CageSport MMA returning to Yakima
Grant Clark -- 14 days ago
TACOMA, Wash.– Four months after holding its inaugural show in Central Washington, CageSport MMA is heading back to Yakima.
CageSport,the Pacific Northwest’s longest-running all-professional mixed martial arts organization, will team up once again with the Central Washington Fair Association for CageSport 64 at the Yakima Valley SunDome on Saturday, Aug. 27.
“We received such a positive response for our first show in Yakima that we immediately began to work towards a return show,” Northwest Fight Promoter owner George Dodd said. “We couldn’t have asked for a better partnership than the one we have with the Central Washington Fair Association. We are beyond excited to bring MMA once against to the area.”
More details, including card and ticket information, for the all-ages show will be released in near future.
The name CageSport in the Pacific Northwest is well known and has a long history of featuring fighters, including current UFC women’s bantamweight champion Julianna Pena, former UFC world champion Miesha Tate, and Yakima’s own Julian Erosa, who have parlayed success in the promotion to careers in the UFC, made its Yakima debut on April 23 with CageSport 62.
The event saw the crowning of two new CageSport champions with Richard Foster recapturing the heavyweight title and Luis Iniguez win the 185-pound championship to become a two-division champion in CageSport.
Foster became the first ever two-time CageSport heavyweight titlist with a victory via second-round arm triangle over defending champion Sua Tuani, while Iniguez, who entered the fight as the CageSport welterweight champion, added the middleweight title to his resume after defeating Albert Tadevosyan by split decision.
The card also saw Yakima’s Charon Spain win his 18th career fight with a victory over Bobby McIntyre in a contest that was later named the Rich Guerin Fight of the Night.
CageSport will operate under the newly formed Northwest Fight Promotions under the direction of George Dodd who previously served as Brian Halquist Productions General Manager for the last three years before starting his own promotion company. Dodd has an extensive background in combative sports with more than 40 years of experience, both behind-the-scenes and as a participant, official and matchmaker. “I am excited to be starting the promotion company and working hand in hand with fighters, coaches, and managers throughout the region. While working with Brain, he provided me with valuable information, and I can not thank him enough for that knowledge.”
After retiring from the United States as a Senior Chief Petty Officer in 2007 following a 20-year career, Dodd was the program manager for the Washington State Department of Licensing’s Professional Athletic Division before receiving the position of Executive Officer for the California State Athletic Commission(CSAC).
In addition, he has officiated high school wrestling for more than two decades, including in Washington state, San Diego, Calif. and overseas in Naples, Italy
CageSport 64 is brought to you by Northwest Fight Promotions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com
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