Former Bellator and EliteXC MMA veteran “Weapon X” Matt Makowski will make his official Paradigm Pro Wrestling debut this Wednesday, April 4th, when he challenges “The Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas for the Heavy Hitters Championship in the main event of a special ‘Mania Week Edition of the UWFi Rules Contenders Series on IndependentWrestling.TV.
Since transitioning to professional wrestling from MMA, Makowski has taken the independent wrestling scene by storm – competing on multiple editions of Josh Barnett’s Bloodsport and becoming a finalist in last year’s Pro Wrestling Illustrated Rookie of the Year awards. He garnered additional headlines on the debut episode of Season 2 of the UWFi Rules Contenders Series when “Filthy” Tom Lawlor inducted him into Team Filthy.
His opponent, The Hoodfoot (10-0 under UWFi Rules) enters the fight as the flag-bearer for Paradigm’s UWFi Rules Division and the defending Heavy Hitters Champion. The Hoodfoot has had his share of run-ins with Team Filthy over the past year – ultimately retiring Team Filthy’s Erick Stevens at the 2020 Collective, and then going on to win the 2020 Fighting Spirit Heavyweight Grand Prix by knocking-out Team Filthy member Dominic Garrini in the Finals.
Mawkoski vs Hoodfoot will headline a six fight card, airing this Wednesday at 10PM ET / 7PM PT on IWTV.
In the evening’s co-main, former Heavy Hitters Champion and 44OH member “The Bev” Bobby Beverly (3-2 under UWFi Rules) will face “The Prince of Sport” Lexus Montez (2-1 under UWFi Rules) in a #1 Contendership Fight. The two previously faced in Season 1 of the UWFi Rules Contenders Series in a fight that saw Montez gain a controversial stoppage win – a victory that Beverly fiercely protested – believing it to be an early stoppage.
The undercard will also feature several high profile bouts including a second title fight as Chase Holliday (3-0) defends the MidwestTerritory.com Championship Chain against twenty-year wrestling veteran Appollo Q. Starr (debut). Then a buzzed about contest will see Kill or Be Killed stablemates face off as AKIRA (2-1) faces Hardway Heeter (0-1).
In the evening’s final preliminary contests, deathmatch sensation Phoenix Kidd debuts against the surging Alex Kane (2-0), and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Blackbelt Dustin Leonard (0-1) returns against British chain wrestler Sidney Von Engeland (debut).
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About Paradigm Pro Wrestling
Founded in 2017 and based in the Louisville, KY, metropolitan area, Paradigm Pro Wrestling (PPW) presents professional wrestling events with an emphasis on the shoot-style, hardcore, and high flying genres of the sport. All shows are filmed for international distribution on the IndependentWrestling.TV streaming network. PPW fighters have competed on the largest stages in professional wrestling and MMA including the WWE, UFC, All Elite Wrestling, Ring of Honor, Bellator MMA, EliteXC MMA, New Japan Wrestling, and Major League Pro Wrestling.
UWFi Contenders Season Two Complete Roster
UFC veteran Tom Lawlor, Bellator veteran Matt Makowski, MLW Star Dominic Garrini, Bruiser Brody Memorial Award Finalist Matthew Justice, Paradigm Pro Heavy Hitters Champion “The Hoodfoot” Mo Atlas, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Black Belt Dustin Leonard, Catch Wrestler Robert Martyr, Folk-Style Standout Nick King, Indiana Golden Gloves Champion Flash Thompson, former pro boxer Isaiah Broner, Death Match Sensation AKIRA, Submission Grappler Jordan Blade, Contenders Season 1 Standout Austin Connelly, former Paradigm Pro Champions Cole Radrick and Freddie Hudson, Virginia All-State Wrestler Yoya Shooterweight, 3x H20 Champion Ron Mathis, Former Collegiate Wrestler Alex Kane, multiple-time IWA-MS Champion Aaron Williams, Crux Wrestling Academy Founder Kerry Awful, Bareknuckle Fighter Lord Crewe, KOBK Member Hardway Heeter, British Chain Wrestler Sidney Von Engeland, MidwestTerritory.com Champion Chase Holliday, 20 Year Indie Veteran Appollo Q. Starr, 44OH Member Bobby Beverly, Muay Thai Kickboxer Lexus Montez, Son of a Legend Ron Bass Jr, Bulgarian native Damyan Tangra, Hardcore Wrestler Phoenix Kidd, and USS National Qualifying Strongwoman Max the Impaler.