TUCSON – Sunnyside High school assistant wrestling coach Ray Piña is making a big comeback in professional Mixed Martial Arts. The 3-time wrestling state champ will fight at “RUF 32” in Maricopa, AZ. Here’s more with the Sunnyside grad as he continues to mentor fellow wrestlers (from News 4 Tucson sportscast):
Ray Piña preps for “RUF 32”
Tickets now on sale at www.nitrotickets.com/ruf
An event for the entire family, come watch this live RUF MMA 32 FITE Night and enjoy the beautiful scenery alongside the lake, music, cold beers and food carts galore all starting at 5 p.m. MT. Fights start at 7 p.m. sharp! RUF 32 live MMA event and live streamed on RUFTV on www.rufmma.net.
A spectacular line-up is in place for YOU ALL!
In the Main Event, fighting at 170, Brasilian Rafael Souza, cousin of UFC star Jacare Souza, will be facing South Tucson’s most popular MMA fighter and former Bellator star Raymond “The Truth” Pina. Both have never met in the cage and will surely bring the house down.
In the Co-Main event, MMA Veteran & RUF MMA Heavyweight World Champion- Tony “Kryptonite” Lopez will be defending his title vs. Maricopa’s own “Dale Sopi”. Both pros have been actively fighting in Bare Knuckle Fighting events and have fought on other Boxing shows as well. They will now clash in Maricopa at RUF 32 for the Heavyweight World Title!
In other featured pro fights: Andres “The Punisher” Ponce will battle Yuma’s own Joe Gustina, who just fought at M1 Global last month at Quechen at 145. Also on the pro card, Brasilian, Raphael Montini, will be taking on local MMA veteran JT Wells in a bantamweight showdown. Montini is part of UFC’s World Champion-Team Henry Cejudo.
Other notable matchups include Casa Grande’s own Joseph Rivas vs. Nick Lewis. The 205 Amateur Title will be contested between Tucsonan Pete Rodriguez from Dominate MMA vs
Michael Schlageck from Damri MMA and at 125 Aaron Hernandez will be making his debut vs Robert Shepardson from Damri MMA in Avondale, AZ.
This evening will be full of UFC stars in attendance, 12 total fights, 3 Titles on the line, thousands of screaming fans, RUF TV live-streamed around the world, Clan-destine crew, Tohono O’odham Executive Team Manuel & Jose, NABI representatives, CopaTv, local and national press, MMA Stalkers, Hensley Beverages, plus much more. Please join us on May 18th, 2019 for an exciting evening of music, excitement, MMA action and entertainment like no other for all the family all happening at The Copper Sky, the newest venue for all MMA fans.
Fight Card Subject To Change**********RUF 32: Copper Sky May 18th
Tickets can be bought at www.nitrotickets.com/ruf