Before the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium undergoes its multimillion retrofitting and renovation, the venue will host a few up and coming stars from the fighting world of Mixed Martial Arts (MMA), it was announced last week. To be presented on Jan. 28 by the California Fight Syndicate (CFS), the multi-fight bout, entitled “Rivalry,” will feature two main events.
According to the CFS, the “fight will feature both professional and amateur bouts and will showcase some of the most exciting and explosive MMA fighters in Southern California.”
Headlining the main event is a featherweight match (145lbs.) between Jesse Newell (6-1-0) against Aaron Miller (11-7-0). Newell was recently featured on the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) television show “The Ultimate Fighter 14.” Meanwhile, Miller enters the Octagon seeking his third straight victory.
The co-main event is a middleweight match (185 lbs.) pitting Joe “Leonidas” Henle (5-0-1) against Hector Carrillo (4-6-0). Henle was previously featured on “The Ultimate Fighter 11.”
On the undercard are: Johnny Hackleman, Jr. (3-0-0), son of Chuck Liddell’s legendary trainer John Hackleman; Corby Poulis; Makani Sarellano; Sevak Magakian; Jared Papazian; and others.
Making guest appearances at “Rivalry” are former CFS 170lbs Champion and “TUF 13: Lesnar VS Dos Santos” winner Tony ‘El Cucuy’ Ferguson, Strikeforce Lightweight Champion Gilbert Melendez, former UFC Heavyweight Champion Josh Barnett, and other mixed martial art superstars.
Up to date fight information may be found at CFS’s Website at www.cafightsyndicate.com. The fight card may be subject to change.
For information on ticket prices, please call 310.741.9071.
The Civic Auditorium is located at 1855 Main Street.