Combat Games returns to the Snoqualmie Casino on April 21st for its coveted “Rumble on the Ridge” event, which is jam-packed with fantastic fights. The fight card, already brimming with talent, will be topped off with a blockbuster of a headliner. The main event will feature the return of local heavyweight sensation, and UFC veteran, Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton.
Hamilton (15-9) started his professional MMA career on the local Washington circuit where he experienced great success. That same success would lead him to sign with the sports most prestigious organization - the UFC. Under the UFC banner, Hamilton competed in 10 bouts; spanning from June of 2014 to November of 2017. In his three year tenure, Hamilton competed against some of the who’s-who in the division, which includes the likes of current #1 ranked UFC heavyweight, Francis Ngannou. Hamilton, like many others in the fight game, has experienced his fair share of ups and downs - wins and losses, happiness and heartbreak. But nonetheless, his career is an illustrious one and he is part of a select group that can say that they made it to the pinnacle of the sport of MMA.
Now at 37-years-old, “Freight Train” is stepping into the cage one last time before he ‘hangs up the gloves’. Just like a fairytale ending in a book, Hamilton’s final bout will take place on the same promotion that helped boost him to the upper echelon of the sport; with all of his hometown family and friends screaming his name and cheering him on.
His opponent, Randy “G-Mode” Zarza (3-2) is a young and durable, up-and-coming local prospect, who is sure to gain a lot of notoriety off of Hamilton’s name, if he is victorious. However, Zarza will have his hands more than full with the naturally larger and more experienced Hamilton. “Freight Train” surely seems to have all the cards stacked in his favor in just about every facet of this contest, including the extra motivation he must have of going out and finishing his career off with a ‘bang’. Don't blink - you won't want to miss this
Written By Mathias Bruntz