PRESS RELEASE: Aug. 19, 2010
Bas Rutten, Don Frye and Ron Kruck to Call the PPV Action for Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley.
The commentating team, as the intermediary between the fight action and viewers, is vital to the success of televised mixed martial art events. Understanding the importance of the broadcasters, Shark Fight Promotions has recruited a world-class commentating team. The unique and talented three-man lineup consists of two MMA legends: Bas Rutten and Don Frye, as well as popular HDNet television personality Ron Kruck. This team of entertaining and dynamic personalities will ensure a first-rate experience for fans tuning into the Shark Fights Pay-Per-View broadcast on September 11.
According to Brent Medley, president of Shark Fight Promotions, “We have put together what we refer to as our ‘Commentating Dream Team’ to call the action during our September 11 Pay-Per-View event. It was extremely important to us to secure a credible commentating team that is not only knowledgeable, but also exciting and entertaining to watch. We feel we have accomplished that. We are confident that Bas Rutten and Don Frye will prove to be one of the best, and most entertaining, color commentating teams that the MMA community has ever experienced.”
Don Frye and Bas Rutten, known for their unpredictable humor and first hand knowledge of the sport, boast a laundry list of impressive career accolades that reach far beyond their legendary fight status. They are both popular and highly respected MMA personalities recognized worldwide. Now, for the first time ever, Rutten and Frye will be a part of the same color commentating team. MMA fans should expect the unexpected, and prepare to be thoroughly entertained.
Bas Rutten has been involved in the fight industry, in some capacity, for more than 20 years. He was the UFC Heavyweight Champion, a three time King of Pancrase, and finished his fight career on a twenty-two-fight win streak. He is also a well-recognized color commentator, accredited actor, television host, coach and entrepreneur. Millions have watched Rutten on television and in major motion pictures such as “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” and “Sinners & Saints”. Most recently, his voice can be heard in MGM’s live-action comedy, “The Zookeeper,” along with the voices of Adam Sandler, Cher, and Sylvester Stallone. Rutten is also a fitness advocate on the Cartoon Network and a popular host on HDNet’s “Inside MMA.” As a coach, he has trained celebrities and some of the top athletes in the world. He also has a popular line of self-defense, training, and fitness videos, and is the creator of one of the most effective mixed martial arts training tools on the market, the Body Action System.
Don Frye, also known as “The Predator,” is considered a pioneer in the sport of mixed martial arts. Along with his collegiate wrestling experience, Frye holds a second degree black belt in Judo, has a professional boxing record, and has fought for the most prestigious fight promotions in the world. Frye is best known for his success in Pride, K-1 and The Ultimate Fighting Championships, but has also added coach, writer, radio personality, color commentator and accredited actor to his long list of impressive accolades. Frye has made appearances on popular television shows such as: “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia,” “Miami Vice,” “Law and Order: Criminal Intent” and “The Best Damn Sports Show Period.” He has starred in the major motion picture “Honor” and lent his voice for a children’s film, “The Ant Bully.” Frye’s most recent films include; Rob Schneider’s prison comedy “Big Stan,” “Public Enemies,” and “Salt” featuring Angelina Jolie.
Medley concluded with, “In addition to our dynamic color commentating duo, we took it one step further and engaged popular MMA reporter and television personality Ron Kruck to call the play-by-play action. We are extremely happy with the team that we put together and are confident that the fans will be to.”
Ron Kruck, also a well-respected personality within the industry, has covered practically every sport imaginable. Major sporting events he has covered beyond MMA include; the Stanley Cup playoffs, Major League Baseball playoffs, NBA playoffs, NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, Olympic Trials and the Fiesta and Orange Bowls. Kruck has worked for Mark Cuban’s high-definition network, HDNet, since 2003 and is the lead reporter / news anchor for the popular program “Inside MMA” along with Bas Rutten and host Kenny Rice. Kruck also produces and hosts a weekly segment on the show titled “Kruck’s Korner,” which showcases unique people and stories from the MMA world. Kruck currently spends most of his time reporting from the ring of “HDNet Fights.” In addition to conducting pre- and post-fight interviews, Kruck is known for his informative and insightful play-by-play announcing.
Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley, will take place on Saturday, September 11 at the Amarillo Civic Center Coliseum. Doors open at 6:00pm CT. Fights start at 7:00 pm CT. PPV airs at 10:00pm ET. Tickets are on sale now! To purchase event tickets please go to www. Sharkfights.com, www.Panhandletickets.com, or visit any Panhandle ticket outlet.
Shark Fights MMA: Jardine vs. Prangley will be available live on Pay-Per-View on iN DEMAND, Bell TV and Viewers Choice Canada for just $29.99! Contact your cable provider for details. For additional information on Shark Fight Promotions, please visit www.sharkfights.com.
About Shark Fight Promotions:
Shark Fight Promotions, an innovative fight promotion company based out of Amarillo Texas, is dedicated to driving the growth of mixed martial arts through the production of high quality MMA events and by effectively showcasing MMA fighters. The organization takes pride in putting the fans and fighters first; therefore they strive to make each Shark Fight event more exciting than the last. Executives within the organization are committed to producing impressive fight cards with extremely competitive match-ups. They are also passionate about their philanthropic endeavors. Shark Fight Promotions stays involved in charity causes by partnering with, and contributing to, non-profit organizations in each city that hosts a Shark Fight Promotions event.