FCFF Belt Fights Showcase Top Portland MMA Talent and Drama on October 12th
Portland, OR – On Saturday, October 12th the Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) will host the 74th installment of “Rumble @ The Roseland,” their signature event. In the Main Event, the current FCFF 135-pound Champion, Journey Newson will take on the undefeated FCFF two-time Superfight Champion Ricky Simon for the Bantamweight Title. Also, the FCFF brings back the female 125-pound Champion, Emily Corso, who was originally scheduled for an epic rematch against Katie Howard (the 115-pound Champion) in August; that fight was delayed for medical reasons and is back on for Rumble @ The Roseland 74. Plus, a 140-pound Superfight is on the card that has the potential to steal ‘fight of the night’ honors. For updated fight cards, mma news/resources, and more visit www.thefcff.com. Doors open at the Roseland Theater at 6pm on fight night. Tickets available at Safeway Tickets West outlets or online.
In the “Main Event” at Rumble @ The Roseland 74, there is more on the line then the FCFF belt: reputation, undefeated records and the coveted “next step” to turning pro. The current FCFF Bantamweight Champion, Journey Newson will face his toughest competition to-date on October 12th when he goes toe-to-toe with Ricky Simon of Vancouver. Simon is undefeated at 6-0 with two FCFF Superfight belts in the Lightweight and Featherweight divisions; but he wants the Title. “Fighting for the Superfight belts was fun, but I want to be able to say that I am the Champ,” he explained. Simon trains under Phil Claud at the SportsLab and grew up in the sport of wrestling. He’s been in the MMA scene for two years and “…a win over Journey will really highlight my skills. Journey will be the toughest and most well rounded out of all my opponents thus far,” he said. Simon’s most recent fight came in March of 2013 at Rumble @ The Roseland 70; there he became the FCFF 155-pound Superfight Champ via a unanimous decision victory. In August of 2012 he took on Damon Jordan at Rumble 65 and earned the 145-pound Superfight belt. “Ricky will be fighting in the 135-pound division, his third weight class so far. I think he’s found the right division for his size. The competition in the bantamweights is fierce,” said Kevin Keeney FCFF matchmaker and co-owner.
Journey Newson, the fighter holding the FCFF bantamweight Title seeks to curb Simon’s undefeated record and maintain his Title of FCFF Champion. Newson fights under Justin Mark, a former FCFF Champion and Hall of Famer. “We have been training together for a year or two now and he has the experience and knowledge that put me where I am today,” said Newson. OnOctober 12th Journey’s goals are simple, “To be the best fighter I can be. I’m only looking to fight the best and demand their respect in the process,” he explained. Newson first became the FCFF Champ at Rumble @ The Roseland 71 in May of 2012 with a decision victory over Brent Messino. Journey currently sits with a record of 6-1-1 and plans to turn pro within the next year. Winning this fight will be an undeniable step towards his goal. “Both fighters are the best in the 135-pound division in the Northwest and people are anticipating a great fight with this match-up,” said Keeney.
The Female Championship Fight pits Emily Corso, the current FCFF 125-pound Champion head-on against the 115-pound FCFF Champion Katie Howard in a do-or-die rematch. The two first met for the FCFF 125-pound Championship on May 18th at Rumble @ The Roseland 71. There, Corso pulled off a final-round tapout due to an armbar. “I’m happy with how things went in our first fight. Katie and I have similar jiu-jitsu games,” said Corso. According to Howard’s coach she is “extremely excited for this rematch. I have never seen her more focused. Katie is mentally, physically and technically more sound than she has ever been, even in her most recent fight,” said Coach Sarah from Girl’s Gym. In Katie Howard’s last fight at Rumble @ The Roseland 72 on July 13th she raised the crowd to their feet with a 21 second-round-two knockout over Shellby Connelly. This rematch was originally scheduled for Rumble @ The Roseland 73 in August, but was delayed due to medical reasons. “Emily and Katie are both healthy and ready to settle everything in this rematch,” explained Keeney. Corso, the current Champ may be the ‘favorite’ coming into this fight but Howard has the ability to land big punches. Corso is undefeated in seven MMA fights and holds three belts from three different organizations: The FCFF, CageStar, and Budo. However, Corso faces a brand new challenge at Rumble @ The Roseland 74 on October 12th, “This is the first time I’ll be fighting the same person twice and I’m still trying to wrap my mind around what that experience will be like,” she said. In preparation she’s changed her training significantly and is working to bring some new surprises to her competition.
The future is bright for both Emily Corso and Katie Howard – win or lose, which speaks volumes for the talent featured in FCFF competition. “The FCFF is a place where you can watch fighters grow from their roots up; and follow them, long into their professional careers,” says Keeney. Corso is on the verge of turning professional, “Coach says it will be within the next year,” she said. Until then she plans to train hard at Alive MMA. Howard has “plans to go pro early next year,” according to Coach Sarah “…and, in the meantime she will continue to fight for the FCFF every chance she gets.”
The undercard at Rumble @ The Roseland 74 is full of rising talent. Notably, the 140-pound Superfight will gain a lot of attention. Sean Gee, earned “Fight of the Night” honors at the FCFF’s last event: Rumble @ The Roseland 73. There he tapped out Sean McNulty via a round three rear naked choke. Gee will face-off against rising star Chayse Garrison, who had a crowd pleasing win at Rumble @ The Roseland 73 in August by defeating Micah Ried via a 20-second round-one chokeout.
The full fight card is available at www.thefcff.com. Tickets available at www.ticketswest.com or at Safeway tickets west locations. Doors open at 6pm at the Roseland Theater and tickets can be purchased at the door. Fights start at7pm.