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Phantom Fight Promotions Ready For ‘Six Corner Collision’

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Phantom Fight PromotionsPhantom Fight Promotions debuts Saturday night with “Six Corner Collision” at the Portage Theater on the north side of the city. The owners got a quick taste of what running an MMA promotion is like when they were forced to cancel their scheduled June 14 event after the city of St. Charles turned them away. The Phantom team took that punch, got up and set some very lofty goals.

“We want to stand out as a successful promotion,” Phantom’s Aaron Pineda told Chicago’s MMA. A high school and college wrestler, Pineda hopes that Phantom will do more than just entertain fans locally.

“In our pursuit of this business endeavor, our vision as a company is to usher in the next great wave of talent in Mixed Martial Arts and get these fighters ready for the next step in their career. We would like to look at ourselves as a platform/development program so fighters are ready to go from our organization to the bigger shows and pursue their dreams.”

That looks to be a tough task in a market where several other MMA promotions already thrive, but Pineda is confident that Phantom will grow.

“We are taking our time and doing things right. My team and I do have some big plans, but those are reserved for now.”

Saturday night they’ll put on a show with at least eight fights, maybe a few more if Pineda can cull them together in time. Mancow will be in the house, and perhaps more importantly, so will the Mancow Girls. Ray Flores will be on the mic. The main event will feature Champion Jiu Jitsu’s Lorenzo Clark and veteran fighter Bobby Kpa. Pineda is stoked for that fight.

“Lorenzo Clark vs Bobby Kpa will be a test of who will be ready for the next chapter in their fight game as they both aim to make this their last fight before turning pro.” Clark is undefeated. Kpa has made the rounds locally, fighting for Fight Card, XFO, Cut Throat, Supreme Promotions and more.

The co-main event will feature a bantamweight brawl between EKF’s Danny Flores and Champion Jiu Jitsu’s Isaac Reyes. In what they are calling their ‘featured’ fight, Evelyn LaTour will take on Ligia Bredicean in a battle between two women making their MMA debuts.

“Although they will both be debuting, they are no slouches in the athletic department. They are physical specimens and are actually both accomplished gymnasts that are dipping into the waters of MMA,” Pineda said.

Here’s the card as is stands now:

Phantom Fight Promotions: Six Corner Collision

  • Lorenzo Clark (Champion Jiu Jitsu) vs Bobby Kpa (Independent)
  • Danny Flores (EKF) vs Isaac Reyes (Champion Jiu Jitsu)
  • Evelyn LaTour (Carlson Gracie/Andre Madiz) vs Ligia Bredicean (Shidokan Karate & Combat Do)
  • Keith Davis (Team Last Gladiator) vs Marcus Hurt (Team Hell Fire)
  • Jeremy Lionel (Carlson Gracie/Andre Madiz) vs Ivan Bivanco (Natural Born Warriors)
  • Greg Flatter (Carlson Gracie – Aurora) vs Slate Passemore (Fusion Fitness MMA)
  • Richard Dey (Ben Rothwell MMA) vs Corrie Harris (Wagner MMA)
  • Jonathan Torres (Carlson Gracie – Aurora) vs Bud “The Little Evil” Sedlock (Dreamteam)

Pineda will get to see a longtime dream come true when the bell sounds for the first fight of the night.

“I’ve always had a vision of starting my own promotion. I’ve always been involved in combat sports. I had always watched and been intrigued by MMA since UFC 1 or 2, I can’t remember exactly, but I know it was in 1993. I remember getting butterflies in my stomach just watching it, I thought it was the best thing ever. It made such a big impact on me that even at that time I understood the beauty of it and the value of being a complete fighter as opposed to just assuming it was a gladiatorial spectacle.”

Pineda hopes that Phantom Fight Promotions will make an impact in the Chicago MMA scene. The opportunity begins Saturday night at the Portage Theater.

For “Six Corner Collision” tickets, visit LocalMMATickets.com.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is a former TV producer who turned to new media in 2005, and he is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is also the play-by-play announcer for the XFO. His work has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided and more.

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