Heavyweight Championship on the line at CageSport 52
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: June 12, 2018
TACOMA, Wash. – The vacant CageSport heavyweight championship will be up for grabs when former titlists Anthony “Freight Train” Hamilton and Matt “The Attack” Kovacs square off in the main even of CageSport 52 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday July 21.
The title fight headlines a nine-bout card, which will also include a semi-main event between Dylan “Big Poppa” Potter and Anthony “The Joker” McDonald. The undercard will also feature the undefeated Terrance McKinney and rising newcomer Lisa “The Strangler” Spangler.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
“Easily, the top two questions I get asked about CageSport are when will you have the heavyweights back and when will you have female fights,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “This card has both. We have to of the best heavyweights to come out of the area in the last decade fighting for the championship and one of the most exciting new female fighters making her CageSport debut.”
Hamilton and Kovacs have some history against each other.
Hamilton, who is 4-0 all-time in CageSport, defeated Kovacs in 2013 to capture the CageSport heavyweight title before heading over to the UFC where he fought 10 times between 2014 and 2017. His last fight in the UFC came on Nov. 18, 2017 when he lost by decision to Adam Wieczorek on the undercard of UFC Fight Night 121 – Werdum vs. Tybura. Hamilton is the only fighter to go the distance during Wieczorek’s current 10-fight winning streak.
“Anthony has fought against some of the best heavyweights the world has to offer,” Halquist said. “He wants to get back to the UFC. That’s the pinnacle for every fighter. Winning the CageSport heavyweight championship will certainly help him fulfill that.”
Kovacs claimed the CageSport heavyweight title in 2010, defeating Corey Williams via strikes early in the first round.
One of the area’s most popular heavyweights, Kovacs holds a victory over former UFC heavyweight champion Maurice Smith.
“Matt is one of the most experienced and dangerous heavyweights in the Northwest,” Halquist said. “He’s motivated to win that title for a second time in his career.”
The semi-main event will be a match-up between Potter and McDonald in the heavyweight division.
Potter is coming off a victory over Jared Torgeson, one of the most highly regarded fighters in the Pacific Northwest, in February.
McKinney will put his 4-0 record on the line when he faces Tyrone Henderson (6-4-1), while Spanger will also look to keep her perfect record intact when she faces Kelly Clayton.
Spangler made her professional debut on May 4 when she defeated Sarah Kleczka on the Invicta FC 29: Kaufman vs. Lehner undercard.
Additional bouts include, Cameron Rivera vs. Jake Mason, Bryce Walden vs. Tim Lewis, R.J. Hoyt vs. Jake Sebastian and Cody Simpkins vs. Rodney Kealohi.
CageSport 52 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com
CageSport 52 – Saturday, July 21, 2018
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Events – 5 Rounds
Vacant CageSport Heavyweight Championship
Anthony Hamilton (16-9) vs. Matt Kovacs (14-17)
Semi-Main Event – 3 Rounds
Dylan Potter (6-3) vs. Anthony McDonald (3-3)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
Terrance McKinney (4-0) vs. Tyrone Henderson (6-4-1)
Lisa Spangler (1-0) vs. Kelly Clayton (0-1)
Cameron Rivera (1-0) vs. Jake Mason (debut)
Bryce Walden (2-1) vs. Tim Lewis (1-0)
RJ Hoyt (3-1) vs. Jake Sebastian (0-1)
Cody Simpkins (1-2) vs. Rodney Kealohi (1-1)
Steven Lindford (debut) vs. Chris Varner (debut)
ABOUT BRIAN HALQUIST
Brian Halquist Productions is the Northwest premiere fight promotion company creator of the famed "Battle at the Boat" boxing series promoting more than 20 years and over 150 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “Cage Sport MMA” nearing more than 50 fights. Brian Halquist Productions has promoted events for ESPN, ShowTime and HBO and featured on Showtime's historic boxing event in St Lucia, West Indies. Brian Halquist Productions has been promoting fights and concerts for over 30 years in the Pacific Northwest.