(Tucson, Arizona) --- On Friday, Nov. 11th (Veteran’s Day) the fiercest fighters in the country will face-off in a 16-foot octagon steel cage where only the bravest come out on top. Ultimate cage fighting, the sport that has taken the country by storm, is coming to Southern Arizona as Desert Diamond Casino is the exclusive host of Rage in the Cage.. To see it all live and uncensored, go to the Desert Diamond Casino box office or call (520) 393-2799 or 866-DDC-WINS. Tickets are on sale now and range from $15 to $100 in advance. Fights start at 7:00 P.M.; doors open at 6:00 P.M.
Article posted on 02.11.2005
Rage in the Cage combines boxing, jujitsu, wrestling, kickboxing, and grappling, whereby each fighter must become a master of each discipline. A total of sixteen bouts are scheduled at the Diamond Center, including two championship title matches, and there will be twelve local fighters competing on the card. In the spirit of Veteran’s Day there will also be two fighters who currently serve in the United States Armed Forces.
The main event will be for the Rage in the Cage Welterweight Title and two local up-and-coming fighters will face each other. The “Pounding Puerto Rican” Robert Maldonado (6-9) takes on Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist Gabe Casillas (8-3), battling it out for the Welterweight Championship.
The second championship title fight of the night will be for the Native American Championship Title. Karl Perkins (5-2) goes up against Jon Tsosie (5-2) in a battle of heavyweights. Perkins will have his hands full as Tsosie is a Native American kickboxing champion who has the training to take down anyone.
Other main event fighters include Ed West (6-1), a former RITC Lightweight Champion, and Reynaldo Duarte (3-0), a member of the American Top Team. Tiger (9-2), a fan favorite weighing in at over 300 pounds, will take on Arturo Segovia (1-1). Seasoned cage fighter, Aaron Brink (17-12), will be matched up against Robert Beraun (7-3).
The undercard will include two U.S. Marines, Arturo Salcido (0-2), and Kyle Brayer. Brayer is scheduled to be deployed to Iraq in early December. Other fighters include Tucsonan Brandon Roberts, Jeremiah Navarro, John Lansing, Adam Roland, Gabriel Flores, Seth Baczynski, Sean Huff, Jamie Schmidt, Tucsonan Roe Harris, Miguel Garcia, Dave Connant, Eddie Castro, Jad Halimeh, Phillip Aguilar, Henry Schweichler, Joe Stojak, Rosco McClellan, Johnny Saenz, Jeff Teike and Brandon Oliver
Treena Parvello, Director of Marketing and Public Relations for the Tohono O'odham Gaming Enterprise, commented, “In a partnership with Rage in the Cage, Desert Diamond Casino is giving cage fighting fans an opportunity to experience the excitement and thrills live and in-person at the Diamond Center on November 11th.”
Desert Diamond Casino, with locations on Nogales Highway minutes from the Tucson International Airport and just off of I-19 on Pima Mine Road, and the Golden Ha:san in Why, Arizona are enterprises of the Tohono O’odham Nation. Further information can be found at http://www.desertdiamondcasino.com/ or by calling 866-DDC-WINS.