Central Valley, California — On Saturday, July 25, 2009, professional mixed martial arts is returning to the “Visalia Convention Center” in Visalia, California as PureCombat presents “Home Turf.” This exciting card includes an action-packed lineup of bouts featuring UFC and Pride Veteran Gan “The Giant” McGee battling it out in the main event with Strikeforce, EliteXC and WEC veteran Anthony “The Atrain” Ruiz. Two co-main events will feature local talent from the Central Valley in Steve “Dangerous” Ramirez versus Darvin Wattree and Phil Perez versus Jesse Bowen. The card will consist of 12 action-packed bouts which include the start of an 8-man tournament that will continue over the next three PureCombat events.
McGee (13-4) and 6’10” is coming off an impressive 2nd round TKO win against veteran fighter Johnathan Ivey last September and is looking forward to continuing his MMA comeback with an impressive win over Ruiz. But wait just one minute; Ruiz (21-13) at 6’3” has faced off and beat other giants before with Big Jimmy Ambriz, Brian Sesma and Brad Imes. Expect blood-shed in this main event as these two veterans slug it out and try to knock each other out!
In other action, many local fighters from the Central Valley in California will be giving it their all in hopes of making a name for themselves in front of their home crowds and in the MMA community. Additionally PureCombat MMA promotions and the non-profit organization, The United States Entertainment Force www.theusef.org , will be presenting a guitar that has been autographed by Forest Griffin, Jason Von Flue, Josh “The Punk” Thomson, Paul “The Head Hunter” Buentello, Josh Koshcheck, Jake Shields and country western singer Tracy Lawrence. It will be presented to a wounded Iraqi Veteran. Expect a great night of action packed fights.
Tickets for “Home Turf” are available at the Visalia Convention Center Box Office or by accessing http://www.purecombatmma.com/tickets.html. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the fights start at 7:00 p.m.