King of the Cage Overdrive: Sanchez Battles Spoon, Jackson Meets Bennett
On Saturday, August 20, King of the Cage will descend upon Riverwind Casino in Norman, Oklahoma for what is the second event in a multi-year deal between the Chickasaw Nation and KOTC. Titled "Overdrive", the card will be the inaugural event for the Riverwind Casino and casino general manager who is Jack Parkinson his excited about the partnership.
“The partnership between Riverwind and King of the Cage is integral in providing a new, exhilarating entertainment experience for casino patrons," said Parkinson. "For years, we have garnered a reputation as the metro-area’s gaming and entertainment destination. Adding events like mixed martial arts and working with reputable organizations like King of the Cage fulfills our patrons’ expectations of being immersed in an exciting environment full of surprises.”
The fight card for this event features nine bouts with twelve of eighteen fighters hailing from Oklahoma. The remaining fighters on the card represent the states of Texas, New Mexico, Florida, Utah, and Minnesota. US Combat Sports breaks down the fight card.
Main Event: King of the Cage Bantamweight World Title
Jeremy Spoon (Tuttle, Okla.) versus Donald Sanchez (Albuquerque, N.M.)
Spoon is the challenger with a perfect 10-0 record. He has already posted two strong wins this year, one of which came at Bellator 37. Spoon recently signed with Bellator and will be fighting sometime in the near future in featherweight tournament qualifier. One just hopes that his immediate focus has remained on his opponent Donald Sanchez.
Sanchez is the current KOTC bantamweight title holder. After gaining the interim title in August of 2009 he has defended the title twice before unifying it with a win over Angelo Sanchez in May 2010. He has since defended that title twice. Back in April Sanchez suffered his first loss in two years at Shoto Tradition in Japan but will be looking to hold on to his hardware come August 20.
Dejuan Jackson (Oklahoma) versus Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett (Ocala, Fla.)
Dejuan Jackson is a fighter who has gotten his name out by fighting on the local Oklahoma circuit. His record is far from phenomenal but that is due mainly to 0-5 start to his professional career. In his last ten fights he is 6-4 and despite dropping his last two fights he will look to pick up a win against Charles Bennett.
Bennett is a 47-fight veteran of the cage who is in desperate need of a win. He has dropped his last five fights including his featherweight debut back in July. He has only won two of his last ten fights and cannot afford to drop many more fights while trying to compete on a bigger stage. He will look to battle his way back into the win column against Jackson.
Sidiah Parker (Blanding, Utah) versus Chris “Bones” Jones
Parker is a 3-3 fighter who has previoulsy fought three times within KOTC. He has the power to finish opponents with strikes but has fell prey to the rear naked choke in two of his three losses.
Chris Jones is a 2-0 fighter out of local school The Academy of Martial Arts (AMA). Both of his fights have ended by submission. The thing that some might question about Jones is ring rust. His first appearance in the cage came in 2007 and his second came in 2008. While it has been three years since his last fight, he has been hard at word and will looking for his third win in his KOTC debut.
Trisha Clark (Oklahoma) versus Brenda Gonzales (Moriarty, N.M.)
Oklahoman Trisha Clark (1-2) will look to pickup a win and keep from dropping her third straight bout. This Oklahoma Martial Arts member won her debut last July before dropping a decision in October and then losing to submission back in June of this year.
Brenda Gonzales is 1-0 and made her professional debut for KOTC back in May. She pulled off her victory in the later part of the first round by way of TKO. She will be looking for her second win.
James Bailey (Sherman, Texas) versus Tim Papp (Oklahoma City)
Sherman, Texas fighter Bailey will be making his professional debut just four and a half months after dropping his amateur debut for Tulsa based promotion Freestyle Cage Fighting at FCF 46. His first and only fight ended less than two minutes in by submission. Bailey will look to start off his professional career in better way.
Tim Papp is a much more experienced fighter who went 4-3 as an amateur before turning pro in February of this year. In the past six months he has stepped into the cage three times amassing a 1-2 record. His only win came by way of disqualification due to the illegal use of knees. He will certainly be looking forward to taking things into his own hands and picking up his second win.
Chevvy Bridges (Oklahoma) versus Larry Wood (Norman, Okla.)
Bridges will be making his professional debut after going 2-0 as an amateur fighter. This fighter who made his debut just over a year ago finished both of his opponents in the first round. He has however, not been in the cage in a year and it will be interesting to see if that plays any role in his performance.
Wood too is making his professional debut fighting out of the Academy of Martial Arts. Though making his debut, Wood is confident that his camp has done the work to prepare him for his fight in spite of fighting at a higher weight than he walks around at.
Jamie Steichen (Oklahoma City) versus Turrell Galloway (Tulsa, Okla.)
Steichen is a 5-4 fighter who has made the rounds on the Oklahoma fight circuit and has gone back and forth for most of his career. His last fight was back in September 2010 and resulted in a decision win.
Galloway has found himself to be more successful in the cage and after going 3-0 as an amateur turned pro in early 2009. In the last two and half years he has achieved a 5-1 record. His last fight was ten months ago and ended in a submission victory.
Brandon Newsome (Tulsa, Okla.) versus Rick Compalla (Choctaw, Okla.)
Newsome is a 7-7 fighter who has had struggles of late finding wins. After beginning his career with a 4-1 record he has failed to put two wins together back to back. His last fight ended in a loss to William Albrecht at King of the Cage: Epic Force.
Compalla too has had a Jekyll and Hyde type career and holds a 6-7 record. Things have been moving the right direction for him over the last year and he has gone 3-1 in his last four fights.
Anthony Kellen (Minnesota) versus Terry Acker (Oklahoma)
Kellen, who will be making his professional debut, is a more experienced fighter than his opponent and held a 5-4-1 record as an amateur. As an amateur he won and defended the Bushido Fighting Championship featherweight title. He will look to make his mark as a pro in his KOTC debut.
Acker is a 2-0 fighter who made his debut back in April and in his two fights made quick work of his opponents finishing them both in the first round. He will be looking for his third consecutive win.
King of the Cage: Overdrive will take place Saturday, Aug. 20 at 8 p.m. inside the Showplace Theatre, with a special photo opportunity at 1 p.m. inside the River Lounge. The photo opportunity is a time for fans to meet, take pictures or get an autograph from their favorite mixed martial artist.
Ticket prices range from $35 to $75 per ticket. To order tickets, call (405) 322-6464 or purchase online at www.Riverwind.com. Seating is limited and there is no age limit to attend the show inside the theatre; however, attendees must be 18 to enter the casino’s gaming area. Riverwind is located in Norman, Okla. at the intersection of I-35 and West Highway 9. Bout card is subject to change. For more information, visit www.Riverwind.com or call (405) 322-6464.