Houston, TX – May 18, 2010 â€“TheCageDoor.net, in conjunction with DNC Worldwide Network, will be teaming up with Houston area Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters for a local community outreach project here in Houston on May 29, 2010.Â 8 fighters (pro and amateur) have volunteered their time to team up and work together for the purpose of providing meals to the underprivileged in several areas of Houston.Â Many of these fighters have either already fought each other, or will be fighting each other in upcoming events.
â€œOften times in MMA, especially in the local scene, competitive fighters and fans can get caught up in gym rivalries and cage battles.Â The fighters who are helping us out with this initiative are showing the rest of the city that itâ€™s ok to battle in the cage then work together outside of it,â€ said Richard Burmaster, co-owner of TheCageDoor.net
The fighters will be meeting at the Mezzanine Lounge at 10:30am to begin making lunches.Â Once the meals are made and packed, they will then split up into teams and canvass Houston to distribute the food to the homeless population.
Barry Laminack, Co-Owner of TheCageDoor.net said, â€œWhen Rich (Burmaster) and I started the site, we said that we wanted to be a positive force in the Houston MMA scene.Â We feel now is the time to follow through with that, so weâ€™ve partnered up with Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide and put this effort together.Â Oftentimes, the negative perception of Mixed Martial Arts and the fighters involved are that of thuggish and violent individuals, when in fact, nothing could be further from the truth.Â Many of the fighters that have volunteered for this effort are some of the nicest and kindest people Iâ€™ve had the pleasure of meeting.â€
This pilot program will lay the ground work in the near future for a much broader and farther-reaching community involvement effort from the Houston MMA scene.Â TheCageDoor.net is already in the planning stages to combine efforts and work with the community (both local and MMA) in coordinating and promoting volunteer efforts for the real non-profit charities that do this type of good day-in and day-out. Fighters, fans, gym owners and everyone interested in giving back will have a chance to work with designated local charities.
â€œIt is our hope that this combined effort between fighters who compete against one another, and train at different gyms, will set an example. What we want this to be is a catalyst for the entirety of the MMA community to get involved in their local communities. Fighters, fans, and everyone involved can make a difference.Â Itâ€™s about increasing awareness. Good people can really do great things if they put their minds to it.â€ said Mike Calimbas of DNC Worldwide.
TheCageDoor.net is a Houston based website dedicated to covering the Houston MMA scene.Â The site was started in October of 2009 by Richard Burmaster and Barry Laminack and has experienced tremendous growth since its inception.Â The site, located on the web at http://www.thecagedoor.net, provides a mix of Houston MMA news, local fighter interviews, pre and post event coverage, live event updates, fighter blogs, a Houston focused MMA forum and a comprehensive Houston area gym and fighter database.
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