Pierce-Coy Headlines Sportfight XXIII Tonight

Mike Pierce. Photo courtesy of Sportfight.

Team Quest products will collide in the main event of Sportfight’s latest offering later night at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon as Mike Pierce and Nathan Coy clash in a battle of undefeated rising welterweights.

Pierce, who started out his career at Team Quest before ultimately leaving the camp on bad terms, will now fight his third straight former teammate in the form of Coy. Pierce has defeated former training partners Mike Dolce and Ed Nuno in his last two fights. His win over Nuno earned him the Sportfight welterweight title belt in December.

Coy has been victorious in his first four professional bouts, most recently submitting Jerrod Jones with strikes at Sportfight’s “Re-Awakening” event back in April. Prior to that, he knocked out newcomer Dave Courchaine at “Strikeforce at the Dome” two months earlier.

Other notable fighters on the card include Fabiano Scherner, Ryan Jensen, and Jake Ellenberger.

“I don’t think I’ve ever had this much talent on a card before,” said Matt Lindland, Sportfight President in a recent press release sent out to the media. “We’re flying in some top international fighters, in addition to some of the best free agent fighters out there. We’re talent deep, and we’re heavyweight deep. On paper, this could be one of the better shows that we’ve had.”

The complete card for the event is as follows:

Mike Pierce vs. Nathan Coy - Sportfight Welterweight Title
Josh Queen vs. Josh Bennett - Sportfight Heavyweight Title
Jake Ellenberger vs. Ricky Storey
Ryan Jensen vs. Dinarte Silva
Fabiano Scherner vs. Mychal Clark
Justin Moody vs. D.J. Linderman

HDNet to Broadcast Four Live Events in June

DALLAS - HDNet Fights today released its June schedule for MMA coverage - including live events from all over the country and the world.

“HDNet Fights is thrilled to announce this awesome schedule,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights. “I believe the live events that HDNet is offering free to subscribers during the month of June are even better fights than many of the Pay-Per-View offerings we’ve seen recently!”

HDNet’s June schedule for MMA includes the following events and specials after the jump.

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Wilson KO’s Joy; Retains Sportfight Title

Enoch Wilson delivers a body kick to Jorge Evangelista. Photo courtesy of the Palace Fighting Championship.

Enoch Wilson extended his Sportfight featherweight title reign with a fourth-round knockout of World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Mike Joy last night at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon.

The first half of the fight was spent primarily on the ground. Joy executed multiple submission attempts during the first round but was then fighting off Wilson’s ground and pound attack during the second. After a pair of stuffed takedowns allowed Wilson to keep the fight on the feet in the third, it became visibly apparent that the champion’s striking was superior to his opponent’s.

Wilson caught Joy a number of times before finally putting him down for good with a hard right knee with less than 30 seconds past in the fourth and ultimately final round. Joy, who able to maintain consciousness, laid stunned on the canvas while Wilson celebrated another successful title defense.

A number of advertised bouts did not take place. Cam Ward was replaced by fellow lightweight Tommy Truex, who fell to Dave Jansen in the first round of their bout. Professional skateboarder Jason Ellis’ professional mixed martial arts debut was put on hold as he did not compete at the event.

Complete event results:

Damian Dantibo def. Jon Krohn - TKO (Strikes)
Justin Moody def. Andrew Pedersen - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Josh Bennett def. Matt Kovacs - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
Sunia Filikitonga def. Thomas Naylor - TKO (Referee Stoppage)
Lance Wipf def. Arley George - TKO (Strikes)
Nathan Coy def. Jerrod Jones - Submission (Strikes)
Dave Jansen def. Tommy Truex - TKO (Strikes)
Lyle Beerbohm def. Ed Nuno - Unanimous Decision
Enoch Wilson def. Mike Joy - KO (Knee)

Sportfight Readies for “Re-Awakening” Tonight

Mike Joy throws a right hand at Richard Crunkilton. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

Matt Lindland’s Sportfight promotion will put on it’s latest show tonight at the Rose Garden in Portland, Oregon where reigning Sportfight featherweight champion Enoch Wilson will defend his title against lightweight convert Mike Joy in the night’s main event.

“We’re going to give the crowd the action-packed lightweights, but we’re also going to have some of the big boys going at it too,” Lindland said in a press release sent out to the media. “This fight card has a little bit of everything.”

Wilson, who originally earned his Sportfight belt after submitting Team Quest member Ian Loveland in April 2006, has struggled as of late, losing three out of his last six bouts. Wilson last competed under the Sportfight banner last May, where he lost a unanimous decision to Travis Bush.

Joy made his Sportfight debut in December, winning a decision over IFO champion Zach George. Joy’s experience may become a factor going into this bout - The WEC veteran has faced the likes of UFC veteran Doug Evans and WEC lightweight title contender Richard Crunkilton during the course of his career.

Lightweights Cam Ward and Dave Jansen will square off in the co-main event. Professional skateboarder Jason Ellis will also be making his pro mixed martial arts debut.

The event will be televised on HDNet starting at 7:30 PM ET

HDNet to Televise Sportfight’s “Re-Awakening”

Mike Joy weighs-in for a WEC event in January 2007. Photo property of World Extreme Cagefighting.

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, April 18 at 7:30pm.

SportFight XXII: Re-Awakening 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.

“We are excited to show the rest of the world what Portland already knows. There is great MMA action in SportFight and we are proud to partner with Matt on this awesome fight card,” said Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights.

Local fight fans and a national TV audience will be treated a total of 12 stellar matchups, culminating in two main-event battles that will feature the quick and explosive athletes of the featherweight and lightweight divisions.

“We’re going to give the crowd the action-packed lightweights, but we’re also going to have some of the big boys going at it too,” said Lindland, President of SportFight, LLC., referring to the three bruising heavyweight fights scheduled. “This fight card has a little bit of everything.”

In the main event, SportFight veteran Enoch Wilson will put his belt and two-year reign as featherweight champion on the line when he takes on Mike Joy, a talented newcomer who earned his top contender status after an impressive unanimous decision victory over Zach George at SportFight XXI. Both men have shown that they are equally comfortable standing and trading blows or taking the fight to the ground, which should make for an entertaining and strategic battle of wills.

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Sportfight 21: Seasons Beatings Results

Dave Jansen def. Jeremy Burnett - Submission (Anaconda Choke)
Nathan Coy def. Ricky Storey - Unanimous Decision
Brian Caraway def. Dave Cochran - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Aaron Stark def. Dallas Browning - Submission (Front Choke)
Tommy Truex def. Ferrid Kheder - Unanimous Decision
Cory Devela def. Lodune Sincaid - Unanimous Decision
Mike Joy def. Zach George - Unanimous Decision
Josh Queen def. Jerry Constant - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Mike Pierce def. Ed Nuno - Unanimous Decision

Sportfight Presents Seasons Beatings on Dec 22

Sportfight founder and Ultimate Fighting and MMA superstar Matt “The Law” Lindland teams up with Mark Cuban and HDNet to bring yet another night of exciting mixed martial arts fights to the Rose Garden on Saturday, December 22 at 7:30 PM.

“I am excited to be working with Mark Cuban and HDNet Fights as they are doing huge things,” said Lindland, President of Sportfight, LLC., “They are a first-class organization and all of us at Sportfight are thrilled they are on board for what promises to be a fantastic event.” “We are excited to partner with Matt Lindland and Sportfight,” said Mark Cuban, Preident and co-founder of HDNet. “This is a significant step forward for HDNet Fights.”

Andrew Simon, CEO of HDNet Fights said, “We are excited to show the rest of the world what Portland already knows. There is great MMA action in Sportfight and we are proud to partner with Matt on this awesome fight card. This is the just the start of a very productive partnership.”

Sportfight XXI: Seasons Beatings features a collection of Oregon’s top Mixed Martial Arts athletes and veterans of some of the world’s premiere combat sports organizations, including the UFC, Bodogfight, the International Fight League and now HDNet Fights.

In the main event: Sportfight Welterweight Champion Ed Nuno looks to defend his Sportfight title against talented newcomer Michael Pierce (4-0). Pierce is coming of a 4 second KO in his last appearance at the Rose Garden. Nuno a long standing fixture in Sportfight represents the Gresham-based Team Quest Fight Club, the nation’s preeminent mixed martial arts training facility and holds a perfect (3-0) pro record.

In the Co-Main-Event: Heavyweights look to claim the vacant title once held by UFC HW contender Jeff Monson (Pictures) as Jeremiah Constant (6-2) of Team Quest takes on Lion’s Den fighter Josh Queen (9-0)

Sportfight 20: Homecoming Results

Nathan Coy def. Aaron Emerson - Submission (Strikes)
Andy Eicholz def. Nick Krusmarkis - Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Dave Jansen def Dennis Parks - Submission (Guillotine)
Josh Burnham def. Tyson Griffin - Submission (Strikes)
Josh Bennett def. Tim Perales - KO (Punch)
Ian Loveland def. Andy Lukesh - Unanimous Decision
Cory Devela def. John Krohn - Submission (Kimura)
Mike Pierce def. Mike Dolce - KO (Slam)
Chris Wilson def. Derrick Noble - Unanimous Decision
Chael Sonnen def. Kyacey Uscola - TKO (Strikes)