MMA Fighting comes to Spirit Mountain Casino with SportFight XXV

Mar 23, 2009
(PRESS RELEASE) -- Spirit Mountain Casino debuts one of many MMA events April 3rd with SportFight XXV. This action-packed night of mixed martial arts features an 11-bout card with two title fights.

Josh "The Machine" Queen (12-0 amateur, 2-0 professional), a fast-striking freestyle fighter from Idaho, takes on DJ "Da Protégé" Linderman (11-0-1 amateur, 3-0 professional) a freestyle fighter from California, in a 5-round heavyweight title fight.

Portland's own Tyson Jefferies (8-3 amateur, 2-0 professional), a versatile freestyle fighter goes head-to-head with Mario Meiranda (2-0 amateur, 6-0 professional), a grappling, wrestling and jiu-jitsu style fighter from Rio de Janeiro in a 5-round title fight.

SportFight, founded in 2003 by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture, is the leading mixed martial arts promotion in the northwest and has produced a number of fighters for major MMA organizations including the Ultimate Fighting Championship, Pride FC, K-1, the International Fight League, BodogFIGHT and Elite XC.

Tickets for the debut MMA event at the Spirit Mountain Casino Events Center are on sale now for $25, $35, $50, $75 and $100 through Star Tickets Plus. Tickets can be purchased online at starticketsplus.com or by calling (800) 585-3737. With a seating capacity of 1,744, excellent seats can also be purchased at www.spiritmountain.com or at the casino Coyote Club desk. The first bout is scheduled for 8 p.m.; the doors open at 7:00 p.m.

The remaining fight card is as follows: In a 3-round professional bout, Chris Ensley takes on Daryl Fenner, Ed Nuno faces off with Lloyd Woodward, Daryl Cutler vs. Matt May, Josh Bennet against Ryan Pope, and Chris Yee vs. Nathan Wallner. k

About Spirit Mountain Casino
SMC opened its doors in October 1995. Named as Oregon's #1 visitor destination for over a decade, Spirit Mountain offers the most dynamic gaming and entertainment options in the region. The casino is located just 90 minutes west of Portland, nestled in the Willamette Valley's coastal range.

Presenting the largest and most diverse gaming options in the Northwest, Spirit Mountain offers Nevada-style slots, blackjack, craps, roulette, poker, pai gow, keno and bingo throughout its spacious 90,000-square foot casino.

With 254 tastefully decorated rooms, including 14 elaborate suites, Spirit Mountain Lodge provides comfort and exemplary service for its overnight guests.

Whether it's fine cuisine at its signature Legends restaurant, enjoying Oregon's largest buffet at Cedar Plank, or trying one of the other food outlets, patrons have a variety of high-quality dining options.

Spirit Mountain Casino is an enterprise of The Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde. For more information, please visit www.spiritmountain.com

About SportFight
Founded in 2003 by Matt Lindland and Randy Couture, SportFight is the leading mixed martial arts promotionin 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, Rameau Thierry Sokoudjou, Jeff Monson, Chris Leben, Ed Herman, Gesias "JZ" Calvancanti, Paul Daley, Chael Sonnen and Dennis Hallman. 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.
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