Mixed Martial Arts: Snoqualmie Casino Aug 15 Results

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See the Fight Results at:  Snoqualmie MMA Fight Results Aug 15

Below was the introduction to this fight.  Fight results, commentary and photos are available at the link above.

If you love mixed martial arts fighting, you’ll want to be at the fights this coming Saturday evening at the Snoqualmie Casino. We just got word that former UFC Light Heavy Weight champion Quinton “Rampage” Jackson and Demico Rogers (contestant on the upcoming season of Spike TV’s “The Ultimate Fighter”) will be joining WEC champion Jamie Varner at the event this Saturday.

SNOQUALMIE CASINO HOSTS RUMBLE ON THE RIDGE IV

BOILING POINT

FIRST EVER OUTDOOR PRO-AM MMA EVENT INWASHINGTON STATE

WEC CHAMPTION JAMIE VARNER TO MAKE CELEBRITY APPEARANCE

WHAT:

Washington State’s First Outdoor PRO-AM MMA Cage Fighting Event

When:

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Street Party: 2 p.m. – 6 p.m.  | First Fight: 8 p.m.

Event Schedule:

2 p.m.                   Gates Open

3 p.m.                   Preliminary fights

3:30 p.m.             Po’okela Street Band

4:30 p.m.             Preliminary fights

5 p.m.                   Po’okela Street Band

8 p.m.                   Fight card begins

10:30 p.m.           After Party in Snoqualmie Casino Ballroom

Event will be held rain or shine

Where:

Snoqualmie Casino – Mountain View Plaza (enter through Ballroom Entrance)

37500 SE North Bend Way, Snoqualmie, WA 98065

Who:

Ticketholders aged 21 and over.  Tickets are available at the Snoqualmie Box Office or through Ticketmaster.  Ticket prices: $35 – $100

· Billed as “Rumble on the Ridge IV: Boiling Point”, the August 15 MMA event at Snoqualmie Casino will match 22 fighters in 11 bouts.  14 fighters are competing at the amateur level.  8 fighters are competing as professionals.

· Rumble on the Ridge IV is the first outdoor MMA event in Washington State and the fourth MMA event held at Snoqualmie Casino.  The prior three events sold out.  Capacity at Snoqualmie Casino’s outdoor Mountain View Plaza is 1700.

· The event kicks off at 2 p.m. with the Boiling Point Street Party where ticketholders can enjoy exhibition fights,  a beer garden, great food, and specialty retail vendors.  Other Street Party events include:

o Seattle Mist lingerie football team will be on-site signing autographs.

o Game Crazy will be hosting an X-BOX UFC Undisputed video game tournament – the winner gets a Game Crazy gift card and ringside seats at the next MMA event Snoqualmie Casino!

o PunchDrunk Promotions will be hosting a Power Punch Tournament to raise funds for the Salute a Soldier Foundation.  $1 entry fee.  Highest score wins ringside tickets to the next MMA event at Snoqualmie Casino!

o Live reggae music by the Po’okela Street Band!

o Bud Light Party Cruise Contest

· WEC Light Weight Champion, Jamie Varner, will be making a special guest appearance at the event.

· The action begins at 3pm with a lineup of exciting preliminary fights all leading to the 8pm start of the featured fight card of four amateur fights (including three title matches) and four professional bouts headlined by the high energy match between Mike Hayes and Devin Cole.    Professional fighters slated to appear:

MMA 145

CHANTI JOHNSON—VS—JADE PORTER

MMA-A-CLASS 170

EDDY ELLIS—VS— JUSTIN LARSEN

MMA-A-CLASS 145

BRISTOL MARUNDE—VS—JUSTIN DAVIS

MMA-A-CLASS 145

MIKE HAYES—VS—DEVIN COLE

FIGHT CARD SUBJECT TO CHANGE

· Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) is one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S., and in the Northwest in particular.  In 1995, Washington State became one of the first states in the U.S. to legalize MMA.

· MMA cage fighters use wrestling, muay thai, Brazilian jujitsu and boxing skills to defeat their opponent. Fighters win by knockout, judges’ decision, or by submission (when the opponent is subdued by pain or fear of injury from a submission hold). Pro bouts consist of three, 5-minute rounds.  Title bouts are five 5-minute rounds.  Amateur bouts are three 3-minute rounds.  Amateur title bouts are five 3-minute rounds.

· There are two classifications for amateur fighters:  novice (3 fights or less, wear shin pads) and A-class amateurs (do not wear shin pads).  Also, amateurs cannot elbow, and certain submission holds like “heelhooks” are illegal.  Amateurs cannot knee to the face while standing, or kick a downed opponent.  They can only punch when one fighter is down.

· Pro fighters can use elbows, “heelhooks” and knee the body of a downed opponent.

· Bouts are scored like boxing matches with a 10 point must system. The winner of the round gets a score of 10, the loser gets a 9 or less.  Judges focus on damage to opponent, match control, effective striking, effective ground control and who works to finish the fight.  Most all judges have competed in the sport in one form or another and give their time as officials to preserve the integrity of the sport.

· For the safety of the combatants, a ringside physician, licensed EMTs and an ambulance will be on site.

· Snoqualmie Casino offers fans a high-quality, high-production value event – it’s an environment where both amateur and pro athletes can compete and build local awareness for the sport they love.  For some athletes, these kinds of high-profile events provide an opportunity to get noticed and take their career to the next level.

· Not all amateur MMA cage fighters plan on making a pro career, some just want to test the skills they have learned in the ultimate form of combat.  Gyms that sponsor fights teams don’t just focus on fighters.  Most gyms, like Eastside MMA, focus on programs that improve the “average Joe’s” health and fitness in a fun and non-threatening environment.    If an MMA student wants to test his skills in combat, he can participate in events such as the Rumble on the Ridge series where he can be assured he will be evenly matched in skill.  Ultimately this lessens the chance of a mismatch providing a safer environment for the fighters and a better show for the fans.

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