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Avant Guard have teamed up with The Score Fighting Series
sarniasports November 9, 2011

Avant Guard promotions is proud to announce that they have teamed up with THE SCORE FIGHTING SERIES to bring the community and now the Country, MELTDOWN IN THE VALLEY.

This is a once in a life time opportunity for not only for the Fighters of MELTDOWN IN THE VALLEY but the community of Sarnia itself.
The Score will broadcast the show as part of the SCORE FIGHTING SERIES within a month of the December 3 bouts. to be broadcast within weeks of the event

"This event has the kind of match-ups we're looking for with a nice mix of MMA veterans and exciting, young fighters," says Brendan Fyfe, Director of the Score Fighting Series.

"A number of guys on the card have competed in the Score Fighting Series before but they were always the visiting team. It will be awesome to see fighters like John Fraser, Chris Clements and Jesse Gross step into the cage with home town support behind them."

Avant-Guard is very excited about this announcement, especially with the fact that MMA Legend Rich Franklin will also be involved in the event. “With the Franklin announcement last week along with the MMA expo, and the fa! ct THE SCORE FIGHTING SERIES and Avant-Guard have teamed up to bring the community an event of this magnitude, we are obviously very excited,” CEO of Avant-guard, Woodrow James said.

“We have been working for weeks to have THE SCORE FIGHTING SERIES be apart of this event. They felt because the fights we have put together are so exciting and that they not only highlight the locally produced fighters. but some very talented fighters from both Canada and the United States was a key draw for t hem. This is a huge deal for Sarnia, and the surrounding communities to have THE SCORE take part in our first event.”  James said that this is one of the final pieces of the puzzles Avant-Guard was looking for to bring the community a nationally televised event to Sarnia and now Canada.

“We have had nothing but positive support from not only the fighting community but residents and the business community of Sarnia as well,” James said. “

Because of the out going support and interest in not only the fights themselves, but the EXPO (which will take part the day of the fights from 1pm to 4pm), Avant-Guard would like to announce that they have added more tables for the EXPO, which will be available to the business community starting today.

MMA Legend Rich Franklin will be at the EXPO signing autographs and meeting with fans. During the Expo ring girls will also be available for photos and autographs. The Ring Girl competition will be this Saturday November 12 at 10 pm at the Lazy Duck in Sarnia.

Avant-Guard would also to announce eight fights that have been sanctioned by the Ontario Government for the Event

Chris Clements Vs Forrest Petz
John Fraser Vs Travis Reddinger
Clint Kingsbury Vs Randy Turner
Jeff Harrison Vs Kyle Prepolec
Ryan Dickson Vs ! Josh Taveirne
Blake Nash Vs Craig Hudson
Marcello Solinas Vs Adam Hie
Joel Paquette Vs Jason Meisel
Sarnia fighters John Fraser, Joel Paquette and Marcello Solinas will all be on the card.
Other fighters from the area will include; Jesse Gross from Wallaceburg; Jesse Ronson from London, Brent Franczuz from Windsor and Chad Laprise from Chatam are all scheduled.

"I am very excited about the matchup between "The Menace" Chris Clements and 7 time UFC veteran Forrest " The Meat Clever" Petz, this will truly prove where Clements ranks in the country and in the world at welterweight,” James said

“I have to think that a win over such a veteran in the sport will means big things for Chris. And to think yet another local fighter to announce in such a high profile bout we truly are fortunate to have this much talent in our own backyard. This match has fireworks written all over it"

As for the announcement of another local, Jesse Gross, James had this to say,
"Such a relief knowing Jesse Gross is officially competing here in Sarnia, it wouldn't feel right to me having this event without him on the card. He has been with me since day one running events in Michigan and we've been together for alot of big things in the sport. I like to think of him as family and i cant wait to announce who we have lined up to compete against him. "





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