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“Suga” Rashad Evans

suga_rashad_evansBorn in 1979, in Niagara Falls, NY, Evans grew up in a single Mom household and was one of eight children. A natural athlete, Evans excelled in football and on the wrestling mat. While in High School, he initially starred as a running back and safety until he switched over to become a two-time All-State Wrestler. Upon graduation in 1998, Evans entered Niagara County Community College, where, in 2000, he captured the National Junior College wrestling championship. He attended Michigan State University and became one of only three competitors to defeat Greg Jones, considered one of the greatest collegiate wrestlers of all time.

Upon graduating from Michigan State with a degree in psychology, Evans fell in love with the fast paced and dynamic sport of MMA. With a passion to excel, Evans became a dominant force, winning his first five fights. He was then cast on the second season of The Ultimate Fighter, and went on to win the competition and sign to a UFC contract.

After 10 wins in the Octagon, Evans reached the pinnacle of the sport in 2008 when he won the UFC light heavyweight title at UFC 92, defeating then champion Forrest Griffin. He lost his first title defense to Lyoto Machida, but has been fighting his way back to a second title shot ever since, which started in August 2011 with a victory over Tito Ortiz at UFC 133. Next, Evans defeated Phil Davis January 28 as the headlining main event of UFC on FOX, a live broadcast Saturday, April 21 where Evans will take on reigning light heavyweight champion Jon Jones in an attempt to become a two-time champion in the UFC. UFC 145: Jones vs. Evans will take place live on Pay-Per-View from the Phillips Arena in Atlanta.

Evans is unquestionably one of the most popular stars in the UFC. While a top contender inside the Octagon, “Suga” also serves as a sports commentator, feature film and TV actor, and company spokesperson outside the cage.

For more information about Evans, visit www.rashadevans.tv and follow him on Twitter @sugarashadevans.


 

Michael “The Menace” Johnson

michael_menace_johnsonA native of St. Louis, Michael Johnson was a three sport varsity athlete in football, wrestling, and track. After high school graduation, Johnson received a football scholarship to Central Methodist University, and after one year, he transferred to Meramec Community College to become one of the country’s top wrestlers.

Johnson started training in MMA with The Springfield Fight Club, which was an affiliate of Gracie Barram and also worked as the assistant mixed martial arts coach. It was there that he fell in love with MMA and launched his fighting career, quickly earning titles as the Midwest Fight League and Xtreme Cage Fighting Champion.

Johnson is known for his relentless style, both in and out of the cage. He stands out with his focus, dedication and passion. He was finally cast on The Ultimate Fighter 12 after telling producers after multiple tryouts, “I’m here; I’m not going to go anywhere. If you guys don’t pick me, I’m going to try out again.”

On The Ultimate Fighter 12 Johnson defeating Pablo Garza, Aaron Wilkinson, Alex “Bruce LeRoy” Caceres, and Nam Pham and became the season’s runner up at 155 pounds.

Since then, Johnson has competed three times in the UFC Octagon, defeating Edward Falooto on UFC Live on Versus via first round KO, and next against Paul Sass who won via submission. Johnson defeated Shane Roller on January 28, 2012 on UFC on Fox, via unanimous decision.

For more information about Michael Johnson, visit him on Facebook.com/Followthemenaceand follow him on Twitter @Followthemenace.


 

Alistair Overeem

alistair_overeemOvereem, 6’5″ and 256 lbs., holds a professional record of 36-11-1, and is the number two ranked heavyweight in the UFC, the largest promoter in mixed martial arts (MMA). He has an incredible 12-fight win streak, and is the only fighter in combat sports to hold a world title in both MMA and K-1 kickboxing at the same time. He held belts as the K-1 World Grand Prix Champion (2010), Dream Champion, and most recently the Strikeforce Heavyweight Champion.

The UFC signed the 31 year old Holland native to a contract in September 2011 and set Friday, December 30 as the date for Overeem’s Octagon debut against Lesnar, former UFC heavyweight champion and WWE legend. It took Overeem less than three minutes after the opening bell to stop Lesnar and not only put an end to the fight, but also send him into retirement.

Overeem is set to take on Dos Santos as the championship main event of the UFC May 26 card Memorial Day weekend in Las Vegas. Dos Santos vs. Overeem will be shown live on Pay-Per-View in North America and will also available around the world through UFC’s various international distributors. Globally, UFC programming is broadcast in 150 countries, territories and jurisdictions, reaching over one billion homes worldwide, in 21 different languages.

Fans can follow Alistair Overeem on Twitter @AlistairOvereem and visit his website atwww.thereem.com, or on Facebook.com/pages/Alistair-Overeem/55558377128.


 

Miguel Torres

miguel_torresMiguel Angel Torres, a Latino native of East Chicago, Indiana, is a father, a husband, a college graduate, a business owner and a professional mixed martial artist who fights at the highest level in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Growing up in one of the tougher neighborhoods in the area, Torres learned early on that fighting was one of the building blocks to success, not only in pursuit of a college education and stable future, but also to escape the pattern of failure that had grasped hold of so many young Latino men like him.

Always a good student, Torres began training in mixed martial arts in 1998. After high school he attended Purdue University where he worked his way through school, earning a Degree in Marketing. For the next five years, Torres worked at a local hospital as a Radiologist’s assistant. He often worked an overnight shift only to work a day job, and still go to the gym to train in MMA.

His work ethic and perseverance paid off. Torres quickly established himself as one of the best MMA competitors in the world in his weight. He also grew as one of the best and most exciting personalities in the Mixed Martial Arts community. He racked up over three dozen wins in his professional career, including a number of title belts in various federations with only one defeat. He succeeded to the UFC-owned World Extreme Cagefighting organization and captured the bantamweight title. When the UFC folded the WEC in 2010, Torres moved over to the UFC and has been fighting under its banner ever since.

His passion and dedication for the sport of MMA go beyond the imagination. Together with his unquestionable skills and very easy going personality, Torres is a UFC fan favorite and a highly respected athlete in the sport. He owns and operates Torres Martial Arts Academy in Hammond, Indiana, a place for anyone who wants to get in shape, learn the subtleties of self-defense/combat sports, or develop lasting self-discipline.

For more information about Torres, visit www.migueltorresmma.com and follow him on Twitter @MiguelTorresMMA.