Rage in the Cage returns to the beautiful FireLake Arena Saturday for the ultimate “Night of Champions” featuring several of Oklahoma’s top ranked MMA cage fighters. The fight card at FireLake will include many different fights in many different weight classes.
Training out of Apex Martial Arts Academy in Tuttle, Jeremy Spoon will fight in what could be his final local bout. A win for him at Firelake Arena against William Joplin could catapult his career back onto the Big Stage.
Spoon has a professional record of 17-3. He won his first 12 fights before moving up to the big leagues with a win at Bellator 56 before dropping two fights within the organization. Bellator includes some of the best fighters in the world including Phil Davis, Michael “Venom” Page, Benson Henderson, Pat Curran, and many others. Spoon’s first appearance in Bellator, he defeated now-UFC fighter Jerrod Sanders with a choke inside the first thirty seconds of the second round.
Spoon has won five out of six fights since his last performance for Bellator. Since then, he’s earned three unanimous decision victories and submitted two opponents, suffering one split decision loss. Hoping to make it three wins in a row Saturday, Spoon said he feels better than ever.
“I’m feeling good,” Spoon said. “It’s the best I’ve felt in a long time. It’s been a while since I’ve fought, but I feel a lot better than I have going into my previous fights.”
Spoon will fight in the 145-pound weight class Saturday night. Spoon says he’s been focusing on staying lean so that weight cuts aren’t so dramatic.
“I took some time off,” he said. “Before that, I was lifting real heavy and put on a lot of muscle and I was bulky. Now that I’ve taken some time off, I’ve lost some of that muscle. I’ve still been lifting but not so heavy, just more reps.”
Spoon’s goal is to start tacking on wins with the ultimate goal of fighting on mixed martial arts’ biggest stage: the UFC.
“I think it’s about my time,” Spoon said. Spoon’s corner will consist of his Apex teammates including his brother Jerod Spoon, and Apex instructors Scott Landis and Richard Davis. Landis, Apex owner/operator, said he’s excited to see what Jeremy can do now that he’s taken time off to recover from injuries.
“Jeremy has been winning fights with fractures in his hand for quite a while,” Landis said. “We are excited to see what he is capable of when firing on all cylinders. We expect to see big things coming his way.”
Spoon’s sponsors are Cooling Towers, Diversified Landscaping, Chick’s Liquor, Trace Pump and Supply, Sydney’s Plexus, Larry Srock Enterprises, La Fiesta, and Fat Boys Signs.
The main event Saturday will pit Jon Hill, a top Oklahoma heavyweight, against one of Colorado’s top ranked heavyweights, Kevin Sears. Jon Hill, a Bellator vet, finished Sears in the first round with a TKO victory earlier this year and is looking for another first round finish in this highly anticipated rematch.
Oklahoma’s own “Sunnyside Kid” Ken Coulter will face David Roberts and the tough Ken Jackson is also slated to step back in the cage for the highly anticipated return of Rage in the Cage to Shawnee’s FireLake Arena.
The fireworks will not stop there, a stacked amateur card full of the region’s top amateur talent is sure to have fans on the edge of their seats. Hang on everyone; Rage in the Cage 47 is ready to bring you the ultimate “Night of Champions” live at FireLake Arena and on FITE TV and GFL. For the current fight card, TV interviews and fighter profiles, visit Rage in the Cage OKC on Facebook at https://m.facebook.com/Rageinthecageoklahoma
Doors open at 6 p.m., fights Begin at 7 p.m.
Tickets can be purchased at www.Firelakearena.com or call Firelake Arena’s Box Office (405) 273-1637.