Welch, Bercier, O’Malley, Mazurkiewicz to face Brazilian foes on April 11
Great Falls Cage Fighting is set to go international.
Instead of just repping Montana this April, as is custom for 221 Industries home fighters, they’ll also rep the whole damn country as they face fighters from Brazil, the home of modern MMA.
Cory Smith, CEO of 221 Industries in Great Falls announced plans for a “Brazil vs. US” themed ICF 18, which is scheduled for April 11 at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.
Smith said he’s close to reaching agreements for fights with Tim Welch, Leo Bercier, Sean O’Malley, Joe McMillen, Chris Sowell, Myles Mazurkiewicz of Montana and Jared Torgeson of Seattle who each will face fighters from a soon-to-be-announced Brazilian gym.
“We’re working on matching Tim, Leo, Sean, Joe, Chris, Myles and possibly Jared, but we will narrow it down soon and make decisions based on the best matchups,” Smith said Tuesday. “There could possibly be some (Brazilian) amateurs, too, but we’re still working on that.”
Before the April fights, O’Malley is scheduled to face Washington’s Josh Reyes in ICF 17 on March 6 in his first fight as a pro, along with Samantha L. Sievers taking on Katherine Antoniak, and Great Falls’ own Chad Davidson making his MMA debut, also.
As for the April bouts, Smith said he’s had a contact within the South-American gym and said the timing was perfect as he’s wanted to book something like this for a while.
“I’m always looking to do something new and to keep our fans energized and interested,” he said. “I had a contact call me and say he had an in with a Brazilian gym and I jumped on this opportunity.”
While the fight card is still up in the air, Smith said any of the listed fighters could end up on the card, even Welch, whom Smith said is still, “nursing a shoulder injury.”
VIP Tickets to the March fights are sold out, but general admission is still available. For more information on both ICF 17 and ICF 18, including ticketing, visit 221 Industries on Facebook, or on its website www.221industries.com.
Also be sure to check back at bigskystatebuzz.com for more as it develops.