Yakima’s Spain looking for another win at CageSport 64


YAKIMA, Wash. – Over the course of his 60-fight professional career which spans nearly 14 years, Charon Spain has logged countless miles, usually fighting in his opponent’s backyard.

“I’ve always been the guy the crowd was cheering against,” Spain said. “I’ve always been the one coming into someone else’s hometown to fight.”

The roles, however, were reversed at CageSport 62 when Spain fought in front of his hometown of Yakima where he proceeded to defeated Bobby McIntyre, a former CageSport champion.

“The crazy part is I never realized how much energy a crowd can give you. It was wild,” Spain said about his last MMA fight on April 23. “It as such a long time coming (fighting in Yakima). It was phenomenal. I didn’t know how much home town support, how much love I had until I walked out. It impacted me. The energy they brought was intense for sure. I was really feeding off of it.”

The win over the always-game McIntyre avenged a previously loss for Spain and ran his CageSport winning streak to two.

Spain will look to continue that trend on Saturday, August 27 when faces John Simon in the co-main event at CageSport 64 on Saturday, August 27 at the Yakima Valley SunDome.

“I plan on putting on another exciting fight,” said Spain, who has fought 11 times in the promotion. “Training has been going good. I’m just sharpening the edges of the blade.”

CageSport 64 will also feature a 136-pound main event between Jorge Alcala and Jose Hernandez.

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.

Spain, who is ranked as the No. 3 lightweight in the Pacific Northwest by tapology.com, will attempt to notch career victory No. 18 against Simon (5-2). Prior to defeating McIntyre, Spain bested Quinten Wyland by first round rear naked choke at CageSport 59.

“I feel sharp. I feel like I am in my prime,” said Spain, who won his first ever pro fight at CageSport 8 in 2009. “I feel like I am more focused now than I have ever been. I am a dangerous Mr. Spain right now. I’m just going to keep that ball moving.”

Spain won his first ever pro fight in 2009 at CageSport 8 on the same card which same current UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Julianna Pena defeat Stephanie Webber, who was cornered at the event by former UFC Women’s Bantamweight champion Miesha Tate.

“The last couple of years has been a test for me for sure,” Spain said. “I have been going out of my way to test myself to get better. I feel like I’ve always been known as a good striker. I’ve tried to become a more rounded fighter.”

Spain’s opponent will also be looking to continue a winning streak as Simon, who is the cousin of UFC fighter Ricky Simon, has won five consecutive fights, beginning with his first round TKO victory over Dustin Johnson at CageSport 61.

“He’s supposed to be tough,” Spain said about his opponent. “Everyone around here knows that last name. So, I know it’s going to be a tough fight. I’ve been in there a little bit more than he has, but he’s a stud. I’m just going to come 100 (percent). It’s going to be a good fight.”

In addition to the main and co-main events, CageSport 64 will also feature a heavyweight bout between undefeated Luis Schwenke and Juan Figueroa and a match between Lee Morrison and Patrick Benson.

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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