Posted 02/15/2013 by admin in MMA in Florida

S1 Challenge premieres on Feb 23rd at The BUC

On Saturday, February 23rd, 2013, the new evolution of  fighting arrives in South Florida! United Striking Alliance, LLC presents ‘S1- Challenge’ at the BankUnited Center on the famed University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus.

The S1-Challenge is non-stop action in a combat stand-up/striking sport will entail a combination of the different martial arts/striking disciplines including Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing, Kenpo, etc with no ground fighting allowed, to compete within one ring. The featured fighters will battle it out to determine who is the ‘Best Striker in the S1-Challenge!’

‘We are excited to bring this exciting sports phenomenon to Miami and to our diverse Latino audience,’ said Harold Morales, C.O.O. of United Striking Alliance. ‘By bringing this event to South Florida, we’re giving a new audience direct access to the fast-paced action from a mixture of the martial arts culture, and more importantly spotlighting the passion and commitment these fighters have endured for their love of the fight sport.’

The Main Event has StrikeForce and K-1 veteran Valentijn ‘The Python’ Overeem as he faces pro boxer and K-1 veteran James ‘The Beast’ Wilson. With the popularity of WMMA fighters on the rise in the Mixed Martial Arts world, there’s an exciting match between Thais Souza vs Janjira Muay Thai fighter, Vanessa Rojas. Check out Vanessa’s highlight video with awesome music in the background

WEPA.FM will be the official Internet station for the event, and DJ Jorge Ojeda will be spinning great music all night long

Fight card

Valentijn Overeem vs James Wilson – Main Events1 challenge 235x b

Vitelmo ‘Katel’ Kubis Bandeira vs Cyrus Washington

Luciano ‘Macarrao’ Dos Santos vs Jon Barnard

Thais Souza vs Vanessa Rojas

Andenilson Clementino vs Jerry Waterson

Lorenzo Borgomeo vs Johnavan Vistante

Randy Barroso vs Eric Koveric

*Fight card subject to change

Schedule of Events -

*Press Conference – Monday, February 18th, 2013, 5pm at Casa Panza Restaurant Salon Rojo (Red Saloon)

*Weigh-ins – Friday, February 22nd, 2013, 5pm at Casa Panza Restaurant Salon Rojo (Red Saloon)

*These events are FREE and open to the public. Casa Panza is located at 1620 SW 8th Street, Miami, FL, 33135, 305-644-3444 in the heart of Little Havana on the historical Calle Ocho.

Tickets for the S-1 Challenge, priced from $31 to $146 and are on sale now at or the BankUnited Center Box Office, located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146, or call (305) 284-8686.

Founders of United Striking Alliance, C.E.O. Jacqui Roque De Escobar and C.O.O. Harold Morales will introduce the first sport to use a set of rules in which it will allow all stand-up striking arts to compete within one ring. S-1 is a multi-disciplinary striking bout sport that will entail a combination of Muay Thai, Western Boxing, Karate, Kickboxing and other striking disciplines with no ground fighting allowed.  ‘S-1’ means unarmed combat involving the use, subject to any applicable limitations set forth in these United Striking Alliance rules and other regulations of the applicable Commission, with a combination of techniques from different disciplines of the martial arts, including without limitation: kicking and striking.

The BankUnited Center is an 8,000 seat multi-purpose entertainment facility located on the University of Miami’s Coral Gables campus, hosts concerts, sporting events and the University of Miami men’s and women’s basketball teams. For more information, visit or call 305-284-8686. The BankUnited Center is located at 1245 Dauer Drive, Coral Gables, FL 33146.