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Heavyweight Title on the line at CageSport XV on July 16th

CageSport MMA heavyweight championship Nick Braker will make his first title defense when he faces challenger Kyle Keeney in the main event at CageSport XV from the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma on July 16. Braker became CageSport’s second heavyweight champion ever when he defeated Matt Kovacs by submission (Arm-Triangle Choke) at CageSport XII on Oct. 2, 2010.

“This is going to be a war,” said CageSport promoter Brian Halquist. “Braker and Keeney are two of the most dominating MMA fighters in the Pacific Northwest. This is the fight the fans wanted to see.”

Keeney (11-5) earned his title shot by defeating Kovacs via 2nd round submission (North-South Choke) at CageSport XIV last April 23. Keeney comes into the title bout knowing he already holds a victory over the champ as the two meet on Aug. 14, 2010 with Keeney winning by split decision.

“The thing that impresses me about Nick Braker is his toughness,” Keeney said. “What I remember most about our previous fight is that it was a battle. I was able to get a split decision win, but honestly I felt it could’ve gone either way. Thank god the judges went my way.”

The card features a total of 10 professional bouts. 

In addition to the heavyweight title bout, Justin Davis, a graduate of Yelm High School, meets George Stork in 189-pound semi-main event.

“I’ve watched George fight a couple of times. I just know he is a good striker and I think we’re going to put on a good show,” said Davis, who returned from an 18-month hiatus from the sport to defeat Landon Showalter at CageSport XIII on Feb. 19. “The crowd should expect fireworks. The people want to see a fight and a fight is what they’re going to get.”

Also on the card is the rubber match between Eddie Blackburn and Justin Gardner.

Blackburn won the inaugural meeting, winning by second-round TKO, before Gardner scored a 23-second knockout in the rematch.

Nick Braker vs. Kyle Keeney (CageSport Heavyweight Championship)
Justin Davis vs. George Stork
Eddie Blackburn vs Justin Gardner
Tim Abell vs Ryan Mulvihill
Ernesto Tuscano vs Darrell Fenner
John Dawson vs Corey Roska
Wes Golden vs Josiah Mitchell
Omar Avelar vs Scott Brown
Jorey Taylor vs Will Hunt
Brad Nordquist vs Craig Jackson

Tickets are available at the Emerald Queen Casino box office 1-888-831-7655 and at all Ticketmaster outlets. Or online at

Ticket Prices: *$100 – $55 – $35

* Includes VIP Party 5:00-7:00 pm at the Bridge Night Club.

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For more information or fighter interviews contact event coordinator Marin McCauley at (253) 486-2141

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