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Australia suddenly has some mega-MMA shows

There’s a new promotion down in Australia called ImpactFC and they intend to enter the market with a big splash: 3 events in one month featuring a shitload of big names. Here’s the schedule and lineups:

July 10th – Brisbane:
– Murilo “Ninja” Rua vs. Jeremy May
– Ricco Rodriguez vs. Brad Morris
– Jeff Monson vs. Jim Yorke
– Paulo Filho vs. John Kolosci
– Paul Daley vs. TBA

July 14th – Newcastle:
– Josh Barnett vs. Geronimo Dos Santos
– Carlos Newton vs. Brian Ebersole
– Karo Parisyan vs. Luis Dutra Jr.
– Jeff Monson vs. Bira Lima
– Paulo Filho vs. Keith Johnson

July 18th – Sydney:
– Ken Shamrock vs. Pedro Rizzo
– Jeff Monson vs. Ricco Rodriguez
– Murilo Bustamante vs. Jesse Taylor
– Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou vs. Joaquim Ferreira
– Paulo Filho vs. Denis Kang

Note the inclusion of half the black sheep free agent fighters available at the moment: Josh Barnett, Paulo Filho, Karo Parisyan, Paul Daley, and even Ken Shamrock. If these events actually go off as advertised, it’ll be pretty impressive. Not that there’s any sign of trouble (other than a nixed Perth date and Monson and Filho fighting on all three cards), but I’ve learned from years of heartbreak that mega-events put on by unknown promoters that sound too good to be true … often are.