Chicago, Illinois – Chicago Cagefighting Championship will return to action on Saturday March 5 live at the Odeum in Villa Park, Illinois. For the first time, the card will feature only professional fighters, highlighting the talent in the Chicagoland area. The main event will feature former UFC champion Jens Pulver taking on Wade Choate and a co-main event of former WEC champion Chase Beebe going to battle against Steve Kinnison.
Pulver was a former UFC lightweight champion who is a fan favorite. Pulver returned to the UFC in 2006 to become a coach on the fifth season of “The Ultimate Fighter”. After suffering back-to-back losses as a lightweight fighter, Pulver made the drop to featherweight and moved to the WEC. Pulver won his first fight against Cub Swanson and then ran into a streak of losses against top featherweights Urijah Faber, Josh Grispi, Javier Vasquez, Leonard Garcia and Diego Garijo. Pulver snapped his six-fight losing streak in just 49 seconds by submitting Mike Lindquist at “XFO 38″.
Choate just snapped a five-fight losing streak of his own in August of 2010 with a win over Marco Davis at “United Cage Fighting: Unforgiven”. Choate has been in the sport since 2003 and has fought some extremely tough regional competition including Matt Ambrose, Kevin English, and current UFC fighter Darren Elkins. In his twenty five professional fights, Choate holds thirteen victories with the majority coming by way of submission.
Former WEC champion Beebe went 4-1 in 2010 stopping all four of his opponents in the first round. Beebe’s lone loss came at the hands of Hiroyuki Takaya at Dream 16, a fight he took on short notice. Beebe’s victories in 2010 include Billy Jochum, Jared McMahan, Wisconsin state champion Josh Kasee, and XFC champion Pablo Alfonso.
Kinnison will be dropping down to featherweight to take on the former champion Beebe. Kinnison will have to deal with a bit of cage rust as his last fight was in April of 2010 where he defeated Midwest Training Center’s Ryan Williams. Kinnison is a regional favorite holding victories over Tyler Combs, York Ash, and Ryan Bixler. While Kinnison’s record is not a winning record, he has been inside the cage with top fighters including Jeff Curran, Jorge Gurgel, Roger Huerta, and Kurt Pellegrino.
Other notable names competing on the March 5 event include Felice Herrig, Dan Gilbert, Carson Beebe and Dennis Dombrow. The full card is as follows:
Jens Pulver vs Wade Choate
Chase Beebe vs Steve Kinnisen
Felice Herrig vs Shimone Brooks
Dan Gilbert vs Frank Pizzirulli
Mike Pitz vs Dan Bolden
Mike Santiago vs Eric Kreigermier
Carson Beebe vs Giovanni Moljo
Dennis Dombrow vs Jeff LaValle
Chris Haney vs Joey Diehl
Christian Reynoso vs Ray Grindstaff
Dan Stittgen vs TBD
Will Brooks vs TBD
For more information on Chicago Cagefighting Championship visit their website at www.chicagocagefighting.com. Fans of Chicago Cagefighting Championship on Facebook (facebook.com/chicagocagefighting) are treated to weekly contests featuring prizes of tickets, t-shirts, autographed memorabilia and more. For tickets to the event visit the website or call 630-373-CAGE.