TACOMA, Wash. – Former UFC fighter Anthony “Freight Train”Hamilton has plans to get back on the big stage.
For that to happen the hard-hitting heavyweight will have to get past a familiar foe in Jared Torgeson, who has gained a well-deserved reputation during his professional career for his toughness.
Throw in the fact that it will be a heavyweight title eliminator match and it all has the making for a stellar main event at CageSport 55 on Feb. 9 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
“We’ve seen time and again what these two athletes can do inside the cage. It’s going to be a war,”promoter Brian Halquist said. “Neither guy backs down. Anthony wants back in the UFC. Jared will stand toe-to-toe with anyone and can dish it out as much as he can take it. It’s always exciting when the heavyweights show up on the card.”
The 3-round heavyweight fight will serve as a title eliminator for the CageSport heavyweight championship with the winner receiving a title match at a future date. Sua Tuani is the currently heavyweight titleholder after taking the belt off of Richard Foster at CageSport 54 on Dec. 15, 2018.
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.
Hamilton (17-9) and Torgeson (20-20) have combined to appear in nearly 70 fights during their career with many of their wins coming by vicious knockouts.
“Training is going well. I never really stop training. I just make adjustments as needed,”Hamilton said. “I’m looking forward to facing Jared again. He’s tough and likes to compete. Those are the type of match-ups that truly motivate me.”
Before signing with the UFC in 2014, Hamilton, a native of Kent, Wash. and graduate of Kentwood High School, opened his pro career a perfect 6-0 with his second victory ever coming at the expense of Torgeson.
Hamilton won by unanimous decision following a very physical 3-round bout at CageSport 13 in 2011.
Hamilton would go onto win the CageSport heavyweight championship the following year after knocking out Bill Wilder in 38 seconds to claim the belt.
He followed up that triumph by earning a contract with the UFC where he fought for three years beginning in 2014.
His most impressive showing in the UFC came against Damian Grabowski at UFC 201 on July 30, 2016 when Hamilton needed just 14 seconds to KO his opponent. It marks the second-fastest knockout by a heavyweight in UFC history.
“I think I’ve come along way over the past eight years, mainly in my maturity and how I approach things now. I guess that’s what happens when you grow up,” Hamilton said. “Fans should expect to see a good fight. We both are coming to win and are ready to put it all on the line.”
Torgeson, a resident of Moses Lake, Wash., has fought eight times for CageSport, becoming one of the promotion’s most popular fighters.
His most recent appearance in Tacoma came three years ago when he handed former CageSport light heavyweight champion Brent Knopp his first career defeat.
Since his victory over Knopp, Torgeson has fought several times for Absolute Championship Akhmat,including a main event bout in 2017 against Thiago Silva.
“I remember well what he did to me eight years ago and I know that will probably be his game plan again, but I am 30 pounds heavier than I was then. So we’ll see what happens. It’s a fight, literally anything can happen,” Torgeson said.”I am coming to end the fight with one punch. But people know and have seen the heart I leave in the cage over a full fight and am not afraid to get in there a grind it out if needed. Fans can expect to see me come out guns a blazing.”
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CageSport 55 – Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Events – 3 Rounds
Anthony Hamilton vs.Jared Torgeson
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
Jake Sabastian vs.Charon Spain
Nathan Thompson vs.Chris Stone
Mike Holt vs. Abraham Campon
Mark Coates vs. Carlos Lozoya
Justin Hugo vs. Josh Wright
Emil Kerimov vs.Michael Northup
Jose Hernandez vs.Brandon Monteith
Evian Rodriguez vs.Craig Jackson