Mixed martial arts fighters from the Emerald City and the City of Angels will clash on July 23 when SFL America: Team Challenge returns to the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma with Team Seattle squaring off against Team Los Angeles.
Seattle edged Portland in the inaugural Team Challenge on May 7, defeating their I-5 rivals, 17-13, in an event that came down to the final bout.
“It was as exciting a show as we have ever had here at the Emerald Queen Casino, which is saying a lot,” promoter Brian Halquist. “The crowd really got behind the team aspect of the event. The main event ended up deciding which team won. We could not have drawn it up any better. The team concept really added another level of excitement to the show and we want to keep raising the bar with every Team Challenge from here on out.”
The unique concept merges professional MMA with the traditional team scoring system of collegiate wrestling to create a dynamic event which pits two teams against each other.
The 8-bout card will feature two preliminary and six Seattle vs. Los Angeles bouts.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
SFL America Team Challenge: Seattle vs. Los Angles and all future SFL America events will feature the all new VIP experience. All fans seated in in the VIP section (rows 1-3) will have an exclusive access point and a dedicated server to further enhance a true VIP experience.
While technically the visitors, Team LA will have a local flare to it as former UFC Heavyweight champion and Seattle native Josh “Warmaster” Barnett will be cornering some fighters part of Team Los Angeles.
The main event of the team bouts pits Seattle’s Brent “Mankill” Knopp against LA’s Adam Dehart. Each team is comprised of 6 fighters including one women fighter. The team with the most points at the end of the night will be crowned as the winner.
Fighters will earn 9 points for a KO, 7 points for a submission victory, 5 points for a TKO, 3 points for a decision and 2 points for a draw with the winning team collecting the most combined points.
Highlighting the team challenge will be a bout between undefeated Dylan Potter of Seattle against Tony Lopez of Los Angeles. Potter brings a 4-0 record into the fight, while Lopez, a veteran of 66 professional bouts, has tallied a remarkable 43 career wins.
Additional team bouts include Seattle’s Bobby McIntyre facing LA’s Shohei Yamamoto and a female bout between Jenny Liou (Seattle) and Sarah D’Alelio (Los Angeles).
SFL America: Team Challenge – Seattle vs. Los Angeles is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and Super Fight League. For more information, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the CageSport MMA Facebook page.
SFL America Team Challenge: Seattle vs. Los Angeles
Saturday, July 23, 2016 – Emerald Queen Casino
Weight Class Seattle vs. Los Angeles
195 Brent Knopp(6-1) vs. Adam Dehart (6-5)
205+1 Dylan Potter (4-0) vs. Tony Lopez (43-23)
155+1 Bobby McIntyre (4-2) vs. Shohei Yamamoto (2-1)
125+1 Jenny Liou (6-3) vs. Sarah D’Alelio (8-6)
145+1 Armando Best (0-1) vs. AJ Bryant (0-1)
135+1 Anthony Zender (4-8) vs. Brandon Frunk (2-1)
Opening Bouts – Bouts do not count towards team score
145+1 Jeremy Montgomery (2-1) vs. Nathan Stolen (1-0)
185+1 Artiom Cula (1-2) vs. Austin Anderson (2-2)