Chukchansi Gold Resort & Casino will present 12 action-packed fights at the July 23 “Best of Both Worlds” event.
Six of the cage bouts, starting at 6 p.m., will be mixed martial arts and six will be Muay Thai. Muay Thai bouts are always with opponents standing up (never going to the mat), with a focus on knee and elbow strikes and is very popular with the Asian community.
Mixed martial arts fighter Steve Bolinger (155 pounds) of Fresno, has a 5-1 record. In his five wins, he has finished all his opponents before the end of the second round. Known for his tremendous work ethic to become the best, he looks to destroy his opponent when the cage door shuts, and has a great deal of respect for each opponent before and after the fight.
Bolinger’s only loss was in the California State MMA Finals last year.
Andrew Nguyen has been training Muay Thai most of his life. He is undefeated as a professional with a 2-0 record. He trains at Buhawe Muaythai USA, which is considered one of the premier Muay Thai gyms in Central California.
Tickets cost $40 for general admission, $50 VIP seats, and $100 cage-side.
Promoter Jason Weiner is the owner of Up & Comers MMA in Fresno, and the Chukchansi fight card will be his 24th UPC event.
Upcoming events at Chukchansi include Rock and Roll Hall of Famer Joan Jett and the Blackhearts on Aug. 5, Moonwalker - The Reflection of Michael on Aug. 19, and rock-singer, songwriter Melissa Etheridge on Sept. 2.
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