If you listen closely to the hearts of those who closely follow the mixed martial arts scene in the upper half of ‘The Golden State,’ you’ll hear their heart tear into thirds on March 18, 2017.
Days before spring, three promotions plan to sprout their cages and blossom future stars from Northern California. The organizations competing for the attention of patrons include: King of the Cage (KOTC) at Gold Country Casino and Hotel in Oroville; Global Knockout (GKO) at Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort in Jackson; and Conquer Fighting Championships (CFC) at the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond. With a trio of promotions offering a unique blend of violence and personality, anywhere you decide to go will leave doubt about whether or not it was, indeed, the correct choice.
King of the Cage: Crunch Time
The main event at KOTC: Crunch Time was expected to occur at West Coast Fighting Championship 19 for the vacant bantamweight strap. There may not be a belt on the line at KOTC, but the residents of Oroville will fill the Gold Country Casino and Hotel, until it’s bursting at the seams, to champion Benito ‘Golden Boy’ Lopez (5-0), the fighting pride of ‘The Gold City.’ Lopez’s opponent, Ricky Simon (7-1) will make the trip down from the Pacific Northwest in an attempt to derail one of Team Alpha Male’s brightest prospects from the ranks of the unbeaten.
Conquer Fighting Championships 3
The date is set, but those featured at the top of the bill at CFC 3 have yet to hit the headlines. Regardless of the pair closing the curtain on the show, visitors to the harbor housing the Craneway Pavilion will fondly absorb the venue’s breathtaking scenery. Visible in the foreground, men and women will challenge their skills in the world’s most demanding art, and through the glass walls, ruffling water in the San Francisco Bay and The Golden Gate Bridge’s distinct outline can be spotted in the background. CFC’s first two events generated a resounding buzz, and after a longer than expected layoff, every ounce of excitement surrounding CFC 3’s conclusion will rattle like the nearby fault lines.
Global Knockout 9
Two titles on the line and a cast of names that are nearing a departure from the local level may entice a sector of spectators to fill GKO 9’s seats at Jackson Rancheria Casino and Resort. At the top of the heap, Team Alpha Male’s Joseph ‘Bopo’ Morales (7-0) will defend his Flyweight Title, which he recently earned at GKO 8, against Jordan Espinosa (9-4), a tough product from Luttrell’s MMA in New Mexico. In the co-main event, GKO will toss their middleweight champion, Justin ‘The Raw Deal’ Baesman (19-11-1) into the fire versus Angel ‘The Dream’ DeAnda (16-5), a deserving challenger who owns a four-fight win-streak and a victory over Baesman at Tachi Palace Fights 27: Mayhem on May 19, 2016.
After realizing the depth and variety available at the fingertips of NorCal’s faithful band of fans on March 18th, a difficult question must be answered: Which event are you attending?