Formed by former amateur wrestler turned television producer Brian Halquist and partner George Chung, CageSport was born of an idea to feature up-and coming-talent after the duo had helped produce a Strikeforce event in Washington that at the time set box office records for the Tacoma Dome.
After multiple years doing their own thing, CageSport partnered up with Indian MMA promotion Super Fight League in 2014 and have produced two SFL USA shows so far with great results.
“We had been invited to join some other regional companies around the world for a company that a group was putting together,” Halquist told MMAWeekly.com. “There were two or three different companies that came at us, but things always seemed to fizzle.
“It just so happened to be that George had worked with (SFL founder) Raj Kundra and we decided to see what we could do together. We’ve done a couple shows together and have gotten some really good, positive feedback from them. It’s worked out really well.”
Already a hotbed of MMA talent, the Northwest fight scene has allowed CageSport and now SFL USA to feature some of the year’s most exciting fights.
“(CageSport champion) Drew Brokenshire is obviously is a very good fighter in this area,” said Halquist. “Julian Erosa, who just beat Harrison Bevens (on our second show) for a SFL USA title, is another great fighter in the area.
“We had one of our greatest fights (at SFL USA 2) when Ben Fodor and Tyson Cunningham had a draw at our last show. Both kids haven’t lost a lot in the pro or amateur ranks, and they had an incredible fight. Both of those guys have great futures in front of them.”
While the Northwest has provided some great talent, Halquist intends to expand the company’s reach and bring in more fighters from other areas next year.
“We think there’s a great market with up-and-coming fighters in the U.S. right now,” he said. “There’s a lot of guys out there who are fighting some of the best young guys out there right now who are unsigned to a bigger show, and we’re going to go after them.”
Not only is SFL USA going to expand its fighter base in 2015, Halquist says the promotion will blaze a new trail in the years to come.
“Our business plan is not going to be just another show,” said Halquist. “It’s new, it’s creative, and it’s going to have a lot of audience involvement, so it’s going to be very exciting.
“We know we have something because everyone who has looked at the plan wants to be involved. We’re really excited to get into 2015 and implement our business plan.”
Super Fight League America 2015 Schedule
February 21st – Super Fight League America #3
April 25th – Super Fight League America #4
July 11th – Super Fight League America #5
September 26th – Super Fight League America #6
December 12th – Super Fight League America #7