RUF MMA @ Ultra Star - Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Event on April 29, 2017 in Maricopa, Arizona USA

Live Cage Fighting At The Ultra Star Amphitheatre, Ak-Chin Indian Community, Maricopa, AZ Thursday, March 24, 2017 5:40 PM On April 29th, 2017, Ringside Promotions, LLC & RUF MMA; known for putting on spectacular and exciting events in the state of Arizona, specifically on Native lands, now brings their 1st RUF MMA (mixed martial arts) Live Cage Fighting event to the The Ultra Star Amphitheatre on the Ak-Chin Indian Community located at: 16000 Maricopa Rd, Maricopa, AZ 85139. The Ak-Chin Indian Community is nestled into the Santa Cruz Valley of Southern Arizona. The Community lies 58 miles south of Phoenix in the northwestern part of Pinal County.; surrounded by beautiful views on the Sonoran Desert, is a spectacular venue to host these continuous sell out fights full of excitement and showmanship of true mixed martial arts at its best! Headlining Ultra Star’s 1st RUF MMA fight card is local Maricopan and former Heavyweight Champ “Dale Sopi” who is no stranger to the steal cage. He is a resident of the area and trains at various gyms in the valley. He has MMA roots that go back to earlier days when he fought for Rage in The Cage and was their Heavyweight champion. His opponent is former Bellator contender “Dan Charles”10-3 who’s been seen on the National fighting circuit for the world renowned MMA promotion “Bellator”. Charles got back in the win column this past September when he knocked out Chase Gormley in the second round at Bellator 143. That got him back on track after a TKO loss to WWEs superstar Bobby Lashley at Bellator 138, which snapped a two-fight winning streak. In his earlier fighting days, he had fought Dale Sopi at Rage in The Cage 169 and lost by TKO to Sopi. Charles is now looking to avenge his loss to Sopi in front of a home town crowd. In our co-main event, former UFC fighter, legend Drew “The Master” Fickett will be squaring off with Casa Grande’s own Jeff “The Threat” Fletcher at 155 lbs. Fickett (42-21) 37 years of age, a former UFC fighter, has fought on the big stage with UFC legends and current big name contenders in Nick Diaz, Karo Parisyan, Justin Gaethje, Josh Koscheck, Kenny Florian, and many others. He is coming off a 3 fight losing streak and is ready to get back in the winners column. Veteran Pro Jeff “The Threat” Fletcher (8-12) is preparing for the fight of his life and is confident he will beat Fickett on April 29th. He is always a threat to anyone he gets in the cage with. He is now training with YUMA United, one of the best MMA gyms in the country where UFC contender Kelvin Gastelum trains at. This will be a great treat for all MMA fans, witnessing 2 MMA Veterans show off their crafty skills and showmanship for the crowd. According to Ringside Promotions, LLC President, & RUF MMA Matchmaker ‘Joel Lopez”, there will be 10-12 additional bouts and belt championships on the undercard. The public will see the very best amateurs go at it for wins, belts & pride! You will not want to miss these prospects on the rise. Many UFC fighters made their start with RUF MMA. These are the best fights to watch because they have something to prove. They are hungry to make a name for themselves and they leave it all in the cage. This event is sure to sell out and will be full of thrilling bouts and key match ups like you have never seen before. “It's exciting for us to be able to bring our RUF MMA brand to The Ak Chin Indian Community and to the Ultra Star for the 1st time. This place is like no other place in the Southwest. The energy in Maricopa is unparalleled, and the Ultra Star, with its amenities for the entire family and amazing views speaks for itself" says Joel Lopez. "It's equally exciting to see how much skill, excitement and diversity our fighters will bring to the Ultra Star venue. We are bringing only the best to fight at The Ultra Star Amphitheatre in Maricopa. It is really our home away from home" says Lopez. Doors & Prelims 5:30pm • Main Card 7:00pm General Admission $25 | Cageside Seats $40 | VIP Hightop $200 | VIP Table $400 For more information please call 520-233-2441. Tentative Fight Card-Card subject to change 125: Jon Smigel (Tempe) vs. Manny De Jesus (CGrande) 125: Danny Soto (Tucson) vs. Junior Robles (Phx) 125: Leo Tena (Tucson) vs. Trenton Schmidt (Tempe) (Title): 125: Joe Gomez (Glendale) vs. Braden Goodwin (Glendale) (Title)135: Seth Wheeler (CGrande) vs. Adam Ortiz (Tucson) 135: Jaime Carskaden (Tempe) vs. Michael Bux (Tempe) 145: Coty Solatorio (Maricopa) vs. Chris Esquivel (Goodyear) 145: Sam Moncada (Tucson) vs. Hansel ten (Tempe) 155: Chris Cartwright (Coolidge) vs. Marcus Finch (Tucson) 155: Tyler Lanham (Tucson) vs. Buddy Rodriguez (Tucson) 155: Dante Patrick (Scottsdale) vs. Steve Mulligan (CA) 170: Cody Johansen (Tucson) vs. Dominic Acuna (Tucson) 170: Cristhian Preciado (Tucson) vs. Jeff Nelson (Tempe) (Title) 185: Jeff Thorton (CGrande) vs. Jose Castanon (W. Phx) 185: George Sopi (Maricopa) vs. Pete Rodriguez (Tucson) 215: Brandon Yandell (Tucson) vs. Deran Martinez (Gila River) HWT: Christiano Burruel (Tucson) vs. Nate Charles (Chandler) Co Main: Pro 155: Jeff Fletcher (C Grande) vs. Drew Fickett (Tucson) Main Event: Pro: (Title) Hwt: Dale Sopi (Maricopa) vs. Dan Charles (Chandler)


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Event Information


Brandon Yandell
WINNER
Deran Martinez
5-3-0
Record
1-4-0
5′ 11″
Height
5′ 7″
220 lbs.
Weight
235 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
Joe Gomez
Braden Goodwin
WINNER 
3-1-0
Record
7-3-0
5′ 6″
Height
5′ 5″
125 lbs.
Weight
155 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) after 3 rounds
Ivan Tena
WINNER
Raul-Marcus Finch
1-0-0
Record
0-3-0
5′ 10″
Height
5′ 8″
155 lbs.
Weight
155 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
Seth Wheeler
WINNER 
Adam Ortiz
2-0-0
Record
7-5-0
5′ 7″
Height
5′ 7″
135 lbs.
Weight
136 lbs.
Submission
(Rear Naked Choke) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
Michael Bux
Jamie Carskaden
WINNER
2-5-0
Record
3-9-0
5′ 7″
Height
5′ 9″
125 lbs.
Weight
130 lbs.
Decision
(Split Decision) after 3 rounds
Fred Encinas scored it 28-29. Steve Sandoval scored it 30-27. Rocky Taylor scored it 28-29.
Jeff Thornton
WINNER 
Jeff Nelson
2-3-0
Record
1-4-0
5′ 9″
Height
5′ 5″
185 lbs.
Weight
185 lbs.
Submission
(Guillotine Choke) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
Cody Johansen
Dominick Acuna
WINNER
0-2-0
Record
3-2-0
5′ 10″
Height
5′ 7″
190 lbs.
Weight
170 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) after 3 rounds
Judge 1 scored it 27-30. Judge 2 scored it 27-30. Judge 3 scored it 27-30.
Leonel Tena
WINNER
Trenton Schmit
3-4-0
Record
0-2-0
5′ 9″
Height
5′ 7″
135 lbs.
Weight
125 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 2nd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
George Sopi
Pete Rodriguez
WINNER
0-3-0
Record
7-2-0
5′ 8″
Height
5′ 9″
185 lbs.
Weight
185 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 1st round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)
Christiano Burruel
Nathan Charles
WINNER
1-1-0
Record
2-1-0
6′ 2″
Height
6′ 3″
317 lbs.
Weight
225 lbs.
Decision
(Unanimous Decision) after 3 rounds
Rocky Taylor scored it 28-29. Judge 2 scored it 27-30. Judge 3 scored it 28-29.
Cody Davisworth
WINNER
Jon Smigel
2-2-0
Record
0-1-0
5′ 9″
Height
5′ 8″
130 lbs.
Weight
125 lbs.
TKO/RSC
(Referee Stoppage from Strikes) in the 3rd round
Fight was scheduled for 3 rounds (3x3x3)