Preliminary Card Featuring Josh Copeland, Jared Rosholt and Luiz Firmino Completes 11-Fight Slate Set For XFINITY Arena
WASHINGTON, DC and LAS VEGAS – The Professional Fighters League is set to return to the XFINITY Arena Saturday July 29 with a 11-bout card featuring ascending featherweight Andre Harrison looking to keep his spotless record intact against a hungry Steven Rodriguez in a five-round main event scheduled to air live on NBCSN. The seven-bout undercard will feature heavyweight Josh Copeland taking on American Kickboxing Academy’s Mike Kyle in the feature prelim as well as former wrestling standout Jared Rosholt squaring off with Nick Rossborough. Luiz Firmino, fresh off his three-round war with former WSOF champion Justin Gaethje, will duel with local favorite Eddy Ellis in a lightweight feature bout.
Copeland returns to the Decagon for the first time in over 13-months to face longtime MMA fixture Kyle in what should be a heavyweight slugfest. Copeland went the distance with WSOF champion Blagoy Ivanov in June 2016 and received rave reviews for his bloody 25-minute skirmish. “Cuddly Bear” will look to get back in the win column and set himself up for the Professional Fighters League 2018 season.
Rosholt kicked off his MMA campaign with 14 wins in 16 starts but is in the midst of the first losing streak of his career after dropping two straight. The three-time NCAA Division I All-American wrestler will look to right his ship when he meets Rossborough in yet another heavyweight battle.
Firmino looked to be on his way to a stunning upset over Gaethje on the WSOF’s star-studded New Year’s Eve event but, despite being ahead on the cards, he was not able to answer the bell for the fourth round and his dream of becoming champion was put on hold. He’ll have an opportunity to revive his championship hopes when he takes on local MMA vet Eddy Ellis in a scrap that could help position him for the 2018 League tournament.
At 16-0, Harrison has distinguished himself as one of the true fighters to watch in 2017. His 114-second dismantling of Bruce Boyington at WSOFNYC on New Year’s Eve earned him a title shot against highly regarded Lance Palmer this past March. Harrison earned a unanimous decision victory and the WSOF featherweight belt when he bested Palmer. He’ll now square off with Rodriguez with the top featherweight seed when Professional Fighters League inaugural season kicks off in January 2018.
Two distinguished welterweight veterans of mixed martial arts will join Harrison on the packed slate. Yushin Okami, a veteran of 43 MMA fights, will face a very tough Andre Lobato in the co-main event while Jake Shields will take on Danny Davis Jr. in hopes of establishing himself as a top contender in the 170-pound division heading into 2018 League play. Bruno Santos and Rex Harris will round out the live broadcast with a middleweight affair that is slated to start at 9:00 p.m. ET.
“We are excited to be back in Everett,” said Carlos Silva, President of Event Productions and Business Operations. “I can’t wait to introduce the Professional Fight League to all the MMA fans in the Pacific Northwest as we continue to build towards the game-changing 2018 launch of our $10 million league format.”
Tickets for #PFLEverett are on sale and priced at $19, $29, $49 while cage-side seats are $79. Tickets are available at the XFINITY Arena Box Office, online at xfinityarenaeverett.com, or charge by phone 866.332.8499. Group discounts are available by calling 425.322.2609 or 425.322.2629. Tickets are subject to agency convenience fees, except when purchased at the Box Office.
MAIN CARD (Live on NBCSN):
Andre Harrison (16-0) vs. Steven Rodriguez (10-2)
Yushin Okami (33-10) vs. Andre Lobato (25-6, 1 NC)
Jake Shields (31-9-1, 1 NC) vs. Danny Davis Jr. (13-11-1)
Rex Harris (10-2) vs. Bruno Santos (15-2)
PRELIMINARY CARD (Live on ProfessionalFightersLeague.com):
Josh Copeland (14-4) vs. Mike Kyle (22-14-1)
Jared Rosholt (14-4) vs. Nick Rossborough (26-19-1)
Luiz Firmino (19-8) vs. Eddy Ellis (21-16-1)
Louis Taylor (13-4) vs. Tyler Vogel (5-3)
Dale Sopi (6-3) vs. Matt Kovacs (12-17)
Miles Hunsinger (5-0) vs. Andy Nigretto (3-0)
Puna Soriano (1-0) vs. John Gover (1-1)
Tickets for #PFLEverett are on sale and priced at $19, $29, $49 while cage-side seats are $79. Tickets are available at the XFINITY Arena Box Office, online at www.xfinityarenaeverett.com, or charge by phone 866.332.8499. Group discounts are available by calling 425.322.2609 or 425.322.2629. Tickets are subject to agency convenience fees, except when purchased at the Box Office.
ABOUT THE PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE 2018 SEASON
The Professional Fighters League will kick-off its inaugural season in January 2018. The League brings the pure sport format to MMA, with individual fighters competing in a scheduled regular season and $10 million post-season tournament. The season begins with 84 athletes, 12 in each of seven weight-classes, with one fighter emerging as the champion in each.
ABOUT PROFESSIONAL FIGHTERS LEAGUE
The Professional Fighters League is co-founded by Donn Davis, Russ Ramsey, and Mark Leschly and backed by business titans in sports, media, and technology and will debut in January 2018. The Professional Fighters League purchased the fighting operations and event infrastructure of the World Series of Fighting (WSOF) in January 2017. For more visit www.professionalfightersleague.com.
Greg Savage, Professional Fighters League
TJ Ducklo, Professional Fighters League