Joey Villaseñor to Face Donnie Liles in Main Event of Jackson's MMA Series VIII
The Jackson’s MMA Series has launched multiple fighters to the next level. Some of these series Veterans include TUF 14 Featherweight Champion Diego Brandao and TUF 14 veteran Johnny Bedford. Not only do the series fighters have success in TUF, but multiple fighters have been signed by Zuffa for either the UFC or Strikeforce. This list includes fighters like Henry Martinez, Julie Kedzie, Isaac Valle-Flagg, Lionel Lanham, Willie Parks and Sarah D'Alelio.
Jackson’s MMA Series VIII will be held on June 2nd at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Albuquerque in New Mexico. Jackson’s own Strikeforce and Dream Veteran Joey “Smokin’” Villaseñor (27-10) will take on submission specialist Donnie Liles (13-5). Villaseñor has fought his share of elite fighters including Jacaré, Robbie Lawler, Phil Baroni and Murilo “Ninja” Rua and is one of the founding members of the Jackson/Winkeljohn Fight Team. Villaseñor brings an exceptional MMA fight game with hard striking and skilled ground work into this fight. Liles, on the other hand, fights out of Colorado Springs for Rough House MMA and has 11 submissions out of 13 wins of his own. This matchup will pit two highly skilled fighters in an exciting 170 welterweight main event fight.
Joey “Smokin” will not be the only Popular Jackson/Winkeljohn based fighter stepping into the cage that night. Fellow Jackson/Winkeljohn team member Matt Levya (8-2) will be taking on Mike Chupa (5-6) in a Bantamweight contest. Also on the pro card representing Team Jackson is Hunter Tucker (2-0). Hunter will be taking on JR Sotello (3-6) fighting out of El Paso, TX at 145 lbs. Rounding out the Pro Fight Card will be a middleweight contest between Jackson/Winkeljohn Fighter Rocky “The Angry Aztec” Ramirez (4-1) and Richard Villa (6-4) representing Team Roswell out of Roswell, NM.
The amateur card will feature six fights highlighted by 2 female bouts. Tickets are available at holdmyticket.com or at the Hard Rock box office. Doors open at 6:00pm, first bell at 7:00.