Tacoma, WA (April 24, 2012) - When Julian Erosa battles Ryan Mulvihill and Jeff Hatton challenges Brandon Hempleman Saturday evening on the "CageSport XIX" card at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA, two title reigns will begin.
The four fighters have an outstanding combined record of 22-3 with 18 wins by stoppage, earning them the recognition as top-notch competitors. All four men also paid their dues by excelling in the octagon and partaking in grueling training camps, but that's where the similarities end.
A submission specialist, Erosa is 6-0 with 5 wins by stoppage. The 22-year-old Yakima, WA based lightweight fought all six of his bouts under the CageSport banner and has been nothing short of spectacular thus far.
Hailing from Spokane, WA, Mulvihill's career has seen both ups and downs. Since a disappointing 0-2 start as a professional, including a submission defeat against Erosa, Mulvihill is on a five bout winning streak. Three of his five opponents failed to make it out of the first round and he's fresh off an impressive submission victory over CageSport favorite Chanti Johnson in February. With a solid win streak intact and momentum on his side, Mulvihill is gunning for revenge.
A dominant force, Hatton brings a perfect 6-0 record to the table. Five of his six foes tapped out in the opening round, while his other opponent was knocked out 12 seconds into the second. Hatton, who fights out of Aberdeen, WA, is one of the world's fastest rising mixed martial artists.
Hempleman is the most-well traveled fighter of the bunch, competing in four different states during his pro career. He's the owner of an excellent 5-1 record with three wins by submission. Unlike the other three fighters, Hempleman knows what it's like to be a champion, as he collected the King of the Cage Bantamweight belt earlier this month by submitting David Frix in 46 seconds. The Idahoan's lone defeat came to Chanti Johnson in 2010 and he'll look to leave the Emerald Queen Casino as a victor this time around.
"This is going to be a night that everybody in attendance will remember for years to come," stated promoter Brian Halquist "All four combatants have more than enough ability to headline most fight cards and their willingness to risk it all for the crowd is the reason mixed martial arts has boomed in popularity."
The Erosa-Mulvihill lightweight title bout and Hatton-Hempleman bantamweight championship matchup are both scheduled for five rounds.
Appearing in separate undercard bouts are unbeaten welterweight Harrison Bevens, 6'6 heavyweight Richard Foster, Angel Diaz, David Courchiane, James Marohl, Coy Vombaur and Richard Steele protégé Mihai Cotruta.
Tickets for this action-packed card start at $35 and are available at the Emerald Queen Box Office or on ticketmaster.com. Doors for "CageSport XVIII" open at 6 pm and the first bell is scheduled for 7.
For more information, go to HalquistProductions.com.