A championship main event, the return of a UFC veteran and several rising stars each looking to take that next step forward. CageSport is certainly kicking off the new decade in spectacular fashion.
Christopher San Jose will defend his bantamweight title against undefeated Timothy Lewis and former five-time champion Julian Erosa will face A.J. Bryant in the semi-main event of CageSport 60 on Feb. 22 at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash.
“What an absolutely incredible way to start our 2020 season,” promoter Brian Halquist said. “Top to bottom this is a very exciting card.”
In addition to the eight bouts the event will also pay tribute to long-time CageSport matchmaker Rich Guerin, who suddenly passed away in October at the age of 49.
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.
The CageSport bantamweight title fight features two athletes who are a combined 7-0 while competing for the promotion with San Jose sporting a spotless 4-0 record and Lewis going three for three.
San Jose, currently the No. 1 ranked bantamweight in the Pacific Northwest, brings an overall record of 7-1 into the championship bout. He captured the title at CageSport 51 on May 5, 2018 and made his last title defense at CageSport 57 on May 11, 2019, defeating Benny Vinson by third-round triangle choke.
Lewis has been equally impressive since turning pro in the summer of 2017. He improved his 4-0 at CageSport 56 with a split decision over Mark Coates. That victory came on the heels of wins over Josh Wright at CageSport 54 and Bryce Walden at CageSport 52.
“San Jose and Lewis are the embodiment of professionalism. Both are extremely talented fighters,” Halquist said. “It all sets up for a thrilling championship fight.”
Erosa, who has 22 career victories, will fight for CageSport for the first time in more than three years when he steps inside the cage to face Bryant in a clash of 146 pounders.
Erosa captured the CageSport lightweight championship with a win over Bryan Nuro at CageSport 48 on Dec. 11, 2017, marking the fifth title win for the Yakima native within the promotion. It was his third championship reign in the lightweight division. He also was a two-time CageSport featherweight champion.
CageSport 60 will mark a homecoming for Erosa, who made his pro debut at CageSport 12 in 2010. He won his first eight fights at CageSport and is 15-3 all time in the promotion.
Erosa was a participant on The Ultimate Fighter 22 and defeated Marcin Wrzosek at UFC The Ultimate Fighter 22 Finale in 2015. He followed up that victory by fighting on the undercard of UFC 196 – McGregor vs. Diaz in 2016.
Erosa has fought his last three fights on UFC cards, appearing at UFC Fight Night 139 – Korean Zombie vs. Rodriguez, UFC Fight Night 146 – Lewis vs. Dos Santos and UFC Fight Night 152 – Dos Anjos vs. Lee.
Bryant brings a strong 11-4 record into the fight and will fight for CageSport for the first time since October of 2016. He is 1-1 all time in the promotion, last losing to Nathan Stolen. He responded to that loss, however, by winning eight consecutive fights and nine out of his next 10.
The undercard will be highlighted by a pair of intriguing146-pound matchups. Talon Hammons (4-1) fights Isaac Shelton (5-2), while Jorge Alcala (3-1) faces Damon Jordan (5-2).
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CageSport 60 – Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020
Emerald Queen Casino, Tacoma, Wash.
Main Event – 5 Rounds
CageSport Bantamweight Championship
Christopher San Jose (7-1) vs. Timothy Lewis (4-0)
Semi-Main Event – 3 rounds (146 pounds)
Julian Erosa (22-8) vs. A.J. Bryant (11-4)
Undercard – 3 Round Bouts
146 pounds: Talon Hammons (4-1) vs. Isaac Shelton (5-2)
146 pounds: Jorge Alcala (3-1) vs. Damon Jordan (5-2)
146 pounds: Armando Best (3-10) vs. Sean Gee (3-6)
171 pounds: Kevin Hand (debut) vs.Bo Asay (0-1)