Action Hero-Turned-MMA Fighter Jason David Frank to Fight May 22
Washington D.C. (May 2010) – As an actor Jason David Frank was used to battling alien villains as a star on the “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers” television series. Now, the former action hero-turned-Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighter will battle the real thing when he takes on 205-pound warrior James Handy inside the cage at UWC® 8 JUDGEMENT DAY on May 22 at the Patriot Center.
The California native, now fighting out of Houston-TX based Rising Sun Karate, will put his 3-0 record on the line in a three-round amateur bout against a tough Chicago opponent who is unbeaten in five contests, all by knockout.
“I know I have a target on my back,” said Frank, who goes by “Fearless Frank” and is the founder/CEO of Christian-based MMA clothing company Jesus Didn’t Tap. “Everyone is going to want to beat up the Green Ranger. But I am no Kimbo. I’ve been training for a very long time and know how to handle myself inside the cage.”
Frank, an accomplished 6th degree black belt, began martial arts training at age four at Red Dragon Karate, earned his first degree black belt at 12 and opened his own gym at 18. One year later, he put his skills to use when he was cast as the Green Power Ranger “Tommy Oliver” in the popular children’s television series “Mighty Morphin Power Rangers.” He made 243 total episode actual appearances and 258 character appearances. Frank also stared in the two Power Rangers feature films and recently just finished filming “The One Warrior,” an action movie starring MMA superstar Jeff Curran.
He remained active in martial arts while acting and, in 1994, created his own system called “Toso Kune Do” which incorporated numerous fighting styles. He made his amateur debut last January earning a first-round submission. Frank plans to turn professional in the near future.
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UWC Bantamweight World Champion Mike “The Hulk” Easton (Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts, Washington, D.C.) defends his belt against dangerous cage veteran Ryan “Lion” Diaz (Arizona Combat Sports, Phoenix, AZ) in the show’s Main Event, while high-flying featherweight John “The Magician” Dodson (Greg Jackson MMA, Albuquerque, NM) squares off against undefeated Jesse “Mountain Man” Riggleman (MMA Institute, Harrisonburg, VA) in the Co-Main Event.
Many of the region’s top fighters will be showcased on the 10-bout card, including Easton’s teammates Timothy (formerly Reshad) “The Good Soldier” Woods (Sterling, VA) and Ron “Choir Boy” Stallings (Baltimore, MD), local female favorite Iman “Mannie” Achhal (Capital Mixed Martial Arts/ Sterling, VA), Justin “The Butcher’ Hickey (Lloyd Irvin Martial Arts/Gold Medal Grappling, Woodbridge, VA), Jeromy Carper (MMA Institute, Bunker Hill, WV), Caleb Macalister (Team RAM, Lynchburg, VA), Dustin “The Disciple” Pague (MASE MMA Academy, Sterling, VA) and Joey Kirwan (Clinch Academy, Baltimore, MD).
Look for celebrity guest appearances by Kris “Savage” McCray and Jamie Yager from this season’s Ultimate Fighter (T.U.F.) series on Spike, World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) superstar Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and former UFC/current WEC contender Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia.
Fight Card and Special Guest Subject to Change
Doors will open at 6:00 pm with the first bout scheduled to begin at 7:00 pm. Tickets, priced at $28.50, $38.50, $58.50, $78.50 and $128.50 (plus applicable service charge), can be purchased through Ticketmaster by logging onto www.ticketmaster.com, calling 703-573-SEAT, 202-397-SEAT or 410-547-SEAT or by visiting any Ticketmaster outlet, including the Patriot Center box office (703-993-3030).
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