Halquist Productions’ CageSport XXVII turned out to be one of the most exciting cards of an already very impressive year for the Northwest’s premier MMA promotion. In the night’s main event, Combat Sport and Fitness’ Justin Harrington defeated Harrison Bevens for the vacant CageSport lightweight championship. Making his return to the cage was Victory Athletics’ Cory Devela who defeated Byron Sutton in the semi-main event in dominating fashion. An electric undercard had the sold out Emerald Queen Casino buzzing all night.
Harrington (6-0) and Bevens (6-2) who each brought a large following to the fight filled the room with tension as the opening bell sounded. Bevens attacked first with two straight punches that landed flush on Harrington’s face which started a back and forth striking war to begin the fight. Midway through the first round, Bevens’ fans amped up their support by chanting “Harrison” trying to motivate their fighter which helped setup a very even first round.
In the second round, Harrington took advantage of a Bevens stumble and threw a sweeping leg kick towards the ankles of Bevens that tripped him up allowing Harrington to jump on top and gain back control. While in position, Harrington was able to slip in a rear naked choke that forced Bevens to tap 1:32 into the round giving Harrington the victory and the title.
After not fighting for over three years, Cory “The One” Devela (12-5) made a memorable return when he took on Byron Sutton (7-4) in the semi-main event. Devela wasted no time in taking down Sutton and getting on top where he unleashed a vicious ground n pound session that opened up a huge gash on Sutton’s head. The fight was stopped by the referee at 3:11 into the first round giving Devela the TKO victory and an opportunity.
Immediately after the fight, promoter, Brian Halquist, entered the cage with CageSport middleweight champion, Brent Knopp, and asked the two if they were interested in a title fight at upcoming CageSport XXVIII on December 7th. Both fighters agreed and made it official. Middleweight title is on the line at CageSport XXVIII!
The thunderous undercard saw numerous fighters making their professional debuts and giving a good first impression to fans in the showroom. Official results are below:
Amy Cadwell def. Hadley Griffith RD3 3:21 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Rob Cann def. Dylan Morgan RD1 3:44 Submission (Rear Naked Choke)
Ricky Satterwhite def. Josh Solis RD1 2:47 Submission (Triangle Choke)
Tyson Cunningham def. Kyle Maloney RD1 2:43 KO (punches)
Chaz Gurule def. Emanuel Russell UD (30-27)(30-27)(30-27)
Hector Lopez def. Soloman Jones RD2 2:49 Submission (Armbar)
Trent Tyler def. Steve Simpson RD2 1:13 Submission (Guillotine Choke)
Next up for Halquist productions is Battle at the Boat 93, set for November 2nd where Zahir Raheem is set to make his third appearance fighting under the Halquist Productions banner against an opponent to be announced shortly. CageSport XXVIII is set for December 7th. Tickets are available for both events and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and through Ticketmaster. For more information about CageSport XXVII and all other Halquist Production events, please visit www.halquistproductions.com and the official Facebook and Twitter Pages of CageSport MMA and Battle at the Boat.