221 Industries focuses on the ladies on Friday at “ICF 22: Tough Enough to Fight in Pink”
Cory Smith and 221 Industries presents a fight card packed with some talented women going toe-to-toe with one another, along with one male headliner to mix it up some this weekend at “ICF 22: Tough Enough to Fight in Pink.”
The fights go down Friday starting at 7:30 p.m. at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena.
Samantha Sievers of Missoula squares off against Karina Carpenter of Spokane in the co-main event, along with Chris Sowell of Great Falls/Missoula battling Matt Goff from Oregon.
Smith said he’s anxious to see how Sievers does against Carpenter, who’s recently faced some tough amateur foes.
“Well, this should be exciting because for one, Sam is an animal!” Smith said. “But, at the same time, Karina is very battle tested. Both these women come from outstanding gyms with great coaches so they have both put in the training and did their homework, so this should be a good one for the fans!”
Sievers said she’s expecting a tough match but she sees herself ending the fight victorious.
“Well we’re both well rounded, but I’m a stand-up brawler that’s also comfortable on the ground so I’m happy to take this fight anywhere,” she said. “Regardless of where this fight goes it’s going to be a co-main event worth seeing.”
As for the Sowell/Goff fight, Smith said he wouldn’t be surprised to see this one ending up as the fight of the night.
“These two are both the same type of fighter and they both will fight anyone, anywhere, anytime!” Smith said. “Goff fought for us at the fight for the troops and he really impressed us with his go-all-out-no-matter-what style. Chris is a work horse, too. This guy is just a brick house coming at you and he really is starting to come into his own and show he is a top contender in the 155 division.”
In addition to the main events, 221 Industries also has an intriguing fight card featuring Shino Vanhoose of Boise taking on Jody Lynn Reichel of New Jersey, Kayla Green from Spokane taking on Sierra Suits of Denver to flesh out the main fight card.
Smith said he’s proud of the job the match makers have done in setting up this event.
“Well, we wanted to focus on the women this fight and women’s MMA is easily the biggest thing in the sport right now,” he said. “Our matchmakers Will and Rosa have been working around the clock, quite literally, to bring in some exciting fighters from across the whole country. If you came to the last (women’s fight), it was one of the highest-paced and bloody shows I’ve ever seen. These girls go to war … these are fully-trained athletes battling it out.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, as well, and Smith said a percentage of every ticket sold will go to the Benefis Healthcare Foundation.
“It’s that time of year to really push for breast cancer awareness so what better way than to use that slogan with some good female fights and to fill the arena with pink! We love working with the Benefis Healthcare Foundation because that’s where our 221 Children’s Fund is, too.”
Smith said he’s thrilled to see these fights, adding that some of them will be coming here to fight from as far away as Florida.
“They’re coming here to compete for a good cause and to put on a great show for the fans, it’s going to be fun!”
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