On December 10th, the Roseland Theater the Full Contact Fight Federation (FCFF) will look to finish off the year with a bang as they present: Rumble at the Roseland 89. The FCFF has put together another monster card for local fight fans. The 18-bout lineup features many of the states top regional fighters, a featherweight Super-Fight, and four title fights to its credit. If all of that weren’t enough, there is a little something extra for fight fans in attendance to get to get excited about. In the cage following the full night of fights, the weigh-ins for Submission Underground (SUG) will take place live in the FCFF cage! SUG 2 will be taking place the following night at the Roseland and will be broadcast live on Flograppling.com. With such a full night of fights coupled with the weigh-ins for SUG, there is a lot to lookout for at this event, so lets talk about what to watch for on this end of the year card.
The full fight card for Rumble at the Roseland 89 is listed below:
- Bantamweight Title: Ericson Abalos vs Tristan Lindi
- Lightweight Title: Abasi Young vs Nick Martin
- Middleweight Title: Derek Rottenberg vs Michael Collazo
- Featherweight Title: Ricardo Martinez vs Thomas Patrick
- Featherweight Super Fight: Roberto Saenz vs Brandon Cromartie
- Welterweight: Justin Weese vs Scott Baker
- 160lb Catch Weight: Jordan Van Barriger vs Phelan Carron
- Welterweight: Alex Shumate vs Justin Wharton
- Bantamweight: Samuel Crawford vs Sean Kalinoski
- Middleweight: Oscar Miranda vs Cruzito Esquivel
- 220lb Catch Weight: Kyle Weese vs Fernando Alvarado
- Lightweight: Yan Ogly vs Josh Manfredi
- Welterweight: James Rosenweig vs Cutter Pember
- 175lb Catch Weight: Abdullah Saleem vs Kaiwi Amina
- Lightweight: Matt Miranda vs Lawrence Phanomsack
- Lightweight: Marcus Dodson vs Justin Trubiani
- Heavyweight: Gary Kealoha vs Nathan Smith
- Bantamweight: Matt Charaba vs Sam Sison
****As always, fight card is subject to change –
- Thomas Patrick Looking to Secure Featherweight Title
Thomas Patrick is a local prospect that trains with Gracie Barra Portland. Patrick is 7-2 as an amateur and signs are pointing to him heading to the professional ranks next year. Patrick excels at jiu jitsu and was promoted to purple belt this past August by Professor Fabiano Scherner and Rony Markes. In addition to his skills on the mat, Patrick has been putting in extra hours with striking coach Andy Minsker and has grown tremendously as in the standup department over the last year. These striking skills were on display in his most recent win as he battered his opponent through 4 rounds prior to getting a takedown and finishing the fight with a beautiful mounted triangle. Thomas Patrick is certainly one of the top Oregon prospects to watch heading into 2017 and it is hard to pick against him as he looks to secure what could be his last amateur title.
- Ericson Abalos vs Tristan Lindi
This fight for the bantamweight title is my top contender for fight of the night. In this matchup, you have a hardnosed grinder in Lindi taking on a tactical specialist in Abalos. Tristan Lindi makes his way to Portland from Ashland where he trains with Rogue Combat Academy. Lindi is quite content to stand and trade in the pocket even if it means taking a shot or two to give one. However, his quick takedowns and excellent top control have proven to be his most dominant skills. That being said, Lindi still likes to grind against the cage and throw strikes from the clinch regularly. His throwback style coupled with an exhausting pace is usually trouble for most fighters. Abalos on the other hand is far more calculated than he his exhausting. With a 3-0 record and all three wins coming by first round submission it is obvious where Abalos wants the fight to go. A product of Impact Jiu Jitsu, Abalos is quick to try and set the pace and get a fight to the ground where he can apply his craft. The speed and power of Lindi could prove difficult for Abalos in this one, don’t be surprised Abalos elects to stand and trade instead of trying to out grapple the grinding Lindi.
- The SUG 2 Weigh-ins
Let’s be honest, who in their right mind wouldn’t be absolutely giddy to see MMA legend Dan Henderson and former UFC champion Jon Jones weigh-in for a match against each other? Jones has been absent from competition since a drug testing violation lead to him being pulled from a fight with Daniel Cormier at UFC 200 this past July. Many speculate that Jones is itching to compete and it wouldn’t be surprising to see him in peak physical shape for this match. Henderson, on the other hand, is coming fresh off of a narrow defeat to UFC middleweight champion Michael Bisping this past October at UFC 204. Following the loss, Henderson retired from the sport of mixed martial arts. The question is, will the sour taste of this defeat serve as motivation for Henderson in this matchup with Jones? If Jones and Henderson weren’t enough to peak your interest, recently retired former UFC champion Miesha Tate will be weighing in against UFC veteran Jessica Eye, and Ronny Markes will weigh in opposite former UFC title challenger Jeff Monson. These weigh-ins are a truly spectacular way to punctuate the FCFF’s final card of the year.