Knopp, Torgeson Highlights MMA event at Emerald Queen Casino
TACOMA, Wash. – Kirkland’s Brent “Mankill” Knopp puts his undefeated record on the line when he squares off against veteran Jared Torgeson in Saturday’s main event of CageSport present Super Fight League 46 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma.
The Brian Halquist Productions card will also feature a semi-main event bout in the 155-pound division between rising stars Patrick Benson and Jason Gray.
SFL 46 will be aired on Myx TV on March 9 at 10 p.m. PST.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticket Master outlets. Doors open at 6 p.m. with preliminary bouts starting at 7 p.m.
Knopp ended a two-year hiatus on Dec. 12 by defeating Jordan Currie by second-round TKO at SFL 46. It was the first fight for the hard-hitting Knopp (6-0) since his victory over former Strikeforce fighter Cory Devela on Dec. 7, 2013. All six of Knopp’s bouts have taken place at the Emerald Queen Casino with each one ending in a knock out.
“The fans loved seeing Mankill back in the cage after two years. They didn’t have to wait nearly as long this time around, said promoter Brian Halquist. “Knopp just brings that big-fight atmosphere whenever he steps into the cage. We’re excited to have him back on the card. All he does is produce KOs when he fights at the Emerald Queen. He has an extremely tough opponent in Torgeson. Jared has fought here several times during his career and never disappoints. He’ll go toe-to-toe to with anyone and never back down.”
Torgeson brings a strong resume into the 195-pound battle, registering 17 wins during his professional career. Knopp, the current CageSport middleweight champion, will be the fifth current or former CageSport/Super Fight League champion Torgeson has faced – a claim no other fighter can make. That list includes current UFC fighters Anthony Hamilton and Trevor Smith, former heavyweight champion Kyle Keeney and light heavyweight champion Alfonso Gonzales.
The undercard is highlighted by a 155-pound bout between Benson (1-0) and Gray (4-2). Benson notched a victory in his professional debut on Dec. 12 with a second-round submission over Kody Kramer.
The card for CageSport presents SFL 46 follows:
Brent Knopp vs. Jared Torgeson
Semi Main Event
Jason Gray vs. Patrick Benson
Dave Purnell vs. Thomas James Pierce, Jr.
Armando Best vs. Jeremie Montgomery
Fay Bursell vs. Joey Pierotti
Dylan Potter vs. Rob Burgess
John Marc Cortez vs. Justin Hugo
Nick Coughran vs. Ryan Schecterson
Luis Gomes vs. Anthony Zender
Super Fight League 46 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit halquistproductions.com and the CageSport MMA Facebook page.