Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones to fight for 170lb. championship at Super Fight League America #2
Tacoma, Washington (December 3, 2014) Ben Fodor (4-0) is not your typical MMA fighter. For most mixed martial artists, days are spent training, cutting weight and preparing themselves for one night of combat. For Fodor, every night is a fight. Better known throughout the Pacific Northwest as Phoenix Jones, Fodor spends his evenings patrolling the streets of western Washington, aiming to prevent crime and keep watch over the city he calls home.
Fodor began fighting crime in the spring of 2011, after his young son was injured during a break-in attempt outside a local business. He has since been shot, stabbed and beaten while on patrol. He has been arrested multiple times and faced over 25 lawsuits from individuals he has locked up. In a little over three years, he has been directly responsible for over 200 arrests along with countless others at the hands of his “team”, the Rain City Superhero Movement.
Although the group has since disbanded, Jones and his allies proved themselves invaluable to the residents of the Puget Sound region. In addition to stopping crime, they helped stranded motorists, acted as eyewitnesses and even accompanied citizens to their cars at night.
On December 13th live from the Emerald Queen Casino, the northwest will see another side of Fodor entirely, an undefeated professional MMA fighter. Fodor will face Tyson Cunningham (3-0) of Enumclaw for the SFL America welterweight championship in the 5-round semi-main event. “He’s definitely the toughest guy I’ve fought.” says Fodor. After amassing a stellar 26-2 amateur record, Fodor turned pro in November of 2013 and has since run roughshod over the competition.
In what will be his third fight of the year, Fodor will be looking to add to his already impressive resume. “He’s not ready for me.” Fodor says of Cunningham. “I’ve been shot and stabbed; he hasn’t been through anything like I have. I respect his wrestling ability, but if he’s not able to take me down, it’s going to be the worst night of his life.”
Although a wrestler by trade, Tyson Cunningham has finished all of his professional opponents by knockout, and the dangerous Enumclaw native should prove a handful for the confident superhero. With the chance to be the first ever SFL America Welterweight champ on the line, both men will bring their A-game, making December 13th a night that fans won’t soon forget. Fodor has no doubt that he’s ready for whatever Cunningham throws his way: “In the cage there are rules. On the street there aren’t. I’ve seen it all.”
Headlining the 8 bout SFL America card presented by CageSport MMA will be two of the area’s fastest rising lightweights: Harrison Bevens (7-2) and Julian Erosa (12-2) squaring off for the vacant SFL America lightweight title. Tickets for SFL America 2 are on sale now at the Emerald Queen Casino Box Office as well as all Ticketmaster locations and start at only $35.
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