Action Fight League (AFL) announced today the full fight card for its much-anticipated professional mixed-martial-arts event, “War at The Rock,” at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Fla. on Saturday, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.
In an updated main event, hot prospect Felipe “Buakaw” Douglas (16-4-0) of Sao Paulo, Brazil, and former UFC fighter Yosdenis “Pink Panther” Cedeno (11-6-1) of Cuba clash in the main event for the vacant “War at the Rock” Featherweight Championship.
Undefeated rising flyweight star Christian Ynastrilla (3-0-0) of Miami takes on Cuba-native Edwin “The Emperor” Sarria (4-2-0) of Miami in the co-featured event for the vacant ISKA Flyweight Championship.
A special female strawweight attraction is also on tap as American Top Team fighter Jessica Branco, fighting out of Fort Lauderdale, makes her pro debut against Yajaira “Pantera Negra” Cunningham (1-0-0) of Miami, showcasing two of Florida’s top female prospects.
Also fighting on the main card is former All-America wrestler Danny Sabatello (2-0-0) who is stepping up in class to fight Argentinian opponent Jeremias Fernandez (5-5-1), while Miami welterweight Kendly St. Louis (1-1-0) will throw down with Ramon “Angel of War” Butts (0-4-0) of Jacksonville, Fla.
“The main event is a classic battle of styles between Brazilian Jui-Jitsu master Felipe Douglas and dangerous Cuban striker Yosdenis Cedeno,” said AFL Spokesperson Rick Finn. “A lot is on the line for these two standout fighters because an impressive victory could be career-changing for the winner, as the UFC is scouting them at this fight.”
“Felipe is one of the most exciting fighters to come out of Brazil since Anderson Silva,” said Alex Davis, who is Douglas’ manager. “Cedeno was supposed to fight Michel Quinones, who withdrew with an injury, but I think now we have an even better match up.”
The undercard has Puerto Rican welterweight James Hay (1-0-0) fighting West Palm Beach’s Chris Salerno. The undercard also features Davie, Fla.’s Devon Lira going head-to-head against Miami’s Adrian Garcia in their pro debuts, and Miramar, Fla.’s Chris Boasso (0-1-0) fighting Miami’s Joseph Billingsley (1-5-0).
All fights and fighters are subject to change.
Tickets cost $100, $70, $55 and $40. VIP packages are also available for purchase. All seats are reserved and available at all Ticketmaster outlets, online at www.myhrl.com, www.ticketmaster.com or charge by phone: 1-800-745-3000. Explore the new Hard Rock Event Center with a 360-degree virtual seat map of the venue at www.myhrl.com. Doors open one hour prior to show start time. Additional fees may apply.
A portion of the proceeds will be donated to the United States Veteran Chamber of Commerce (USVCC) & U.S. Military Warrior CARE. At the event, a special moment of silence will be held in memory of Chief Warrant Officer 2 John Farmer, of nearby Boynton Beach, who recently lost his life while on duty.
About Hard Rock Event Center
Hard Rock Event Center is the newly constructed 3,600-seat venue located in the northwest corner of Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Hollywood. As part of the $1.5 billion property expansion, the former Hard Rock Live arena will be razed and replaced with a state-of-the-art 6,500-plus-seat venue in a theater-style configuration, slated to open in 2019. In the interim, a full schedule of concerts, comedy shows and other events will take place in the Hard Rock Event Center. Seminole Hard Rock has hosted some of the hottest musical acts such as John Legend, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Marc Anthony, Billy Joel, Andrea Bocelli, Tim McGraw and Carlos Santana; top comedians including Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Chris Rock, George Lopez and the late Robin Williams; as well as major sporting events and events of major sports stars, from UFC matches to charity galas for Jason Taylor, Alonzo Mourning, Dwyane Wade and more. For additional information, please visit www.myhrl.com.
About Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood
Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood is the flagship casino resort of Hard Rock International, owned by the Seminole Tribe of Florida. It isa world-renowned entertainment, gaming and hospitality destination that features a AAA Four Diamond-rated luxury hotel; expansive gaming offerings including first-in-class slots, high-stakes table games and South Florida’s premier poker room; spa and fitness center; award-winning dining and nightlife; and the popular Hard Rock Event Center which hosts A-list entertainers, comedy and sporting events. A $1.5 billion expansion slated to open in fall 2019 will bring 638 luxury guestrooms to a first-ever, iconic, guitar-shaped hotel and 168 upscale guest accommodations in an adjacent hotel tower overlooking a lush, “Bora Bora” style, private cabana environment; a 42,000 square-foot Rock Spa®; a 13.5 acre recreational water-focused experience for sunbathing, swimming, kayaking, sailing and paddle boarding; 21 distinctive restaurants, bars and lounges; an expanded gaming floor featuring 3,100 slots, 193 table games and a 45-table poker room; 120,000 square feet of premier meeting and convention space; and 26,000 square feet of new retail space. The highly anticipated 6,500 seat Hard Rock Live theater-styleconcert venue will feature headline performances and live broadcast capabilities. The resort is located on 87 acres of the Hollywood SeminoleReservation along State Road 7, (U.S. Highway 441). The resort is 10 minutes from Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport and 30 minutes from downtown Miami and Miami International Airport. For more information, visit us online at www.seminolehardrockhollywood.com, call 800-937-0010 or follow us:
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