Two years ago, Fight Card Entertainment had an inaugural tournament, “Rise Of The Gladiator” that gave the average UFC Gym member a chance at an experience to train like a fighter, sacrifice like a fighter, step into the cage like fighter and come out as a Champion. Fight Card Entertainment’s Talent Scout Manager, & MMA Ambassador, Mike Jaber returns with the 3rd “Rise Of The Gladiator” (ROTG) tournament to kick off at May 5th’s VICTORY event. “I really appreciate the support from Brian, Nilo & everyone at Fight Card Entertainment and I’m excited to take this to the next level” Jaber states.


This ROTG bracket on May 5th will have the semi-finals for the 135lb division between Gladiators, Nick Thomas Vs. Anthony Klemz. Out of UFC Gym Downers Grove, Anthony Klemz has always followed UFC as a kid and never missed watching a pay-per-view. “Once I heard of the ROTG tournament, I knew instantly this was my chance to showcase everything I have learned.” UFC Gyms offer a Fight Camp leading upto the Gladiator’s first fight. With Klemz has a wrestling background, he has been working with UFC Gym coaches in Kickboxing, boxing and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.

The Rise of the Gladiator is the ultimate next step for the fitness extremes. “If you are a spartan runner, tough mudder, a Krav Maga student, crossfit junkie and look to take it to the next level. I highly recommend getting into a UFC Gym and joining this tournament.” FightCard co-founder Brian Angelo. Klemz has been putting a lot of time and effort into training for his upcoming fight. “I want to push my mind & body out of it’s comfort zone and see what my capabilities are. Balancing your life and work schedule with ROTG training and making sure your are prepared is never easy but like life, you learn to make it work.” Klemz states.


His opponent, Nick Thomas, is also training with his UFC Gym coaches in his ROTG training camp. “I know (Nick) has been training hard as well and comes from a wrestling background so I’m sure he will go for a takedown early in the fight. I have been working a lot on rounding out my skills so I see the fight going in my favor for sure.” Klemz is also excited to have the ROTG tournament in the FightCard Entertainment cage and put on a show for my friends and the crowd. “Fighting on a Fight Card Entertainment event feels amazing do to the fact that so many great fighters I know have fought in this promotion previously. All of the FightCard staff have helped me with anything & everything and I would want to fight for any other promotion.”

Be sure to be there as Anthony Klemz looks to move on to the Final Round of Rise Of The Gladiator next Sunday. Doors open at 4pm and first fight at 5pm. General Admission $35 & premium seats start at $50. Order online