TACOMA, Wash. – Bobby McIntyre and Nathan Thompson will both be seeking to become the No. 1 contender for the CageSport Lightweight championship on Saturday when they clash in the main event of CageSport 53 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
In addition to the McIntyre/Thompson fight, the nine-bout card will also feature a semi-main event between Jay Radick and A.J. Weber and a showdown between undefeated fighters Talon Hammons and Tigran Bagdasaryan.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
McIntyre, who fights out of Spanaway, Wash., has been on a tear over the last year, winning both his CageSport fights.
The first occurred at CageSport 46 when he claimed the CageSport Lightweight title with an impressive first-round knockout of highly touted champion Julian Erosa.
However, McIntyre was unavailable to defend the belt at two subsequent CageSport shows, which led to his championship being vacated.
McIntyre looked as sharp as ever in his return to a CageSport ring on July 21 when he defeated veteran Charon Spain by first-round submission.
“Bobby has been phenomenal the last year and half,” said promoter Brian Halquist. “He has fought for us a number of times and every time he fights you have that big-fight feel in the building that special fighters create.
The semi-main event features a battle of light-heavyweights, as highly regarded prospect Jay Radick takes on veteran A.J. Weber.
Radick will look to improve to 2-0 during the early stages of his professional career when he faces the more experienced Weber.
Radick, a Seattle native who now fights out of Philadelphia, introduced himself to local fight fans at CageSport 49 when he ended his pro debut impressively by first-round submission.
“Training has been going really well. Honestly this camp has been much better than the previous one. I feel much more balanced than last time,” Radick said. “I honestly don’t know much about A.J. I don’t look up my opponents. After years of fights falling through it seems pointless. I just show up and fight whoever is willing to step up. I have nothing but respect for any man that is willing to walk into the cage with me and push me to my limits. I expect this fight will be much more entertaining than the last one, but with the same result.”
Also looking to stay undefeated will be Hammons and Bagdasaryan as both enter their bout with unblemished records.
Hammons is 2-0 with both his victories coming at CageSport.
“Training has been going great. I’ve got tough guys all around me who are willing to put in rounds and push me week after week,” Hammons said. “The EQC is great and getting to fight so near to home makes it better. My friends, family and supporters give me the needed energy to do this crazy sport.”
Hammons last fought on March 28 at CageSport 50 when he handed Steven Southern his first career setback, winning by unanimous decision.
“I don’t know Tigran and I haven’t seen him fight. I only know that he coaches at Ring Sports United so I expect him to be a competent striker,” Hammons said. “(Fans) can expect to see me looking for a finish.”
Bagdasaryan turned pro on April 21 by defeating Sebastian Kirkland by knockout, ending the fight 40 seconds into the third round.
This will make his CageSport debut.
“Training has been great, daily progress towards my goals,” Bagdasaryan said. “My opponent makes me better. If it were not for him challenging me, I would not be working as hard as I do.”
CageSport 53 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com
CageSport 53– Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Event – 3 Rounds
Bobby McIntyre (8-5) vs. Nathan Thompson (7-6)
Semi-Main Event – 3 Rounds
Jay Radick (1-0) vs. AJ Weber (2-4)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
Talon Hammons (2-0) vs. Tigran Bagdasaryan (1-0)
Cameron Rivera (2-0) vs. Jessee Gengler (5-4)
David Altomare (debut) vs. James Tyson (0-1)
Cody Simpkins (1-3) vs. Talen Yuasa (debut)
Conor Astleford (debut) vs. Clay Rayment (debut)
Justin Milani (3-10) vs. Dominique Smith (1-3)
Armando Best (2-8) vs. Bryce Walden (2-2)