Alcala, Hernandez set to put on show for hometown crowd at CageSport 64
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 19, 2022
YAKIMA, Wash. – Jorge Alcala and Jose Hernandez are slated to face each other at CageSport 64 at the Yakima Valley SunDome. Heading into the contest it’s difficult to determine which fighter will have the larger crowd support as both will be fighting in basically their backyards.
Alcala will be competing in his hometown at the August 27 event, while Hernandez will be making somewhat of a homecoming as he was born and raised in nearby Wapato.
“It’s pretty awesome to have the opportunity to come back here and fight in my own backyard,” said Hernandez, who now resides in Auburn. “I grew up here. I know the community and the community knows me as well. I’ve had so many people reach out to me (about this fight). To finally be able to fight in Yakima is special.”
Alcala, who began his career as a member of Yakima MMA, echoed his opponent’s sentiment, stating he has waited a long time to be able to showcase his skills in front of his friends and family.
“It’s amazing. We’ve waited a long time for pro MMA to come here,” said Alcala, who brings a five-fight winning streak into the bout. “I’m definitely looking forward to it. We’re going to put on a show.”
In addition to the 136-pound fight between Alcala and Hernandez, CageSport 64 will also feature a co-main event between Charon Spain and John Simon, a heavyweight bout between undefeated Luis Schwenke and Juan Figueroa and a match between Lee Morrison and Patrick Benson.
Tickets for the all-ages show are available through the TicketsWest or the Yakima Valley SunDome (855) 305-4862. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
CageSport held its inaugural event in Yakima on April 23. The card saw the coronation of two new champions in Luis Iniguez, who defeated Albert Tadevosyan to claim the CageSport welterweight title, and Richard Foster reclaim the heavyweight crown with a victory over Sua Tunai at CageSport 62.
Alcala, who is a perfect 3-0 all time in CageSport, was originally scheduled to fight Ben Hollier at CageSport 62, but was forced to bow out of the show due to an injury.
“That was tough. I was really upset because I was looking forward to fighting in April but had back-to-back injuries with my knees. I am feeling great now though and really fired up to get back in there,” Alcala said. “Training has been going great. It’s been a little over a year since I last fought. A lot has changed in that time. I’ve become a dad. I’m really expecting this match to be a grind. It’s going to be tough. Jose is a tough veteran. He’s been in there with some high-level guys. I feel like I am close to getting something big (in my career) and a win will help with that.”
After dropping his pro debut, Alcala has been posted five consecutive victories with his last coming against Sergio Cortez in June of 2021.
“He’s just a well-rounded fighter,” Hernandez said about Alcala. “He can grapple and mix it up with his striking. He’s a very tough opponent. I expect him to come in and bring it hard, but I will as well. We’re going to go in there and put on a show and give Yakima what they want.”
Hernandez, who has trained with Ivan Salaverry MMA, has won his last two fights in the promotion, defeating Stephen Stirewalt at CageSport 61 and Brandon Monteith at CageSport 55.
“Training has been going good. I’ve been working hard, working on my striking, grappling. Trying to mix in everything to be a versatile fighter,” Hernandez said. “I have a lot of confidence right now, especially with my training. I haven’t dealt with any injuries. I’m happy with that I’ve just been training to stay very consistent (with my training).”
CageSport 64 is brought to you by Northwest Fight Promotions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA and Northwest Fight Promotions Facebook pages. And northwestfightpromotions.com.
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