As you may remember, I posted an article in February stating that Nick Agallar would fight Dan Lauzon in the Art of War show this weekend called “Pros vs. G.I.s”. Long story short, Dan Lauzon had to pull out of the fight due to an injury. Nuri Shakir replaced Dan Lauzon and the fight was set to go until Nick Agallar pulled out of the bout with an undisclosed minor injury. Such is the fight world. Agallar will now fight Chris Brennan in the finale of the show on May 24th, in Winstar, Oklahoma.
Nick Agallar will still serve as a coach or captain in the show this weekend for the G.I. Team. Agallar spent 16 months in Iraq in late 2003 to early 2005. Madison’s Ron Faircloth will headline this weekend’s show against Damien Stelly in Tunica, Mississippi. The two events in Mississippi and Oklahoma will be cut into a nine episode television series that will debut nationally on Fox Sports Net on July 19th. Nick Agallar’s bout vs. Chris Brennan will air on the finale of the show on September 13th. I have attached a schedule of the TV series according to Art of War:
"GI vs. Pro" Fox Sports Net telecast schedule
Sat. July 19 GI vs. Pro - I 12:00 Midnight
Sat. July 26 GI vs. Pro - II 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Aug. 2 GI vs. Pro - III 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Aug. 9 GI vs. Pro - IV 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Aug. 16 GI vs. Pro - V 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Aug. 23 GI vs. Pro - VI 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Aug. 30 GI vs. Pro - VII 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Sept. 6 GI vs. Pro - VIII 12:00 Midnight
Sat. Sept. 13 GI vs. Pro - FINALS 12:00 Midnight
Nick Agallar last fought Luke Nichols at Freestyle Combat Challenge 33 in February in Kenosha. Agallar won via submission due to strikes in less than a minute into the bout. Nick Agallar sports a (20-5) record according to Sherdog and has won three straight fights and nine of his previous eleven. He has experience in many of the world’s largest organizations including BodogFight, UFC, WEC, and Hook ‘n Shoot.
Chris “The Westside Strangler” Brennan sports an MMA record of (19-12-1) according to Sherdog. He has been fighting since 1996 and holds wins over notable fighters such as Joe Stevenson and Thomas Denny. He has fought in many large organizations such as the UFC, King of the Cage, Shooto, Pride, and most recently Cage Rage, where he lost via TKO to Jean Silva in September.
Problems at Art of War/Sun Sports & Entertainment Group?
John Buckeye Epstein, former President of Sun Sports & Entertainment Group, which owns and operates the Art of War shows, was fired last month. According to Adam Swift of MMA Payout, he didn’t leave quietly and has filed a $25 million dollar lawsuit against the company. Here’s a quote from the article:
"I can't believe the audacity of Mr. Comu; the company had no funds, credit cards are shut off, vendors are calling every day, employees are owed more than forty thousand dollars in back expenses, and the medical bill reimbursements of past fighters like Justin Eilers and Pedro Rizzo were not being paid. All this while Comu takes a limo to the airport ten miles away," Epstein said.
Epstein may have a point as the company recently announced a financial overhaul that includes debt restructuring and the creation of new equity. Hopefully, the new deal with FSN will be enough to keep the company afloat and generate new fans through their new television series.
Wisconsin would like to wish Ron Faircloth best of luck in his battle against Damian Stelly this Saturday and Nick Agallar in May. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for the Ring Announcer, Chris Geraghty. Geraghty will be the ring announcer for both events and will have face time every week on the television show.
This article was originally posted on Wisconsin Combat Sports on 04-15-2008.