Not only has the 221 Industry head launch a clothing line and a successful MMA promotion, he is now dipping in the beer market with “Submission Ale”. The launch of beer coincides with the upcoming April 12 card, which will feature Sean O’Malley and Frank Ramsey defending their titles.
This on top of the historic announcement that ICF will be holding the first ever all-female MMA card in Montana’s history.
We talk to Smith about the busy few months.
MTCage: It has been a busy year so far in 2014 for Intense Cage Fighting. You are coming off a successful card in February and have a quick turnaround for the April card plus a May card in the works. How has it been to grow ICF these past few months?
Cory Smith: I think the last time I talked to you I was saying we were going to take some time off, well we ended up doing the opposite, and booking a few shows and getting some more talent in that cage. I don’t think we have ever been this busy, and now with the release of our Beer coming up fight week, things have gone from 60-100 real fast. Im excited for summer I know that, this is awesome but a break will be nice.
MTCage: The May event will be an all female affair. How is it looking so far?
Smith: Its going so Great! Working with the Hammond’s out in Seattle, match making this card, has been a blast, and now we are doing a Tournament style with Invicta vets, its going to be Legendary night!
MTC: You have been working with Fusion Fight League out of Billings. How has this been beneficial to both promotions?
Smith: Working with Fusion has been awesome, Terrell and I have became really good friends over the past few months, sharing war stories of the “fight promoters life”, sharing fighters, matching up good talent, talking sponsorships, great company down there in Billings, really looking forward to the future with those guys.
MTC: Sean O’Malley has a five round war back in November with Colin Lee and returns to defend his 135 title. How solid is it to have them on the card once again?
Smith: I said it before, and ill say it again, this kid is amazing! As a fan, I am so excited to watch him compete again, and the fans havent stopped talking about him since that November fight. He’s got our 145lb and 135lb Belts, and sounds like he plans to defend them both in upcoming shows. Sean is going to be moving to Arizona to train full time at Benson Henderson home gym, the MMA lab, along with ICF Vets Tim Welch and Frank Ramsey.
MTC: What other fights do you got for us on this card?
Smith: Myles Mazurkiewicz and Joe McMillen is going to be huge, people have been talking about this fight for a long time, and seems to be a highlight of fight. Frank Ramsey, the 8 time defending champion for the ICF 155lb title and a pro record of 10-1, will begin his drop to the 145lb class and fight a catch weight fight against Ryan Mulhvill (11-2) from Spokane at 150lb, this could easily be the fight of the night, and by far Ramsey’s toughest fight to date.
MTC: Any anyone you want to thank? Anything you want to add?
Smith: Thank you to the fans and sponsors. Remember we debut our new beer, “Submission Ale” April 9th at the Front Brewery from 6pm-10pm, with ever “Submission Ale” sold a dollar going to our cancer fundraiser, so please come out if you are in the Great Falls area.
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