Title fight headlines CageSport 43
Title fight headlines CageSport 43
Nuro, McIntyre battle for interim lightweight crown at Emerald Queen Casino
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Dec. 12, 2016
TACOMA, Wash. – CageSport, the premier MMA organization in the Pacific Northwest, returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday as Brian Halquist Productions presents CageSport 43.
Headlining the nine-bout card will be a 5-round main event for the CageSport Interim Lightweight Championship between Bryan Nuro and Bobby McIntyre.
Also fighting at the event will be Drew Brokenshire, Patrick Benson, undefeated Rafael Brewster and Anthony Zender, who will look to extend his winning streak to eight.
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.
“We have had a great 2016 so far and this card is the perfect way to close out the year,” Halquist said. “Nuro and McIntyre are two of the most exciting fighters on the West Coast. Either one is deserving of this championship.”
Local fans last saw Nuro compete in Tacoma on May 7 when he lost in his bid to capture the lightweight championship from title-holder Justin Harrington. The fight went the full five rounds and made a strong case for fight of the year for the CageSport organization.
It was Nuro’s first defeat following a four-match winning streak to open his professional career. Nuro (5-1) rebounded from the setback by knocking off previously undefeated Ryan Fillingame at King of the Cage event in Lincoln City, Ore. on Oct. 1.
After opening his career with eight consecutive losses, the 140-pound Zender has found his stride, winning his last seven bouts. Standing in his way at evening his professional record will be Portland’s Journey Newson (3-1).
After making a shift over to the academy of Brian Johnson, Zender has won seven straight – a remarkable feat considering how his MMA career started.
“There’s not many fighters out there who would continue to push like Anthony has. Losing takes a toll on you,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “You reach a point where you want to see a payoff for all the hard work you’ve put into it. When that doesn’t happen, it’s easy to lose interest. Anthony just kept fighting.”
In the semi-main event, fan favorite Drew Brokenshire squares off against Yakima’s Eduardo Torres in a battle of 145 pounders.
Brokenshire, a native of Parkland, is a perfect 5-0 lifetime at CageSport events (does not include SFL) with two of those wins coming in title bouts. He made his CageSport debut on Dec. 1, 2012 at CageSport 22 by handing future TUF 22 finalist Julian Erosa his first career defeat and in the process capturing the CageSport featherweight championship.
Victories over Enoch Wilson, a winner of 20 career fights, Marlin Weikel and Talon Hofman followed before Brokenshire defeated Justin Harrington to win the CageSport lightweight strap.
Brokenshire (15-7) last fought on May 7 when he lost a decision to undefeated Jeremy Kennedy, who followed up the victory by defeating Alessandro Ricci at UFC on Fox 21 on Aug. 27.
“Two out of the last three opponents I lost to are now fighting in the UFC so I feel like I’m right there,” Brokenshire said. “It’s motivating, seeing guys you’ve fought move on to the UFC. I want to pile up some wins over the next couple months, sharpen up my skills and see where that leads me.”
Benson, at 156 pounds, will face J.D. Burns.
Heavyweight Brewster (3-0) will attempt to keep his perfect record intact when he battles Joe Rodriguez. Also, looking to stay unbeaten will be Chris Stone (2-0), who will fight Jacob Ikaika Martin
Additional bouts include Sean Gee taking on Rodney Kealohi, Nick Coughran against Jorge Cordoba and Daniel Elliot and Dylan Atkinson meeting in a 141-pound contest.
CageSport 43 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 MMA – Saturday, Dec. 17, 2016
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Event – 5 Rounds
CageSport Interim Lightweight Championship
Bryan Nuro (5-1) vs. Bobby McIntyre (4-3)
Semi-Main Event – 3 Rounds
145-pounds: Drew Brokenshire (12-5) vs. Eduardo Torres (7-5)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
140-pounds: Anthony Zender (7-8) vs. Journey Newson (3-1)
156-pounds: Patrick Benson (2-1) vs. J.D. Burns (0-1)
136-pounds: Rodney Kealohi (1-0) vs. Sean Gee (1-2)
185-pounds: Nick Coughran (1-5) vs. Jorge Cordoba (2-2)
155+1 pounds: Chris Stone (2-0) vs. Jacob Ikaika Martin (3-1)
141-pounds: Daniel Elliot (1-1) vs. Dylan Atkinson (3-3)
210-pounds: Rafael Brewster (3-0) vs. Joe Rodriguez (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 19 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.