Cory Smith Talks ICF “Homecoming” Card

icf 8It’s been a busy 2014 for Intense Cage Fighting with several cards and a national TV debut. The year ends with the biggest card to date Friday at the Four Seasons Arena in Great Falls.

Fresh off their national TV appearances, Tim Welch (Fight Master) and Leo Bercier (The Ultimate Fighter) will return to Montana and be on the same card for the first time since July 2011.

Here is the full card for Friday:

Main Event

  • Tim Welch vs. Eric Regan (170; pro)

Main Card

  • Frank Ramsey vs. Ira Evansen (155; pro)
  • Leo Bercier vs. Kenny Ento (185; pro)
  • James Ogden vs. Myles Mazurkiewicz (140; pro)
  • Sam Atkins vs. Brendan Martin (HWT; pro)
  • Colin Lee vs.  Sean O’Malley (145; ammy)
  • Luis Carranza vs. Andy Davis (135; ammy)
  • Cody Vukasin vs. Jon Sinclair (HWT; ammy)

We talked to ICF president Corey Smith about the upcoming card and a busy 2014.

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MTCage: You are coming off your first TV broadcast. How does it feel to get to see ICF on national TV?

Cory Smith: It was truly a surreal experience. Kind of an emotional night knowing all the hard work and the adventure that was traveled the past 3 years had paid off, so much time and energy went into that broadcast, it was almost a relief when it was over.

MTCage: For this card you are bringing some talented fighters who were there since the beginning of the ICF, what does it mean to you to bring them back?

Smith: It’s going to a special night, with Tim, Frank, and Leo all back on the same card, we haven’t had those 3 on the same show since the first show 3 years ago. Means everything to us to have the 3 guys that kicked off the 221 promotion, and made 221 and the ICF what it is today. Its been so fun watching these 3 compete and grow in the past 3. just nice to have them home, and let the hometown crowd enjoy watching these guys compete.

MTC:  Tim Welch is coming off an appearance on “Fight Master” and has trained under legendary coach Greg Jackson.  Do you feel we will be seeing a different fighter coming into the cage Friday?

C.S.: Absolutely, Tim has upped his game 110%, just being around the top fighters in the world on a day to day basis, and working under some of the best coach’s in the world, has changed him not just as a fighter, but as a person and professional athlete. He’s taken all of it in stride, staying humble, and continuing to compete at the highest level.

MTC: This is a loaded card for the end of the year. What can we expect in 2014?

C.S.: I get asked this exact question on a daily basis. I can honestly say I don’t know, we are going to take some time off, enjoy the holidays, spend some time on the ski hill, maybe a vacation, relax, then get back to the drawing board in January, do some events for our Cancer Foundation, possibly put on a concert, then ICF 11 in March, possibly with TV, but we will see. 2013 was a fun year, had a lot of fun, made a lot of progress, so we are going to take things as they come, entertain TV offers, continue to work on our West Coast deals, see what doors open, hope 2014 is another big year for 221.

MTC:  Anything you’d like to add?

C.S.: Is it Friday Yet? As a fan, I don’t think I’ve ever been this excited for a fight card, gonna be some serious wars inside that cage Friday Night, the Arena will be rockin as usual.

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MTCage will be cageside as we will provide live by play for “ICF Homecoming” on Friday. We will also be tweeting live results on the MTCage twitter feed.

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