After an exciting weekend of mixed martial arts bouts this past weekend on the national stage with Bellator’s light heavyweight unification bout on Friday night followed by another legendary battle at UFC Fight Night with two former multi-promotion champions, Mauricio ‘Shogun’ Rua and Dan ‘Hendo’ Henderson on Sunday night. It was a busy weekend, but there are plenty of those coming up as spring time is bringing out the local action for fans here in the PacNW!
We are less than two weeks out from a huge PacNW MMA weekend as we have two great events going down on April 5th here in Oregon. This week and next we will be taking a special look at each of these fight cards and some of the top matchups for fans to get frothing over.
This week we are looking at another ferocious Full Contact Fighting Federation event taking place once again at the Roseland theater in Portland for the 77th time.
That’s right, the 77th Rumble at the Roseland.
The FCFF continues to be the longest running MMA promotion in the world outside of the UFC, which has focused primarily on grooming and preparing upcoming amateur talent for the tough professional circuits. Things are a changing though, as the FCFF has another professional fight slated in the main event of Rumble at the Roseland 77 – this time a 115lb female showdown between two top northwest prospects.
Glena ‘Heartless’ Avila is a toughened veteran of the FCFF, who has gone on to professional status and picked up a few quick wins with only one decision loss on her pro record. Glena has recently been promoting the release of a new documentary titled ‘GLENA’, telling the story of her trials inside and outside of the fight world. But with the film now completed, it’s time for Glena to get back to what she does best, being ‘Heartless’ when facing her next opponent.
Katie Howard has been a staple in the FCFF as an amateur for some time now, competing against the very best ladies in the region with many title fights on her record. Now Katie is going to make the turn to professional status, and has a big opportunity against a well known and respected fighter.
Both of these ladies bring a lot of strengths into the fight, well rounded strikers and grapplers, so expect an exciting match between these two – well deserving of the main event status.
Also on the card, David ‘Kid Kryptonite’ Converse looks to be the first person in FCFF history to hold on to three titles in three weight divisions. Converse has already laid claim to the flyweight and bantamweight titles in his last few fights, and now Converse has a chance to try and pry the featherweight title away from Washington’s Jess Moore. Moore and Converse both excel in the grappling realm but have little hesitancy to trade leather and put on a great match for the fans.
Yet again, this card shows why the Full Contact Fighting Federation continues to be one of the absolute best and most respected amateur promotions. So get ready for the action in Portland on April 5th.
Next week we will be taking a closer look at Knucklehead Fight Promotions next big fundraiser event taking place the same weekend in Dallas, OR! Another great card with lots of fun matchups, so check back in next week!
The pacific northwest continues to have some of the best promotions for up and coming amateur talent as well as professional matches from some of the toughest fighters from around the region and beyond.
Here is a list of recent MMA results from the PacNW and beyond, as well as upcoming MMA events taking place in Oregon and southern Washington - So get out there and support your local MMA!
**We will soon be adding additional Washington shows, so check back for updates soon!**
Upcoming events –
Knucklehead 8 – Weikel vs Linton
When : April 5th
Where : Dallas High School in Dallas, OR
Inside the fence : Knucklehead Fight Promotions returns with another standout card of amateur and professional action. Featured on the card is two amateur title bouts and a featherweight professional title fight. A welterweight amateur title fight between Team Quest’s Rafael Palma taking on Hadi Al-awadh is set as a primer to the co-main event as the bantamweight amateur title will be on the line between Jake Marshall and Chris Weston. The main event will be a professional title fight between two tough featherweights in Shorty Weikel and Denny Linton. For more information check out the Knucklehead Facebook page! This show is another great benefit show from Knucklehead, and all proceeds will go to the Dallas Highschool Wrestling program.
Full Contact Fighting Federation – Rumble at the Roseland 77
When : April 5th, doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7
Where : Roseland Theater in Portland, OR
Inside the fence : Oregon’s longest running mixed martial arts promotion returns to the Roseland with a great card of amateur fights topped with a women’s professional fight in the main event. Glena Avila returns to ‘The Slammer’ as a professional and looks to pick up another win against tough FCFF amateur-veteran looking to turn pro in this interesting 115lb matchup. Also on the card there are currently two amateur title fights and a full card of action! For more event information, visit TheFCFF.com
Budo Fights 10 – Resurrection
When : April 12th
Where : Midtown Concert Hall in Bend, OR
Inside the fence : Budo Fights returns with another stacked card of amateur mixed martial arts action. An amateur featherweight title has been announced as Oregon's Sean Soliz will face Allen Washington of Colorado. There will also be the welterweight and middleweight titles up for grabs on fight night. Be sure and check out BudoFights.com for more information or find them on Facebook!
Main Event presents Wilson vs Payne
When : April 19th, doors open at 6pm, fights start at 7
Where : Centennial Center – Red Lion at the Quay in Vancouver, WA
Inside the fence : Another great Pro/Am event is in the works with a professional featherweight match between Oregon favorite Enoch ‘The Animal’ Wilson taking on Rex ‘The Punisher’ Payne. Also on the card is another northwest favorite and Bellator alumni Austin Springer of Vancouver, WA. More details as this event gets closer, check out their website and stay up to date at MainEventMMA.net or find Main Event Sports on Facebook!
FAMMA Fights XVI
When : May 3rd
Where : Fisticuffs Gym in Vancouver, WA
Inside the fence : This event is still being assembled, check back for more information as it becomes available. Be sure to follow FAMMA Fights on Facebook !
Fight Result Highlights
Bellator 113 - Vegh vs Newton
Emanuel Newton def. Attila Vegh via split decision (47-48, 48-47, 49-46) – light heavyweight title unification bout
Patricky Freire def. David Rickels via knockout (punches) – Round 2, 0:54 – lightweight tournament opening round
Marcin Held def. Rodrigo Cavalheiro via submission (toe hold) – Round 1, 1:56 – lightweight tournament opening round
Derek Campos def. Tim Welch via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) – lightweight tournament opening round
UFC Fight Night - Shogun vs Henderson 2
Dan Henderson def Mauricio Rua via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 1:31
C.B. Dollaway def. Cezar Ferreira via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 0:39
Norman Parke vs. Leonardo Santos declared majority draw (29-27 Santos, 28-28, 28-28)
Fabio Maldonado def. Gian Villante via unanimous decision (29-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Michel Prazeres def. Mairbek Taisumov via unanimous decision (30-25, 30-25, 30-25)
TTRony Jason def. Steven Siler via TKO (punches) – Round 1, 1:17