On Sunday, July 17th in Gilroy, CA, the two most important prizes in PREMIER are on the line – “The Soul Fighter” Joe Graves (5-1-1) defends the PREMIER Heavyweight Championship against “The King of No Rules” Gabriel Gallo (5-0-1) and RAZE (3-2) defends the PREMIER Women Athletes Championship against “Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler (1-0).
In March of this year, “The Soul Fighter” Joe Graves continued a ride from 2015 that included Match of the Year and Athlete of the Year accolades as well as capturing the Embrace the Grind Challenge Cup by facing “The God of War” JR Kratos (9-3-1) for the PREMIER Heavyweight Championship. Keeping the longest-reigning Champion at bay with a series of takedowns and strikes, Graves would eventually lock in a rear naked choke and force Kratos to submit. Now the new PREMIER Heavyweight Champion takes on an undefeated behemoth of the ring in his first ever title defense.
After fighting to a double knockout draw against former PREMIER Heavyweight Champion JR Kratos, “The King of No Rules” Gabriel Gallo remained undefeated but was now a step back from capturing the title for himself. Now, after defeating “The Hangman” Dalton Frost (0-2) in March, Gallo finds himself back in the main event picture.
The first-ever PREMIER Women Athletes Champion defended her title for the first time against her unofficial rival Nicole Savoy (3-3). RAZE would hit Nicole with a vicious spear to retain the title. Earlier in the night “Queen of Spades” Shayna Baszler would make her debut against fellow MMA combatant “Thoroughbred” Colleen Schneider (0-1). Though the women’s styles were extremely similar in nature, Shayna would manage to lock in an armbar on her opponent, securing the win and a title shot against RAZE at PREMIER XIII!
In just over two months, both the PREMIER Heavyweight and Women Athletes Championships are on the line! The only way to catch all of the exciting action of these matches and more to come is to be there live in Gilroy on Sunday, July 17th! Tickets are going on sale soon so be sure to follow PREMIER on both Facebook and Twitter for more information!
*card subject to change*