Six of the two fighters' combined seven matches have been finished in the first round.
Ron Sparks and Greg Maynard Put Perfect Records on the Line
Louisville, Ky. (Monday, September 20, 2010) – Bellator Fighting Championships confirmed today that two undefeated heavyweights will battle this Thursday at Bellator 30. Ron “The Monster” Sparks (5-0) will match his unblemished record with that of Greg Maynard (2-0) on the event’s undercard, which will be taking place at Fourth Street Live! in both fighters’ hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.
“We’re thrilled to give the Louisville faithful a heavyweight match of this caliber,” Bellator Chairman and CEO Bjorn Rebney remarked. “Both fighters are beloved in Louisville and will give the fans at Fourth Street Live! a great show.”
Sparks, who stands a towering 6-foot-5 and weighs in at 265 pounds, originally trained as a boxer and kickboxer before focusing on Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu over the past four years. Four of his career MMA bouts have ended via a first round knockout, while three of those wins came in under 40 seconds.
“This fight should end with a knockout, although I wouldn’t mind it going to the ground either,” Sparks stated. “Everyone sees me as a huge stand-up fighter, but I have taken my ground game to a whole new level, and I want people to see that.”
This match marks the first for the 36-year-old Sparks since a unanimous decision victory over Jonathan Ivey in June of 2009 at Revolution Fight League’s Maximum Impact. He was scheduled to fight Bobby Lashley at Strikeforce: Los Angeles this past June, but Lashley withdrew from the match after sustaining a knee injury during a training session. Sparks has also been slated to fight some other big name heavyweights such as Ray Mercer, Tim Sylvia and Bob Sapp, but all of those opponents pulled out of those fights before they ever happened.
“I’m just excited to get back into the ring,” Sparks said of Thursday’s pairing. “Bellator is a huge promotion, and to make my debut in front of all my friends and family just makes it even more special. The fans know I always provide a great show, and this won’t be any different.”
Maynard comes into Thursday evening with both of his career bouts ending in first round submission victories due to strikes. The heavy-fisted Maynard last fought in April at the Spartan Fighting Championships in Kentucky when he needed only 22 seconds to make Jerry Burns quit as a result of an early flurry of punches.
The addition of Sparks-Maynard to Bellator 30 boosts an already action-packed card that includes a meeting between 110-fight MMA veteran Jeremy Horn (86-19-5) and former WEC fighter Bryan Baker (13-2). The main card for the event will air live on Fox Sports Net.