Torgeson Takes Over No. 1 Contender Spot at SFL

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Torgeson Takes Over No. 1 Contender Spot at SFL

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12734099_10153404376804562_8790216869090795464_nTorgeson Takes Over No. 1 Contender Spot at SFL

Two titles vacated as champions sign with UFC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 3, 2016

 

TACOMA, Wash. – After handing Brent Knopp his first career defeat at Super Fight League 46, Jared Torgeson has overtaken the No. 1 contender slot for the SFL America light heavyweight championship.

 

Rankings for all seven weight divisions were released on March 3.

 

Torgeson was one of three fighters to move into the top contender spot in the new rankings, joining Jordan Currie (middleweight) and Albert Tadevosyn (welterweight).

 

A pair of SFL America titles have been vacated since the last rankings as former heavyweight champion Anthony Hamilton and former featherweight titlist Julian Erosa have both signed with the UFC.

 

Erosa will fight in a preliminary bout at UFC 197 on March 5, while fellow CageSport alum Miesha Tate challenges Holly Holm for the women’s bantamweight crown.

 

“The Northwest continues to be a hotbed for MMA talent,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “I think nothing shows that more than having two former CageSport/Super Fight League athletes appearing at a UFC pay-per-view event.”

 

Torgeson catapulted himself into the No. 1 contender after coming up with an upset victory at SFL 46, defeating Knopp, the current SFL America middleweight champion, by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

 

Thomas Hoeper, who lost to Alfonso Gonzales in a bout for the vacant light heavyweight title, drops from first to second in the rankings.

 

Mike Hayes, former champion Matt Kovacs and Richard Foster clock in as the top three-ranked heavyweight contenders for the vacant title.

 

Daniel Swain and Drew Brokenshire remain first and second, respectively, in the featherweight division, both making strong cases for a championship match.

 

SFL America champions Justin Harrington (lightweight) and Tyson Cunningham (welterweight) have several quality contenders climbing the rankings.

 

Tadevosyn swapped positions in the welterweight rankings with Ben Egli, while Jason Novelli remains the top-ranked challenger for Harrington’s title.

 

There was no change in the top two bantamweight contenders with top-ranked Gary Mangat and second-ranked Ricky Simon chasing champion Victor Henry.

 

CageSport/Super Fight League returns to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, May 7.

 

For more information, please visit  and the CageSport MM Facebook page.

 

Current CageSport/Super Fight League America rankings

 

Heavyweight                                    Light Heavyweight                                   Middleweight

Champion: (Vacated due to signing with the UFC) Champion: Alfonso Gonzales Champion: Brent Knopp
1. Mike Hayes 1. Jared Torgeson 1. Jordan Currie
2. Matt Kovacs 2. Thomas Hoeper 2. Cory Hendricks
3. DJ Linderman 3. Will Noland 3. Jason Zentgraf
4. Richard Foster 4. Jason Pitman 4. Alex Alvarez
5. Josh Queen 5. Jamelle Jones 5. Dylan Potter

 

 

Welterweight                                           Lightweight                                          Featherweight

Champion: Tyson Cunningham Champion: Justin Harrington Champion: (Vacated due to signing with the UFC)
1. Albert Tadevosyn 1. Jason Novelli 1. Daniel Swain
2. Ben Egli 2. Woo Johnson 2. Drew Brokenshire
3. Taki Uluilakepa 3. Pat Healy 3. Austin Springer
4. Tyson Jeffries 4. Bobby McIntyre 4. Ian Loveland
5. Joey Pierotti 5. Jeff Sweeney 5. Delane Lamere

 

 

                                                  Bantamweight

Champion: Victor Henry
1. Gary Mangat
2. Ricky Simon
3. Josh Rettinghouse
4. Benny Vinson
5. Cory Vom Baur

 

 

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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 100 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino. BHP has also built the largest professional MMA series on the USA’s west coast with “CageSport 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.

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