Fri), going on line to www.bren.uci.edu or www.ticketmaster.com, or by calling 1.949.824.5000.
PWP CEO Brian Manna announced today that American Idol, Season Three finalist Paris Bennett will sing the National Anthem.