Cage Wars is a win-win for CMU, Bush Cree promotions

The partnership between Bush Cree Promotions and Colorado Mesa University has proved beneficial to the Mavericks’ athletic department.

With promoter Alex Trottier booking his Cage Wars events at Brownson Arena, it sends thousands of dollars into the CMU athletic program and gives mixed-martial arts fans a venue with better views of the action in the ring.

Trottier has 10 bouts scheduled for Saturday at Brownson Arena. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with the first fight at 7 p.m.

Tickets are $30 for general admission, $40 for reserved seats, and are available at 8th Street Gym on 11th Street and Pitkin Avenue and Grand Junction Harley Davidson, 2747 Crossroads Blvd.

“There’s not a bad seat in the house,” Trottier said. “It’s stadium seating, nobody is standing in front of you.”

By moving from Two Rivers Convention Center, where the seating was on the floor, to Brownson, with the tiered bleachers, fans have a better angle to watch the fights, Trottier said.

“I’d like to see it fill up,” he said. “I get better crowds because of the better seating. At Two Rivers, it’s hard to put on a show with flat seating. At Brownson, you’re on top of the ring.”

Bush Cree had an event in January at Brownson and afterwards, Trottier said, he gave CMU a check for $5,000, plus another $600 to the wrestling program and about $1,800 from liquor sales. All proceeds from liquor sales go to CMU, plus a percentage of ticket sales.

“I’m hoping in the long run it will help me out,” said Trottier, who also has to pay for referees, a prize purse for the pro fighters, plus insurance and other expenses. “The quality of the fights will be good.”

On the card Saturday:

■ Thomas Sanchez (Grand Junction) vs. Tanner Cowan (Utah).

■ Michael Hupke (Grand Junction) vs. Colby Murray (Utah).

■ Josh Cantu (Grand Junction) vs. Dakota Groth (Utah).

■ Chantry West (Glenwood Springs) vs. Tanner Ellenberger (Paonia).

■ Dylan Legge (Grand Junction) vs. Kenith Atkinson (Denver).

■ Ismael Gaona (Grand Junction) vs. Kristain Nieto (Montrose).

■ Thomas Sprouse (Utah) vs. Agustin Espinoza (Utah).

■ Mike Smith (Grand Junction) vs. Pete Vandervort (Denver).

■ Courtney Himes (Grand Junction) vs. Paige Vanzant ( Las Vegas).

■ Jason Brenton (Grand Junction) vs. Sergio Lopez (Montrose).


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