Ringside 13- St. Patrick’s Day Beatdown official with 9 fight card

Ringside MMA will return to Montreal on Saturday March 17 at the Metropolis with Ringside 13. The event will feature nine fights including a main event of Eric Barrak versus Paul Cheng. Montrealer Mike Ricci will return to action to face American Tony Hervey in the lightweight co-main event.

Eric Barrak  is a pro boxer with a 1-0 MMA record after defeating Eric “Butterbean” Esch via submission in October 2011. Paul Cheng carries a 1-1 record into this bout after suffering a submission loss in November. Cheng was drafted by the NFL’s Detroit Lions and had a brief stint with the Montreal Alouettes. Cheng also has some pro boxing experience and hails from Burnaby, British Coldumbia while Barrak is from Montreal.

Mike Ricci (6-2) returns to action after a close decision loss to Daron Cruickshank (10-2) at Ringside 12 on October 21, 2011 for the Ringside Lightweight title. Ricci trains at the Tristar gym and will be making his 5th appearance for Ringside MMA with a 3-1 record in the promotion. Tony Hervey (12-11) is an American from Detroit, Michigan who suffered a submission loss to Jesse Ronson (8-2) in his last bout on December 3, 2011 in Sarnia, Ontario. Mike Ricci defeated Jesse Ronson with a 1st round TKO in April 2011 for Ringside but Hervey is a dangerous opponent with 10 KO victories.

Two amateur MMA prospects will be making their professional debuts in the lightweight division, as Kyle Nelson will face Mic Dufort. Blake Nash will be making his return to Ringside after debuting with the promotion in May 2011 with a 3-round war against Lenard Terrance that resulted in his first pro win. Nash will face fellow heavyweight Vladimir Starcenov who scored a 1st minute TKO victory over Craig Hudson in his professional debut at Ringside 12 in October. Craig Hudson then scored a TKO victory in the first round against Blake Nash on December 3, 2011 in his 2nd professional bout.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier will look to score his second victory after an impressive submission in the first minute of his pro debut at Ringside 12. Daniel Ireland will be Mercier’s opponent and will be making his professional MMA debut in this bout.

Tickets for Ringside 13- The St. Patrick’s Day Beatdown are now available at the Metropolis box office or at www.admission.com or www.ticketmaster.ca

We will also be giving away pairs of tickets and interviewing the fighters live on Ringside Report Radio in the weeks leading up to the event.

Ringside 13

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Saturday March 17, 2012

Metropolis. 7:30pm Eastern

Eric Barrak (1-0) v. Paul Cheng (1-1)- Heavyweights

Mike Ricci (6-2) v. Tony Hervey (12-11) 155 lbs.

Kyle Lamarche (8-10) v. Kevin Morin (5-4)- 155 lbs.

Yohan Gariepy (2-3) v. Christ Franck (1-3)- 170 lbs.

David Lafond (1-2) v. Tim Chessel (0-2)- 155 lbs.

Dave Pariseau (7-7-1) v. Louis-Christophe Laurin (4-3)- 155 lbs.

Olivier Aubin-Mercier (1-0) v. Daniel Ireland (0-0) -155 lbs.

Vladimir Starcenov (1-0) v. Blake Nash (1-1) – Heavyweights

Mic Dufort (0-0) v. Kyle Nelson (0-0)- 155 lbs.