Gladiator Challenge Newsletter

GC Brings Brand Of Action To World Class Thunder Valley Casino


August 27, 2011

Thunder Valley Casino Resort

Lincoln, California



Gladiator Challenge (GC) owner Tedd Williams is proud to announce

“Unleashed,” the first-ever mixed martial arts (MMA) event to take place

at the world class Thunder Valley Casino Resort, which is scheduled for

Saturday, August 27th. This is a match made in heaven, as the hottest

casino in all of California has partnered with the pioneers of the sport of

MMA. This electrifying night of fight action will feature some of the top

GC fighters, including several title-holders. Fight fans will not want to

miss this history-making night of fights!


“We are extremely pleased and excited to bring the GC brand of MMA

action to a locale like Thunder Valley Casino,” exclaimed Williams. “It’s

a beautiful place, and I can’t wait to see the entertaining show the

fighters put on there.”


“Unleashed” will showcase some of the best competitors Gladiator Challenge has to offer. Three top-shelf

main events headli ne the card, including a title match between the GC Super Heavyweight Champion, Rick

Vardell, and MMA legend Dan “The Beast” Severn, GC Middleweight Champion James “The Educator”

Fanshier defending his strap against Keith “KO Kid” Berry, and a GC Heavyweight Championship fight

between title-holder Rob “Caveman” Jackson and fan favorite Deutsch Pu’u.


The action will all take place at the Thunder Valley Casino, located at 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln,

California. For more information on the Thunder Valley Casino, please visit

Doors for “Unleashed” will open at 5:30 PM, with the first fight hitting at 7 PM. Tickets for this exciting event

will be available through the Virtual Box Office at More information will be

announced soon.


Rick Vardell (4-1) is one of the most popular fighters in Gladiator Challenge today. The GC Super

Heavyweight Champion, Vardell has garnered a reputation for putting on brut al displays of power. A former

world champion arm-wrestler, the 48 year-old last competed in the GC cage at “Royal Flush” in November of

last year, where he avenged the only loss of his career with a 2nd-round TKO stoppage of Dan Quinn. The

6’4”, 265-pounder is a behemoth of a man that must be seen in action to be truly appreciated.


Dan “The Beast” Severn (99-18-7) is one of pioneers of MMA, and holder of over 100 recognized titles and

championships. Simply put, Severn’s legacy in the sport has been cemented. He has locked horns with

some of the best fighters in the world; the list is a virtual “who’s who” of the cage and the squared circle.

Ken Shamrock, Mark Coleman, Royce Gracie, Oleg Taktarov, Tank Abbott, Jeremy Horn, Kimo, Pat

Militech, Josh Barnett, Pedro Rizzo, and even Forrest Griffin have all tasted the fury of “The Beast.” But

Severn is not done yet. Having conquered the worlds of amateur wrestling, pro wrestling, and mixed martial

arts, “The Beast” is hungry for more. And now he wants the GC Super Heavyweight belt.


James "The Educator" Fanshier (18-11) recently returned from a nine-month hiatus from fighting to put his

GC middleweight crown on the line against tough veteran Richard Blake. Blake put up a solid fight, but

Fanshier was able to secure the victory with a 2nd-round armbar submission. One of the most experienced

GC competitors ever, Fanshier holds a 14-5 record with the promotion. He has faced notable fighters such

as Chris Leben, James Lee, Thomas "Wildman" Denny, Shannon Ritch, Joey Villasenor, Jeremiah Metcalf,

Ronald Jhun, and Mike "The Joker" Guymon.


Keith Berry (10-6) is definitely a subscriber to the “kill or be killed” mentality that many fighters subscribe to.

Basically, you’re going to have to knock Berry out first, because the “KO Kid” is coming to take your head

off. During the course of his career, he’s faced notable fighters such as Terry Martin, Doug Marshall, Sean

Loeffler, Tony “Krypto nite” Lopez, and Brett Cooper.


Rob “Caveman” Jackson (4-1) recently secured the Gladiator Challenge Heavyweight Championship with a

victory over grizzled veteran Ruben “Warpath” Villareal. The hotly-contested battle at the aptly-named

“Warpath” event ended up in a split-decision in favor of the underdog “Caveman.” Jackson has won four of his

five fights, all of them taking place in GC. Now, after shocking the California fight scene and taking the GC

heavyweight belt, he’ll look to defend the strap for the first time.


Deutsch Pu’u (2-0), revered back in his home territory of American Samoa, Pu'u served in the U.S. Army in

Afghanistan. While serving, he became a champion boxer, and was chosen to participate in the Army World

Class Athletic Program. As a result, he was selected for the Olympic Games trials in 2003. This war hero

did not only battle in the ring. He led men into battle many times, and was discharged honorably from the

army after reaching the rank of Sergeant Major. Now a full-fledged MMA fighter, you’d be hard-pressed to

find a competitor with more heart.


For more information on Gladiator Challenge and all its events, please visit


For additional information please email


Gladiator Challenge is a world-class mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion established in 1999 by Tedd

Williams. A former UFC fighter, Williams is a former national AAU Sambo Champion (1997), a former

California State Judo Champion (4th Degree Black Belt under “Judo” Gene Lebell) and a former college All-

American wrestler (Cerritos Jr. College, 1988-89). Gladiator Challenge runs 12-18 MMA events per year, and

has featured MMA superstars Urijah “The California Kid” Faber, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, James Irvin,

Tyson Griffin, Dan “The Beast” Severn, “Sugar” Rashad Evans, Scott “Hands of Stone” Smith, “The

Maine-iac” Tim Sylvia, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Mac Danzig, Jerry Bo hlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles

Bennett, Chris Leben, Chael Sonnen, Jake Shields, “The Secret Weapon” Pete Spratt, Nate “The Rock”

Quarry, Jason “The Punisher” Lambert, Bobby “The Bad Seed” Hoffman, and Cal Worsham, among many

others. Gladiator Challenge can be found online at




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