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MMA fighter Leo Bercier guarantees knockout victory for Friday’s bout

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221 industries posterNobody quite knows who’s going to win Friday’s big fight between Leo Bercier and Nate “Nasty” Cook of Seattle during the 221 Industries ICF 14, except perhaps Bercier.

In an interview with Big Sky State Buzz, the former ICF Title Belt holder gave a full guarantee that he would end the fight with a victory.

“I fully expect to win by knockout,” he said. “It’s a sure bet … it’s coming.”

Bercier said a part of that confidence comes from the fact that he’ll be back fighting in front of his hometown for the first time since November.

“I love fighting in Great Falls and I get surge of energy and confidence from people in the community I know and just the fact I get to fight in my hometown,” he said.

Bercier said while he’s a little nervous for the fight, mostly because he wants to put on a good show for his hometown crowd, he’s feeling calm and confident heading into the match. He said he feels honored by being tabbed the headline fighter for the first 221 Industries fight during the Montana State Fair.

“It’s sooo cool with having the fights at the State Fair, and obviously Great Falls is by far the best community to support its athletes,” Bercier said. “Be it high school athletes, college athletes, semipro athletes or professionals, Great Falls always supports its athletes. It’s such a great community to do this in.”

Similarly, he said he can’t think of a better promotions company to fight for than 221 Industries.

“I’m really grateful for those guys, Cory Smith and 221 Industries and everyone else involved because they’ve done such an amazing job at creating one of the greatest MMA shows in the northwest, and it truly is,” he said. “I’ve said it before, but I’ve competed in so many different places all over the country and Cory Smith’s Intense Championship Fighting shows are one of the best productions I’ve ever had the pleasure of fighting in.”

Cook lost his first professional fight earlier this year, falling to Matt Kovaks in the Cage Warrior Combat 14.

Bercier has lost his past two matches against Jeremiah Constant and Will Noland. He had won his previous three matches before that.

Tickets to Friday’s show are still available. They are $23 in advance or $25 at the door, and are available at www.goexpopark.com or at the box office at the State Fair.



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