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“Fight Quest” host Jimmy Smith to return to cage in first-ever sanctioned show in Michigan

The next great mixed martial arts show from Donofrio Entertainment, in association with Impact Fight League, is not only the first major professional mixed martial arts show to be held in the state of Michigan, but it also comes with a big-name competitor in the main event.

Malice At The Palace” takes place JANUARY 30 at 7:00 PM at the world-famous PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS and will include fifteen MMA fights put together by matchmaker Anne Morrell, and featuring the best fighters from around the Great Lakes area, some of whom will be vying for championship belts issued by the Impact Fight league.

The featured attraction, however, comes all the way from Los Angeles. He’s JIMMY SMITH, the host of “Fight Quest” on the Discovery Channel and a professional fighter who is coming back to action at the age of 32.

Smith originally began as a wrestler, and after entering UCLA, he gravitated into Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, which would become a passion. He competed in a host of tournaments, including the Southern California Pro-Am, the Copa Pacifica, the Gracie Open and the Cleber Luciano tournament. Then, working with Team Punishment in Huntington Beach, CA (the camp founded by Tito Ortiz) he ventured into competitive mixed martial arts. making his debut in December of 2003 with a decision win over Matt Stansell at a King of the Cage event.

Smith won three more pro fights, all by way of submission, before suffering his only pro loss on a split decision to Andy Wang. His last fight was in May of 2006 when he scored another submission with a heel hook, this time over Jason Chambers.

His television show, “Fight Quest,” has been airing every Friday night on the Discovery Channel, and is a literal tour de force, as Smith, along with his young co-host, Doug Anderson, travel all over the world, exposing themselves, and the viewer, to a wide variety of fighting styles. Disciplines the two have covered included boxing, karate, kung fu, savate, hapkido, Muay Thai, Wing Chun, Krav Maga, Kali and Brazilian Jiu-jitsu, among others. This experience has not only made Smith very well-known in the world of martial arts, as the program airs not just in the U.S. but in over twenty international markets, but it has also made him a more well-rounded martial artist.

For more information on Jimmy Smith’s appearance at “Malice at The Palace” on January 30 at the Palace, check out the Donofrio Entertainment website at

Tickets for the show are available at, The Palace Box office, and all TicketMaster outlets, or by phone at 1-800-745-3000. The action starts at 7:00 PM, with doors opening at 6 PM.

  • ByronGiant says:

    Fight Quest? You mean Human Weapon?

  • Sam Caplan says:

    Two separate shows. Jimmy Smith and Doug Anderson hosted Fight Quest on Discovery. Jason Chambers and Bill Duff hosted Human Weapon on The History Channel. Both really good shows that are no longer in production but still should be.

    But good luck to Jimmy! A great fighter and an even better person.

  • ByronGiant says:

    I know, sarcasm is difficult to convey over the internets.

  • KTru says:

    finally sanctioned fights in Michigan!

    being a resident of the Detroit Metro area, this is great news. Seeing fights at Soaring Eagle casino (Indian Reservation) was the only professional MMA In the state.

    even though there is economic hardship in this state, the UFC could easily sell out the Palace in a day. Hopefully more MMA will be available to this region

  • KTru says:

    holy shizz with a z

    I didn’t even realize that the man Sam Caplan has graced us with his presence

  • Rece Rock says:

    I’m waiting on the day I see an article about a NY sanctioned match… hopefully sooner than later.

  • Davey D says:

    I will be covering this Event for the newspaper I work for. I am very glad to see MMA finally sanctioned in Michigan. MMA is rapidly growing in Michigan as there are two to three shows per month now. Now that Professional bouts can be held, it’ll grow even faster. Detroit could really, really use an Event like the UFC here to inject some much need cash flow into our economy. Even if it is for a week or so.

    The Superbowl was fantastic a few years ago and I believe the UFC would be more of the same. Rumor has it that they could be here before the year is up and the Palace is the venue they are considering.

    If I were Dana White, I’d seriously consider booking Ford Field and stacking that card to the gills. We have Canada to the North and Illinois, Indiana and Ohio right below us. People will come by and far to see a UFC event around these parts. WAR MMA!!!


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