CageSport XXI is going down Saturday night at the Emerald Queen Casino. Stacked with great bouts from top to bottom this is one of the best fight cards CageSport has put together. This is gonna be an exciting night of fights and with it being the first televised event for CageSport, a night of exciting fights is in store.
- Jared Torgeson vs Byron Sutton
- Sutton and Torgeson are both coming off wins and looking to establish themselves in the Pacific Northwest as guys to be on the lookout for. Sutton had more success in his last fight when he kept the fight outside and used his striking to keep Jerome Jones at bay to win a decision. Torgeson will want to fight in close, establish some dirty boxing and not let Sutton establish his range. Expect a good striking affair with little grappling in this one folks.
- Ryan Mulvihill vs Jacob Boysen
- Mulvihill is a well rounded fighter that may rely on his grappling a little too much at times. That could lead him to trouble against a guy like Boysen who has a very good grappling pedigree. Mulvihill trains with some very highly talented guys up in the Spokane area and will bring the fight to Boysen, but will he be too aggressive and give Boysen an opportunity to catch him in a submission. This is a very interesting fight that will shed some light on who is ready to go to the next level and who is not.
- Brandon Dudley vs Emmanuel Sanchez
- WowZA is about the easiest way to describe this fight folks. Both fighters have been on a tear and one of these guys will experience something for the first time at the conclusion of this fight. Sanchez is a very dynamic striker that has pinpoint accuracy and a wide arsenal of strikes that he will use. Dudley is the polar opposite and comes from a grappling background. This fight is the classic Grappler vs Striker and will be interesting to see who imposes their will first. Expect a war here folks, I am.
- Matt Kovacs vs Richard Foster
- Another fight where people will see Kovacs record and immediately jump to conclusions concerning this fight and think it will be a tune-up for Foster. That couldnt be anything further from the truth. Matt Kovacs is a classic fighter that FIGHTS folks, anyone anywhere anytime. Kovacs has been out of the cage focused on getting his grappling up to snuff to be a more well-rounded fighter that doesn’t rely strictly on his hands in a fight. Foster won his debut fight against a scrappy guy in Chris Folsom after surviving a wicked heel hook. Will be interesting to see if Kovacs goes to the ground with the Yakima MMA product, Foster. The only thing I will say about this fight, DON’T BLINK!
- Chris Wheaton vs Christian Ortiz
- Do or Die fight for both guys. Ortiz has a load of potential, but hasn’t been able to put it together in the cage. Wheaton is looking to bounce back onto the winning track after a tough loss to Benny Vinson. I expect Ortiz to really focus for this fight and get his first win as a pro.
- Andy Paves vs Jose Rico
- Paves is a guy with a great skill set, his only loss being a decision loss to Michael Chiesa. Paves goes the distance in his fights more than I like to see out of a young prospect, but I think that will change with his fight with Jose Rico. This fight is a stiff challenge for Jose Rico and maybe going the distance would be a moral victory for him here, but I am predicting that Paves will get his 2nd finish of his career this weekend.
- Damon Wood vs Sean Villalva
- Another well booked fight here which will help settle the jumble at the top of the 135 weight class in the Pacific Northwest. Neither Wood or Villalva have any cage time in 2012, which makes predicting this fight very difficult to do. Wood is coming off consecutive losses to Jeff Hatton, a top bantamweight in the region. Villalva is coming off a couple wins in his first two pro fights. Will be interesting to see the new wrinkles in Wood’s game now that he is training with SportsLab Martial Arts.
- Brandon Pitts vs Brent Knopp
- Pitts is a heavy handed fighter with a grappling base. This is his first foray into middleweight, he has been competing at LHW. Brett Knopp is a well rounded guy with high level grappling. He prefers to dirty up the fight and do a lot of work inside rather than out at range. It will be interesting to see how the weight cut effects Pitts, but coming from Team Quest it shouldnt be an issue at all. Winner of this fight will be one of the premiere middleweights in the Pacific Northwest.
- Julian Erosa vs Jason Gybels
- The Tattoo Fight. Erosa is the current Featherweight Champion for CageSport, but is taking this fight at lightweight. Erosa has carved out a great record so far in his career, but I am not sure he has faced anyone quite like Gybels. Erosa prefers to strike, but has won most of his fights via submission. Gybels is coming off an extended layoff and looking to reestablish himself as one of the preeminent fighters in the Pacific Northwest at 145 or 155. Will be very interesting what gameplan Erosa goes with as Gybels is a well versed grappler that will be more than willing to take the fight to the mat.
CageSport XXI is going down September 29, 2012 and is a phenomonal card and you can be a part of it. Tickets are still available via Ticketmaster.com or by going to the Emerald Queen Casino Box Office. Other information regarding this event can be found at HalquistProductions.com.
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