Team Paul Mitchell expands its men’s fighting team by looking overseas.

In a bold move, Team Paul Mitchell fighting added two established fighters from the country of Hungary. Beginning immediately, Tamas Imre and Ritchie Veres will join the ranks of Team Paul Mitchell fighters. This increases the current stable of available active 18-29 male fighters to six and the number of Hungarian fighters to four. Imre and Veres join Hungarians Zsolt Moradi and Laszlo Gombos (who were both picked up in 2012) on the team. All four of the Hungarians established their reputations by fighting for Team Kiraly and their coach and instructor Istvan Kiraly.

Plagued with injuries and a dearth of available fighters in North America, Team Paul Mitchell found itself searching across the sea to enhance its bench. Veres was in the sights of the Paul Mitchell coaches and fighters for some time after incredible performances at top events like Irish Open in Europe and the US Open in the United States. Imre has made his name more recently with memorable performances including a defeat of the formidable Raymond Daniels at the Irish Open in 2013.

“As a coach, I am looking for fighters passion and motivation – fighters who want to be the best,” noted Paul Mitchell fighting coach Damon Gilbert. “I want fighters who are professionals in and out of the ring and

[Imre and Veres] are it.” Gilbert was quick to point out that he is not done looking for new recruits for the team and he is certainly not focused only overseas. “If you are great in the moment, we want you”.

Although in the past, Paul Mitchell has been mainly made up of North Americans, this new move is a reflection of the global branding movement being encouraged by the team sponsors, Paul Mitchell Products and Century Martial Arts Supply.

The new additions of Imre and Veres along with Kameren Dawson’s return from the injured list, will allow Team Paul Mitchell the ability to field two very strong men’s teams if desired. Lightweight Justin Ortiz continues to fight well for the team while heavyweight Cass Sigmon remains on the injured list indefinitely.

Team Paul Mitchell doesn’t see the potential language barrier as an issue with the new additions. “They speak the universal language of winning,” declared Gilbert.

The full Team Paul Mitchell fighting team is expected to debut at the upcoming Battle of Atlanta the weekend of June 17-18, 2016. The full team will also be fighting at the 2016 US Open ISKA World Martial Arts Championships the weekend of July 8-9, 2016. In addition, you can meet the new Team Paul Mitchell members at the Team Paul Mitchell Experience Camp on July 7, 2016 at the US Open.

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