The following press release was issued Friday evening.
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (Aug. 31, 2012) – Former six-time World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) champion Dave Bautista is coming to Providence on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012 to kick off his press tour in anticipation of his professional mixed martial arts debut, presented by Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment & Sports, Inc., in association with June Entertainment and 4zero1 Entertainment Group on Saturday, Oct. 6, 2012 at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center on Direct TV Pay Per View.
Friday’s tour will culminate with a live meet-and-greet and autograph signing in downtown Providence (time and venue to be determined) followed by a second public appearance at Vanity Restaurant & Lounge, located at 566 South Main St., Providence, at 11 p.m. (EST) Bautista’s opponent, Rashid Evans of Newburgh, N.Y., will also be attendance.
Specifics on Bautista’s appearance will be released Tuesday. Both appearances are open to the public and both fighters will be available for media interviews.
Tickets for “Real Pain,” starring Bautista, are available through www.ticketmaster.com or at The Dunkin’ Donuts Center Box Office and are priced at $20.00, $35.00, $55.00, $75.00, $125.00 and $250.00. The show features 14 bouts, including the return of John “Doomsday” Howard (17-7, 6 KOs), a Boston native and veteran of seven UFC bouts; nine-time UFC veteran David Loiseau (20-10, 13 KOs) of Montreal; Providence lightweight Mike “The Beast” Campbell (11-4, 7 KOs), a former World Extreme Cagefighting (WEC) contender; Woonsocket, R.I., bantamweight Andre Soukhamthath (2-1, 1 KO); and Pawtucket, R.I., middleweight Todd “The Hulk” Chattelle (10-7, 8 KOs). “Real Pain” will also be available on Direct TV Pay Per View for $29.95.