Portland’s Benjamin Vinson Fights for Title at CageSport 51


Portland’s Benjamin Vinson Fights for Title at CageSport 51


TACOMA, Wash. – Fabiano Scherner knows it doesn’t matter who he throws at bantamweight Benjamin Vinson in regards to sparring. Vinson is up for any weight class.

“(What’s) interesting about Benjamin is that most of the heavier fighters at the gym don’t like to spar with him because he is too durable,” said Scherner, a former UFC fighter who owns and operates Gracie Barra Portland. “Benjamin really impresses me in how versatile he is in all the situations in a fight. He is one of the best well-rounded fighters at Gracie Barra Portland.”

And come May 5, Vinson could become the latest champion produced by Scherner.

Vinson will face undefeated Eugene fighter Christopher San Jose for the vacant CageSport Bantamweight championship in the main event of CageSport 51 at the Seven Feathers Casino Resort in Canyonville, Ore.

“Vinson has had a lot of success fighting on CageSport,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “He’s one of the top bantamweights on the west coast and I’m thrilled to see him get a title shot on the first ever Oregon CageSport event.”

The 5-round championship main event will highlight the nine-bout card.

Tickets are available online at sevenfeathers.com, in person at the Seven Feathers Gift Gallery, or by calling 800-514-3849. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Vinson (10-5-1) is coming off one of the most impressive performances of his career after defeating Eric Higaonna at CageSport 48 on Dec. 16, 2017. Higaonna entered the fight with a strong 8-2 record. Vinson ended the bout by Guillotine Choke 3 1/2 minutes into the second round.

“Vinson is having a great camp so far with no injuries or anything that would get him out of training,” said Scherner, who has known Vinson since 2009 and has been training him for the past two years.

This will mark the first scheduled 5-round bout for Vinson, who is currently Tapology’s top-ranked Flyweight in the Pacific Northwest and the No. 2 ranked Bantamweight.

“Training time has been increased for Benny and so has the number of sparring rounds,” Scherner said about his team’s training approach for the upcoming title fight. “On the other hand, he has been asked to take free time to rest as much as he can.”

Vinson has made the trip up to Tacoma, Wash. four times during his career to fight for CageSport, posting a 3-0-1 record in those four bouts.

CageSport 51 will be the promotion’s first show in Vinson’s home state.

“Some fighters feel a lot more pressure fighting on their own ‘backyard’, others not so much. I really like CageSport coming to Oregon,” Scherner said. “Oregon definitely needs more pro MMA shows. I know that Gracie Barra Portland fighters have a lot of followers and they will definitely do the trip to (Seven Feathers Casino Resort).”

San Jose, who fights out Eugene’s Art of War MMA, defeated Anthony Zender by first-round submission at CageSport 49 on Feb. 10.

“This fight brings again probably the two best MMA camps from Oregon (in Gracie Barra Portland and Art of War MMA),” Scherner said. “It will be a very entertaining fight for the fans. Two high-skilled local fighters and both of them like to put it in a war.”

CageSport has featured approximately 500 fights since its inaugural show in 2008 with more than 20 of its competitors going on to fight in the UFC, including former women’s world bantamweight champion Miesha Tate, Julian Erosa, Anthony Hamilton, Trevor Smith, Julianna Pena, Michael Chiesa, Nathan Coy, Cody McKenzie, Bryan Caraway, Sam Sicilla and John Albert.

CageSport 51 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.



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 “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.