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221 Industries announces star-studded ICF 15 after rough show at State Fair

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Tim Welch is set to return to Great Falls for ICF 15 on Aug. 22. Photo courtesy of Keith Mills
Tim Welch is set to return to Great Falls for ICF 15 on Aug. 22. Photo courtesy of Keith Mills

It could be said that the headline fight at 221 Industries’ ICF 14 last Friday between Leo Bercier and Nate Cook mostly lived up to the hype — with Bercier beating Cook via submission.

For the rest of the matches, however, organizers were left dealing with some unforeseen last-minute issues, namely the fact that four fighters from the Tri-Cities, Wash. area did not show up for their matches.

221 Industries CEO Cory Smith said he nearly cancelled the fights, but was able to find several fighters to fill in at the last minute.

Smith and crew, not content on licking their wounds, look to prove that it takes more than one what he called “nightmare show” to knock out the successful local MMA production company. Today 221 announced the all-star fight card set for ICF 15. The fights are set for Aug. 22 at Centene Stadium in Great Falls.

The list of fighters slated to throw down include Bellator’s own Tim Welch, Myles Mazurkiewicz,  two-time state wrestling champion and Oregon State alum Ty Vinson, Cage Sport’s top contender Chris Sowell along with up-and-coming stars Ryan Ibsen and Mike Ruiz. Two fighters, Cody Vukasin and Glen Cislo, make their return to the cage as well. Smith is looking to round out the card with Matt Odegard along with several fighters from the University of Great Falls.

Leo Bercier defeated Nate Cook at ICF 14 at Montana ExpoPark last Friday. Courtesy photo
Leo Bercier defeated Nate Cook at ICF 14 at Montana ExpoPark last Friday. Courtesy photo

Smith said the reason that ICF 15 is so close to the last fight is because it was the one they were planning for before 221 Industries struck a deal with Montana ExpoPark to put on fights at the Montana State Fair.

“We have had (this card) in the works since June and then we landed the fair contract so we decided to bump of course Tim Welch, who is the biggest name in Montana MMA,” he said. “Bellator cut ties with Tim so the new owners could change things around so we signed him to a one-fight deal and he will be back with Bellator in September. Then Myles is back after a huge win in Seattle and Ty Vinson, the man, the myth the legend is going to be on for the first time to do some serious damage.”

Smith said he, and many of the local MMA fans, are sure to be excited about having the fights back at Centene Stadium for an outdoor show.

“Centene is the fans favorite show by far and we always have a good crowd,” he said. “What better than enjoy the gorgeous August nights of Montana while drinkin’ a beer and watching the biggest names ever to come into our state compete in the cage. As a fan, I am so excited for this.”

Tickets to ICF 15 are available at Alias, Smith & Jones Pawn, Big Sky Harley and the Centene Stadium Box Office.

For more information, visit www.221industries.com. 

 

 

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