On September 8th , MMA will make it’s return to Tingley Coliseum with the Jackson’s MMA Series IX card. This will be the ninth installment of the highly popular Jackson’s MMA Series and in it’s traditional fashion will feature both professional and amateur fighters.
Having outgrown the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino- Albuquerque, Jackson’s MMA felt that to hold a better product a larger venue was necessary.
“We really think this is the key to grow this sports here in Albuquerque,” says Jackson’s MMA General Manager Ricky Kottenstette.
Seating at the new venue will split the arena in two, giving seating for just over 5,100. The format features a variety of seating arrangements which includes a VIP section and plenty of $20 tickets.
The contract between the Jackson’s Series and the Albuquerque Downs Racetrack and Casino is set to last three years.
“We’re happy to offer Tingley Coliseum,” says Expo New Mexico General Manager Dan Mourning. “The upgrades that we’ve done to the facility will offer just the greatest venue for the fight fan.”
The event has a great track record with quite a few fighters making the move up to the UFC and Strikeforce. A few notable names include Henry Martinez, Buddy Roberts, Diego Brandao, Isaac Valle-Flagg and Julie Kedzie, made the big show after their performances in the Jackson’s Series.
“A lot of people say, ‘why are you guys in Albuquerque still?'” says MMA coach Greg Jackson, “I was raised here and to get our show in Albuquerque, right in the middle of it, in this place, to me it’s bigger than a world championship. I wanna keep (the Jackson’s MMA Series) right here in Albuquerque.”
The first fight card at the Tingley Coliseum, Jackson’s MMA Series IX, is scheduled to take place the weekend before the New Mexico State Fair begins on the following Wednesday. It is now also an all ages event.
A total of six male fights and four female fights are expected to make-up the card.
The last combat sports event to take place at the Tingley Coliseum was the Chris Avalos vs Jose Nieves boxing card in January of 2010 which also featured local fighter Archie Ray Marquez on the undercard.
Jackson’s MMA Fight Card
Frank Gomez (10-5) vs Mikey “The Burque Bulldog” Lovato (10-3) at 145lbs
Hunter Tucker (3-0) vs Nasty Nate Patterson (2-1) at 145lbs
Nick Gonzales VS Gene Perez at 135lbs
Jodie Esquibel (2-0) vs. Kiz McCarthy (0-0) at 105lbs
Emily Kagan (pro debut) vs Lynae Lovato (0-1) at 125lbs
Robbie Guiterrez VS Adam Knowles
Andrew Tenneson vs.
Jerry Sano Greg Chavez
Ricky Esquibel vs.
Nick De FioreMike Sands
John Sparks vs. Jacob Aguirre
Jessie Jaramillo vs.
Matt Johnson Dorian Dixon
Eric Dodson vs. Fernie Garcia
Lorna Johnson vs. Alida Grey
Norma Center VS Abby Higginbotham