Tacoma, Washington (February 22nd, 2015) It was a thrilling night from beginning to end as Super Fight League 37 America took the Emerald Queen Casino by storm. With only two of the eight fights going to decision, the sellout crowd was treated to five beautiful submissions and an absolutely brutal knockout. When it was all said and done, Julian “Juicy J” Erosa (14-2) and Ben “Flat Top” Fodor (5-0-1) stood above the rest, each leaving the arena with Super Fight League America gold around their waist.
In the highly anticipated main event of the evening, Tacoma’s own Drew “The Eternal Fire” Brokenshire (10-3) took on Julian “Juicy J” Erosa for the SFLA Featherweight Championship in a rematch that Northwest fight fans had been waiting for since 2012. And while Brokenshire was able to win a decision in their first go-round, the rematch told a different story.
The roof was absolutely blown off the place when the fighters made their entrance, with each man hi-fiving their way to the cage. Once locked inside, the crafty Brokenshire got off to a hot start, landing vicious knees to Yakima native Erosa’s midsection. After having his opponent on the ropes in the second round, Brokenshire headed into the third looking confident. But Erosa remained calm, and was eventually able to use his excellent jujitsu to sink in a darce choke, forcing his opponent to tap out. The victorious Erosa then gave the crowd his signature running back-flip off the cage, stamping an emphatic exclamation point on his victory.
Saturday night’s co-main event wouldn’t disappoint either, as the man of many nicknames, Ben Fodor, perhaps better known as Seattle Superhero Phoenix Jones, took on undefeated challenger Jason Novelli (7-1) in a matchup for the SFLA Welterweight Championship.
Despite taking the fight on just 24 hours notice, Novelli was ready. Using his elite wrestling skills, he dominated the first two rounds with fantastic takedowns and violent ground-and-pound. However the always-dangerous Fodor was able to weather the storm and gain a dominant position in the third round, leading to a rear naked choke submission victory. After the fight, Fodor wasted little time grabbing the microphone and letting those in attendance know what he wanted next, a rematch with fan-favorite and the only man to ever fight Fodor to a draw, Tyson Cunningham.
Also featured on the card were six undercard bouts, showcasing the best in up and coming local MMA talent. Those results are as follows:
Hector Lopez (4-0) def. Arjay Murphy (2-5-1) via UD (29-28)(30-27)(30-27)
Paul Njoku (4-1) def. Sean Gee (1-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28)(29-28)(30-27)
Jesse Hardenbrook (1-0, 1NC) def Aaron Martin (2-3) via 1st RD Arm Triangle Choke 3:38
Bobby McIntyre (3-0) def. Will Hunt (1-5) via 1st RD KO 0:43
Trent Tyler (4-5) def. Kina Peneueta (1-2) via 1st RD Triangle Choke 2:18
Victor Barajas (1-2) def. Shane Sargent (0-2) via 1st RD Armbar 0:56
Super Fight League 37 America is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and Cagesport MMA. Next up from Halquist Productions, Battle at the Boat 100, the centennial edition of the Northwest’s premiere boxing event, live from the Emerald Queen Casino on Saturday, March 28th at 7:00PM. Tickets are on sale now through the EQC box office as well as all Ticketmaster locations. For more information, visit halquistproductions.com and the Cagesport MMA Facebook page.