(PRESS RELEASE) — Known for taunting opponents and charismatic gestures in and outside the cage, Charles Daniel “Krazy Horse” Bennett (40-16-2) wants the mixed martial arts world to realize he is more than entertainment. The Florida born fighter characterized for punishing his foes promises to bring his hard hitting game against Luis Baboon Palomino (12-5) for the ISKA World Lightweight title at Action Fight League’s Rumble-n-Rock 3 at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino at 7:30 p.m. Friday June 4.
“I’ve made history,” he said. “I’ve put the sport where it is right now and I’ve done my share in it.”
It’s the first time in more than five years, since Bennett battled in his home state. This time, the powerhouse will face Palomino, who recently upset Bellator veteran Jorge Masvidal. Bennett said he is hungry for the belt.
“Winning the ISKA World Lightweight Title belt will be a highlight of my career,” he said. “We want the belt for me and my team.”
The Elite XC veteran, Bennett holds respectable victories over former EliteXC lightweight champion Karl James Noons and former featherweight King of Pancrase Yoshiro Maeda. He is coming off a first-round knockout defeat by Bobby Green at King of the Cage “Fight 4 Hope” in California, so expect Bennett to bring the heat. Bennett has already been scouted by the top elite Mixed Martial Arts organization.
On his way to becoming the best pound-for-pound MMA fighter in the world, Bennett vanished from the sport. One of the most feared and naturally gifted talents, his disappearance had been shrouded in controversy and mystery. However, Bennett has emerged to continue his quest. Despite being asked to fight in other organizations, Bennett said he will put an exciting performance at Rock-n-Rumble 3.
“Everyone turned their back on me after the last incident,” said Bennett referring to personal battles. “But I stayed in there and kept my head on my shoulders.”
“I am not a quitter, “he added.
His resilience has proven as he has been preparing for his upcoming bout with top skilled Brazilian Jiu Jitsu trainers part of the Elite Mixed Fighters in South Florida. His new regiment has helped him polish his ground game, which promises MMA fans a more skilled Bennett.
“Training with Brazilians, I must admit is the best feeling in the world, said Bennett. “They add a lot to my art.”
A confident Bennett warns his opponent of his versatile fighting skills. There is no telling what performance Bennett will showcase.
“If a guy is willing to stand up expect a knockout, but if he wants to take it to the ground then am a punish him on the floor,” he said.
Also on the card, for the first time anywhere in MMA, “Rock-n-Rumble 3” will debut the most feared world-class grappler Pablo Popovitch. Popovitch’s unbelievable Brazilian Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) record includes overwhelming victories over MMA greats as Jake Shields, Marcelo Garcia, Reno Gracie, Hermes Franca, Diego Sanchez, Kenny Florian to name a brief few. He’s personally trained champions George Saint Pierre and BJ Penn. The NAGA Grappling Hall of Famer is ready to display his third degree black belt skills and a unique style never seen before in professional MMA.
If that weren’t enough, next-generation gamebred MMA star Yuri Villefort (5-0) will do battle inside the cage. Trained by the top fighting Brazilian families, the Villaforts and Gracies, Villefort will give fight fans an electrifying bout.
Rock-n-Rumble 3 will showcase a stacked 11 main card fight including top female mixed martial artist Jessica Aguillar (7-3). Aguillar, another next-generation star will be looking for her third consecutive victory; Ailton Barbosa (5-2), Effrain Ruiz (12-5), Caleb Archer (3-0), Rafael Dias (12-7-1), Hayder Hassan (3-1), James Winn (2-10), Crafton Wallace (19-4-1) and more.
Don’t be left out watching the future stars of Mixed Martial Arts.
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