by Matt Lo Cascio
He went through each of the matchups and explained why each bout was significant or was going to be exciting. But all you really had to hear was the last thing he said.
“We’ve done a bunch of these now. If I tell you there’s going to be some fights, there’s going to be some fights,” Seldal said. And? “There’s going to be some fights.”
Seldal’s done it all in the fight game — fighter, coach, entrepreneur and promoter. He fought during the era where guys came to brawl, and comes from a gym that was all about the attack — Hackney’s Combat. He’s not interested in watching guys dance and throw the occasional leg kick that barely connects. He wants what fans want, especially at the regional level — exciting fights that will make the workingman feel their money was well spent.
Seldal will have plenty to do Saturday night. Like most promoters he’ll be scurrying around the arena making sure the event goes smoothly, but you can tell he’s most happy when he gets those rare few minutes to grab a chair and just watch the fights that he put together. He might even yell out some instruction to the fighters. (He will.)
“I’m telling you, this is going to be amazing. Save me a seat by you so we can watch,” Seldal said. I’m certain Seldal will be able to sit wherever he pleases, but I’m going to do what I can.
He’ll likely find some time to watch one of the legends of the sport fight, when Jeremy Horn fights Dan McGlasson. It will be Horn’s first fight since 2011.
There aren’t words that describe Horn’s contribution to the sport. Understand that the words pioneer and legend are used too loosely, too generously when describing certain fighters in MMA’s history. Not in this case. Horn is both pioneer and legend. He’s fought Chuck Liddell, Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, Frank Shamrock and Chael Sonnen. He has over 100 professional MMA fights. He’s fought twice in one night, then fought again — the next week. And he did that several times. So if you want to see a real legend, here’s your chance.
More on the APFC 16 Card:
- Former UFC fighters DaMarques Johnson and Dan Stittgen will go to war in the main event.
- Chicago Fight Team’s Louis Taylor is looking to get back on the national scene, and he’ll need a convincing win over Minnesota’s Robert Gotreau to continue that path.
- Gilbert Grappling’s Carson Beebe takes a break from the World Series of Fighting to battle Steve Kinnison, who fought older brother Chase Beebe at Chicago Cagefighting Championship 3.
- Dennis Dombrow is coming off an impressive win over Danny Aguirre at XFO 49. He’ll get tested again by Minnesota fighter Melvin Blumer.
- Former Hackney’s fighter Josh Estrada looks for his second pro win against long-time local fighter Brian Booth. Booth scored his first pro win against Tom Angeloff at APFC 14.
- Yousef Al-Ghoul will try to rebound from his first loss as a pro against Jonathon Thomson.
- Randori Jiu Jitsu’s Bobby Moffett will battle Team No Comment’s Pedro Velasco.