Portland, OR – The Full Contact Fighting Federation (FCFF) has released their 2014 "Fighter Hall of Fame" list featuring the best mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes in the pacific northwest. This list features talent in eleven award categories ranging from "Fighter of the Year," "Best Knockout," and the "2015 Fighter to Watch." A number of these award winners are on the fight card for the FCFF's "Rumble @ The Roseland 81" event scheduled for Saturday, April 18th. Tickets available at Cascade Tickets, Bridge City Fight Shop and on fight night at the door of the Roseland Theater. More information can be found at www.thefcff.com
The 2014 FCFF "Fighter Hall of Fame" Official List:
All award winners have fought during the 2014 calendar year in either the FCFF's "Rumble @ The Roseland" or "Battle at the Mountain" event. Photos attached, larger resolution photos available upon request.
Fighter of the Year: Jordan Melendrez
In 2014 Jordan Melendrez became the FCFF Welterweight Champion and went 4-0 in the Slammer! He became Champ at the FCFF's Battle at the Mountain 2 event in September with an armbar win over Sean Baker. He defended that belt against Freddie Bailey at Rumble 79 in December; winning via a triangle choke in round one.
Fight of the Year: Kalyn Schwartz vs. Lisa Spangler
FCFF Fight fans were blown away by this match-up; which has also earned them both "2015 Fighter to Watch" honors! These female warriors went all five round for the Bantamweight Championship Title at Rumble @ The Roseland 79. Kalyn Schwartz earned the belt via judges decision.
2014 Rookie of the Year: Jordan Melendrez
Best Female Fighter of 2014: Leanne Foster the FCFF's 145-pound Champion.
Best Knockout of 2014: Andrew Gundlach's knockout of Billy Denney in :27 seconds of round one at Rumble @ The Roseland 76.
Fastest Knockout of 2014: Monti Wilson's knockout of Erol Cruz in :03 seconds of round one at Rumble @ the Roseland 79.
Best Choke of 2014: Sean Gee's choke over Jake Marshall at Rumble @ The Roseland 78 for the Bantamweight Championship!
Craziest Hair: Casey Lunzman
Most Improved of 2014: Kody Hammond. Hammond went 2-1 in 2014 in the FCFF with his only loss being to Sean Soliz for the Title. Hammond has turned a corner and is on his way to the pros.
2015 "Fighter to Watch": Kalyn Schwartz & Lisa Spangler. These two fighters did so incredible at Rumble @ The Roseland 79 in December 2014 that we can't wait to see them compete again in 2015.
Bloodiest Fight of 2014: Matthew Knight vs. Brian Heenan at Rumble @ The Roseland 79.
About the FCFF:
The FCFF is Oregon's oldest and most respected mixed martial arts promotions company. It's signature event "Rumble @ The Roseland" was established in 2001 at Roseland theater in downtown Portland. The FCFF has grown across the state, hosting events from Pendleton, Oregon to the Coast. Most recently, the FCFF has established the "Battle at the Mountain" series in partnership with Spirit Mountain Casino. The FCFF has been featured countless times across the MMA media landscape including being called the 'golden gloves of MMA' by Inside MMA, a nationally broadcast commentary sports program. In 2014 the FCFF begun hosting professional mma fights as their "Main Events" in addition to matching up the region's top amateurs in tooth-in-nail battles for the belt.