Solorio defends 559 Fights strap in Fresno
FRESNO, Calif. – Evan Solorio makes his long-awaited return to the 559 Fights cage on Friday, July 18th in Fresno at Valdez Hall.
The current 559 Fights Lightweight Champion defends his amateur mixed martial arts title in the main event of a 15-bout, fight-card against San Jose’s Luis Vargas.
“Each time out our fight cards continue to get stronger and stronger as the talent level in the Central Valley continues to grow,” 559 Fights President Jeremy Luchau said. “Solorio is one of the most popular champions we’ve ever had, but has missed some time with an injury. I know everyone is as excited as I am to see him compete again.”
Tickets for this event start at just $20 and can be purchased at the Fresno Convention Center Box Office, Nutrishop Visalia or www.559fights.com. VIP Table and Front Row seating info call 559-813-0307.
Solorio (5-2) will defend his 155-pound crown for the first time, after winning the vacant title in December 2013 against Armando Perez.
Vargas (6-2) has won two of his last three bouts by submission and is ranked fifth in the state.
“These are two of the top lightweights in the state squaring off in what’s become one of the most consistent shows in the state,” Luchau said.
In the co-main event, Modesto bantamweight Daniel Oseguera (4-2) takes on Exeter’s Anthony Torres (7-2) for the vacant 135-pound 559 Fights Championship.
“Our first-ever title was fought at 135 pounds and I’m excited to have that title back on the line for this event,” Luchau said. “Oseguera and Torres have both put in a lot of work and are state ranked. I couldn’t think of a better title fight right now.”
Former 559 Fights Welterweight Champion Art Hernandez (9-3) of Fresno will make his lightweight debut against Bakersfield’s Marcel Cyprian (6-1-1).
“Hernandez and Cyprian is another example of two guys that are making some adjustments in their weight to get the best possible fight available,” Luchau said. “Hernandez is a Top 10 Welterweight and Cyprian is a Top 10 Featherweight.”
Kerman’s Leo Cantu (9-3-1) will make his light heavyweight debut against Madera’s Chris Huerta (6-8).
Also on the card are two pivotal flyweight contests, as Fresno’s Eugene Cancino (3-0) takes on Fresno’s Ricardo Sanchez (2-0) and Bakersfield’s Rafael Hernandez (5-2) fights Carlos Hernandez (3-3).
In other bouts;
-Escalon featherweight Steve Ronneberg (2-1) vs. Farmersville’s Juan Campos (3-1).
-Hanford lightweight Jesse Solorio (0-0) vs. Coalinga’s Domingo Ramirez (1-0).
-Selma lightweight Bernabe Herrera (1-0) vs. Mariposa’s Justin Land (1-0).
-Visalia bantamweight Aaron Warnke (2-1) vs. Huron’s Rudy Soto (1-1).
-Fresno lightweight Bryant Franklin (1-1) vs. Stockton’s Anthony Taylor (0-1).
-Selma bantamweight Sam Fierro (1-0) vs. Madera’s Matthew Beasley (0-0).
-Fresno welterweight Patrick Baker (0-0) vs. Ridgecrest’s Victor Rico (0-0).
-Fresno heavyweight Maurice Jordan (0-1) vs. Lemoore’s Tyrell Mayfield (0-3).
-Fresno light heavyweight James Porter (0-0) vs. Hanford’s Joseph Longoria (0-6).