Julian Erosa KO’s Harrison Bevens to become first Super Fight League America Lightweight Champ
Tacoma, WA (December 14, 2014) Super Fight League America returned to the Pacific Northwest Saturday night, and the results were nothing short of spectacular. The evening saw an explosive fight card mix perfectly with a raucous crowd on hand at the Emerald Queen Casino. With two title fights, a stacked undercard and a healthy dose of controversy, those either in attendance or watching the international broadcast on YouTube were treated to quite the show.
The main event of the evening saw two up-and-coming local stars compete for the SFL America Lightweight strap as Yakima native Julian “Juicy J” Erosa knocked out Tacoma’s Harrison Bevens in the 2ndround. The action was lightning-quick from the opening bell, with Erosa pushing the pace. Round number two saw “Juicy J” land a huge left hand and follow it up with a knee to the face before the referee was forced to make the save.
After the fight, CageSport 145lb. Champion Drew Brokenshire entered the cage and announced that he would happily give Erosa a shot at his title in the near future. The fans in attendance shouted their approval at this potential second act, a follow up to their December 2012 contest that saw Brokenshire win via unanimous decision.
Saturday night’s co-main event was an absolute showstopper, as undefeated Enumclaw native and former U.S. Marine, Tyson Cunningham fought Seattle’s Ben Fodor, who is perhaps better known as the Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones in a 5-round contest for the SFLA Welterweight Championship. Cunningham’s wrestling background was on full display as he landed takedowns seemingly at will, with Fodor landing huge punches and elbows from his back. Although he spent most of the fight trying to get back to his feet, Fodor gave far more significant damage than he received. His striking was explosive, landing massive shots to his opponent’s head and body. After Fodor had a point deducted for a head kick to a downed opponent, it looked all but assured that Cunningham would be leaving Tacoma with the belt. However, Fodor answered back with a fantastic performance in the championship rounds to make the judges decision even more difficult. After all was said and done, the fight ended in a split-draw, one of the more uncommon decisions in Mixed Martial Arts. Although a chorus of boo’s rang out from the audience upon hearing the decision, both fighters showed remarkable class during the post fight interviews. With neither man taking home the belt, a rematch could very well be headed our way.
Two incredible title fights capped off a fantastic night of MMA action that saw seven exciting undercard bouts. Those results are as follows:
Jason Novelli (5-0) def. Jason Gray (2-1) via 1st RD Darce Choke
Taki Uluilakepa (2-1-1) vs. Albert Tadevosyan (3-0-1) ends in a draw
Trent Tyler (3-5) def. Mike Devose (1-2) via 1st RD Guillotine Choke
Jenny Liou (2-0) def. Susy Watson (0-1) via Unanimous Decision
Woo Johnson (3-1) def. Josh LaGrange (1-6) via 1st RD verbal submission due to punches
Thomas Hoeper (1-1) def. Nate Cook (0-3) via Unanimous Decision
Sean Gee (1-0) def. Alex Eastman (0-5) via 2nd RD TKO
Next on schedule for Brian Halquist Productions is Battle at the Boat 99 on Friday, January 9th. SFL America is brought to you by CageSport MMA and Brian Halquist Productions. More information can be found atwww.halquistproductions.com and www.superfightleague.com
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