Promoter pumps ring extravaganza

KEN WIEBE -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:01 AM ET

Tony Condello wasn't afraid of setting the proverbial bar too high.

When asked what fans could expect from the Oct. 28 Ultimate Cage Wars presents: The War Zone card at the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the longtime promoter could hardly contain his enthusiasm.

'TAPED FOR TV'

"It's going to be the biggest show seen here in Winnipeg," said Condello. "You're going to see boxing, kick boxing, mixed martial arts, judo. The whole works."

The show will be taped for TV and aired on The Fight Network across North America, likely in November, thanks to a three-year deal Condello has signed.

"It's the first time," said Condello, noting previous UCW shows have averaged 2,500 fans and hopes to surpass 3,000 for this show.

Alex Popov and Aaron (Double Barrel) Tregear are among the fighters slated to take part in the 10-fight card.

But the big news is that UFC superstars Bas Rutten (a former UFC heavyweight champion and three-time undefeated King of Pancrase) and Canadian Georges St. Pierre of Montreal are scheduled to be in attendance.

"Whether they fight is yet to be seen, but they're going to be here live anyway," said Condello.

Condello says the ultimate fighting revolution is just scratching the surface.

"It's going to be bigger than wrestling," said Condello. "It's just a matter of time."

Early bird tickets featuring a 20% discount are available from Sept. 25 to Oct. 15 at Ticketmaster locations or by calling 780-3333, using the password UCW. Ringside VIP tables can be purchased by calling Tony at 229-9173 or Genevieve at 997-1048.


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