Gladiator Challenge Newsletter

Irvin GC Return Marred By Controversial Finish


January 29, 2011

Elko Indian Gym

Elko, Nevada



UFC/Strikeforce veteran James "The Sandman" Irvin, who hadn't competed in Gladiator Challenge in seven

years, returned to the promotion last night at "Young Guns 4" in Elko, Nevada. Special guest referee and

MMA legend Ken Shamrock presided over the main event and ended up having a major impact on the fight.


Here are Irvin's words on what transpired in his fight with veteran Mike Crisman:


"I beat the brakes of this fool...he was sleeping on the ground. Ken Shamrock says I illegally kneed him, so

it was a no-contest!


"I KO'd this guy and walked away before Shamrock even got there, and two minutes later, he says it's a



Despite the controversy, Irvin holds an interesting view on the situation:


"It's cool. I don't have a scratch on me, and I'm fighting again in three weeks."


But don't let his reaction fool you. Irvin isn't done with Crisman yet.


"That was the luckiest night of that dude's life. [GC Promoter] Tedd Williams says I can rematch [Crisman]

in May. Perfect rematch."


Be on the lookout for that fight!


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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 Bohlander, “Krazy Horse” Charles

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

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

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