Chuck Norris Brings World Combat League East Coast Playoffs to Miami’s James...

Chuck Norris Brings World Combat League East Coast Playoffs to Miami’s James L. Knight Center on November 10th

The Miami Force’s Undefeated Season On The Line Against The New England Strikers In Its Bid For The Eastern Conference Championship and The League Crown


Miami, FL–(HISPANIC PR WIRE)–October 30, 2006–Martial Arts film star, Chuck Norris will be at the James L. Knight Center in Miami on Friday, November 10th, for the Full-Throttle Martial Arts fighting action of the World Combat League’s Eastern Division Playoffs featuring the Miami Force vs. the New England Strikers, with the winner taking on the Houston Enforcers in Texas on January 20, 2007, for the National Championship, to determine “America’s Toughest City”. Also fighting on the November 10th undercard is the New York Clash vs. the Philadelphia Fire.

The World Combat League (WCL) is an idea that Mr. Norris started with 30 years ago, but with his demanding schedule from his film and television career, the WCL was put on hold. Now, 30 years later, Mr. Norris’s vision has become a reality.

The WCL is a full-contact knockout Combat Martial Arts fighting event that pits team vs. team and city vs. city. There are currently 8 teams in different cities across the United States, but Mr. Norris plans on expanding to 28 teams in the near future. Each team consists of 5 men and 1 woman in different weight divisions, who are champions in Kickboxing, Karate, and Mixed Martial Arts. Each team member fights one 3-minute match in each half of the contest, so they must “lay it all on the line,” which is how the term “Full-Throttle Knockout Action” was born. Fighters score points for their team based on knockouts, knockdowns and damaging blows.

“I have always believed that Combat Martial arts, if presented correctly, could be a major, top five, professional sport,” says Norris, who will be on hand for the event. “Our goal with the WCL is to bring together the world’s most skilled Martial Arts experts by region and to provide sports fans with an unmatched level of fighting action in every second of each round of every team contest. When you combine this unprecedented level of action with the thrill of cheering for your favorite team and following their progress throughout an entire league season, along with the family friendly environment we have created, its pretty hard to resist.”

On November 10th, head coach John Morrison will lead his team, the Miami Force, consisting of Plantation’s “Shotgun” Scott Mukaddam, three-time world champion and Miami resident Eric “El Tigre” Castanos, Crafton “Blaze” Wallace, Armin Mrkanovic, Kelly “the Lion” Leo, and Trish “TNT” Leo, who is a current boxing and kickboxing world champion and also married to Kelly, the team’s heavyweight. “To our knowledge, Kelly and Trish are the only married couple in professional sports that are members of the same team,” says Morrison. Miami has a tough match ahead against the Strikers, which includes three world champions, two national champions, and a two-time Golden Glove Boxing Champion.

To find out more about the WCL, log onto htt:// Tickets are on sale now, ranging from $25 to $75, and available through all Ticketmaster outlets, htt:// or by calling (305) 358-5885 or (954) 523-3309, or at the James L. Knight Center Box Office (htt://

Chuck Norris Brings World Combat League East Coast Playoffs to Miami’s James L. Knight Center on November 10th