Need to find something to do to beat this summer heat? Check out Summer Knockouts at the North Park Assembly Center in Denham Springs on Saturday, July 16, for a live steel cage-fighting event that you will not want to miss.

Gladiator Promotions is coming back to Denham Springs for an anticipated twelve bout fight card featuring former LSU fullback and two-time BCS National Champion Shawn “The Savage” Jordan vs. super heavyweight “Big” Jon Brown.

In this main event, Brown, who trains out of Dixson’s Dungeon in Biloxi, Miss., has been fighting for ten years around the Gulf Coast. He defines himself as a freestyle fighter who can outlast anyone in the cage regardless of his size.

He has won the majority of his fights by TKO.

Brown says he always loves fighting in Louisiana. In fact, he will be dropping to heavyweight soon and plans to come back to the state to challenge other heavyweights to gain a few championship belts.

“Jordan is a strong, young fighter who has good skills. Along with my weight advantage, I have the years of experience and conditioning to go the distance, if I need too,” Brown said. “My prediction of this fight is a third round TKO by ’Big’ Jon.”

Jordan agrees that he is the younger and stronger fighter and that Brown has the experience over him in this fight. However, he doesn’t think the third round TKO by “Big” Jon is the right prediction.

He seems to think the bout will not last that long, and that the LSU Fight song will be playing at the end of the night for a “Savage” victory.

The co-main event will feature the Livonia, Miss. superstar and undefeated light heavyweight Justin Friddle vs. “The Genetic Freak” Eric Thompson. Friddle is undefeated and is one of the top emerging light heavyweight mixed martial arts fighters in the state.

“Thompson will definitely be a tough opponent and this is a fight that could end in either of our favors. This will not be an easy one,” Friddle said.

Thompson has over twenty professional fights on his record with the majority of those wins ending in TKO or KO. He has also been training with Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran, Rich Clementi, at Clementi’s Gladiators Academy in Slidell.

“I fought Chris Bell, the best in our weight division, last month to test my skills after getting back into the sport from time off,” Thompson said. “Bell and I went the distance and he won by unanimous decision. I saw where I had areas of improvement to make, but I also still carry strengths such as my strong hands, leg kicks, and conditioning. I just didn’t land “the one” that ended the fight. I feel that Friddle will be a good challenge and it will be a test of who wants it more, because I just don’t quit. This fight will either end in the first ten seconds or go the distance.”

Tony Jarreau, the promoter of Gladiator Promotions, said this will be Friddle’s biggest test as a fighter.

“I think Justin has the size and the strength advantage, but Eric has experience and never quits,” Jarreau said.

This fight will probably end quickly, so keep your eyes glued. It could be the “Summer Knockout” of the year!

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Official Fight Card

Shawn Jordan vs. John Brown, super heavyweight

Justin Friddle vs. Eric Thompson, 205lbs.

Calvin Miller vs. Dusty Macon, 145lbs.

Amateur Undercard

Kaleb Thurman Vs. Ricky Sanchez, 170 lbs.

Josh Mancuso Vs. Rocky Landry, 155lbs.

Tarron Rogers Vs. Ricco Bonzant, 155lbs.

Ricky Saucier Vs. Tommy Britt, 205lbs.

Alex Marino Vs. Chase Bonzant, 155lbs.

Trey Romey Vs. Johathan Finerty, 265lbs.

*Fight Card subject to change