Howard Davis Jr. and Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Mayor Jack Seiler | Rodolfo Roman/Sherdog.com


FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. -- Retired U.S. Olympic boxer Howard Davis, Jr., has returned to the fight game, but this time as a mixed martial arts promoter.

The 1976 Montreal Games gold medalist announced at a Monday press conference that his company, Fight Time Promotions, will stage Fight Time 3 “It’s War” on Feb. 18 at the War Memorial Auditorium in Fort Lauderdale.

The event will be televised on Florida-based sports network Sun Sports, with the fight card expected to be announced soon. The main events of Fight Time’s first two outings featured former UFC heavyweight Jeff Monson going against Jason Guida and Travis Fulton, respectively.

“It’s War” has gained the support of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Jack Seiler, who attended the press conference and praised the performances of today’s mixed martial artists.

“These fighters are tremendous athletes and they work hard,” said Seiler. “This is a great venue to host MMA fights and, from our standpoint, it’s all about the economy and jobs. I think it’s good for the city of Fort Lauderdale to bring tourists in and the people of Fort Lauderdale together. This is a sport that has come of age.”

Despite his boxing background, Davis is no stranger to MMA. In his work with the Coconut Creek-based American Top Team, the 54-year-old has served as a striking coach for such fighters as Chuck Liddell, Mike Thomas Brown, Thiago Alves and Monson.

“I’m living my dream now as a promoter in Florida and it’s amazing to have the mayor of Fort Lauderdale in our corner,” said Davis.

Fight Time Promotions was founded by Davis and his wife, Karla Guadamuz-Davis. The company has plans for five events for 2011, with shows slated for Feb. 18, April 1, June 17, Aug. 19 and Oct. 7.

view original article >>
Report here if this news is invalid.

Related News

Brock Lesnar: Vince McMahon better promoter than Dana White at same business model

  • 14 days ago
  • 38 views

Dana White's recent comment on Twitter about pro wrestling being fake got under the skin of some people. One of those people might be Brock Lesnar. Lesnar, the former UFC heavyweight champion and cur read news >>

Brock Lesnar Video: Vince McMahon is a Better Promoter than Dana White

  • 14 days ago
  • 134 views

Check out Brock Lesnar comparing the UFC to WWE and the UFC's head honcho, Dana White, to pro wrestling kingpin Vince McMahon. read news >>

Ex-UFC champ Brock Lesnar says WWE's Vince McMahon better promoter than Dana White

  • 14 days ago
  • 14 views

Having worked for both the WWE and UFC, Brock Lesnar believes he knows which brash frontman is better at the job of pushing his product to the public.Filed under: Featured, News, UFC, Videos read news >>

Fedor Emelianenko begins training camp for return fight

  • 15 days ago
  • 650 views

Russian heavyweight legend Fedor Emelianenko has returned to training for his upcoming fight. Although it remains unclear what promotion Fedor Emelianenko will fight for over the coming months, that read news >>

Retired striking coach Matt Pena talks about building Robbie Lawler into a UFC champion

  • 17 days ago
  • 27 views

Perhaps lost in the shuffle of the massive UFC 189 event was the retirement of Robbie Lawler's striking coach Matt Pena, who had cornered "Ruthless" for his last 26 professional bouts. Pena recently read news >>

Ringside Roundup: Canelo-Cotto is official, Howard Davis Jr. is battling terminal cancer

  • 18 days ago
  • 8 views

Ringside Roundup is back with a look at the goings on in the boxing world over the past week, and a big fight was finally made official this week. It's time for another edition of Ringside Roundup, w read news >>

Attorney conflict forces another delay to Nick Diaz’s NSAC hearing

  • 22 days ago
  • 1 views

As it turns out, Nick Diaz won’t go in front of the Nevada State Athletic Commission during the commission’s Thursday meeting in Las Vegas.Filed under: News, UFC read news >>

Trading Shots: Is it time again to debate the merits of a fighters union?

  • 23 days ago
  • 4 views

In this week’s Trading Shots, retired UFC and WEC fighter Danny Downes joins MMAjunkie columnist Ben Fowlkes for a look at the latest effort to unionize UFC fighters, as well as the UFC’s response.Fi read news >>

Amanda Nunes won't call out Rousey but she may be the biggest threat to Rousey's title

  • 23 days ago
  • 5 views

The Brazilian demolished Olympic wrestler Sara McMann last night at UFC Fight Night Nashville but refused to call out Ronda Rousey in her post-fight interview. UFC commentator Jon Anik virtually begg read news >>

M-1 Challenge 60: Perak vs. Nemkov results

  • 26 days ago
  • 35 views

Check out the full event results for the M-1 Challenge 60 event from Orel, Russia. M-1 Global returned to Russia this week for the 60th edition of their Challenge series, this time from Orel City. It read news >>