www.COLORADOFIGHTEVENTS.com presents BATTLEQUEST 8: TAPOUT!
On Friday April 11th, BATTLEQUEST returns to the Denver area with its eighth installment entitled TAPOUT!.
In one of the evening’s feature bouts, rising female star Cat Albert returns to the cage. Colorado Fight Event’s Ann Dain recently spoke with Cat.
“Cat Albert is already a favorite on the MMA circuit for good reason. Not only is Cat a well-trained, strategic and talented competitor but she is also beautiful and seemingly unscarred from her trips to the ring. It would be easy to dismiss the athletic prowess of such an attractive woman but that would be a mistake. Cat has dominated every sport she has been exposed to since she was a child.
There have been a handful of highly influential people in Cat’s life that have brought her to where she is today. One of her early mentors was her PE coach in middle school, John Zatigan. Cat later wrote her college entrance essay on Zatigan for which she earned an “A”. Zatigan encouraged Cat in many athletic disciplines. It seemed that there wasn’t a sport that had a long learning curve for her. Whatever she tried may have been new on the first outing but with exposure, she would dominate the field. Not only did this ability to excel exhibit itself in sports that would conventionally accept female competitors such as soccer, volleyball, dancing, swimming (setting a long standing record for the butterfly at age 10) and track (wiping out her older sister’s former track records) but she was the lone female wrestler on the Boulder County Fairview High School wrestling team. Many of the opposing team coaches hoped she would tire of the grappling and disappear and others were so resentful of her presence that they wouldn’t shake her hand if she had a win over one of their team members.
Such slights did not discourage the young Cat as she had strong encouragement from her very biggest fan, her mother. Cat describes her mother as being a loud lady who may not have always understood the sport for which she was cheering on her daughter but always made sure that she was heard! Cat’s mother died two years ago but the momentum she began, lives on. Following her death and the relocation of her widowed father, Cat adopted her former wrestling coach, Jim Heun, as a surrogate father and grandfather to her 20 month old son, Brayden. It was actually the pregnancy and birth of Brayden that brought Cat to her first Jiu Jitsu gym to get back into shape. The rest is history – here was yet another sport to drive the competitive fever of this naturally talented athlete.
When asked how familiar Cat was with her upcoming Battlequest opponent, Krystal Macatol, Cat revealed that she knew Krystal to be a “rambunctious kick-boxer”. Cat’s last match-up ended in a loss so she made it very clear that come Friday night she was “head set on kicking some butt”. In spite of the aggression that is sure to be present in the ring Friday night at Battlequest, it is an interesting dichotomy to simultaneously witness the soft nurturing side of Cat, mother of Brayden and Cat, significant-other to her partner, Mauricio Zingano. As indicative of her name, Cat Albert has the complex skill set to shift from the purring persona of her domestic life to the alley cat seeking dominance once she enters the ring. She is always entertaining and nearly always triumphant. Friday will most certainly be no different.”
The Cat Albert-Krystal Macatol bout will be a part of the BATTLEQUEST 8: TAPOUT! event. The 12 bout fight card will feature some of the area’s top fighters. The event will take place at the Softball Country Sports Pavilion at 2101 West 64th Avenue. Doors will open at 6:30 and the first bout starts promptly at 7:30 pm. BATTLEQUEST is known as a breeding ground for new talent and is the feeder show to the popular RING OF FIRE Championship Fighting promotion. **TAPOUT WILL BE AT BATTLEQUEST** You have watched their show on the Versus Network! You have seen them cageside at the UFC and WEC events! Now this is your chance to join MASK, PUNKASS and SKYSCRAPE live and in person as their TV show rolls through the Mile High city. “Traveling around the country in a tricked out tour bus, the crew is on the hunt to discover a fighter who has what it takes to represent the TapouT label; and before these up and comers fight their way out of the cage, they have to fight their way in with the TapouT crew. The crew bonds with their fighter testing out his personality, and in between the usual TapouT mayhem makes sure their new protégé gets the proper training before the big fight. In each episode, it’s all on the line in the dramatic conclusion as each fighter gets one shot to impress the crew and show off his skills in the cage.”
Last year TAPOUT filmed at a RING OF FIRE event. The episode was seen by millions of MMA fans across the world, and helped to launch the career of Donald COWBOY Cerrone. Come and be a part of the national TV show filming, live, April 11th as they hit the Battlequest 8 event in search of their next big MMA breakout star!
Tickets can be purchased at any KING SOOPERS location or online at www.ticketswest.com. You can also charge by phone at 866-464-2626. Doors will open at 6:30 and the first bout will start promptly at 7:30 p.m.
Rows 1-2 $50.00
Rows 3-6 $35.00
Rows 7-14 $25.00
Visit www.rofmma.com and www.coloradofightevents.com over the next few weeks for updates to the fight card, in depth interviews and fighter bios.