“Ruthless” anticipated as the biggest event in Fightcard history

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on March - 11 - 2009 with 1 Comment
Jeff Burdorf (pictured) will take on Adam Medansky for FCE's first ever Heavyweight Title on April 11

Jeff Burdorf (pictured) will take on Adam Medansky for FCE's first ever Heavyweight Title on April 11

After the state of Illinois turned the MMA world upside down by canceling all events statewide and setting forth new regulations, Fightcard Entertainment’s co-owners Brian Angelo and Nilo Soto moved forward by putting on the state’s first sanctioned event on February 26th.

Fightcard plans to build upon their momentum with “Ruthless,” an event being billed as “The Biggest Event in Fightcard History,” which will take place on April 11th at Cicero Stadium.

“Ruthless” features two championship fights: Fightcard’s first ever heavyweight title fight as well as the lightweight championship.

In the historic main event, Xtreme Couture’s Adam Medansky will face off against Overtime MMA/Jeff Neal Jiu-jitsu’s Jeff Burdorf.

Medansky, who is a certified Jeet Kune Do instructor and teaches MMA at Xtreme Couture in Lombard, currently boasts an undefeated 3-0 record. Burdorf, a former Illinois high school wrestling standout, serves as former UFC Champion Andrei Arlovski’s wrestling training partner at the Overtime MMA Training Center in Naperville.

Burdorf hopes to utilize his overall MMA game and not just his wrestling skills in the upcoming fight. “I’d like to knock Adam down with strikes as opposed to straight wrestling takedowns, but I feel comfortable wherever the fight goes” Jeff noted. Aside from his wrestling and jiu-jitsu training at Overtime, Burdorf has also been working out at Top Notch in Elmhurst to sharpen up his striking.

“I’m hoping to open up my hands a bit more. I’m trying to stay crisp on my feet so I don’t have to worry about taking any big shots. During the fight, I never want to be in a bad position like on my back or curled up against the cage. I want to be the aggressor.” Burdorf also noted that should he win this bout, he would like to make the transition from fighting as an amateur to fighting professionally.

In the co-main event, 155 pound belt holder Guillermo Serment is scheduled for his second title defense against LaQuinn Swift.

Both fighters come from a wrestling background, with Serment having wrestled for two years at Triton College and Swift a member of the Kennedy King Community College team.

“If you are a wrestling fan, this is going to be a great chess match,” said Fightcard Entertainment co-owner Brian Angelo. “You have two of the best wrestlers FCE has to offer. Not only do they have great takedowns, but they can defend as well. When you have two guys like that, hopefully they cancel each other out and end up standing up and banging. I wouldn’t be surprised if one of these guys ends up knocking the other one out.”

HDnet’s Inside MMA television show will also be on hand at “Ruthless” to cover the event.

For more information on “Ruthless” and other Fightcard events, visit www.fightcard.net.

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