Hey gang...Travis here with some Tampa Bay entertainment you absolutely CAN'T miss!  WFC's Battle of the Bay 8 will be at the USF's Sun Dome this Friday, July 10!  We know it's a bit last minute, but here are the details for you -

Fight promoter and WFC President, Tom Crowther have joined forces to present  “Battle of the Bay 8,” an action-packed Mixed Martial Arts extravaganza at Tampa’s USF Sun Dome on Friday, July 10, 2009. WFC’s “Battle of the Bay 8” will feature a main event showdown with former UFC Champion and “Celebrity Rehab” star Ricco Rodriguez and Mario “Big Hurt” Rinaldi along with thrilling bouts from some of the top mixed martial artists in the country.

To make the evening even more exciting, it will be hosted by special guest cage girl Amber Smith, star of VH-1 TV'S two hit reality series, “Celebrity Rehab” and "Sober House." With Ricco and Amber Smith, both stars on “Celebrity Rehab,” the July 10th event will aim on creating anti-drug awareness and promote a world free of both recreational and sports-related drugs with a portion of the proceeds going to Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America, or CADCA.

Tickets priced from $25 -$75 are on sale now and available at www.ticketmaster.com or www.mmawfc.com. VIP tables are also available starting at $1,000. Showroom doors open at 7pm, preliminaries start at 8pm, and main event commences at 11:30pm. The USF Sun Dome is located at 4202 East Fowler Ave, Tampa, FL 33620. Phone is (813) 974-3002.

The main bout of the evening features former Ultimate Fighting Championship heavyweight and “Celebrity Rehab” star Ricco Rodriguez (29-10-0) against Mario “Big Hurt” Rinaldi (8-02-01).  This is Rodriguez’s first fight since becoming clean and sober and losing his UFC belt. “After recovery comes redemption,” says Ricco. “I’m in great shape and ready for the ultimate comeback.”

“Battle of the Bay 8” will feature some of the most talented MMA fighters to step into the ring including Ricco Rodriguez vs. Mario “Big Hurt” Rinaldi, Regino Pena vs. Dustin Winterhalt, Frankhad Sharapov vs. Chris Manuel, Brian Eckstein vs. Ralph Acosta, Zack Light vs. Patrick Mikesz, Alex Caceres vs. Matt McCook, Erik “War Face” Covik vs. Caleb Archer, James Wynn vs. Giovani Moljo, Joe Ricart vs. Malachy Freidman, Gino Tutera vs. Andrew Parker and James Powell vs. TBA.

The official “Battle of the Bay  8” WEIGH-INS will be held on Thursday, July 9 at 6pm at the Embassy Suites on USF campus, next to the Sun Dome and are OPEN to the public. The weigh-ins will include a meet and greet with the fighters as well as on-on-one interviews with the press, available upon request.

And there you have it...but don't worry, we'll be bringing you reminders over the next couple of days about these activities.  As far as things to do in Tampa Bay, this is an awesome option.  So, make sure you check back for updates about these Tampa Bay area events. 

PLUS, we may be doing giveaways for VIP seats to Friday's event, so stay tuned as we confirm the tickets and bring the giveaways to all of you.