By Keith Mills
San Jacinto, CA — This Saturday December 7th, the next installment of King Of The Cage takes place at the Soboba Casino in San Jacinto, California. This show will be followed one week later by another KOTC to be held in Bernalillo, New Mexico on December 15 at the Santa Ana Star Hotel/Casino. Neither of these two shows will be broadcast on PPV, the next one to air will be in February from Albuquerque, NM. For the Dec. 7 KOTC show, gates open at 4:00pm PST and preliminary matches begin at 5:00 pm PST.
Jimmy Ambriz makes his return to KOTC in his first fight since beating Daniel Bobish for the Heavyweight belt back in August. This 307 lb fighter’s opponent hasn’t been announced yet but looks to be set to be the main event.
One of the more interesting fights on the card is Ron Jhun of 808 Fight Factory taking on Fernando Vasconcelos, the man who made such an impression when he beat Marcos Santos in KOTC at Soboba this past October. Jhun has been on a bit of a slide since losing to Jermaine Andre in WFA 1 a year ago only picking up one win against Shannon Ritch in Warriors Quest a month after the WFA before going on a three fight losing streak in SHOOTO and UCC and finally a draw against Shonie Carter in Super Brawl 27 last month. This fight will determine if Jhun can get back to his peak streak from ’99-’01 or if Vasconcelos will step further into the spotlight of rising stars.
Possibly rivaling Jhun/Vasconcelos for potential is John Cole vs. Joe Crilly. Crilly pulled off a decision win in the fight of the night at KOTC this past October when he took on Adam Brooks but this time his opponent will have more than two days to prepare as KOTC: Bad Intentions vet Cole returns to the cage.
Robert Emerson also makes his return to MMA, his first since losing a decision to Jens Pulver in Ultimate Minnesota this summer. He takes on Warriors Quest and Gladiator Challenge vet Jamal Perkins who most recently beat JR Palmer back in October.
At fourteen total fights this card is bound to have some hits. Tickets are still on sale.