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It's a throwdown weekend

Plenty of options for a fight fan

By Matt Frazier | Knuckle Junkies

Two quality events highlight the last weekend of January.

Kicking things off Friday night is Brawl in the Ballroom live from the Fischer's Restaurant Ballroom in Belleville, IL.

Eighteen MMA and K1 matches fill up this card which is highlighted by a super heavyweight main event Charles Rodgers and "Big" Rick Johnson. Also fighting in a San Chou match is Chris Heatherly. Heatherly is out to prove he's more machine than man as this is the first of three matches in consecutive weeks.

On Saturday, the action takes place at the picturesque Lumiere Place Casino & Hotel where you can experience the big fight casino experience in downtown St. Louis.

Shamrock Promotions brings both professional and amateur fights to the Lumiere Theater. Ben Brown leads the fight team from Finney's HIT Squad into battle in eight explosive match-ups.

The Knuckle Junkies crew will be covering both events so visit our website for live updates if you can't make it out. Photos and recaps to follow shortly after.

Below are the full fight cards:

Coor's Light Brawl In The Ballroom
Friday - Fights start @ 8PM

Sheldon Smith vs Cliff Workman - 135 K1
Tobias Austin vs Jason Newman - 170 MMA
David DeRousse vs Martez "Doody" Dean - 150 K1
Manuel Bijaro vs Anthony Allen - 155 MMA
Bo Kunz vs Adam Westerhide - HW K1
Casey Harrison vs Logan Hickerson - 145 MMA
Brandon Surprise vs Ryan Anderson - 155 MMA
Cody Collins vs Demond Dorsey - 185 MMA
"Big" Mike Wright vs Shawn Hogan - 265 MMA
Montuelle Prater vs Patrick Burns - 165 MMA
Ryan Cox vs Joe Nichols - 170 MMA
Astin Broom vs Shawn Swisher - 155 MMA
Sam Fretitis vs Javon "Wolfman" Wright - 150 K1
Mike Deckerd vs Jesse Farmer - 185 MMA
Chris "Stump" Heatherley vs Steven Brodis - 190 San Chou

MIDWEST SUPER WELTER WEIGHT TITLE
Demarko "Buck" Montgomery vs James Mottershead - 160 MMA

Women's US TITLE
Katy Collins vs Liz Turpin - 145 MMA

Hercules Weight MMA US Title
Charles Rogers vs "Big" Rick Johnson - 265+ MMA

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Shamrock Promotions presents:
Fight Night at Lumiere Place Casinos and Hotels
Saturday - Fights start @ 8PM

Professional MMA bouts:
Ben Brown vs Jeimeson Saudino - 130 LBS
Adam Cella vs David Colter - 185 LBS
Jimmy Donahue vs Chris Evinger - 170 LBS
Ryan Sutton vs Billy Garris - 195 LBS

Amateur MMA bouts:
Demagio Smith vs Todd Baryfield - 155 LBS
David Nika vs Skylar Kalaher - 155 LBS
Andrew Berger vs Mike Jones - 130 LBS
Justin Wilkens vs Ben Chesser - 135 LBS

Gateway FS: Inferno | Fri, June 23rd
Gold Coast Athletic Centre, St. Charles, MO

Shamrock FC: 291 | Fri, July 7th
Ameristar Casino, Kansas City

Gateway FS (Boxing) | Fri, July 14th
Moolah Shrine Center, Creve Coeur, MO

Gateway Fighting Series | Fri, July 21st
Moolah Shrine Center, Creve Coeur, MO