FCFF: 2012 “Fighter of the Year” returns to the Cage on July 13th at Rumble @ The Roseland 72
Four FCFF Belt Fights at Rumble @ The Roseland 72
Portland, OR – On Saturday, July 13th the Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) will host Rumble @ The Roseland 72, the region’s premier mixed martial arts cage fighting event. The FCFF is Oregon’s oldest and most respected cage fighting organization, often referred to as the ‘golden gloves’ of mma. The ‘Main Event’ brings back 2012 Fighter of the Year, Nick Biron of Washougal, Washington. Biron is the current FCFF 205-pound Light Heavyweight Champion and previous FCFF Heavyweight Champion. There are two other title fights in the welterweight and featherweight divisions; plus a female title fight in the 155-pound Lightweight division. Doors open at 6pm at the Roseland theater with fights beginning at 7pm. Tickets available at Safeway TicketsWest outlets and online. Updated fight cards available at www.thefcff.com.
About the Main Event: In 2012 Nick Biron dominated the FCFF in two different weight divisions: the Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight and still remains undefeated. He became the first-ever FCFF fighter to hold two belts simultaneously. This FCFF milestone came at Rumble @ The Roseland 66 on September 29th 2012. Previous to that fight, Biron was already the FCFF Heavyweight Champion, earning that Title originally at Rumble @ The Roseland 61 with a win over Darron O’Donnell. After that, he made a successful Heavyweight Title defense at Rumble @ The Roseland 63 against Damion Martindale with an impressive TKO in round one. This led him to his historic fight at Rumble @ The Roseland 66. There he took on the 205-pound Champ in a winner-takes-all fight against Jeremy Morse. Whoever won would be the first man to hold two FCFF Titles at once. Biron came out on top; this moment also earned him the FCFF’s “2012 Fighter of the Year,” in the Annual Fighter Hall of Fame awards. After the dual title accolades, Biron decided to relinquish his Heavyweight crown to focus on the 205-pound division. He then entered the cage against Jason Pittman at Rumble @ The Roseland 68 in December of 2012 for his first successful Title defense in the Light Heavyweight division. He’s been on hiatus due to injury and on July 13th he will return to face Ray Garcia, a seasoned mma warrior who has fought in a wide variety of events throughout Oregon. Garcia’s current record is 6-2 and he trains with Team Chaos out of Salem, Oregon and plans to turn pro in 2013. His self-described fighting style is “brawler,” with a jiu-jitsu and high school wrestling background.
The next FCFF Title fight scheduled for Rumble @ The Roseland 72 is about second-chances. Sean Soliz was the FCFF 145-pound Champion, and then he lost the belt. On July 13th he will get his chance to earn it back. Soliz became the FCFF Featherweight Champion at Rumble at the Roseland 64 in July of 2012 (almost one year ago). He beat Damon Jordan via split decision victory to take the belt. In his first Title defense attempt at Rumble @ The Roseland 66 he took on the mega-touch FCFF Veteran Justin Mark and lost via a nail-biting fifth and final round submission via rear naked choke. Since that loss, Soliz has been working hard to come back. A few weeks ago Soliz earned the Knucklehead promotion Title belt at their “Knucklehead 6” event. He defeated Allen Pucket via triangle choke in round two. “Sean is absolutely hungry to get back the FCFF belt. This fight could easily earn fight of the night honors,” said Keeney. The man standing in front of Soliz is a familiar face: Kevin Walker of Animals Gym. Walker and Soliz met once before, at Caged on the Coast 6 at Chinook Winds Casino Resort in 2011 on the undercard. Soliz took the victory via a unanimous decision. “Kevin isn’t the same fighter. He’s grown and doesn’t plan on losing again in this rematch,” said keeney. Walker is from Donald, Oregon and is living in Newberg, Oregon to train. He has two FCFF victories on his resume from Rumble @ The Roseland 66 and 56, both wins are from submission victories in round number one.
A much-anticipated fight on the Rumble @ The Roseland 72 fight card is the female Lightweight Championship. Veronica Wickersham of the legendary fight club, Team Quest will take on Leanne Foster from Hermiston, Oregon. Foster has fought only once in FCFF competition, last August. There she faced against Hillary VanOrnum at Rumble @ The Roseland 65. She shocked the crowd by taking VanOrnum all three rounds and losing in the judge’s decision. VanOrnum is a world class jiu-jitsu champion and Foster held her own with very little mma training. Foster’s history comes from the Military. “I am [currently] in law enforcement and training for the combatives came easy to me. I am also in the Oregon Army National Guard which army combatives can get pretty intense also,” says Foster. Foster also has an impressive athletic history playing two college sports on scholarship: Basketball and Softball. “I broke the Home Run record my sophomore year,” she said. Foster moved from Pendleton, Oregon to Beaverton to train at Impact Jiu Jitsu. Her main trainer is FCFF legend, Justin Mark. “Leanne has something to prove. She’s going to get that chance on July 13th,” said Keeney.
The last FCFF Title Fight on July 13th will be in the 170-pound Welterweight division. Mike Stewart of Redmond, OR will face John Constien of Team Quest for the belt. Stewart, who has also fought under the last name of Gonzalez, recently had a victory over Jay Freear via rear naked choke on June 1st at the Knucklehead event in Oregon. 2012 proved to be a roller coaster for Stewart with both wins and losses. In FCFF competition he had a win at Rumble @ The Roseland 61; there he defeated Adam Wahl via tapout in round two. At Rumble @ the Roseland 72 on July 13th he will face the undefeated John Constien, originally from Boring, Oregon. Constien’s record stands at 4-0 with his most recent win coming from the Dirty Boxer “Bar Fights II” event in May of 2012. There he beat Scott Philp via a unanimous decision victory. “The welterweight division in the FCFF is full of great talent. This fight is going to set the tone for Championship bouts in the 170-pound division for 2013,” said Kevin Keeney, FCFF Matchmaker and co-owner.