PRESS RELEASE – The Alexandria Aces have teamed up with Bullock Enterprises to help promote, Bringhurst Beatdown, the first local Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) event at Historic Bringhurst Field, Saturday, June 5th. Gates will open at 6 p.m. for the fights. Bringhurst Beatdown will culminate Opening Weekend, which will see the Aces open the 2010 Texas Collegiate League season on Thursday, June 3rd.
The excitement of MMA fighting, as well as the excellent seating at Bringhurst will only add to this experience as the first outdoor fights in the area. There is not a bad seat at Bringhurst Field and fans will revel in the up-close action that they will see from the event because of the close seating. The event is actually a year in the making, as the Aces contacted Kirk Bullock last spring about such an event at Bringhurst.
Bringhurst Beatdown will feature the main event featuring Ben “Baby Face” Parpart (Boyce resident), who will be putting his undefeated professional record on the line against Jackie Bryant from Oklahoma. There will be four Bullock Enterprises Cage Fighting Championship belts up for grabs with Josh Quayhagen defending his 185-lb. title. “Irish” Matt Byrnes (Tioga), Zach Jones (Montgomery), and Chris Smith will fight for titles along with MMA stars from Bull’s Gym, S.I.F.T. MMA, and many others.
“When I first saw the layout of the field and how close the field is to the stands, fans are going to be closer to this event than ever before,” said Bull’s Gym Owner and MMA promoter, Kirk Bullock. “Bringhurst Beatdown will be an exciting event that will feature non-stop action and excitement. We are looking forward to the first outdoor MMA event under the lights at Bringhurst.”
It has always been a goal of the local Aces’ ownership group to bring additional events to Bringhurst Field. The Aces’ ownership group is excited that Bullock Enterprises was willing to team up with us for what is to be surely an exciting and historic Bringhurst Beatdown.
The Aces’ pre-season schedule begins Saturday, May 29th, as the Aces host the inaugural TCL Kick-Off Classic presented by Marler Ford at Bringhurst Field, which will feature the up-and-coming stars of the Texas Collegiate League. There will be many MLB scouts in attendance that evening to watch the players perform as they prepare for the upcoming MLB Amateur Draft on June 7th-9th. It is likely that fans will see players on the field that evening that will be drafted less than 10 days later.
Opening Weekend at Bringhurst will start the Aces’ 2010 in the TCL, as the Aces open the season on Thursday, June 3rd, against the defending TCL champions, the North Texas Copperheads. The Aces will also host the Copperheads the next night, Friday, June 4th to complete the first series of their season.
The Aces will host 28 games during the summer against the Copperheads and the other TCL members; Brazos Valley Bombers, East Texas Pump Jacks, McKinney Marshals, Texas Tomcats, and the Victoria Generals. The last home game for the Aces will be Monday, August 9th against the same Copperheads, ending the second-half and concluding the regular season. The first-half and second-half winners and the next two teams with the best overall record in the TCL will meet in the TCL Playoffs, scheduled from August 10th through August 16th. The two first round winners will meet in the TCL Championship Series.
The Victoria Generals will host the TCL All-Star Game on Monday, July 5th, which will mark the end of the first-half season. The All-Star Game brings together the league’s best players, is an eagerly anticipated by fans and major league scouts alike.
The TCL had 19 current and alumni players drafted in last year’s Major League Baseball’s Amateur and Free Agent Draft. In its six-year history, the TCL has had 237 total players signed with professional organizations, and produced 12 major leaguers including Clay Buchholz of the Red Sox and Hunter Pence of the Astros.
The Aces are selling season tickets for just $100/seat for reserve seats and general admission seats for the 2010 season, as well as its continuing advertising and marketing opportunities. The Aces and its local ownership group are looking forward to continuing to provide great, family-friendly entertainment to the Central Louisiana community.
For more information on the Aces, call (318) 473-ACES (2237), or visit the team’s website at www.myacesbaseball.com.
For more information on the Texas Collegiate League, visit the League’s website at www.texascollegiateleague.com