Quach, Oshiro to Vie for Icon 140-pound Title

By Jordan Breen Jul 12, 2008
Hawaiian mainstay promotion and Pro Elite acquisition Icon Sport have announced their next card "Hard Times," scheduled for Aug. 2 at the organization's familiar digs at the Blaisdell Arena in Honolulu.

After extending his stoppage streak to six fights with his March victory over Phil Baroni (Pictures), Hawaiian favorite Kala Hose (Pictures) suffered a surprising submission loss to Robert McDaniel (Pictures) in front of the Honolulu crowd this past June. Now, the Icon Sport middleweight champion will return to action in a non-title affair, meeting Rolando Dominique in a 180-pound catch weight bout.

One of Hawaii's strongest products, Mark Oshiro (Pictures), will meet surging Colin Oyama pupil Bao Quach (Pictures) for Icon's 140-pound North American title. The once-beaten Oshiro has won his last seven bouts, halting all of his opponents inside of three minutes, including Chris Willems this past June. Quach, who has won eight in a row, has been sensational in his last two performances, starching UFC vet Douglas Evans (Pictures) in 55 seconds in April, before submitting Armando Sanchez (Pictures) via kimura in only 50 seconds last month.

In a second Icon title bout, the promotion's 170-pound Hawaiian title will be up for grabs when Ross Ebanez (Pictures) takes on undefeated up-and-comer Keoni Bryant. B.J. Penn (Pictures) protege Ebanez took an easy nine-second stomping over hard-luck Hawaiian veteran Brennan Kamaka (Pictures) in March, while Bryant has submitted his last four opponents, including Thomas Sedano in February.

Also scheduled for the card, local product Sidney Silva (Pictures) will meet 18- year-old debuting Hayato Sakurai (Pictures) pupil Hideto Kondo, while the comebacking Phil Baroni (Pictures) is penciled in against Ron Verdadero (Pictures).
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