559 Fights makes Dinuba debut Friday

Oct 23, 2013
(PRESS RELEASE) -- DINUBA, Calif. – 559 Fights will set it’s cage down in the ninth different venue this year when amateur mixed martial arts takes center stage at The Island in Dinuba for the first time in history Friday.

Hanford cruiserweight Wilbert Rogers (3-2) takes on undefeated Shaquil Gant (3-0) of Taft for the vacant 559 Fights title in the main event and Visalia lightweight Armando Perez (2-0) battles Tulare’s Eric Diaz (2-1) in the co-main event.

Doors open at 6 p.m. with fights kicking off at 7. Tickets start at $30 for general admission and can be purchased at The Island office. The official weighins will be held at 10 a.m. Friday morning at J’s Sports Bar and Grill.

“Our mission when we started 559 Fights was to grow the sport throughout the Central Valley and when we have opportunities to come into smaller towns, we want to make sure we do so,” said 559 Fights president Jeremy Luchau. “It’s important for us to not only grow MMA, expand our brand, but also to give back to the communities that support us. “

559 Fights has done 19 events since April of 2012 and is the most consistent amateur MMA promotion in the state.

The California Amateur MMA Organization added a Heavyweight State Tournament bout to this event – Bakersfield’s Josh Powell (5-1) takes on Glendale’s Avedis Terzian (1-0-1).

“CAMO looks to us often to host these types of bouts and it is a real honor,” Luchau said. “It’s also a feather in our cap to come out to venues like The Island and work with all the great people in different communities.”

Dinuba will be well-represented on the fight card with featherweight Hector Contreras (1-4) taking on Farmersville’s Jesse Ledesma (0-0) and lightweight Gilbert Quezada (0-2) battles Fowler’s Juan Barajas (0-1-1).

“We are trying to build the very best amateur MMA circuit in our area and in within the state,” Luchau said. “That starts with the quality of fighters and the loyalty of the fans we bring to each show.”

In other action;

-Exeter bantamweight Alex Valencia (3-2) vs. Hanford’s Ricardo Vasquez (1-1).

-Oakhurst featherweight PJ Reyna (0-0) vs. Bakersfield’s Robert Moore (0-0).

-Selma welterweight Julian Tovar (0-0) vs. Visalia’s Eric Negrete (1-0).

-Hanford flyweight Joey Martinez (1-4) vs. Fresno’s Chou Vang (0-1).

-Visalia lightweight Jonathan DeLeon (0-0) vs. Hanford’s Joseph Coronado (1-2).

-Visalia middleweight Cody Goodes (0-0) vs. Kettlemen City’s Pedro Serrato (0-2).

-Kingsburg light heavyweight Robert Vildosola (1-3) vs. Hanford’s Joseph Longoria (0-5).

-Lemoore heavyweight Tyrell Mayfield (0-2) vs. Hanford’s Moses DeSoto (0-1).

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