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Haskins Center to host Wounded Warrior WMMA Charity Event

Tuesday, February 21, 2012 - 6:27pm

Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (WMMA) confirmed today that Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle and Brian Heden will headline its inaugural charitable event, WMMA: McCorkle vs. Heden, Fighting for a Better World. The event will take place on March 31, 2012 at the 12,500-seat Don Haskins Center in El Paso, Texas, and will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program (AW2).

According to William McFarlane, President of WMMA, “The super heavyweight clash between McCorkle and Heden is sure to bring fireworks to El Paso as well as leave fans watching at home wanting more. By having two veterans of the sport at the top of this card benefiting the Wounded Warrior Project and the U.S. Army Wounded Warrior Program, it highlights our commitment to quality competition, respect for the sport, and promise to the local community and our real heroes.”

Sean “Big Sexy” McCorkle (14-2), a UFC veteran, is looking to continue his winning ways after winning his last five fights. One of McCorkle’s most notable wins was in front of his hometown in Indianapolis when he defeated K-1 and Pride veteran Mark Hunt at UFC 119.

“On March 31, 2012, my winning streak will be six,” stated McCorkle. “There is no way I am losing this fight. I am walking out of the Don Haskins Center considered one of the top super heavyweights in the world, and if I have to dominate Brian to do it, so be it.”

Brian Heden (21-10) is looking to get his first win of 2012 after being defeated by Jason Walraven at C3 Fights: Summer Slamfest. Heden is coming into the fight as the veteran of the two, having fought in over 30 professional contests. Heden has fought over 7 UFC and Strikeforce veterans, including Brett Rodgers and UFC Hall of Fame member, Dan “The Beast” Severn.

Heden is looking forward to stepping into the cage with McCorkle, stating “If Sean thinks he’s going to have an easy fight, he’s in for a surprise. His winning streak stops in El Paso.”

The co-main event features an explosive fight between Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (19-8) vs. Thomas “Wildman” Denny (26-19-1). Parisyan, a former UFC fighter, is on a 3-fight skid and looks to get back on the winning track. He was the former WEC Welterweight Champion and holds notable wins over Nick Diaz, Chris Lytle, and Matt Serra. However, Parisyan will have his hands full with Thomas “Wildman” Denny. Denny is hungry for a win after dropping his last two fights. With a record of 26-19-1, Denny is a former King of the Cage Welterweight Champion and has fought the sport’s best athletes, including Nick Diaz.

Partnering with the City of El Paso and Fort Bliss, TX, WMMA works to introduce the sport of mixed martial arts and its benefits to the community. As part of their mission, WMMA will donate a substantial amount of this event’s live gate to charity and continue to be a strong supporter and advocate of their critical mission.

WMMA is hosting a press conference where it plans to formally introduce the company and its mission to the world of mixed martial arts, the media and the public. The press conference will be held at Fort Bliss, TX today, February 21, 2012 at 5 p.m. MST.

The press conference will be open to the public and all media. In addition, it will be webcasted at www.wmmasports.com. WMMA invites everyone to ask questions via Twitter (@WMMASports) and by using the hastag #WMMAElPaso.

For more information on the event, please contact William McFarlane by email at wmcfarlane@wmmasports.com or call (480) 361-5719.

Worldwide Mixed Martial Arts Sports, Inc. (“WMMA”) is more than the sport of mixed martial arts. WMMA is a premier sports and entertainment enterprises dedicated to the global, responsible development of the sport of mixed martial arts through the promotion of culture and humanitarian values founded on the principles and traditions of balanced mental, physical and spiritual development.

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