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Thatch Returns At ROF 41 Bragging Rights In Search Of World Title

Denver,CO -


RING OF FIRE MMA is one of the longest running Mixed Martial Arts promotions in the world. On Saturday

August 20th they return with ROF 41: BRAGGING RIGHTS! 


Headlining the event will be a battle of two of the top Welterweight prospects in the country. Current ROF

Young Gun Champion, Brandon RUKUS Thatch will be going after the ROF 170 World Title against super

striker Chidi "CHIDI BANG BANG" Njokuani.


(above Brandon Thatch)


There is no more dynamic exciting fighter in the welterweight division then Brandon RUKUS Thatch. He is

a lifelong martial artist whose father and grandfather were both professional fighters. After a short stint in

Kickboxing Thatch set his sights on MMA, and has never looked back. Although being known mostly for his

devastating striking ability, he has proved his worth on the ground as well, with exactly half of his victories

coming by way of submission.


A neck injury de-railed the young star, and after a 20 month absence he returned at ROF 39, where he

finished Danny DEE-1 Davis in a non title bout. Thatch then went on to KO rival Chris Holland at ROF 40 in

just 19 seconds of the first round to defend his Young Gun title.


Thatch now has his sights set on Njokuani and the ROF World Title. Knowing that a win here will most likely

propel him to the UFC, he realizes this could be the last chance his local fans will get to see him fight live.

With that in mind and presented with multiple opponents for this bout Thatch simply stated. "Whoever is the

toughest, that's the one I want to fight. I want to be challenged. I want a war. I want the toughest match up

possible." But once the fight with Njokuani was agreed to Thatch added "Well now its also about bragging

rights, he's from Las Vegas, and everyone knows I fly the 303 flag proudly. Denver is my home town, and I

will represent!" 


(above Chidi Njokuani)


Chidi "CHIDI BANG BANG" Njokuani is known for his hard hitting and aggressive Muay Thai style of

fighting. He has amassed a 5- 2 MMA record, with 4 of his wins being a TKO or KO. He is the brother of

UFC light weight fighter Anthony Njokuani, and fights in the same manner as his sibling. Chidi also has had

a succesful professional Muay Thai career as well. Chidi trains with his brother at One Kick Nick's gym in

Las Vegas along with other fighters like Stephen Bonnar and Steve Cantwell. He and Thatch are exactly the

same height, and have almost identical backgrounds and similar records. Besides the Bragging Rights that

are at stake, and the ROF World Title, this truly could be the war that Thatch is looking for. 


(above Tyler Toner)


Making his return to the RING OF FIRE will be fan favorite Tyler THUNDER Toner.  Toner is a former ROF

Champion and launched his big league career through the promotion. After debuting in the WEC and then

getting absorbed into the UFC, Toner now finds himself climbing his way back up the ladder. Toner has

shown Fight Of The Night efforts in almost all of his MMA matches and never disappoints. Excited to be

fighting in front of his home crowd again, Toner is training hard for his return. Facing Toner will be Bodog

Fights veteran Glibert JR Sims. Sims has an extensive boxing background and a style that should bring out

the best in Toner.


(above Bojan Velickovic)


No one has had a harder path to ROF then Serbia's Bojan Velickovic. Velickovic was the grand champion

of the reality televison show PUT KA VENRONOM RINGU which translate in English to THE ROAD TO RING

OF FIRE. The program was braodcast in 6 countries in Europe and the winner was given a chance to come

to America and compete in the Ring Of Fire flagship promotion.  After surviving a long elimination process of

over 100 fighters, Bojan was chosen as one of the finalists. He was then sent through a grueling training

program which included Muay Thai, Brazilian JiuJitsu, Wrestling, and even Special Forces Combat training.

He then fought two times on the television show, winning both fights by submission and earned a spot in the

final 4. On June 19 in the capitol city of Belgrade, Bojan fought two times in one night to be crowned the

Champion of the series and earned his right to come to the US to compete.



(above Jason Lee)


The fighter chosen by the promotion to welcome Bojan to the US is Jason THE DRAGON Lee. Lee was

voted the ATO 2010 Amateur Fighter of the year. Lee debuted at ROF 40 with a decision victory over Hit

Squad fighter Coltin Cole. With a 4-1 amateur and 3-0 professional record, Lee looks to be one of the top

prospects on the circuit. Lee is training hard at GRUDGE Training center preparing for his clash with

Velickovi, and is looking forward to representing America in this International battle.


(above Ryan Martinez)


The newest addition to the RING OF FIRE roster is #1 Ranked heavyweight Ryan Martinez. Martinez is a

monster in the cage and sports a 4-0 amateur and 4-1 professional record. Having made his way up the

ranks on the smaller regional shows Martinez wanted to step up his game. After seeing other Heavyweights

such as Shane Carwin and Brendan Schaub have boosts to their careers from ROF, Martinez saw it as the

next progression on his path.


With all of his Ryan's wins coming by way of K.O., ROF president Sven Bean knows talent when he sees it.

"I have had Ryan in my sights for quite a while actually and we have had some discussions in the past, but

the timing was right now.  We are extremely happy to have signed the best heavyweight in the region to a

multi fight deal." said Bean.


Stay tuned as the full fight card will be released next week!





Venue information:



ROF 40 also marks the promotion's return to the 1ST BANK CENTER, formerly known as the Broomfield

Event Center. The arena is located just 15 minutes from both Downtown Denver and Boulder. The venue just

received a multimillion dollar face lift and has recently hosted UFC FIGHT NIGHT on SPIKE TV. 


Tickets are priced at $20.00, 25.00, $35.00 and $45.00* and can be purchased online at


Tickets also available at:

- TicketHorse charge-by-phone (8am - 8pm M-Sat., 9am - 5pm Sun.): 866.461.6556.

- TicketHorse Kiosks located at all Dicks Sporting Goods


*price does not include $4.00 facility fee, additional charges may apply



As always if you would like to see the event is style, VIP GOLD and VIP SILVER tables can be purchased.

The VIP tables seat 8 people and are catered by Brothers BBQ. Cocktail service is available to the VIP

tables. Call 303-521-0966 or e-mail to reserve your table!










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- Press release from ROF

- Photos courtesy of ROF




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