Bonecrunch Fighting Launches Cincinnati Professional MMA Team

Mixed Martial Arts Team League Adds Veteran Fighter and Trainer Tim Riddle to Lead Cincinnati Norsemen
By: Bonecrunch Fighting
Sept. 25, 2007 - PRLog -- Bonecrunch Fighting is teaming up with Cincinnati’s veteran mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter and trainer Tim Riddle to bring the first independently-owned professional MMA league team to the tri-state area. Riddle will lead the fifth team in the league, the Cincinnati Norseman.

Known as the Nordic Terror, Riddle has been training in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu for eight years and holds a combined MMA record of 15-6 with a boxing record of 7-0. Training in some of the best schools in the nation, he has combined several fighting styles to create his proprietary Norsemen Fighting Systems. His team of explosive fighters has been together for a year and a half and has fought in more than 40 shows. Now the team will compete on a nationwide MMA circuit.

“We are delighted to now have an Ohio-based team and look forward to many exciting match-ups between the Norsemen, our existing four Florida teams and other teams in development,” said Andrew Neitlich, Bonecrunch Fighting founder and CEO, adding, “We are on track to have seven Bonecrunch Fighting teams throughout the nation before the end of the year.”

One of the fastest growing sports, MMA has offered little opportunity for fans to support local professional fight teams - until the launch of Bonecrunch Fighting, the nation’s first MMA league with independent team owners. Modeled after proven sports organizations like the National Football League (NFL), Bonecrunch Fighting is a league run by entrepreneurs with local teams, local fighters and heated rivalries.

“Ohio has some excellent MMA fighters with seasoned records who are excited about the opportunity to compete nationally. Our super heavyweight holds the Ohio record for fastest knockout and is known for his power punches,” said Riddle.

Riddle will recruit his team in preparation for a February 9, 2008 fight card at Robarts Arena in Sarasota, Fla. While team rosters have not been announced, Riddle’s Cincinnati Norsemen will take on the Tampa Terrors in a five-bout contest. The second half of the fight card will feature the Lakeland Blaze and Sarasota Slammers.

Provided with ongoing operations assistance and marketing guidance, team owners receive comprehensive operations, training and logistics manuals, aid in fighter recruitment and turnkey marketing materials and plans. Founded by Harvard Business School graduate Andrew Neitlich, Bonecrunch Fighting’s leadership includes seasoned professionals such as Champion Kickboxer Erik Marshall, Professional Boxer Tony Spain, business owner Jim Tisdale, and a number of leading marketing and legal experts to assist team owners, guide the league, maximize revenue and create an exciting crowd experience.

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Bonecrunch Fighting is the nation's first mixed martial arts (MMA) league with local, independently owned teams, entertaining fans with evenly matched professional fights and lively between-fight entertainment. With the assistance of an experienced and supportive leadership team, Sarasota, Fla.-based Bonecrunch Fighting offers entrepreneurs a promising business investment through franchise ownership in a rapidly growing sport.  For more information on Bonecrunch Fighting and its leadership team please visit


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