Ultimate icon at WarZone

GLEN DAWKINS -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 8:14 AM ET

Former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight champion and three-time undefeated King of Pancrase Bas Rutten will make a special guest appearance when Ultimate Cage Wars presents War Zone, tomorrow night at the Winnipeg Convention Centre.

"He was the UFC former champion and to bring those big superstars to Winnipeg (is a big thing)," said promoter Tony Condello. "But we got him."

Rutten will sign autographs and meet spectators during his appearance. Also making an appearance at tomorrow's card will be current TKO heavyweight champion Krzysztof Soszynski of Winnipeg, who claimed his title by defeating Icho Larenas last month in Montreal.

The nine-bout mixed martial arts card will feature Lethbridge's Justin Tevernini and Winnipeg's Alex Popov. Fighting begins at 7:30 p.m.

The card will be taped for broadcast on the Fight Network across North America due to a three-year deal UFC signed recently.

Ticket sales have already surpassed 2,000 and Condello is hoping to sell 3,000.

"As each year goes by, we try to bring in better fighters from across Canada and the United States," said Condello, who started UFC two years ago. "We'll have a better chance (to book fighters) because of the deal with the Fight Network. That helps quite a bit."

Tickets are $27 plus agency fees and are available at TicketMaster. VIP tables are still available by calling Condello at 229-9173.


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