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Old 06-28-2009, 12:10 AM
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Default My Friend is on the Main Card Tonight!!

Ok, super cool news for me!! My team mate & friend Mark Kergosien, who trains at our gym in smalltown Mississippi, is making his pro debut tonight at Ultimate Chaos. He was slated to fight on the undercard, and we were hoping he would have a good fight & some of the main card fights would be short so his fight would be televised. Well, Din Thomas has bowed out, and Mark has agreed to replace him on the main card, facing Javier Vasquez. We are a Gracie Barra affiliated school, btw. Myself & Jeremy Bond formed the club in 2005, and became affiliated with Gracie Barra in 2006 when we met GB Black belt Rafael Ellwanger, a 3 time Pan Am champ who now trains us. Here is the article about Mark:

Javier Vazquez will make his anticipated return to mixed martial arts competition on Saturday but not against UFC veteran Din Thomas.

Just hours before their scheduled featherweight bout, the Vazquez camp confirmed that Thomas bowed out of the match at Fight Force International “Ultimate Chaos” at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss. Vazquez, who announced his retirement following a 2007 submission victory against JC Pennington, will instead lock horns with Mark Kergosien, a Brazilian jiu-jitsu stylist anchored in Mississippi.

“Din pulled out,” said Romie Aram, a UFC veteran and one of the founders of the Millennia Mixed Martial Arts Training Center, where Vazquez trains. “He had issues making weight and got himself sick.”

Thomas (24-8), an American Top Team product, checked in at 146.6 pounds at the official weigh-in on Friday.

Vazquez (12-2), a four-time U.S. Open Brazilian jiu-jitsu champion, overcame three career-threatening knee injuries to return to the MMA scene after three-year layoff in 2007. A Brazilian jiu-jitsu black belt who has remained on the sport’s radar for a decade, Vazquez has twice had to pass up chances to compete in the UFC -- first against Hermes Franca at UFC 43 in 2003 and again against former welterweight champion Matt Serra at UFC 46 in 2004. Injuries kept him out of both events.

Vazquez, who has never been finished in 14 career bouts, will carry a three-fight winning streak into his appearance at “Ultimate Chaos.” He holds victories against Shooto legend Rumina Sato and UFC veteran Robert Emerson.

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Old 06-28-2009, 04:02 AM
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Well, it didn't go so well for Mark, but he took the fight on a few hours notice, and went against a 3 time U.S. Open BJJ Blackbelt Champion, while Mark only has his blue belt. Obviously he should not have tried to take the guy down.....lol.
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