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From Portland to Tacoma, Local MMA Shows Well Represented This Weekend

Thursday, December 10, 2015

 

This Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, CageSport MMA Presents: Super Fight League 45. This card features some of the Pacific Northwest’s most promising up and coming talent while highlighting a pair of fights with pros who have already proven themselves in top organizations. The fight card features eight total matchups and sees first time professional action for six fighters. As per usual the bout order and card are subject to change. 

The current bout order is as follows:
Glena Avila vs. Amy Montenegro 
Brent Knopp vs. Jordan Currie
Thomas Hoeper vs. Rob Burgess
Nate Cook vs. Rafael Brewster
Patrick Benson vs Kody Kramer
Dylan Potter vs. Artiom Cula
Journey Newsom vs. Justin Hugo
Eric Cronkhite vs. Danny Elliot

This fight card is really all about the main event, a featured matchup between Glena “Heartless’’ Avila and Amy “Resurrection” Montenegro. These two Pacific Northwest standouts have reached a level of success that will likely see both of them fighting less on the local circuit so this is a great chance to see these homegrown talents. Montenegro has already proven her worth outside the region having twice fought for Invicta FC; if not for a narrow split decision loss in her last fight, she might be approaching title contender status with the all female organization. Montenegro has proven that, if nothing else, she is hungry, she wants to fight and is trying to be as active as any fighter in her weight class. A win over a fighter as well regarded as Avila would be a great way to finish out her year. In the case of Avila, this fight represents a step up in competition that would surely put her on the radar of Invicta FC. Avila has a ton of support from fans thanks in part to the documentary Glena, which chronicles her journey as she banks her future on becoming a professional mixed martial artist. Avila has shown great improvement over the last year and it would seem that she is peaking at just the right time. This fight promises to be a war and the perfect headliner for the winter event. 

If heading up to Tacoma doesn’t seem like your cup of tea, you shouldn’t fret; right here in Portland on Saturday night, you can take in some live mixed martial arts action as well. The FCFF is back at it again bringing fight fans Rumble at the Roseland 84. This is another stacked card from the FCFF (as usual) boasting a main card with three title fights. Never a bad value for a night out on the town, tickets are available both online and at Bridge City Fight Shop in Tualatin. 

The fight card is as follows:

Nathan Sarate vs. Isaac Shelton 
Chance Gabriel vs. Luis Lopez
Monti Wilson vs. Jordan Melendez
Justin Mark vs. Jess Moore
Dylan Blankesley vs. Tim DeVore
Phelan Carron vs. Scott Baker
Michael Collazo vs. Shalamar Washington

This card features a couple of fighters who you might want to keep an eye on. First there is Jordan Melendez, a tough young welterweight training with the team at Portland Thai Boxing. Melendez is 4-0 and has proven he is not only an adept striker but a threat on the mat as well. Should Melendez be able to come away with a win, it won’t be long before King of the Cage or Titan FC comes knocking. Another promising fighter who will be in action on Saturday is featherweight Isaac Shelton. Shelton is a fighter who I would say has gone under the radar to this point. Training at a small gym in Gresham, he has managed to slip through the cracks for some. Possessing a solid submission game and good length in the striking department Shelton has proven unbeatable inside the cage. Should he secure a win Saturday, it will be interesting to see if he makes a move to one the larger gyms in the area as he prepares for a higher caliber of opponent.  

As you can see, this weekend is action packed, not only offering up great fights but great options for the fight fan too. These local fighters need your support so make a day of it and head to Tacoma or stay in town and head to the Roseland. Either way, you can support the Pacific Northwest fight community just by going out and having a great time.  

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Related Slideshow: Oregon’s Most Devastating Sports Injuries

Here is GoLocalPDX's list of Oregon's most devastating injuries that have occured within the past 10 years.

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Greg Oden

Sept. 2007 — Micro fracture surgery on right knee

Dec. 2009 — Fractured left patella 

Nov. 2010 — Micro fracture surgery on left knee

Dec. 2011 — Arthroscopic surgery on right knee

Unfortunately, Trail Blazer fans everywhere already know how drafting Greg Oden over Kevin Durant worked out for their team. After being be the #1 selection in the 2007 NBA Draft, Oden was never able to play a full season due to ongoing knee injuries. The team eventually waived him in March of 2012.

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Dennis Dixon

Nov. 2007 — Torn left ACL

During the 2007 season Dixon had the Oregon Ducks as the #2 team in the country. That was until he suffered a torn ACL against Arizona State and attempted to play on it the following week against Arizona. After Dixon went down for the season the Ducks lost their remaining two regular season games. Fortunately, they were able to end their season on a high note with a victory over South Florida in the 2007 Sun Bowl.

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Brandon Roy

Sept. 2008 — Cartilage removed from left knee

April 2010 — Meniscus tear in right knee

Jan. 2011 — Arthroscopic surgery on both knees

Brandon Roy is perhaps one of the most beloved Trail Blazers in the history of the franchise. After being drafted in 2006, and leading the team out of the "Jail-Blazer" era, he had to make the tough decision to retire at the young age of 28. His degenerative knees prevented Rip City from seeing their superstar ever play to his full potential.

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Jacquizz Rodgers

Nov. 2008 — Grade II separation of the acromioclavicular joint

During the second to last game in 2008 Jacquizz Rodgers suffered a separated shoulder that ended his season. Unfortunately, this meant that he wasn't able to play in the Civil War, which was perhaps the biggest game of the year for the Beavers. If the Beavers had been able to defeat the Ducks they would've been able to book their tickets to play in the Rose Bowl. Instead, they went to the Sun Bowl where they defeated the Pittsburgh Panthers.

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James Rodgers

Oct. 2009 — Torn left ACL

After participating in only 4 games during the 2009 season Rodgers went down with a torn ACL while playing against #9 Arizona. This couldn't have come at a worse time for Rodgers considering he was expected to have a breakout season. Rodgers, who was a senior at the time, was able to end his career at Oregon State as the career leader in all-purpose yards.

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Joel Pryzbilla

Dec. 2009 — Ruptured right patella tendon and dislocated patella

In December of 2009 the Trail Blazers' backup center, Joel Pryzbilla, was lost for the season with a ruptured and dislocated patella. This was a huge blow to the Trailblazers' frontcourt because they had already lost Oden for the season a few weeks before. Pryzbilla was also the team's defensive anchor who provided an inside presence. "The Vanilla Gorilla" was sorely missed for the rest of the year.

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LaMichael James

Oct. 2011 — Dislocated right elbow

The 2011 season couldn't have started any better for LaMichael James. After the first game James became Oregon's career rushing leader, surpassing Derek Loville. During the second game he rushed for over 200 yards against Missouri State. Unfortunately, James' year was slowed by a dislocated elbow suffered against Cal. Luckily for Duck fans he was able to return to end the season.

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Nate Costa

Nov. 2010 —Torn Right ACL

After suffering a multitude of knee injuries throughout his career at Oregon Costa was forced to officially retire from football after tearing his ACL for the third time in agame against Washington. Although Costa's career was hobbled by injuries many of his teammates looked to him as their leader. Oregon's coaching staff referred to Costa as the "heart and soul" of the 2010 team that won the Rose Bowl.

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Sean Mannion

Oct. 2012 — Torn Left Meniscus

During the beginning of the 2012-2013 season, Sean Mannion was enjoying one of his best as a Beaver. Unfortunately, he tore his left meniscus against Washington State that resulted in him missing around half the season. With Mannion leading the way the Beavers had the Pac-12's fourth rated offense, averaging 459.5 yeards per game. With Mannion sidelined Cody Vaz became the starting quarterback

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Marcus Mariota

Oct. 2013 — Partial MCL Tear

Marcus Mariota is widely regarded as one of the greatest Oregon Duck quarterbacks to ever play at Autzen. Unfortunately a knee injury hobbled his sophomore season. After Mariota suffered a partial MCL tear against UCLA he conintued to play the remainder of the season. With Mariota's knee not allowing him to be as mobile as he was accustomed to teams were able to take advantage. In the weeks following the injury the Ducks suffered losses to Stanford and Arizona. Duck fans everywhere would like to know what that season woud've loked like if Mariota had stayed healthy.

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CJ McCollum

Oct. 2013 — Broken fifth Metatarsal In Left Foot

After being taken 10th overall during the 2013 NBA Draft the shooting guard out of Lehigh wasn't able to start his career the way many had hoped. After breaking the fifth metatarsal bone in his left foot the rookie wasn't able to take the court until January of 2014. Before the injury McCollum was in consideration for playing time behind Lillard. 

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Alex Morgan

Oct. 2013 — Stress reaction in talus bone

During the 2013 season Morgan suffered an injury that doctors misdiagnosed as a mildly sprained ankle. After a few additional tests were performed it turned out that Morgan had suffered a far more serious injury. She actually suffered a stress reaction in the talus bone that put her immediate future with Team USA in question. After rehabbing for 7 months Morgan was able to make a full recovery.

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Bralon Addison

April 2014 — Torn left ACL

After exceeding expectations as a freshman and sophomore at the University of Oregon Addison was expecting big things from his junior year. Unfortunately, Addison suffered a torn ACL during last year's spring practice that kept him sidelined the entire year. Without Addison in the lineup the receiving core never lived up to their full potential. If he had been able to play this season the National Championship may have wielded a different outcome.

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Ifo Ekpre-Olomu

Dec. 2014 — Torn ACL

In preparation for the first ever college football playoffs Ekpre-Olomu ended up tearing his ACL during a routine practice. This was a huge blow to the Ducks considering Ekpre-Olomu was one of the team's better defenders. He was also one of the best corners in the country who many analysists expected to be selected as high as the first round of the 2015 NFL Draft.

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Wesley Matthews

March 2015 — Torn left achilles

Just 2 months before Matthews suffered a torn achilles he had become the Trailblazers' all-time leader in 3-point field goals made. It looked as though the Trailblazers were poised to make a deep playoff run. Things took a drastic turn when Matthews was lost for the season. With the team in a 0-2 hole against the Memphis Grizzlies it doesn't look as though they will be making it to the second round of the playoffs this year.

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