CageSport, the Northwest’s only all-professional mixed martial arts promotion, will hold its 50th show on Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. when Brian Halquist Productions presents CageSport 50.
The semi-main event will be a highly anticipated contest between rising lightweight stars Chris Stone and Patrick Benson, while the undercard features four undefeated fighters in Chris Vasil, Terrance McKinney, Talon Hammons and Steven Southern.
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.
“CageSport will celebrate its 10th anniversary this summer. We have had close to 500 fights at the Emerald Queen Casino over that time and have constantly given the Pacific Northwest fight fans the very best in mixed martial arts,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “This card is without question one of the more exciting ones we’ve had. We expect Joey and Tristan to put on a show for the crowd in the title fight. Stone and Benson are two very gifted fighters who never back down once they step in the cage, and we have a handful of young fighters looking to stay undefeated. It all adds up to be a very intriguing event.”
Pierotti, a native of Enumclaw, Wash., will bring a perfect 8-0 record into the championship bout.
“My expectations for this title fight is to leave the fans in awe,” Pierotti said “I want to make a statement with this fight and prove to whoever I need to that not only am I ready for the big shows, but I belong there.”
Pierotti has fought three times in Tacoma. He has ended each fight by either submission or knockout, including his last appearance locally on Oct. 22, 2016 when he scored a third-round TKO victory over previously undefeated Richard Brooks.
Connelly (10-6) will be making his CageSport debut. Fighting out of Victoria, British Columbia, Connelly has posted a 4-1 mark over the last two years.
“The fans should expect a fight. Joey is no joke and you don’t go 8-0 for no reason,” Connelly said. “I can tell he’s a tough hard-working guy. Above all else (the fans) can expect to be disappointed when I take that ‘0’ away if they came out to see him climb past me.”
Stone brings a two-fight winning streak and an impressive 4-1 record into his showdown against Patrick Benson (4-3).
“I’m really looking forward to this fight. It’s a good match up between two local fighters,” Stone said. “Training has been going very well, everything is on point and I’m ready to go.”
Benson, who last fought in Tacoma on CageSport 32 on Dec. 17, 2016 and is a solid 2-1 at the Emerald Queen Casino, will be one of two Team S.N. R.G. members on the card as his teammate Dominique Smith will also compete at the event.
“Training has been going great. (I’ve) been pushing the pace to prepare myself for a scrap on April 28th,” Benson said. “The fans should expect to see me in a fight. I’m going to be throwing hands, hitting take downs, looking for subs and trying to get a finish before that final bell.”
Vasil will put his 2-0 record on the line against Tyrone Henderson (5-4-1) in a clash of 146 pounders.
The 3-0 McKinney, at 156 pounds, will face his toughest challenge to date when he faces Brandon Todd (5-1), while Hammons (1-0) and Southern (2-0) meet in a 146-pound match up.
The undercard will also have a 156-pound bout between J.D. Burns and Ardany Mora.
“What the fans of CageSport can expect from my fight is what I guarantee every fight, whether it’s my blood on the canvas or my opponent’s, you’re going to get your ticket money’s worth and see a show,” said Burns.
Rounding out the card will be a 126-pound match between Rodney Kealohi and Cody Simpkins, a 171-pound fight between Smith and Jesse Gengler and a battle between Philip Rowe and Cole Milani at 176 pounds.
CageSport 50 – Saturday, April 28, 2018
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Event – 5 Rounds
Interim CageSport Lightweight Championship
Joey Pierotti (8-0) vs. Tristan Connelly (10-6)
Semi Main Event – 3 Rounds
156-pounds: Chris Stone (4-1) vs. Patrick Benson (4-3)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
156-pounds: Ardany Mora (1-5) vs. JD Burns (1-1)
146-pounds: Chris Vasil (2-0) vs. Tyrone Henderson (5-4-1)
156-pounds: Brandon Todd (5-1) vs. Terrance McKinney (3-0)
126-pounds: Rodney Kealohi (1-1) vs. Cody Simpkins (1-2)
146-pounds: Talon Hammons (1-0) vs. Steven Southern (2-0)
171-pounds: Dominique Smith (1-2) vs. Jesse Gengler (4-3)
176-pounds: Cole Milani (0-3) vs. Phil Rowe (3-2)