On Saturday, July 16th the FCFF will host the return of Tyree Fortune, a fan-favorite and four-time FCFF Champion in the “Main Event” at Rumble @ The Roseland 88. Fortune, famous for his post-win back flips, will return to battle for the FCFF's 205-pound belt against Clayton York. Fortune has 14 wins in his mma career and fights out of Gracie Barra. He last fought in the FCFF at Rumble @ The Roseland 77 and earned a round three TKO over Josh Coleman. Fortune also holds four FCFF Championship belts from: Rumble 75 (win over Scot Davenport), Battle @ The Mountain (win over Sam Sprauer), Rumble 71 (win over Russell Tunes), and Rumble 69 (win over Paul Sims). On July 16th he's dropping one weight class to battle in the Light Heavyweight Division. York is the perfect contender - he's undefeated and hungry to expand his four win record. York is talented, disciplined, and determined with all of his wins coming via round-one TKOs or submissions. He fought at Rumble 80, 82, and 85 and at Prime Fighting 7, where he won via a 34 second TKO over Richard Thompson. Rumble @ The Roseland 88 will be York's first Title shot and Fortune’s chance to regain his Championship status.
Doors open at 6pm at the Roseland Theater, fights will begin directly at 7pm on Saturday, July 16th. Tickets available at Cascade Tickets online, or without a processing fee at Bridge City Fight Shop in Tualatin, Or. Updated fight cards and announcements online at www.thefcff.com. Online ticketing link: http://cascadetickets.com/event/?performer_id=8394005.
Fight fans should know that the "Main Event" and "Co-Main Event" of Rumble @ The Roseland 88 feature match-ups between two elite, rival gyms in Portland: Gracie Barra and Impact JJ. Both of these gyms have outstanding trainers and fighters, and on Saturday, July 16th the winners of our top tier match-ups will earn bragging rights and a few notches in the debate of who reigns supreme in PDX.
The Co-Main event features rising superstar Cris "Sunshine" Williams in his fifth consecutive FCFF event. He has stunned FCFF fans, going from a newbie to undisputed champion in less than a year. He's looking to add to his FCFF 145-pound Featherweight Championship Title and become the FCFF's 155-pound Lightweight Champion. If Williams is successful, he will join the elite ranks of fighters who hold two FCFF titles (in two weight classes) simultaneously. Williams kicked off his MMA career in December of 2015 and hasn't looked back. He earned the FCFF's 2016 "Fighter to Watch" award and has surpassed expectations. He's only left it to the judges once, finishing all his other fights in either round one or two via TKOs or submissions. On Saturday, July 16th he will face the FCFF's current 155-pound Champion: Joey Dursse. Dursse not only holds the FCFF Championship belt from Rumble 85 (victory over Justin Zabroski) but also holds the Title belt from the Kunckehead 14 event (over Chase Holley) from March of 2016. This has all the makings to be "Fight of the Night!"
FCFF fight fans will be treated to an immediate rematch between Thomas Patrick and Quinten Wyland on Saturday, July 16th at Rumble @ The Roseland 88. These two fighters first squared off for the FCFF's Lightweight Superfight at Rumble @ The Roseland 87 in May. This was a hotly contested round one win for Thomas Patrick. Patrick took the win via a technical submission that lit up the FCFF fans in a fury - contesting the ref's call. Patrick has agreed to this immediate rematch, wanting to prove he's the top fighter. This is Wyland and Patrick's opportunity to prove they can compete and move up the FCFF's ranks for a Title shot.
Jacob Romero, the FCFF's 125-pound Flyweight Champion will return on Saturday, July 16th to defend his newly earned Championship belt for the first time. He became the FCFF's Flyweight Champ at Rumble @ The Roseland 86 on March 12th by executing a round two armbar win over Justin Hubbard. While this was Romero's first FCFF fight he has a very successful career under his belt, fighting in a number of events across the state. Romero also holds belts from King of the Cage and CageQuest events. Romero will face Richard Carranza from the Rogue Combat Academy. Carranza has five wins in his career ranging from 2012 to 2016. He's primarily fought in "Rogue Fights" events, where he became their Champion in 2014 with a win over Justin Parsons via a round two TKO at "Rogue Fights 25 - Fight Night 2." He went onto defend that Title against Josh Bates at "Rogue Fights: Return of the Champions." Carranza's last fight was in April of 2016 against Lionel Lim at the "Arena Wars" event. He won via a rear naked choke submission victory in round one. This will be the Champ's (Romero) toughest competition to date.
Saul Gallegos-Ruiz, the FCFF's newly minted 170-pound Welterweight Champion also returns to defend his Title against Adam Fugitt at Rumble @ The Roseland 88. Adam Fugitt will know where he stands in the world of MMA on Saturday, July 16th. He's coming into this battle with only two mma fights, but an impressive 10-1 Mauy Thai record that will be put to the test as he faces the Welterweight Champ. Fugitt's first mma fight was in 2015 and he won via a round two TKO over Michael Gonzalez. In April of this year he faced Steve Chase at "Midtown Throwdown 8" and won via a round three TKO battle, called due to strikes. This is sink-or-swim as Fugitt is getting thrown into the deep end. The Champ is experienced, posed, and confident. He has six wins and his last victory (for the FCFF Title over Alex Aguilar) was a war. He maintained his composure and secured the win via nail biting round three submission. On paper Ruiz was the underdog against Aguilar - he's a champion who finds a way to win.
Rumble @ The Roseland 88 also features two FCFF Superfights in the 135-pound and 145-pound division. The Bantamweight Superfight battle features Daniel McElhaney who holds a 3-0 record and trains out of Curt’s Ultimate. He last fought at the FCFF at Rumble 86 and won via a round one submission victory over Phoenix Echo. Ericson Abalos, who trains at Impact JJ is a fighter-to-watch. He also fought at Rumble 86 on March 12th and had the same outcome: a round one submission victory (over Jessy Sperry).
The 145-pound Featherweight Superfight brings Vancouver's Abdul Kamara to the FCFF for the first time. He's had seven wins in other organizations earning Champion status with belts from both Prime Fighting and Battle in the Burg. Kamara will face Ian King of the gym Gracie Barra. King has seven wins ranging back to 2011. In his last three wins, he's had two round one wins (TKO & Submission) and one decision win at "Battle in the Burg III" for their Title in September of 2015. He has an ambitious month ahead as he's scheduled for another Title shot in late June at "Knucklehead 15" event against Luis Lopez - another great northwest fighter.
“The talent on this fight card is the best of 2016 thus far. There will be four FCFF Championship fights and three FCFF Superfights – eight belts in total will be earned in the Slammer,” explains FCFF matchmaker Heather Standing, “A lot of fighters will know where they stand in the ranks after Rumble at the Roseland 88.”
About the FCFF:
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. Most recently, the FCFF has established the "Battle at the Mountain" series in partnership with Spirit Mountain 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 the belt.