Sept. 12, 2017
A segment of a documentary entitled Tough Guys about the first winning match in the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) that was shot at Saint Vincent College featuring David A. Jones of North Huntingdon, right, a Saint Vincent College Food Service Supervisor in the Shack snack bar, will air at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15 on the Showtime network. A New York City film crew from MinusL Productions was at Saint Vincent College in October 2015 shooting the segment about Jones, 60, who won the first MMA fight at the New Kensington Holiday Inn and participated in the championship finals at the Stanley Theater, Pittsburgh, in 1979. Jones, a member of the Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Hall of Fame, also has a black belt in karate. He is featured in a display at the Senator John Heinz History Center. The production crew included, from left, Craig R. Debiase, producer; Henry Roosevelt, director; and Alexandra Tebano, production assistant. The program will also be shown at 7 p.m. Friday at the Palace Theatre, Greensburg. The Palace Theatre will also play host to a special network broadcast premiere at 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 15. The free event will offer open seating available on a first-come, first-serve basis celebrating local fighters, fans, and MMA pioneers. Regulated mixed martial arts (MMA) competitions were introduced to the United States with the establishment of the world’s first “Tough Guy Contest” in Pittsburgh. The league was also billed as “Battle of the Tough Guys” and “Battle of the Brawlers” before re-branding to “Super Fighters.” Further details are available at www.toughguysdoc.com.
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