Bobby McIntyre is your new CageSport lightweight champion.
In one of the biggest upsets in CageSport history, McIntyre captured the CageSport 155-pound championship by defeating Julian Erosa by first round TKO in the main event of CageSport 46 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. on Saturday.
McIntyre (6-4) floored Erosa with a short right then quickly capitalized on the knockdown with a series of punches, leading to the fight being called at 3 minutes, 28 seconds.
Erosa (19-5) was making the second defense of his lightweight title.
Erosa won the title by defeating Justin Harrington by first-round submission in February before besting Harrington in the rematch by first-round KO in April.
McIntyre wasn’t the only one to secure a title on the night as Journey Newson claimed the vacant CageSport bantamweight championship by defeating Anthony Zender by second round TKO (:24).
Newson upped his career mark to 6-1. Zender entered the title bout 8-1 in his last nine fights with his only setback coming against Newson in December.
The crowd didn’t have to wait very long to see some fireworks as Justin Milani and Steve Vasquez both came out swinging in the opening contest. Milani connected on a vicious left during the early exchange, flooring Vasquez and forcing the referee to wave things off just 18 seconds into the first round of their 185-pound bout.
Nick Coughran may have generated the loudest crowd reaction of the night following his victory at 186 pounds.
In a display of sportsmanship, Coughran extended his glove to opponent Jorge Cordoba at the start of their match. Cordoba briefly tapped Coughran’s fist then immediately hammered him with a strike.
The move drew boos from the crowd as Cordoba proceeded to pummel and bloody a dazed Coughran with punches over the next 90 seconds.
Coughran, however, was able to withstand the barrage and rallied to win by first-round rear naked choke (2:15), which put the Emerald Queen Casino crowd into a frenzy.
Eric Higaonna improved his record to 8-2 by scoring a split decision victory over a very game Jose Hernandez. Judges scored the fight 29-28, 28-29, 29-28.
Also on the undercard, Armando Best defeated Bryce Walden at 145 pounds by third round TKO (1:07), Wyatt Gonzalez won his 156-pound match against Tyrone Henderson by third-round rear naked choke (2:10) and Justin Hugo knocked off fellow 146-pounder Jordan Mackin, winning via first-round arm bar (2:05).
CageSport 46 results:
Main Event – CageSport Lightweight Championship
Bobby McIntyre d. Julian Erosa, TKO (1st round, 3:28)
Co-main event – CageSport Bantamweight Championship
Journey Newson d. Anthony Zender, TKO (2nd round, :24)
136 pounds: Eric Higaonna d. Jose Hernandez, split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
146 pounds: Justin Hugo d. Jordan Mackin, arm bar (1st round, 2:05)
156 pounds: Wyatt Gonzalez d. Tyrone Henderson, rear naked choke (3rd round, 2:10)
186 pounds: Nick Coughran d. Jorge Cordoba, rear-naked choke (1st round, 2:15)
145 pounds: Armando Best d. Bryce Walden, TKO (3rd round, 1:07)
185 pounds: Justin Milani d. Steve Vasquez, TKO (1st round, :18)
CageSport 46 was brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com.
Two titles will be on the line Saturday at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. when Brian Halquist Productions presents CageSport 46.
The premier MMA organization in the Northwest, CageSport will see both its lightweight and bantamweight championships up for grabs on the eight-bout card.
Julian “Juicy J” Erosa will make the second defense of his CageSport lightweight title when he meets challenger Bobby McInyre, while Journey Newson and Anthony Zender clash for the vacant bantamweight crown.
Both title fights are scheduled for five rounds. The card will also feature six undercard bouts.
Tickets are available through the EQC box office and all Ticketmaster outlets. Preliminary bouts start at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Erosa (19-4) has had a stellar 2017 so far, winning the lightweight title with a first-round submission of champion Justin Harrington on Feb. 25 before successfully defending his championship against Harrington in the rematch on April 22 when he won by first-round knockout.
“The (Emerald) Queen feels like home to me,” said Erosa, a cast member of UFC’s The Ultimate Fighter 22 who is 12-2 in 14 career fights at the Tacoma venue. “I’ve fought there so many times and everyone from over there knows me including my fans, so it’s super comfortable for me to fight there.”
McIntyre is no stranger to championship bouts, having fought for both the CageSport lightweight title and CageSport interim lightweight title in the past.
McIntyre lost his inaugural bid for the lightweight title on Sept. 26, 2016 when he lost to Harington in a thrilling contest. He also came up short in his quest for the interim championship against Bryan Nuro in an equally riveting fight on Dec. 17, 2016.
“Both fights were great learning experiences and showed me what I need to do to step up my game and take it to the next level,” McIntyre said. “And Julian Erosa is the perfect test.”
Newson and Zender will meet for the second time in their careers.
Newson (5-1) defeated Zender on Dec. 17, 2016 at CageSport 43 by third-round submission.
“(Zender) gassed before I did and I could tell,” Newson said about the duo’s first meeting, which featured plenty of action during the first two rounds. “That’s one thing you can’t hide from me in a fight. If I see that I will use against you.”
The loss is the lone setback for Zender over his last nine fights as he has posted a stellar 8-1 record since starting his career winless in his first eight contests.
“In the last time I fought Journey Newson I will say that he was the best that I had fought,” Zender said. “I did get caught in a guillotine, but I have been working on submission defense for this fight so that does not happen again. With this being a title fight and a title fight being five rounds someone is going to get finished. I am hoping that fate has that finish in store for me in my future.”
CageSport 46 is brought to you by Brian Halquist Productions and CageSport MMA. For more information, please visit the CageSport MMA Facebook page and www.halquistproductions.com
CageSport 46 – Saturday, July 15, 2017
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Co-Main Events – 5 Rounds
CageSport Lightweight Championship
Julian Erosa (19-4) vs. Bobby McIntyre (5-4)
CageSport Bantamweight Championship
Journey Newson (5-1) vs. Anthony Zender (8-9)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
180-pounds: Nick Coughran (1-5) vs. Jorge Cordoba (5-4)
145-pounds: Bryce Walden (debut) vs. Armando Best (1-5)
171-pounds: Steve Vasquez (debut) vs. Justin Milani (1-7)
146-pounds: Jordan Mackin (3-7) vs. Justin Hugo (2-2)
156-pounds: Tyrone Henderson (3-2) vs. Wyatt Gonzalez (0-2)
136-pounds: Eric Higaonna (7-2) vs. Jose Hernandez (2-2)