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Exhibition Super Match Announced during UFC Fight Week and The Ultimates

Thursday, June 12, 2014  
Posted by: Mattie Potter
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Undefeated UFC® light heavyweight title contender, Daniel Cormier, to compete in exhibition wrestling match against former two-time NCAA Champion & U.S. National Team member, Chris Pendleton, Saturday,July 5 at UFC Fan Expo® in Las Vegas, Nevada

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Daniel Cormier returns to the wrestling mat for exhibition super match versus former Oklahoma State two-time NCAA Champion & U.S. National Team member, Chris Pendleton

The Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®) and The Ultimate Alliance, LLC announce an exhibition wrestling bout between undefeated UFC® light heavyweight contender and former two-time U.S. Olympian, Daniel Cormier, and former two-time NCAA Champion and U.S. National Team member, Chris Pendleton, set for Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 2:30 p.m. PST in Las Vegas at the UFC Fan Expo® at Mandalay Bay Convention Center in conjunction with the 2014 UFC International Fight Week™.
As part of UFC International Fight Week™, thousands of fans from all over the world will celebrate their passion for MMA during UFC Fan Expo® July 5-6 at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. During the two-day event fans will have access to the sport’s biggest names and largest gathering of UFC® fighters, interact with industry icons and more than 150 vendors, participate in exhibitions, fighter autograph and training sessions, and enjoy other special events and competitions including The Ultimates wrestling tournament activities.

The bout marks the return to the wrestling mat for rising UFC® star and former Strikeforce Grand Prix Champion, Daniel Cormier, who competed for the U.S. Freestyle Wrestling World Team from 2000-2008, he finished fourth in the 2004 Athens Games and was selected captain of the 2008 U.S. Olympic freestyle wrestling team which competed in Beijing. Cormier’s amateur wrestling experience also includes two NJCAA National Championships, All American honors as a
collegiate student athlete at Oklahoma State University and a bronze medal in 2007 at the FILA
World Championships in Baku.

Cormier possesses rare athletic ability with a larger than life personality outside the cage. His
rise to the top of the UFC® light heavyweight rankings has been meteoric as the former
Oklahoma State Cowboy wrestling alumnus is undefeated in his mixed martial arts (MMA)
career. He has dominated the action against UFC® legends including former two-time UFC®
heavyweight champion, Frank Mir, UFC on FOX: Henderson vs. Melendez, and stopping fellow
two-time U.S. Olympian, Dan Henderson, at UFC® 173. Cormier is also the winner of one of the
most prestigious Heavyweight Grand Prix tournaments in the history of MMA having captured
the Strikeforce Heavyweight Grand Prix in 2012. The list of athletes competing in the Strikeforce
Grand Prix included an impressive list of MMA legends: Fedor Emelianenko, Andre Arlovski,
Fabrico Werdum, Alistar Overeem, and Antonio Silva. Cormier defeated Silva by vicious
knockout in the second round of their semifinal matchup after replacing Alistar Overeem in the
Grand Prix tournament field. In the finals, Cormier looked like a seasoned professional with an
impressive unanimous decision victory over former UFC® heavyweight champion and Pride®
superstar, Josh Barnett.

“I am very excited to get the opportunity to wrestle one more match. I did not end my career on
the mat and it’s been eating at me ever since. I am very thankful to the UFC®, the Ultimate
Alliance and my sponsor, CF Athletic, for the opportunity to wrestle one more time in
competition. This is a big weekend for me and I am happy to be able to share it with the fans of
the UFC®. See you guys July 4th weekend in Vegas” said UFC® star Daniel Cormier via text
message.

Chris Pendleton is no stranger to the big stage having garnered three All American honors as a
collegiate student athlete at Oklahoma State University and two NCAA Championships titles
(2004-2005). Both of Pendleton’s victories in the NCAA finals came against another undefeated
high profile mixed martial artist, Ben Askren. Like Cormier, Pendleton has been a regular
member of the U.S. Freestyle National Team and was coached at Oklahoma State by legendary
two-time Olympic Champion, John Smith. Pendleton currently serves as an assistant wrestling
coach at the University of Wyoming.

“We are honored that these two legends in the sport of wrestling have volunteered their time to
come and entertain the youth wrestlers competing in The Ultimates wrestling event and the
UFC fans alike that are attending the UFC International Fight Week event festivities”, stated
Bryan Lindsey, Chief Operating Officer, Ultimate Alliance. “I’m excited to see these powerhouses
go toe to toe on the mat! This is a match you will not want to miss during the UFC Fan Expo!”
Bryan continued.

The exhibition bout between Cormier and Pendleton will be a signature bout during The
Ultimates wrestling championships event produced by the Ultimate Alliance and in conjunction
with the UFC® during the UFC Fan Expo® weekend July 5-6. The Ultimates brings together
hundreds of the best wrestling talent from ages 6-18 to compete for the opportunity to become
The Ultimate Wrestler and receive a commemorative UFC branded belt. For more information
about The Ultimates wrestling championship events or to register to compete, please visit
www.ultimatealliance.org.

Tickets and VIP packages for the UFC Fan Expo™ are on sale NOW at www.ufcfanexpo.com .
Tickets for Saturday, July 5 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. are priced at $45, while tickets for Sunday,
July 6 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. are priced at $40. A two-day pass is also available and is priced at
$60. Fans are encouraged to buy their tickets now and save, as ticket pricing will increase at the
door.

About the National High School Coaches Association
The NHSCA is a 501c3 non-profit organization with a mission statement to provide leadership and support to the nation’s 1 million high school coaches and 10 million high school athletes. The NHSCA selects the national coach and athlete of the year in 22 boys and girls sports that will be featured in the NHSCA National High School Sports Hall of Fame Museum. The museum serves as a home for all of the 20,000 high schools in America to honor their outstanding coaches, athletes and administrators. The NHSCA Educational Resource Center provides educational programs for coaches as well as a coach certification program. The NHSCA also provides unlimited liability insurance for all of its members.  For more information, go to nhsca.com.

About National United Wrestling Association for Youth
NUWAY is a grassroots organization that looks at every decision as one of investment to make sure that every child has an opportunity to have a full wrestling experience from the moment they begin at their respective youth wrestling club, into elementary and high school, college, international competition and finally, to compete at the professional level. Investing back into our own state is the backbone of our organization! We believe that in order for each state to become a strong and independent state organization, we must invest in the wrestling programs in our community at the youth, high school, and college level. Our vision is to become a stronger sport nationally by investing in local wrestling programs. For more info, go to nuwaywrestling.com.

About Rocky Mountain National Events (RMN Events)
Rocky Mountain National Events is a youth wrestling organization serving wrestlers across the nation. We are a wrestling organization that provides the opportunity for youth to participate in wrestling championships, which encourages their development not only as athletes but as students as well. Involvement with wrestling and sports in general has been shown to increase youths' self-esteem, confidence, and social skills. Our championship wrestling meets are listed in our calendar and we welcome new athletes all the time as well as spectators. We invite you to get involved with the most unforgettable youth wrestling tournaments in the country. Help us Inspire, Encourage & Recognize the future leaders of our great nation. For more info, go to rmnevents.com.

About UFC®
The fastest growing sports organization in the world, the Ultimate Fighting Championship® (UFC®), started in 1993 as a professional mixed martial arts (MMA) organization. UFC® has revolutionized the fight business, and today stands as the world's leading MMA promoter, offering the premier series of MMA sports events that have sold out some of the biggest arenas and stadiums across the globe.

Owned and operated by Zuffa, LLC, headquartered in Las Vegas and with offices in London, Toronto and Beijing, UFC® produces more than 30 live events annually and is the largest Pay-Per-View event provider in the world, broadcast in over 149 countries and territories, to nearly one billion homes worldwide, in 30 different languages. UFC® content is also distributed commercially in the United States to bars and restaurants through Joe Hand Promotions, in English throughout Canada via Premium Sports Broadcasting Inc. and in French throughout Quebec via Interbox. Learn more at UFC.com.

For more information contact:
Contact person – Bryan Lindsey, COO, Ultimate Alliance, LLC
Contact email – SiriusMMA@Cox.net
Contact phone number – 702-523-2994

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