Night of Combat, Friday at The Orleans Las Vegas

Las Vegas-based ring sports
promotion Night of Combat sets Muay Thai and MMA in ballroom
at Orleans Hotel and Casino
Friday, June 17

Featuring 15 Las Vegans
and three championship fights
on 12-bout card
Night of Combat, a Las Vegas-based ring sport promotional company, presents a nationally broadcast, championship, 12-bout mixed martial arts and kickboxing card in the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans Hotel and Casino Friday, June 17.

Fifteen fighters from Las Vegas will be on the card, three of them in championship bouts.

This will be the first in a series of regularly scheduled cards at the Orleans, according to Night of Combat executive Kim Couture. US servicemen and servicewomen along with wounded veterans will be essential elements within each card, said Couture.

Night of Combat executive and matchmaker Nick “One Kick Nick” Blomgren has assembled two dozen of the top amateur mixed martial artists and Muay Thai kickboxers in the Southwestern United States and Texas for
the card June 17 at the Orleans.

‘The journey starts here,” said Blomgren, who trains numerous professionals and champions and knows what it takes to succeed in, first, the amateur and, then, the pro ranks.

Las Vegans include:
Mixed martial artists—Brandon Carey, Jesse Wiley, Bryce Gonzalez and Miguel Villarreal;
Muay Thai kickboxers—Kawika Lagasca, Zhenya Chuprina, Ajai Delion, Dustin Morales, Dylan Destout, Aubrei Winn, Michael Herman, Derek Rodriguez, Joshua Michael Quinlan, Rob Duran and Orlando Angulo.

Lagasca and Chuprina clash for the Tri-State (Nevada, Arizona, Utah) 160-pound championship while Herman battles for the Tri-State 120-pound title.

These two title bouts, and the third, are five, two-minute rounds. The other nine bouts are three, 2-minute rounds.

The card Friday, June 17, starts at 7 p.m. (Pacific) with doors to the Mardi Gras Ballroom at the Orleans opening at 6.

“The Fulcos” musical band from Southern California starts playing when doors open and will play throughout the card.

Tickets for the card Friday, June 17, are available at the Orleans box office in the casino from noon to 8 p.m. daily or by calling 702 365 7111 and at One Kick Nick’s Gym, located at 121 E. Sunset Rd., adjacent to the Las Vegas “Strip,” or by calling 702 384 6786.

Ticket for the card Friday, June 17, are priced at $25 for general admission, $35 for preferred and $50 for ringside. Ringside table seating also is available. Bottle service is available thanks to the Whiskey Sponsor “Wicked Tango.”

The complete card features:
Mixed martial arts:
• Bryce Gonzalez (OKG559 MMA/Fresno) 2-0 vs.
Miguel Villarreal (Uprising MMA/Las Vegas) debut—150 pounds
• Brandon Carey (UFC Gym/Las Vegas) debut vs.
Jesse Wiley (Independent/Las Vegas) debut—185 pounds
Muay Thai kickboxing:
• Kawika Lagasca (Syndicate MT/Las Vegas) 3-1 vs.
Zhenya Chuprina (Hardknocks/Las Vegas) 5-2—160 pounds
Tri-State Championship
• Michael Herman (One Kick’s Gym/Las Vegas) 7-4 vs.
Joseph Espinoza (Houston Muay Thai) 6-4—120 pounds
Tri-State Championship
• Victor Alvarez (Where Champions Are Made/Scottsdale, Ariz.) 9-5 vs. Jaylon Walker (Power MMA/Gilbert, Ariz.) 9-3—140 pounds
Tri-State Championship
• Ajai Dushon (Independent/Las Vegas) vs.
Oliver Jimenez (Houston Muay Thai) 6-1—145 pounds
• John Delion (OKG559 MMA/Fresno, Calif.) 2-0-1 vs.
Dustin Morales (Carlson Gracie/Las Vegas) 3-1—145 pounds
• Dylon Destout (One Kick’s Gym/Las Vegas) 4-0 vs.
Dennis Archilla (Where Champions Are Made/Scottsdale) 5-2—155 pounds
• Aubrei Winn (Uprising MMA/Las Vegas) debut vs.
Maura Course (Punisher Muay Thai/Sal Lake City) debut—120 pounds
• Derek Rodriquez (Syndicate MT/Las Vegas) 6-3 vs.
Jason Davis (Best MT/Tempe, Ariz.) 9-3—135 pounds
• Joshua Michael Quinlan (Wand Fight Team/Las Vegas) debut vs.
Rob Duran (Drysdale Muay Thai/Las Vegas) debut—180 pounds
• Orlando Angulo (Syndicate MT/Las Vegas)) 2-0 vs.
Lance Gorman (Punisher Muay Thai/Salt Lake City) 1-0—145 pounds

Aware of both the uniqueness and the action-packed entertainment value of the card June 17 at the Orleans, many notable sponsors are participating, including:
Hogs and Heifers
BMW Motorcycles of Las Vegas
MyNutritionadvisor.com
Wicked Tango Whiskey
K9 Guardians
Safeguard Insurance
Mercedes-Benz of Henderson
US Military Vets
Las Vegas Dermatology
Pizza Rock
GoNowTV
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