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221 Industries gears up for Montana’s biggest fight card of the summer

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Tim Welch faces off against Ran Weathers on Friday in ICF 15 at Montana ExpoPark. Photo courtesy of 221 Industries.
Tim Welch faces off against Ran Weathers on Friday in ICF 15 at Montana ExpoPark. Photo courtesy of 221 Industries.

Intense Championship Fighting and 221 Industries have put together the most stacked mixed martial arts card in Montana History for ICF 15 on Friday night at the Pacific Steel and Recycling Four Seasons Arena.

The main event features Bellator Fighting Championships veteran and Great Falls native Tim Welch squaring off against Ran Weathers, himself a veteran of the Ultimate Fighting Championship reality TV show “The Ultimate Fighter.”

The fights were scheduled to take place at Centene Stadium but were moved to the ExpoPark due to the inclement weather predicted for Friday.

Welch said he’s expecting a real challenge from Weathers this time around.

“I think Ran Weathers is going to be definitely tough, he has some big wins over some big name opponents,” Welch said earlier this week. “But I’ve been training down here at the MMA Lab (in Arizona) with some of the best people in the world so I don’t think he’ll bring anything I haven’t seen before.”

Conversely, Welch promised a fighter Weathers hasn’t seen before — and he promised his hometown crowd a show, noting that with an arena full of friends, family and former teachers he always feels the pressure to impress.

“Everybody’s there,” he said. “They’re going to get a good show. They’re going to get the best Tim Welch that has ever fought.”
Also on the card is 2-0 rising star and former University of Great Falls All-American wrestler Myles Mazurkiewicz vs. Ryan Mulvihill of Spokane, who beat Frank Ramsey the last time he was in an ICF cage.

The matchup may be the most technical of the night given Mazurkiewicz’s pedigree and Mulvihill’s well-documented ground game and submission prowess.

“Myles is a 4-time All-American so I’m interested to see what happens on the ground,” ICF President and 221 Industries CEO Cory Smith said.

Other matchups include former Oregon State University wrestler Ty Vinson making his MMA debut against Kenny Michaels, Sean O’Malley vs. Ryan Ibsen for the amateur 145-lb title belt, Chris Sowell vs. Ryan Saad, Glen Cislo vs. Jesse Salway, Brandon Killum vs. Andrew Woodruff and Keith Lavendure vs. Ryan Strouse.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Alias, Smith & Jones Pawn, the Sting Sports Bar, Cody’s Cars, Vans IGA and Big Sky Harley. VIP tables are available by calling 406-781-0252.

The doors open at 6 p.m. Friday, with the fights starting at 7:30 p.m.

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