Minnesota, a state known for its wrestling prowess, is gaining momentum as a state where not only wrestlers but MMA fighters and boxers can train and have success on a regional and even national level. In recent months several Minnesota fighters have been featured in nationally televised events including Caleb Truax and Mike Richman. One of the organizations at the heart of this movement is Sterling Entertainment Group.
Sterling Entertainment Group (SEG) was formed in 2009 with the goal of assisting, managing fighters as they work their way through the ranks from amateurs to professionals. Since 2011 SEG has been arranging fights around the Twin Cities, attracting local and regional fighters to hone their skills in the octagon and ring in a variety of venues. SEG has hit a niche with their management and production of local MMA fight nights and has been part of a movement in the Twin Cities to bring fighters together from many gyms around the area for the betterment of the Minnesota MMA community.
The next opportunity to see one of SEG’s shows is Saturday August 10 at the Myth nightclub in Maplewood, Minn. and it is shaping up to be one of the biggest MMA events since UFC took over Target Center last fall. The fight card includes 17 fights featuring fighters from around the Midwest.
One highlight on the amateur card is Angel Pacheco (4-3-0) from Willmar, Minnesota who will be entering the octagon six weeks after securing a knockout at SEG’s last event at the end of June. Pacheco packs a devastating punch and can end the fight both by knockout and submission.
On the professional card keep an eye on Ehsan Karam (4-0-0) who will be making his professional debut. Karam was on the receiving end of a Joshua Wiseman pounding but hung on enough to end the fight halfway through the third round by rear naked choke. Karam has ended all four of his fights with submission by rear naked choke and wears his opponents out, ending his last two fights at least halfway into the final round.
Rachelle Bacon and Raquel Magdaleno will be fighting for the women’s amateur title at the Myth. Bacon will be making her first appearance in the ring since a loss nine months ago while her opponent, Magdaleno will be returning to the octagon just two months after her last fight, her debut, in June.
We will be capturing the event in one of our interactive event photos. If you have never seen an interactive photo you can see several at www.mnsportsnews.com or click here. If you would like to be part of the event on August 10 you can find more information on the Facebook event page or order tickets at CageTix.