SportFight XXIV: Domination at the Rose Garden

Aug 20, 2008
SportFight XXIV: Domination at the Rose Garden September 19th

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Who: Sportfight XXIV: Domination

When: Friday, September 19, 2008 ? 7p

Where: Rose Quarter – Rose Garden Portland, Oregon

Tickets: Tickets are priced at $48.00, $35.00, and $20.00 (call for VIP prices) and can be purchased at the Rose Quarter Box Office (M-F 10a-5p), all participating Safeway/ Tickets West outlets, by calling 877.789.ROSE (7673), or at ComcastTIX.com. For Groups of 10+ please call 503.963.4400. For more information please visit RoseQuarter.com. Prices do not include service charges. To receive event notices, pre-sale opportunities, discounts and prizes join our free Rose Quarter CyberClub at RoseQuarter.com.

What: SportFight founder and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland has teamed up with Mark Cuban and HDNet to deliver yet another adrenaline-pumping night of mixed martial arts action at the Rose Garden on Friday, September 19th at 7pm. SportFight XXIV: Domination will offer up a stacked fight card featuring some of the most skilled and exciting athletes from both the Northwest and beyond, and will be broadcasted live across the country in crystal-clear 1080i high definition.

In this installment of SportFight, fans will be asked to weigh in on a debate that has been waged ever since the sport of mixed martial arts came into existence: Are MMA fighters nothing more than violence-prone barbarians, or are they finely-tuned and highly-skilled athletes competing in the purest form of sport, where it takes not only physical ability, but mental fortitude to walk out of the ring victorious? Come September 19th at SportFight XXIV: Domination, YOU DECIDE.

"I'd like to challenge everyone to come out to SportFight and make their own decision," says Lindland, President of SportFight, LLC. "You may have seen mixed martial arts on TV before, but nothing compares to the experience of witnessing these athletes compete live and in person. I think the people of Portland will be impressed with the sportsmanship, passion and dedication that these fighters show, both in and out of the ring."

Lindland knows a little something about decisions—in November he'll ask Oregonians to cast their vote for him as State Representative for House District 52. And true to form, at SportFight he'll provide local fans with everything they'll need to make an informed choice about MMA by offering up one of the most exciting fight cards to date.

Top Matchups: Main Event – Featherweight Championship

Enoch Wilson (Pictures) (Oregon Jiu Jitsu/Beaverton, Ore.) 10-4-1 Vs. Brian Geraghty (Pictures) (Freestyle Academy/Kenosha, Wisc.) 26-12-2

SportFight veteran Enoch Wilson (Pictures) will put his belt and two-and-half -year reign as featherweight champion on the line when he takes on Brian Geraghty (Pictures). Wilson has maintained his top-dog status thanks to an unmatched intensity in the ring and the skills to either take the fight to the ground or stand up and trade blows. But Geraghty—a longtime MMA veteran known for finishing fights via submission—is no stranger to the big stage, having competed in season five of The Ultimate Fighter on Spike TV.

Co-Main Event – Welterweight

Michael Pierce (Braveheart MMA/Gresham, Ore.) 4-2-0 Vs. Mark Miller (Pictures) (Hellhouse/Chicago, Ill.) 8-3-0

After losing his welterweight belt to Nathan Coy (Pictures) in a grueling five-round decision at the Rose Garden in June, Michael Pierce is on a mission to return to SportFight glory. Pierce—a strong grappler who wrestled in college at Portland State—will have his work cut out for him against Mark Miller (Pictures), a heavy-handed IFL veteran who claimed his most recent win by knocking out highly-respected fighter Josh Neer (Pictures) just 54 seconds into the first round of an IFL bout.

Other Fights of Interest
The remainder of the fight card reads like a who's-who of past SportFight warriors. There are exciting up-and-comers like featherweight Mike Joy (Pictures) and lightweight Dave Jansen (Pictures), big-hitting heavyweights like Mychal Clark (Pictures) and DJ Lindermann, and cagey veterans like Ian Loveland (Pictures) and Aaron Stark (Pictures).

But perhaps most intriguing is an amateur who will lead off the preliminary bouts by the name of Colt Tombs. Tombs got his first taste of victory at SportFight 23 in dramatic fashion, earning a TKO just 1:38 into the first round. Perhaps it's no surprise that Tombs feels comfortable inside the ring—his father, after all, is none other than WWE superstar Rowdy Roddy Piper. Tombs prefers to downplay his famous bloodlines, however, instead choosing to pay his dues and make a name for himself in the MMA world one fight at a time.

Fight Card: Main Event – Welterweight Championship 10. Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Enoch Wilson (Pictures) (Oregon Jiu Jitsu/Beaverton, Ore.) 10-4-1 Vs. Brian Geraghty (Pictures) (Freestyle Academy/Kenosha, Wisc.) 26-12-2

Co-Main Event
9. Welterweight (170 lbs.)
Michael Pierce (Braveheart MMA/Gresham, Ore.) 4-2-0 Vs. Mark Miller (Pictures) (Hellhouse/Chicago, Ill.) 8-3-0

8. Heavyweight (265 lbs.)
Mychael Clark (Tacoma, Wash.) 6-3-0 Vs. DJ Lindermann (Yreka, Calif.) 1-0-0

7. Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Mike Joy (Pictures) (Marcelo Alonso Brazilian Jiu Jitsu/Bend, Ore.) 9-4-1 Vs. Cody Stevens (Wreckroom Athletics/Mansfield, Ohio) 2-0-0

6. Light Heavyweight (205 lbs.)
Aaron Stark (Pictures) (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 6-4-0 Vs. Ron Fields (Pictures) (Killing Fields Fighting/Cincinnati, Ohio) 24-26-1

5. Middleweight (185 lbs.)
Damian Dantibo (DFCC/Roseburg, Ore.) 1-0-0 Vs. Joey Guel (Pictures) (Victory Athletics/Portland, Ore.) 13-6-0

4. Lightweight (155 lbs.)
Dave Jansen (Pictures) (Team Quest/Corbett, Ore.) 5-0-0 Vs. Sterling Ford (Spokane, Wash.) 1-1-0

3. Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Cody McKenzie (Brazilian JJ Spokane/Spokane, Wash.) 2-0-0 Vs. Ian Loveland (Pictures) (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 9-7-0

2. Light Heavyweight (190 lbs.)
Tyson Jeffries (Pictures) (Team Quest/Troutdale, Ore.) 0-1-0 Vs. Will Courchaine (Sikjitsu/Spokane, Wash.) 1-1-0

1. Featherweight (145 lbs.)
Colt Tombs (Team Quest/Portland, Ore.) 1-0-0 Vs. Colin Porter (Seattle, Wash.) 1-0-0

About SportFight
Founded in 2003 by Matt Lindland (Pictures) and Randy Couture (Pictures), SportFight is the leading mixed martial arts promotion in the northwestern United States. Together with its subsidiary brands, “Proving Grounds” and “Clash at the Casino,” SportFight has produced more than 30 live MMA events in Oregon, Nevada and Colorado.

SportFight was Oregon’s first sanctioned mixed martial arts promotion and has served as a showcase for many of the sport’s emerging stars and best-known veterans, such as Sean Sherk (Pictures), Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou (Pictures), Jeff Monson (Pictures), Chris Leben (Pictures), Ed Herman (Pictures), Gesias “JZ” Calvancanti, Paul Daley (Pictures), Chael Sonnen (Pictures) and Dennis Hallman (Pictures). Furthermore, SportFight has graduated fighters to every major MMA organization, including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride FC, K-1, the International Fight League, BodogFIGHT and Elite XC.

Check out SportFight TV every Saturday at 10 pm on Comcast SportsNet. SportFight has an extensive library of event footage and highlight compilations that are available on DVD at Wal-Mart, Hollywood Video and many other retail locations. For more information, visit www.sportfight.tv.

About HDNet
HDNet (www.hd.net) provides viewers with the best in original comedy, drama, news, sports and music programming.

HDNet is your exclusive, high definition home for popular, critically acclaimed original programming, including television’s only HD news feature program “HDNet World Report”, “Dan Rather Reports” featuring legendary journalist Dan Rather and “NASA on HDNet” (presenting live shuttle launches through 2010). HDNet presents championship sports coverage featuring the National Hockey League, Major League Soccer, NASCAR Grand National Division, NASCAR NEXTEL Cup re-broadcasts, boxing and Mixed Martial Arts through its new HDNet Fights initiative; groundbreaking music programming with the HDNet Concert Series featuring leading artists and bands including U2, Coldplay, Gwen Stefani and more; entertaining and irreverent lifestyle programming including “Deadline!”, “Art Mann Presents”, and “Get Out!” HDNet is also the exclusive high definition home to critically acclaimed and award winning programs such as the Emmy Award winning “Arrested Development”, “The Black Donnellys”, “Blade: The Series”, “Star Trek: Enterprise”, “Smallville”, ”Joan of Arcadia”, “Boomtown” and “Andy Richter Controls the Universe”.

Rose Quarter
The Rose Quarter in Portland, OR is owned by an affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers and managed by Global Spectrum. The Rose Quarter includes 20,000-seat Rose Garden, 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, 6,500-seat Theater of the Clouds, 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and the Rose Quarter Commons. Home to the NBA Portland Trail Blazers and the NLL Portland LumberJax, the Rose Garden is a $262 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. The WHL Winter Hawks play in Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1961 and served as the original home of the Trail Blazers. Memorial Coliseum is attached to 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and seven meeting rooms. The Commons, Portland’s largest outdoor public plaza, connects the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for outdoor events. Ovations Food Services is the official food and beverage concessionaire for the Rose Quarter.

Rose Quarter Ranked #1 in Number of Shows, #3 in Attendance and #8 in Total Gross In the December 2006 issue of Venues Today, the Rose Quarter not only was ranked eighth in the world for venues with a capacity of 15,001-30,000 for the year, it also won the 2006 Hall of Headlines Booking title. The Rose Quarter has had more events (not including Trail Blazers games, Winter Hawks games, and other select events) than any other venue in its category with 191 and boasts the third largest attendance with 872,208.
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