“This is a great card, an awesome show. I go way back with Lambert and Jens. I’m the godfather of Jen’s son. The only problem with fighting in the main event is I can’t watch these other guys fight. I did buy the pay-per-view and I’m Tivo-ing it. I’ve gone through a lot of changes. I kind of had a 2-year layoff and I’ve been working more on my Jiu Jitsu. Don’t be surprised to see my ground game in this fight,” stated MMA heavyweight Tim Sylvia as he spoke to the media during the final press conference prior to his showdown with Paul Buentello this Saturday on the “War on the Mainland” pay-per-view event. Check out what all the participants had to say!
TIM “The Maine-iac” SYLVIA: “I don’t know how to follow Matt’s speech (see below). I was laughing the whole time. I’m feeling great. I’m stoked to fight Paul. We go way back. We were supposed to fight a couple of times. We’ve both had hiccups. I’m sorry for Pedro (Rizzo). At first, I was supposed to fight him, but there was a change. Maybe he can fight the winner. (Powerhouse CEO Brian Manna later announced that Rizzo would be fighting on the next Powerhouse card.) This is a great card, an awesome show. I go way back with Lambert and Jens. I’m the godfather of Jen’s son. The only problem with fighting in the main event is I can’t watch these other guys fight. I did buy the pay per view and I’m Tivo-ing it. I’ve gone through a lot of changes. I kind of had a 2-year layoff and I’ve been working more on my Jiu Jitsu. Don’t be surprised to see my ground game in this fight.”
PAUL “The Headhunter” BUENTELLO: “It’s a crazy card. I’m glad to be here. Powerhouse called and asked if I wanted a job. I said I was ready to fight. This fight was supposed to happen before. Tim’s been around a long time and I think he’s still at his best. He knows how to win and I’m glad to be fighting him. I’m up for the challenge and I know he is, too. I’m going for it. It’s going to be a great fight.”
JASON “The Punisher” LAMBERT: “I’ve been around awhile, like Jens said, back when nobody knew what it (MMA) was all about. I’d say I had a fight coming up and people would ask if I boxed. Now everybody knows and every kid I see is wearing a Tapout shirt. It’s crazy how far this sport has come. I’ve trained my butt off to put on a good show. I’m going for a highlight reel, win or lose. I’m always looking to finish. Hopefully, my opponent (Tony Lopez) comes in good shape for us to put on a great show.”
THALES LEITES: “I’m very happy to be here and very proud to be part of the team – the first Powerhouse show. I had a great training camp and I’m at 100-percent capacity.”
MATT “The Fighting Hippy” HORWICH: “It’s a beautiful universe; surfing gods infinitely accelerating current of creativity, flowing one submission to the next, or one combo to the next, is like flowing one cord of note to the next in music, or one sub-atomic particle to the next in string theory. I’m stoked for this opportunity. Thank God for everything. Thanks so much.”
JENS “Little Evil” PULVER: “It’s cool to be on this card. I love to see this is the beginning with this show. I’ve been around a long time when there were other beginnings. No names. I’ve gone through bumps and bruises, highs and lows, but in the end I love this sport and this is my family. Everybody knows I’m always going out there to throw-down. Only one thing, if I’m not crying, I’m trying. I have to go out there and shake-off the rust.
“Nobody has had to wake me up with smelling salts, seven minutes later, and I haven’t torn anything. I’m only 34. I’ve been getting caught in arm bars…..that Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. How can I become a complete fighter? I’m working on categorizing. I’m never really going to retire…no watch, just ride off into the sunset. Maybe you’ll see me someday at Walmart.”
WHAT: War on the Mainland PPV professional MMA show
WHEN: Saturday, August 14, 2010
WHERE: Bren Events Center, Irvine, California
PROMOTER: Powerhouse World Promotions, LLC
PAY-PER-VIEW INFORMATION: Distributed in North America by Integrated Sports Media at 10:00PM ET/6:00PM PT 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 and registering.
PPV ANNOUNCERS: Bas Rutten and Benny Ricardo
RING ANNOUNCER: Jimmy Lennon, Jr.
TICKETS: Ranging from $35.00 to $110.00 reserved, $110.00 to $295.00 on the floor, 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.
DOORS OPEN: 5:00 PM/PT; FIRST FIGHT: 6:00 PM/PT; FIRST PPV FIGHT: 7:00 PM/ET (10:00 PM/ET)