By: Albert Cameron (In Association with In Ya Face MMA). Arguably, the number three mixed martial arts promotion in the country is breaking ground at the Meadows Casino in Washington, PA and we should all be very excited about it. If you aren’t familiar with King of the Cage (KOTC), fortunately, we are and we’d be happy to tell you all about this prime time event striking close to the furnaces of Pittsburgh.
King of the Cage is an MMA promotion that was founded by Terry Trebilcock in 1998. Trebilcock and KOTC were promoting fights during the dark days of MMA when the sport was still viewed as a bloodsport and a spectacle. Being the cunning business man that he is, Trebilcock was able to circumvent the stringent sports regulations by promoting his events on the reservations and casinos of the First Nations communities. It was because of his quick thinking and passion for the sport that he took his brand to national recognition and promoted fights with legends such as Dan “The Beast” Severn, Forrest Griffin, Joe “Daddy” Stevenson, Quinton “Rampage” Jackson, Don “The Predator” Frye, Dean Lister, Mac Danzig and the list goes on and on.
During 2007, Trebilcock sold his promotion to Pro-Elite, as promotions like Rumble on the Rock, Icon Sport (formerly Superbrawl) did, only he was able to get complete ownership interest back when the others were subject to liquidation. In the post-Pro-Elite days, Trebilcock was able to strike a deal with Mark Burnette and the hit series “Bully Beatdown” was born. Even more exciting is the recent news that KOTC has signed a deal with the UFC to have their fight libraries broadcast on the UFC Fight Pass. KOTC enjoys a great TV deal with Mav TV and for several great reasons; they are making their way to the Keystone State to jumpstart the careers of fighters you and I already know have great potential. If you’ve checked out the fight card, it looks remarkably like a Gladiators of the Cage or a Pinnacle FC card. King of the Cage has a matchmaker at work that clearly understands that our circuit had high quality fighters. Here’s some points of local interest on KOTC: Lone Survivor:
- Jonathan Coffman has been tapped to fight; still looking for an opponent.
- John Jaquay (who defeated Damon Thiel at the last GOTC event) will be taking on Alex Quinn
- Johnstown Native Brandon “B-Lux” Lux (CDMMA and GOTC veteran) will be fighting Jason Cowden (who has fights with Kyle Dunmeyer and O.J. Vickers)
- The Mat Factory’s Melissa Gasdick will be fighting KOTC veteran Chi Sheibley
- Francis “The Mad Dog” Healy has been tapped to fight; still looking for an opponent
- GOTC Heavyweight Veteran Nathan Bryant is taking on Jerry Burns (as a completely irrelevant sidenote: Jerry Burns comes from an area that looks like a bizarro universe to us. He hails from Pittsburg, KY and has fought for Gladiator Fighting Championship.)
- Jeremiah Yeager has allegedly called out Charlie “The Madman” Gathers in a bout that has hostility stemming from CDMMA 11
- Pinnacle FC veteran Eric Bledsoe will be fighting KOTC veteran Adrian Vilaca
- GOTC and Pinnacle FC veteran Justin Steave draws the main event against Bellator, XFC and GOTC veteran Chris Coggins
I make a lot of bold statements about my MMA scene; I don’t say them to be arrogant, but because I believe in the men and women who fight at those shows. I’ve just listed a plethora of names that are headed for the number three promotion in the country, because they’ve earned it. As friends, family and fans of those warriors, I can’t encourage you to be at the Meadows Casino in Washington, PA enough on April 25th.