Tacoma, WA (July 7th, 2013) – In a night of fast paced action, Featherweight champion, Drew Brokenshire, was able to defend his title for the second time, defeating Marlin “Shorty” Weikel in the main event at Halquist Productions’ CageSport XXV at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, WA. In the semi-main event title eliminator match, Lee Morrison scored the unanimous decision victory over Julian Erosa, earning a shot at Brokenshire’s featherweight title at an upcoming CageSport. A thrilling undercard pleased fans in attendance who were expecting a good night of fights from one of the most stacked cards in CageSport history.
As usual, Brokenshire brought in a large fan base and did not disappoint. In the first round, the fight was spent mostly on the ground as submission specialist, Shorty Weikel, knew his stand up game did not match up well with that of Brokenshire’s. The versatility of Brokenshire allowed him to stay just as competitive on the ground however, as he was able to at one point get back control and throw an onslaught of punches that gave Weikel a bloody nose. In the second round, Brokenshire was able to finish Weikel off when he again gained back control and secure a rear naked choke that got Weikel to tap 4:01 into the round.
The highly anticipated bout between Julian Erosa and Lee Morrison turned out to be a grizzly battle that stayed on the ground the entire time. Erosa who has typically shown that he prefers the standup game was not able to avoid the takedown, as Morrison was relentless in his attack to keep Erosa on the ground. Erosa showed good defense while on the ground, not letting Morrison getting anything more than a mere takedown, but that was enough for the judges to unanimously give the decision to new number one featherweight contender, Lee Morrison, all scoring the fight 30-27.
Morrison is set to take on Drew Brokenshire for the featherweight title in either August or October. Other title speculation arose from CageSport after Tacoma’s Alfonso Gonzales easily defeated Josh Hewson via first round TKO. Announcer, Kenny Davis, asked Gonzales about his thoughts on the opportunity to take on current CageSport middleweight champion, Brent Knopp, in a title match, and Alfonso expressed that he would be glad to do so. Immediately after, Knopp stepped into the ring and also agreed to the fight.
Alfonso Gonzales def. Josh Hewson TKO1(strikes) 1:55
Hadley Griffith def. Elisha Helsper UD(29-28)(29-28)(29-28)
Gary Winslow def. Jacob Solis TKO1(strikes) 1:27
Arjay Murphy def. Montrez Tinson Triangle Choke 1st Round 1:24
Zach Conn def. Trent Tyler TKO2(strikes) 0:19
Gustavo Lopez def. Dylan Atkinson TKO2(strikes) 1:12
Josh Rettinghouse def. Zach Skinner KO1(punch) 3:26
Tickets for CageSport XXVI, set for Saturday, August 24th, are on sale now and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and at any Ticketmaster outlet. Halquist Productions continues to be the premier fight promoter in the Northwest. CageSport has helped current UFC fighters: Miesha Tate, Bryan Caraway, Mike Chiesa, Sam Sicilia, and John Albert showcase their abilities to the UFC and later sign on with the promotion. For more information about CageSport XXV and all other Halquist Production events, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the official Facebook and Twitter Pages of Halquist Productions, CageSport MMA, and Battle at the Boat.