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The Northwest’s premier mixed martial arts promotion, CageSport MMA, is once again returning to the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, February 8th, showcasing an all pro ten bout card including a stellar main event with Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire putting his featherweight title on the line against Oregon’s Talon Hofman. Also being featured on the action packed card is five time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, Miriam Cardoso, who will make her professional MMA debut.
Tickets for CageSport XXIX, scheduled for Saturday, February 8th, at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA are available and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online through Ticketmaster. Prices start at $35.
After defeating Julian Erosa for the CageSport featherweight title in 2012, Brokenshire (8-1) had an even bigger 2013, successfully defending his title against two of the region’s top featherweights, Enoch Wilson and Shorty Weikel. Following his victory over Weikel at CageSport XXV, Brokenshire was then set to defend his title against Lee Morrison (11-3) in what could have been the most highly anticipated fight of the year for Northwest MMA fans. However, shortly after the fight was announced, Morrison signed with M-1 Global, a popular MMA promotion based in Amsterdam, effectively ending the possibility of a Brokenshire vs. Morrison title fight.
Brokenshire’s next opponent, Talon Hofman (9-6), stands to be a tough challenge for Drew as Hofman is one of the best wrestlers in the Northwest. Graduating from Burns High School in Oregon, Hofman is a four time high school wrestling state champion, the 2003 Sierra Nevada Classic 152 pound champion, and a 2004 All American High School wrestler. Much like all of Brokenshire’s fights, the main event of CageSport XXIX figures to be a high energy bout with two fighters who will have a lot at stake when they step into the cage in front of an anticipated sold out 1900 seat EQC showroom.
Fans in attendance will also be treated to two women’s MMA bouts which will be a firstfor CageSport MMA. Five time world Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu champion, Miriam Cardoso, will take on Oregon’s Katie Howard in what will be the professional debut for both fighters. Also on the card is Seattle’s Reagan Benedetti who will also make her professional debut against British Columbia’s Cheryl Chan (0-1). With the recent surge of women’s MMA, it’s become more feasible to consistently put on women fights and with the growing talent of NW female MMA fighters, fans can count on CageSport to continue supporting women’s MMA.
Notable fighter on the undercard is Yakima MMA’s and former CageSport featherweight champion, Julian Erosa (10-2), who is looking to gain momentum once again after a disappointing defeat to Lee Morrison at CageSport XXV. Erosa is highly thought of around the Northwest MMA community and will have a few things to prove when he steps into the cage against Mike Joy (9-6) at CageSport XXIX.
Doors for CageSport XXIX open at 6 PM with the first fight scheduled for 7 PM. For moreinformation about CageSport XXIX and all other Halquist Production events please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the official Facebook and Twitter of CageSport MMA and Battle at the Boat boxing.
Fight Week at the Emerald Queen Casino
CageSport XXIX Card Set
Tacoma, WA (February 5th, 2014) – Fighters scheduled to appear on this weekend’s CageSport XXIX card are making their final preparations as they get ready to step onto the scales Friday night and into the cage on Saturday. Headlining the action is Tacoma’s Drew Brokenshire (8-1) taking on Oregon’s Talon Hofman (9-6) in a five round main event for the CageSport featherweight title. Being featured on the undercard is five time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, Miriam Cardoso, who will make her professional MMA debut against Oregon’s Katie Howard.
A limited amount of tickets are still available for CageSport XXIX, scheduled for Saturday, February 8th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA and can be purchased at the EQC box office and online at Ticketmaster. Prices start at $35. Fans are encouraged to purchase their tickets early as the 1900 seat EQC showroom is expected to be a sellout.
Saturday night will mark the fourth time that Brokenshire will fight on a CageSport event, all four being main events for the promotion’s featherweight title. With his technical savviness and energetic fighting style, Brokenshire has become one of the Northwest’s most dynamic fighters helping him gain support as an easy CageSport fan favorite.
Brokenshire’s next opponent, Talon Hofman, could surprise the local fight fans in his first appearance on CageSport. Graduating from Burns High School in Oregon, Hofman is a four time high school state wrestling champion and figures to be a tough challenge on the ground for the current featherweight champ.
“The fight is less than a week away and I can't wait to get back in there and show why I have the CageSport Title,” said Brokenshire. “I know the crowd there is the best and I will feed off their energy and put on a pace that will match their intensity. I love fighting in front of my hometown crowd and will do everything it takes to come out with the win!”
Nine other fights are scheduled on the undercard portion of CageSport XXIX including the professional MMA debut of Redmond’s five time Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu world champion, Miriam Cardoso.
Miriam Cardoso (Pro Debut | Redmond, WA) vs. Katie Howard (Pro Debut | Portland, OR) at 115+1
Reagan Benedetti (Pro Debut | Seattle, WA) vs. Cheryl Chan (0-1 | British Columbia) at 115+1
Julian Erosa (10-2 | Yakima, WA) vs. Mike Joy (9-6 | Olympia, WA) at 145+1
Arjay Murphy (2-3-1 | Tacoma, WA) vs. Kario Isacc (1-0 | Tacoma, WA) at 136+1
Raven Guice (0-1 | Tacoma, WA) vs. Ricky Carrillo (Pro Debut | Kennewick, WA) at 170+1
Zach Conn (1-3 | Ellensburg, WA) vs. Chaz Jordan (1-1 | Mercer Island, WA) at 170+1
Woo Johnson (Pro Debut | Tacoma, WA) vs. Rico Rough (0-1 | Olympia, WA) at 155+1
Rob Cann (2-2 | Bremerton, WA) vs. Erik Victor (0-2 | Bend, OR) at 145+1
Trevor Sojot (4-9 | Olympia, WA) vs. Eduardo Torres (2-2 | Wapato, WA) at 140+1
Doors for CageSport XXIX open at 6 PM with the first fight scheduled for 7 PM. For more information about CageSport XXIX and all other Halquist Productions events, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the official Facebook and Twitter pages of CageSport MMA and Battle at the Boat.
Main Event- CageSport Featherweight Championship
Drew Brokenshire 144
Talon Hofman 144.5
Contract Weight: 145 Lbs.
Semi Main Event
Julian Erosa 145.5
*Mike Joy 150
Contract Weight: 145+1 Lbs.
Miriam Cardoso 113.5
Katie Howard 115
Contract Weight: 115+1 Lbs.
Reagan Benedetti 115.5
Cheryl Chan 116
Contract Weight: 115+1 Lbs.
Arjay Murphy 134.5
Kario Isacc 136
Contract Weight: 135+1 Lbs.
Raven Guice 168.5
Ricky Carrillo 168
Contract Weight: 170+1 Lbs.
Zach Conn 171
Chaz Jordan 170.5
Contract Weight: 170+1 Lbs.
*Woo Johnson 157
Rico Rough 156
Contract Weight: 155+1 Lbs.
*Trevor Sojot 143.5
Eduardo Torres 141
Contract Weight: 140+1 Lbs.
*Camps came to a financial agreement to offset the weight difference.
Brokenshire Defends Featherweight Title in Front of a Sold out EQC
Tacoma, WA (February 9th, 2013) – CageSport MMA rocked Tacoma once again last night; featuring ten world class professional cage fights including fan favorite, Drew Brokenshire, defending his highly coveted featherweight title once again in the main event versus Talon Hofman. In the semi-main event, Yakima’s Julian Erosa also secured a big victory, defeating Olympia’s Mike Joy via second round TKO.
A sold out 1900 seat Emerald Queen Casino showroom was on hand to witness the action packed CageSport card that had fans buzzing all night. Reagan Benedetti, who won her first professional MMA bout with a second round arm triangle choke, had the most impressive fan base of the night who all became ecstatic in support of Benedetti when her name was announced as the winner.
The main event featured a gritty battle between CageSport featherweight champion, Drew Brokenshire, and four time high school state wrestling champion, Talon Hofman. With his wrestling background, Hofman was determined to keep the fight on the ground and succeeded in doing so. Brokenshire showed his versatility once again as he was able to evenly grapple with Hofman in a fight that featured a war for ground position. Momentum leaned towards Brokenshire at the conclusion of two rounds and midway through the third round, Brokenshire again reversed position on the ground to gain back control and instantly submitted Hofman via rear naked choke. The victory improves Brokenshire’s record to 9-1 and puts him on a five fight win streak.
In the semi-main event, Julian Erosa took on Mike Joy in a critical fight to regain momentum for Erosa after a tough decision loss to Lee Morrison in July. Both fighters went into the fight with opposite game plans with Joy determined to keep the fight on the ground and Erosa adamant about keeping the fight standing. Joy attempted numerous unsuccessful takedowns throughout first round, but Erosa showed good takedown defense and took the first round the advantage in striking. Midway through the second round Erosa pinned joy in the corner of the cage and connected with a flush knee to the head that stunned and dropped Joy followed by a quick ground and pound by Erosa that Joy couldn’t defend. At the 2:28 mark of the second round, Joy’s corner threw in the towel giving Erosa the second round TKO victory.
The undercard featured some of the most premier MMA fighters from around the northwest including an impressive victory by Paul Njoku who took the fight on only one day notice.
Katie Howard def. Miriam Cardoso UD (29-28)(29-28)(30-27)
Reagan Benedetti def. Cheryl Chan 2:32 RD2 Arm Triangle Choke
Paul Njoku def. Rob Cann SD (29-28)(29-28)(27-30)
Eduardo Torres def. Trevor Sojot 4:53 RD1 Triangle Choke
Chaz Jordan def. Zach Conn UD (29-28)(29-28)(30-27)
Kario Issac def. Arjay Murphy 5:00 RD2 TKO
Woo Johnson def. Rico Rough 0:30 RD1 TKO
Raven Guice def. Ricky Carrillo UD (29-27)(29-27)(29-28)