SportFight XXIV: Domination

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SportFight XXIV: Domination
When: Friday, September 19, 2008 ? 7p
Where: Rose Quarter – Rose Garden
Portland, Oregon
Tickets: Tickets are priced at $48.00, $35.00, and $20.00 (call for VIP prices) and can be
purchased at the Rose Quarter Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), all participating Safeway/
Tickets West outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673), or at ComcastTIX.com. For
Groups of 10+ please call 503.963.4400. For more information please visit
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What: SportFight founder and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland has teamed up
with Mark Cuban and HDNet to deliver yet another adrenaline-pumping night of
mixed martial arts action at the Rose Garden on Friday, September 19th at 7pm.
SportFight XXIV: Domination will offer up a stacked fight card featuring some of
the most skilled and exciting athletes from both the Northwest and beyond, and
will be broadcasted live across the country in crystal-clear 1080i high definition.
In this installment of SportFight, fans will be asked to weigh in on a debate that
has been waged ever since the sport of mixed martial arts came into existence:
Are MMA fighters nothing more than violence-prone barbarians, or are they
finely-tuned and highly-skilled athletes competing in the purest form of sport,
where it takes not only physical ability, but mental fortitude to walk out of the ring
victorious? Come September 19th at SportFight XXIV: Domination.
"I'd like to challenge everyone to come out to SportFight and make their own
decision on what MMA is all about," says Lindland, President of SportFight, LLC.
"You may have seen mixed martial arts on TV before, but nothing compares to
the experience of witnessing these athletes compete live and in person. I think
the people of Portland will be impressed with the sportsmanship, passion and
dedication that these fighters show, both in and out of the ring."
Lindland knows a little something about decisions—in November he'll ask
Oregonians to cast their vote for him as State Representative for House District
52. And true to form, at SportFight he'll provide local fans with everything they'll
need to make an informed choice about MMA by offering up one of the most
exciting fight cards to date.
Top Matchups: Main Event – Featherweight Championship Record
Enoch Wilson (Oregon Jiu Jitsu/Beaverton, Ore.) 10-4-1
Vs. Brian Geraghty (Freestyle Academy/Kenosha, Wisc.) 26-12-2
SportFight veteran Enoch Wilson will put his belt and two-and-half -year reign as
featherweight champion on the line when he takes on Brian Geraghty. Wilson
has maintained his top-dog status thanks to an unmatched intensity in the ring
and the skills to either take the fight to the ground or stand up and trade blows.
But Geraghty—a longtime MMA veteran known for finishing fights via
submission—is no stranger to the big stage, having competed in season five of
The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV.
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Co-Main Event – Welterweight Record
Michael Pierce (Braveheart MMA/Gresham, Ore.) 4-2-0
Vs. Mark Miller (Hellhouse/Chicago, Ill.) 8-3-0
After losing his welterweight belt to Nathan Coy in a grueling five-round decision
at the Rose Garden in June, Michael Pierce is on a mission to return to
SportFight glory. Pierce—a strong grappler who wrestled in college at Portland
State—will have his work cut out for him against Mark Miller, a heavy-handed IFL
veteran who claimed his most recent win by knocking out highly-respected fighter
Josh Neer just 54 seconds into the first round of an IFL bout.
Other Fights of Interest
The remainder of the fight card reads like a who's-who of past SportFight
warriors. There are exciting up-and-comers like featherweight Mike Joy and
lightweight Dave Jansen, big-hitting heavyweights like Mychal Clark and DJ
Lindermann, and cagey veterans like Ian Loveland and Aaron Stark.
But perhaps most intriguing is an amateur who will lead off the preliminary bouts
by the name of Colt Tombs. Tombs got his first taste of victory at SportFight 23
in dramatic fashion, earning a TKO just 1:38 into the first round. Perhaps it's no
surprise that Tombs feels comfortable inside the ring—his father, after all, is none
other than WWE superstar Rowdy Roddy Piper. Tombs prefers to downplay his
famous bloodlines, however, instead choosing to pay his dues and make a name
for himself in the MMA world one fight at a time.
Fight Card: Main Event – Welterweight Championship
10. Featherweight (145 lbs.) Record
Enoch Wilson (Oregon Jiu Jitsu/Beaverton, Ore.) 10-4-1
Vs. Brian Geraghty (Freestyle Academy/Kenosha, Wisc.) 26-12-2
Co-Main Event
9. Welterweight (170 lbs.) Record
Michael Pierce (Braveheart MMA/Gresham, Ore.) 4-2-0
Vs. Mark Miller (Hellhouse/Chicago, Ill.) 8-3-0
8. Heavyweight (265 lbs.) Record
Mychael Clark (Tacoma, Wash.) 6-3-0
Vs. DJ Lindermann (Yreka, Calif.) 1-0-0
7. Featherweight (145 lbs.) Record
Mike Joy (Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Bend, Ore.) 9-4-1
Vs. Cody Stevens (Wreckroom Athletics/Mansfield, Ohio) 2-0-0
6. Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.) Record
Aaron Stark (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 6-4-0
Vs. Ron Fields (Killing Fields Fighting/Cincinnati, Ohio) 24-26-1
5. Middleweight (185 lbs.) Record
Damian Dantibo (DFCC/Roseburg, Ore.) 1-0-0
Vs. Joey Guel (Victory Athletics/Portland, Ore.) 13-6-0
4. Lightweight (155 lbs.) Record
Dave Jansen (Team Quest/Corbett, Ore.) 5-0-0
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Vs. Sterling Ford (Spokane, Wash.) 1-1-0
3. Featherweight (145 lbs.) Record
Cody McKenzie (SikJitsu MMA/Spokane, Wash.) 2-0-0
Vs. Ian Loveland (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 9-7-0
2. Light Heavyweight (190 lbs.) Record
Tyson Jeffries (Team Quest/Troutdale, Ore.) 0-1-0
Vs. Will Courchaine (Sikjitsu/Spokane, Wash.) 1-1-0
1. Featherweight (145 lbs.) Record
Colt Tombs (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 1-0-0
Vs. Colin Porter (White Buffalo Warriors/Kirkland, Wash.) 1-2-0
About SportFight
Founded in 2003 by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture, SportFight is the leading
mixed martial arts promotion in the northwestern United States. Together with its
subsidiary brands, “Proving Grounds” and “Clash at the Casino,” SportFight has
produced more than 30 live MMA events in Oregon, Nevada and Colorado.
SportFight was Oregon’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts promotion and has
served as a showcase for many of the sport’s emerging stars and best-known
veterans, such as Sean Sherk, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Jeff Monson, Chris
Leben, Ed Herman, Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti, Paul Daley, Chael Sonnen and
Dennis Hallman. Furthermore, SportFight has graduated fighters to every major
MMA organization, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride FC, K-1,
the International Fight League, BodogFIGHT and Elite XC.
Check out SportFight TV every Saturday at 10 pm on Comcast SportsNet.
SportFight has an extensive library of event footage and highlight compilations
that are available on DVD at Wal-Mart, Hollywood Video and many other retail
locations. For more information, visit www.sportfight.tv.
About HDNet
HDNet (www.hd.net) provides viewers with the best in original comedy, drama,
news, sports and music programming.
HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular, critically acclaimed
original programming, including television’s only HD news feature program
“HDNet World Report”, “Dan Rather Reports” featuring legendary journalist Dan
Rather and “NASA on HDNet” (presenting live shuttle launches through 2010).
HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the National Hockey
League, Major League Soccer, NASCAR Grand National Division, NASCAR
NEXTEL Cup re-broadcasts, boxing and Mixed Martial Arts through its new
HDNet Fights initiative; groundbreaking music programming with the HDNet
Concert Series featuring leading artists and bands including U2, Coldplay, Gwen
Stefani and more; entertaining and irreverent lifestyle programming including
“Deadline!”, “Art Mann Presents”, and “Get Out!” HDNet is also the exclusive high
definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning programs such as the
Emmy Award winning “Arrested Development”, “The Black Donnellys”, “Blade:
The Series”, “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Smallville”, ”Joan of Arcadia”, “Boomtown”
and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”.
Rose Quarter
The Rose Quarter in Portland, OR is owned by an affiliate of the Portland Trail
Blazers and managed by Global Spectrum. The Rose Quarter includes 20,000-
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seat Rose Garden, 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, 6,500-seat Theater of the
Clouds, 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and the Rose Quarter Commons. Home
to the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and the NLL Portland LumberJax, the Rose
Garden is a $262 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. The
WHL Winter Hawks play in Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1961 and
served as the original home of the Trail Blazers. Memorial Coliseum is attached
to 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and seven meeting rooms. The Commons,
Portland’s largest outdoor public plaza, connects the Rose Garden and the
Memorial Coliseum and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for outdoor
events. Ovations Food Services is the official food and beverage concessionaire
for the Rose Quarter.
Rose Quarter Ranked #1 in Number of Shows, #3 in Attendance and #8 in
Total Gross
In the December 2006 issue of Venues Today, the Rose Quarter not only was
ranked eighth in the world for venues with a capacity of 15,001-30,000 for the
year, it also won the 2006 Hall of Headlines Booking title. The Rose Quarter has
had more events (not including Trail Blazers games, Winter Hawks games, and
other select events) than any other venue in its category with 191 and boasts the
third largest attendance with 872,208.
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