221 Industries announces three more Intense Championship Fights for later this year
Cory Smith, CEO of 221 Industries today announced three new Mixed Martial Arts events slated to take place in Great Falls this autumn.
ICF 21 “Fights for the Troops on Malmstrom Air Force Base” is slated for Sept. 4. ICF 22 “Queens of the Cage” is set for Oct. 2 at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena, and ICF 23 “Campus Invasion” is set for Dec. 5 on the University of Great Falls campus.
Smith said he’s currently working on the matchups but said there will be plenty of big names involved in each of the fights.
“Right now the fights are still kind of scattered, but we’re working on some good matchups as we speak,” he said.
In regards to the Malmstrom fights, he said he feels quite honored for the opportunity to entertain the troops.
“It’s by far the coolest thing we get to do,” he said. “It’ll be in the big hanger and just for the military. It’s pretty bad ass.”
With the all-female card, he said that he’s expecting a lot of interest as the female fighters are becoming ever more popular in large part due to pro female fighters such as Ronda Rousey and Cris Cyborg.
He also added that because the last all-female 221 Industries event did very well, now that they are on the cusp for another, they know it’ll be a solid show.
“The fans loved that card when we did it before and I think throwing in the ‘Tough Enough to Wear Pink’ mentality this time around will be awesome,” he said.
While they’ve done an all-female event before, 221 Industries tries something new with the campus show as it will feature UGF Alumni fighting in the cage to help raise money for the school’s athletics program.
“Caleb Schaffer and I have been trying for years to get it to go and he called me up last week and said lets do it, so he has the green light,” Smith said. “It’s going to be quite the event at UGF!”
Smith said this is by far the busiest year 221 Industries has ever had adding that it’s been a lot of work by everyone involved to put on this many shows. He said it wouldn’t be possible without the support of sponsors, volunteers, fighters, MMA fans and the entire community of Great Falls.
Also be sure to check out next Friday’s “Fights Under the Lights” at Centene Stadium. Find more info on that here.