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6'4 heavyweight powerhouse Aaron "Gorilla" Green will step through the ropes for the first time as a main eventer this Friday night at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN. Green is undefeated in his first 7 bouts as a professional with all but one of his opponents making it out of the second round. Green's opponent in the featured bout of the evening this weekend will be 6'5 South Dakotan Emerson Chasing Bear (5-3-2, 3 KO's).
Green's ability to take out most of his opponents early has been impressive, but it was the one bout versus TJ Gibson which went the distance that is Green's most satisfying showing to date. Green knocked the smaller Gibson from pillar to post for six rounds and nearly had him out just as the fight ending bell sounded. Gibson showed an amazing chin and heart for his part. And Green showed he has the ability to box, cool and composed in a fight that lasts the distance.
"Fighting TJ was actually very difficult" said Green. "TJ is a smaller heavy/cruiserweight but he knows how to make his opponents tired. He is also very hard to hit believe it or not. TJ has a style that is awkward but very affective. During the fight I was never frustrated or impatient. I knew TJ was abnormally tough so winning rounds and not getting too tired was more important. Regardless of what anyone thought about his record, I knew it was going to be a war. I actually sparred with TJ to get him ready for the Ray Edwards fight. Fighting him let me know that I needed to be leaner and in even better condition."
Green's opponent in Friday's main event has also proven to have a no quit attitude while bringing a good chin and experience. Chasing Bear took some of Joey Abell's big shots in a bout earlier this year. And to his credit, the three losses he does have on his record came against opponents with a combined record of 45-10 including the Abell bout and another versus Carlos Negron who was 11-0 at the time. Chasing Bear holds a win over Harley Kilfian and has a draw with Van Goodman. The problem for Chasing Bear though is that he has a small frame for a heavyweight despite his height. And not being able to match power with Green could spell trouble.
"I am unbelievably excited and very humbled about Main Eventing in Hinckley. It is an awesome feeling. The opportunity seemed like it came out of nowhere, as I am the kind of person who focuses just on fighting. We know Chasing Bear is tall and has a traditional boxing style. Training camp has gone well so far. Each fight I try to step up the training and conditioning. I have been getting great sparring from Joey Abell, Heath Roth and Brent Anderson. I have some more great sparring coming in this week as well."
"I want to thank everyone who will be heading to the show to support all of the fighters and myself" continued Green. I am very thankful that RDS and Cory are giving me this opportunity. I want to thank my team Pete Daszkiewicz, Lisa Bauch and Heath Roth. I also want to thank my wife for her support and help with things outside of the ring. Thank you friends, fans and family. I really appreciate the support and if fuels me to train hard. Thank you!"
Friday October 12 at the Grand Casino in Hinckley, MN is the date. Aside from the main event, not much is known about the rest of the card at this time. RJ Laase, Dustin Mason, Winston Anderson, and Antwan Robertson were all listed as fighting on the show but for separate reasons, are all off now. The only other bout I have been able to confirm to be a go is a featherweight bout between Saint Paul's Brad Heroff (1-0) vs Randi Ronchi (0-5). Rondale Give Um Hell Hubbert will be gunning for his second win as a pro. MMA fighters Tony Norlander and Jason Benson are also said to be on the card boxing in separate bouts but no opponent has been listed.