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King Of The Cage 'Empire' Beckons At San Manuel Casino

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Thursday, February 3, 2011, King of the Cage “EMPIRE” returns to San Manuel, where head-to-head battles continue among San Manuel favorites including Hesperia fighter Chris Cully, Bobby Green from Fontana, and Saad Awad of San Bernardino. Tickets available at Ticketmaster.com and the San Manuel box office for $40 and $75.

Coming off two consecutive wins at San Manuel Casino, Kenny McCorkell 10-4-0 (W-LD) will take on Jonathan Brandon, whose record of 6-1-0, will challenge McCorkell’s winning streak. With rumors swirling that Bobby “King” Green (14-4-0) went into retirement after his TKO of Tim “Dirty Bird” Means, Green is back to take on a fellow Inland Empire native, Saad Awad (8-3- 0). The main card features two championship bouts, Flyweight and Superheavyweight. Jared Papazian (11-5-1) will fight Jimmie Rivera (7-1-0) for the King of the Cage Flyweight Championship, and Esteves Jones (5-1-0) and Neil Cooke (6- 0-0) will fight for the King of the Cage Super-heavyweight Championship.

King of the Cage has featured well-known mixed martial arts athletes such as Forrest Griffin, Quinton Rampage Jackson, Rashad Evans, among others. Other fights on the undercard include: Kris Armbrister (2-0-0) vs. Andrew Pena (1-0-0); Joe Williams (1-1-0) vs. Jimmy Stormo (1-3-0); Chris Culley (8- 6-0) vs. TBA; and Paul Arras (4- 2-0) vs. Demetrice Woods (2-3- 0). *Fights are subject to change.

Every Thursday night with headliner entertainment, San Manuel gives away $1,000 just for seeing the show. To be eligible to win, guests only need a ticket to the show, a Club Serrano card and to be 21 or older. Guests can enter beginning at noon on such days. Three drawings will be held on those nights: $250 at 7:20 p.m., $250 at 10:00 p.m. and $500 at 11:00 p.m. Winners must be present.

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