Saturday's Fight Card is Full of Talent,
Don't let These Five Fighters Slip Under Your Radar
#1 Nick Maximov of Impact JJ for the 205-pound Title
We haven't seen an mma fighter earn so many wins within one year like this, since Cris "Sunshine" Williams. Maximov is on a mission to get as many mma fights in before his wrestling season begins. He's gone 5-0 since June - no, that isn't a typo - he's had three wins in August alone. Four of his five wins are round one submission victories over: Michael Taylor, David Tuikolongahau, Bako Ambonisye, and Nick Davis. In his last fight on September 16th (roughly two weeks ago) he went the distance with Albert Gonzales and earned the win via the judges' decision. He'll have his first Title shot on Saturday, September 30th at Rumble @ The Roseland 94 against Aaron "Jack Smash" Lopez for the vacant 205-pound division Title.
#2 Dominick Abalos, the FCFF's Flyweight Champion:
While his competition, Keaneo Moyer has been getting most of the attention, don't think for one second that Dominick Abalos isn't the real deal. On Saturday, September 30th he's looking to make his first title defense attempt and make a statement that he owns the 125-pound division. Abalos just took the Title from Isiaah Garza via a round two triangle choke submission at Rumble 93. He's defeated six others in the pacific northwest. He's come back to PDX from Hawaii this week and he means business.
#3 Alex Aguilar for the 170-pound Title:
He's had six wins and only one loss - that loss was for the FCFF's Title back at Rumble 87. This is Alex's second chance at the belt and he's ready. Alex has had three back-to-back wins since his 2016 Title loss to Saul Gallegos Ruiz. In 2017 he's beat Sean Clemons (Midtown Throwdown 10), Angel Espino (King of the Cage: Head Strong), and Aaron Bowles (King of the Cage: Fractured). Alex will face Stefan Habib at Rumble @ Roseland 94 and possibly reach a career milestone - this Saturday!
#4 Nicky Porter at 160-pounds on the Undercard:
While his record is modest, this fighter embodies the FCFF. At Rumble 93 he exploded with emotion after his round one TKO victory over Jay Jarmoluk. In the Slammer, you witness people's lives changing and you watch athletes rise and become Champions. You see people battle the limitations of age or learn from the naivety of youth. The Slammer exposes how people handle pressure and if they can dig-in when things don't go as planned. It's not always about the 22-year old athlete with the perfect record. Sometimes, its about being surprised at what you can accomplish and taking the audience along with you on your ride of a lifetime.
#5 Santiago Brito at 125-pounds on the Undercard:
He's started his mma career in February at the Redemption 9 event and earned the win over Cody Wadleigh. Then, faced Tan Nguyen at NW Fight Challenge in March and earned the win via a round two TKO. On Saturday, September 30th he'll face Cody Westphal in the FCFF's slammer on the Rumble @ The Roseland 94 undercard. He'll see where he stacks up this Saturday, in a loaded flyweight division.
Weigh ins on Friday Night, Fights on Saturday Night
FCFF Fight Fans are encouraged to attend our free weigh in event at Bridge City Fight Shop on Friday, September 29th at 7pm. The Oregon State Athletic Commission, along with FCFF staff will process all fighters scheduled to compete at Rumble 94 on Saturday, September 30th. This is the perfect opportunity to "Shop Local" at Bridge City and also buy Rumble tickets with the added bonus of skipping the online processing fee. Save money and meet FCFF fighters on Friday night!
The FCFF is Oregon's oldest and most respected mixed martial arts promotions company. It's signature event "Rumble @ The Roseland" was established in 2001 at Roseland theater in downtown Portland. The FCFF has grown across the state, hosting events from Pendleton, Oregon to the Coast. The FCFF hosted two events on the Oregon Coast: the Battle at the Mountain" series in partnership with Spirit Mountain Casino and the "Caged on the Coast" series with Chinook Winds Casino. The FCFF has been featured countless times across the MMA media landscape including being called the 'golden gloves of MMA' by Inside MMA, a nationally broadcast commentary sports program. In 2014 the FCFF begun hosting professional MMA fights in addition to matching up the region's top amateurs in tooth-in-nail battles for belts.
More info at thefcff.com.
RUMBLE AT THE ROSELAND 94 FIGHT CARD (Subject to Change)
145: Anthony French vs Michael Luongo
170: Scott Stewart vs Kris Messinger
190: Tiffany Pelland vs Anna Wilson
205: Briar Evans vs Jeremiah Mares
HWT: Clint Christensen vs Julian Califf
Rumble at the Roseland 94 Undercard
170: Riley Bockmier (Portland) vs Peter Lysenko (SBG)
170: Vio Rai (Gresham) vs Dave Guglielmi (Hillsboro)
145: Micah Mitchell (Portland Boxing) vs Max Garrison (SBG)
125: Cody Westphal (Axix MA) vs Santiago Brito (Peak MMA)
160: Vance Barnett (Portland) vs Nicky Porter (Portland)
HWT: Nathan Smith (KHJ) vs Jesse Jordan (Camas WA)
160: Chance Marsteiner (Performance) vs Josh Rutherford (WA)
125: Isiaah Garza (Team Pah) vs Alex Castaneda (Portland)
170: Matt Russo (Portland City Boxing) vs Jordan Melendrez (PTB)
Rumble at the Roseland 94 Main Card
Pro 185: Hank Turner (Art of War) vs Hamza Salim (Gracie Barra)
Am 205 Title: Nick Maximov (Impact JJ) vs Aaron Lopez (Gracie Barra)
Am 170 Title: Stefan Habib (Art of War) vs Alex Aguilar (PTB)
Am 185 Title: Cordell Chunn (Spokane) vs Eric McConico (Gracie Barra)
Am 125 Title: Keaneo Moyer (WCA) vs Dominick Abalos (Performance)