I just received a press release from MMA Big Show promoter Jason Appleton, announcing a New Title Sponsor for the upcoming March and April shows.
Check after the jump for the full press release.
From the Press Release:
MMA BigShow Announces Partnership with Pure Romance as New Title Sponsor for March and April Events at Belterra Casino Resort & Spa
Pure Romance, Inc. Pure Romance will take the center of the MMA BigShow cage and the title of its new broadcast initiatives
Cincinnati, OH (February 28, 2009) -- MMA BigShow, the region's most-established mixed martial arts promotion, and Pure Romance Inc, a home-built multi-million-dollar company based in Cincinnati, formally announced today a major partnership establishing Pure Romance as the title sponsor of the first two MMA BigShow events of the year on March 7th and April 11th at the Belterra Casion, Resort & Spa.
Pure Romance will take the center of the MMA BigShow cage for the inaugural March 7th show at Belterra with their logo appearing prominently on the mat and in the resulting broadcast of the show.
"We are elated to have Pure Romance, Inc. as part of the MMA BigShow family," said Jason Appleton, owner of MMA BigShow. "It's a classy company that prides itself on its integrity and I feel it's a perfect match for what we do with the MMA BigShow. I could not be happier."
The March 7th MMA BigShow event, entitled RETRIBUTION, will pit IFL/Bodog Veteran Seth Bacsynski versus MMA BigShow 170lb Champion "Relentless" Roger Bowling. Also appearing on the card is WEC Veteran Brendan Seguin versus 185lb Champion Billy "Mojo" Horne.
The April 11 HEAVY HITTERS card will feature UFC Veteran Josh Hendricks, whose most recent fight was against Gabriel Gonzaga at UFC 91 - Lesner Vs Couture, will be fighting current BigShow Heavyweight Champion Brian Heden, whose most recent fight ended with a knockout win over Rod Housely, who previously held titles in other promotions.
RETRIBUTION will be shot LIVE-to-tape as a one-hour television broadcast to air regionally on the CW the week prior to the April 11th event, which will also be shot live-to-tape for regional airing.
Future plans call for additional programming to be sourced from the content created at both the March and April shows and in addition to the scheduled Belterra fights, the television program will also feature a more behind the scenes look into some of the fighter's lives and personalities.
There are also plans to produce a reality show focusing on the training and lives of MMA BigShow fighters preparing for their fights, which will finish out each show.
Tickets for both the March 7th and April 11th shows are on sale now through Ticketweb, order by phone at 866-468-3401 or find direct links to fight cards and ticket sales pages at www.mmabigshow.com.
Tickets are $35, $45 and $55 depending on seat location for ages 21 and over only.
About Pure Romance Inc:
Founded in 1993 by Patty Brisben, Pure Romance is an in-home party company which offers an exclusive line of heighteners, lubricants and bedroom accessories for relationship enhancement. Pure Romance products are not sold in stores but may be purchased at in-home parties or through a network of independent sales consultants. Currently, thousands of Consultants nationwide from all 50 states, Canada, and the Virgin Islands are teaching the art of romance. In a little over a decade, Pure Romance has grown into a multi-million dollar company, bringing in $43 million in retail sales during 2004 alone. Based in Cincinnati with 80 full-time employees, Pure Romance operates out of a state-of-the-art facility comprised of a 40,000-square-foot distribution center and a 10,000-square-foot Corporate Office. In addition to a full-time Customer Service Staff, the company also invested over a quarter of a million dollars to provide a fully automated communication system which offers Consultants 24 hour service and support. Other Pure Romance support systems include an in-house Marketing Agency, National Training Department, Health Education Department as well as a corporate interactive website.
About MMA BigShow:
Founded in 2006 by Jason Appleton, MMA Big Show has built a name and reputation established by promoting the regions biggest and most successful events at venues such as the NKY Convention, Cincinnati Gardens Arena and many others where national veterans of promotions such as the UFC, Elite XC, IFL and others are brought in to fight MMA Big Show Champions such as Billy "Mojo" Horne vs. Josh "Bring The Pain" Haynes at MMA Big Show: Martial Fury at Belterra Casino Resort & Spa. Preparing for the 2009 year MMA Big Show has begun signing professional fighters to exclusive contracts such as Roger Bowling, Mojo Horne, Joe Ammerman and Dave Hess with more to come. Each Big Show fighter is also getting his/her own exclusive merchandise line of which they receive a percentage of revenues. 2009 will be a banner year for the Big Show as they broaden their television reach and build on an already successful promotion.