MMA gets back to business Saturday

Rumble at the Roseland hits 60th edition
By Jeremy Lloyd, oregonsports.com

Four title fights and one superfight will highlight an over-the-top 60th edition of Rumble at the Roseland on December 3rd.

In the welterweight title bout, Jason Novelli and Bill Denney will face off in a matchup of talented fan favorites. Denney recently made news outside the cage after he disarmed a man who had just robbed a hotel with a semiautomatic handgun and held him until police arrived. Novelli, who is making his second attempt at the welterweight crown, has beaten notable fighters like Nathan Orchards and Alex Jordan.

The big boys will get their chance to take center stage as well, as heavyweight champ Chris DeLaRocha looks to defend his belt against undefeated Dylan Clark. Aside from being the baddest man in his weight class, DeLaRocha is also known for knocking out Rico Martinez in just 30 seconds at Rumble 55.

In two more much-anticipated title fights, 125-pound champ David Converse will take on Jeff Alden, while Ryan Truitt and Will Hill will battle it out for the vacant lightweight championship belt. And just to add a little more excitement to the evening, Nathan Allen of Team Quest and Brysen French of Impact JJ will clash in a middleweight superfight.

Of course, anyone who has been to a Rumble at the Roseland event in the past knows that the best fight of the night could just as easily come from two first-timers who have never set foot in a cage before. That's the beauty of of Rumble at the Roseland. It's all about the pride and passion of first-timers getting past their fear and taking that first step into the cage; or sometimes it's all about the pure talent and commitment of an up-and-comer who is fighting for his chance at the big time. Either way, you'll find more heart and raw emotion at this event than any other around.

The Oregonsports.com crew will be on hand to capture all the action with a full photo gallery and event recap, so check in with us later that night for the skinny on all the ass-kickery. If you’d like to join us, get your tickets here.

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