Monday, October 5, 2009

Line-Up Announced For EFC 8 in Vernon

Just a reminder: Extreme Fighting Challenge 8 arrives this Saturday night in Vernon, B.C.

It'll go down at the Vernon Recreation Centre, but, according to this article from the Vernon Morning Star, the tickets sold out the day before the fights the last time. So, if you're interested in checking out the show, you'd better act now.

The article also features a list of the scheduled bouts:

The pro lineup includes: Matt Baker (Grande Prarie) vs Brian Coldwell (West Kelowna); Myles Merola (Vancouver) vs Hans Pangilinan (Vancouver); Charlie Zac (Germany) vs Matt Bagshaw (Lethbridge); Jules Russel (Vancouver) vs Leith Optland (West Kelowna); Dan Shenk (Prince George) vs Nolan Clark (Kamloops); Rakan Khatib (Vancouver) vs Derek Marchant (Kelowna); and Dan Lin (Vancouver) vs Mark Delgato (Kamloops).

On the amateur card: Nick Ghaeni (Vancouver) vs Curran Allen (Vernon); Jeremy Smerek (Lethbridge) vs Jon Kozac (West Kelowna); Jessie Wiserman (Vancouver) vs Mike Shilder (Lethbridge); Ryan Heck (Prince George) vs Ethan Owusa (West Kelowna); Kaym Winter (Vancouver) vs Aamon Judge (Kamloops); and Russel Davis (Kelowna) vs TBA.
As you can see, there are six pro fights planned as well as six amateur fights. With most of the combatants hailing from right here in British Columbia, it should be a pretty lengthy and exciting night for Okanagan MMA Fans.

One thing I've noticed is that Nick Hinchliffe (11-5) is no longer scheduled to appear in the main event. That's likely due to the fact that, just two weeks ago, Hinchliffe was knocked out by Kelowna's up-and-coming welterweight star, Rory MacDonald (9-0), at the King Of The Cage: Disturbed event in Edmonton, Alberta. It's truly unfortunate that Hinchliffe won't be able to compete in Vernon this Saturday, though, because he's is an exciting fighter with tons of big-fight experience. His replacement, Matt Baker (2-1), will step up on short notice to fight Brian Coldwell (1-0).

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