Ryan “Lion” Diaz Diagnosed with Infection, Main Event Fight with Mike “The Hulk” Easton  at UWC® JUDGEMENT DAY to be Cancelled;

Nine Fights set for Saturday’s May 22 Card at the Patriot Center

Washington D.C. (May 21, 2010) – Ryan “Lion” Diaz, challenger to Mike “The Hulk” Easton, has been diagnosed with parotitis, an infection that blocks the salivary glands causing swelling and pain, that will prevent him from competing at UWC® 8 JUDGEMENT DAY on May 22, UWC CEO S. Marcello Foran announced today.

“Ryan became ill shortly before or during his return to the States after spending that last two months training in Thailand for his fight with Mike Easton. Upon his return he visited the emergency room where he was diagnosed with infected salivary glands,” said Foran.  “We were hopeful that he would recover in time to fight, but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case.  I know he’s very disappointed, as we all are that he can’t fight Mike this Saturday night. Both camps understand that these situations can occur and are simply out of anyone’s control. We wish Ryan the best and hope he gets healthy soon.”

The event still has a world-class lineup of nine fights led by the flyweight showdown between Greg Jackson MMA’s high-flying John “The Magician” Dodson and undefeated Jesse “Mountain Man” Riggleman fighting out of MMA Institute.  Former Green Power Ranger actor-turned-MMA artist Jason “Fearless” Frank and top local 145-pound prospect Justin Hickey fighting out of Lloyd Irvin Mixed Martial Arts / Gold Medal Grappling will make their highly-anticipated UWC debuts.  Popular UWC fighters returning to action are Lloyd Irvin teammates Timothy “The Good Soldier” Woods and Ron “Choir Boy” Stallings, plus unbeaten female fan favorite Iman “The Predator” Achhal.  View the updated fight card at http://www.uwcmma.com/events/#fightcard.

Celebrity guests set to appear at the show are Kris “Savage” McCray and Jamie Yager, teammates from this season’s The Ultimate Fighter (T.U.F.) series on Spike, as well as World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) superstar Donald “Cowboy” Cerrone and former UFC/current WEC contender Leonard “Bad Boy” Garcia.

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 (703-993-3000).

A limited number of UltimateVIP (UVIP) and VIP packages ($500 and $250, respectively) will be available, which include cageside seating, UVIP fight night pre-party, Official event lanyard, special guest fighter meet-and-greets, UVIP suite access, full food and beverage service and more. Fore more information or to purchase UVIP and VIP packages visit the official UWC website www.uwcmma.com .

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Fight card and special guest subject to change

Official Weigh-In (Open to public)

Friday, May 21, 4:45pm

Hyatt Fair Lakes – Virginia Suites Rooms

12777 Fair Lakes Circle

Fairfax, VA 22033

(703) 818-1234

(same hotel and room as previous UWC weigh-ins)