Three Female Fights, Plus 4 Title Fights on July 21st at Rumble @ The Roseland 64
Portland, OR – The Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) is Oregon’s oldest and most respected mixed martial arts organization hosting the famed: Rumble @ The Roseland cage fighting events at the Roseland Theater for the past ten years. The 64th installment of Rumble @ The Roseland is taking place on Saturday, July 21st and it could possibly the best “Fight Card” offered at any MMA event in all of 2012. “This is our 10th Anniversary year and we are trying to bring the best at our events to mark this milestone,” said FCFF Co-owner Kevin Keeney. Ticket info, times available at www.thefcff.com.
In addition to four stellar FCFF Championships Fights there are three female fights on the card as well as a 170-pound Welterweight Superfight. The FCFF 135-pound Title fight brings current Champ Dylan Atkinson back to defend his title against the current 145-pound Champ Jess Moore of Universal Fighters. Moore is relinquishing his Featherweight belt and dropping ten pounds into the next division. If he claims the 135-pound belt he will be among the few to hold two FCFF belts in two divisions in the same year. The local MMA community is buzzing about the return of Jake “Malibu” Morris in the 170-pound Welterweight Championship Fight. Morris is a wrestling prodigy who breaks from MMA to focus on college wrestling. He is a former FCFF Title holder and comes back to the cage to face Vancouver’s Luis Iniguez on July 21st. The two men battling for the 170-pound Superfight belt at Rumble 64 will be the “next in line” to face the winner of the 170-pound title fight taking place that same evening.
The two other FCFF Championship Fights taking place on July 21st will be for the 145-pound Championship, where Damon Jordan, the power-house slugger will face the super-star wrestler, Sean Soliz. This fight illustrates the classic battle of stand-up-verse-ground-game. In the 125-pound Flyweight Championship current FCFF Champ Adam King will take on John Heilman of Arsenal Combat.
FCFF FEMALE FIGHTS:
There is much interest and intrigue in the world of female MMA fighters. The FCFF has been fortunate in the past to host the debut fights of women like: Kim Couture (former wife of Randy “The Natural” Couture) and the now-pro Glena Avila in our 25-foot-steel cage known to fight fans as “The Slammer.” A new crop of young female mma talent has emerged in Portland and the Rumble @ the Roseland 64 Fight card features three female fights in one night: July 21st!
First, the exciting 185-pound female fighter Paige Grider of Team Quest returns to the FCFF to face Brianne Mills of GIRLS Gym in Portland.
Grider has two wins in FCFF competition, the first came on June 26th in 2010 at Caged on the Coast 2. There she had an 18 second knockout over Gidgett Edwards in round number one. Then, at Caged on the Coast 5 she took the win over Emily Orman by a long fought unanimous decision victory. Injury has held her back from competing but she is now healthy. Grider first started in combat sports with Boxing and branched out to Muay Thai in 1999. She now currently trains at Team Quest in Tualatin under Scott McQuary, plus works with other MMA friends and mentors like Enoch Wilson at animalhouse, a mentor at Zanshin arts and Josh Burnham at whetstone. “I have been cross training quite a bit but have never forgotten my Quest West roots,” she said. Grider will face mma newcomer Brianne Mills on July 21st. Mills has been training at GIRLS Gym since October of 2010. While this is her debut into MMA she comes to the sport with a strong athletic base. Mills was a four-year-lettering athlete in High School in Basketball. According to her coach, Sarah Oriza “Brianne knows how to impose her will. Combining her skill, power, and her love for the sport, she is a force to be reckoned with.”
The next female fight on the Rumble @ The Roseland 64 Fight Card is the 125-pound fight between Kala Shivers (UTC) and Katie Howard (GIRLS Gym). Howard started training in MMA in January of 2010 and brings dedication and “the ability to push herself harder than anyone I know,” said her coach Sarah Oriza. Howard is a very well rounded, amazingly conditioned mixed martial artist according to Coach Sarah and the FCFF is very excited to see what both GIRLS Gyms Fighters can bring to the cage. Under Katie’s belt are a few local submission grappling tournaments, but will have her debut into mixed martial arts on July 21st, a very exciting time for fans and the fighters-alike.
The final female fight of the evening pits 135-pound fighter, Rachel Kollar against Amanda Loewen of Straight Blast Gym. Loewen will also be debuting into mma. Her Gym: Straight Blast Gym is a force to be reckoned with. Straight Blast Gym has produced may past FCFF Championship, who’ve since turned pro in MMA. “Female fights are in demand and the crowd loves seeing them. They are something very new still and the talent coming out of Portland is above par,” said FCFF Co-owner Kevin Keeney.
The full fight card is available at [www.thefcff.com]
Tickets available at [www.ticketswest.com] or at safeway tickets west locations.