Chris Holland vs. Brandon Thatch

Chris Holland vs. Brandon Thatch

Following a seven-month hiatus, venerable Colorado fight promotion Ring of Fire returns with Backlash, a mixed martial arts fight card featuring many of Colorado’s top talents. The event also marks the promotion’s return to the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, Colo., for the first time in nearly a year.

The Ring of Fire 40 main event features Young Guns welterweight champion Brandon “Rukus” Thatch against Chris Holland. Just lucky to be fighting, Thatch returned last year at

Michelle Blalock vs. Casey Noland

Michelle Blalock vs. Casey Noland

Ring of Fire 39 – after a year-and-a-half out of the sport due to a severe neck injury – to win the title. Holland is a 35-year-old late starter in the sport, looking to make the most of his narrow window of opportunity.

The co-main event features Young Guns women’s lightweight (125-pound) champion Michelle Blalock in her first professional fight, facing a stern test in Casey Noland.

The supporting cast is highlighted by a feature fight between Grudge Training Center middleweight standout Chaun

Cezar Mutante vs. Chaun Sims

Cezar Mutante vs. Chaun Sims

Sims, who faces Vitor Belfort protégé Cezar Mutante. This fight could serve as a launching pad to the big leagues for the victor.

The Backlash fighters weighed in before an overflowing room on Friday night at Dave & Busters in Broomfield, Colo. Ring of Fire 40 takes place Saturday night at the 1stBank Center in Broomfield, just outside of Denver.

(Photos courtesy of Ring of Fire / April Pishna)

Ring of Fire 40 Weigh-in Results:

Ring of Fire Young Guns Welterweight Championship:
Brandon Thatch (169) vs. Chris Holland (170)

Ring of Fire Young Guns Women’s Lightweight Championship:
Michelle Blalock (125) vs. Casey Noland (125)

Chaun Sims (185) vs. Cezar Mutante (184)
Jason Lee (185) vs. Coltin Cole (185)
Josh Cavan (169) vs. Tamboura Gerl (171)

Ring of Fire Young Guns Lightweight Championship:
Marcus Edwards (155) vs. Nick Laney (155)

Justin Gaethje (156) vs. Aaron Carter (156)
Chad Romero (149) vs. Tommy Thompson (145)
Joey Banks (145) vs. Pete Alvarado (150)
Henry Solis (228) vs. Rocky Hoffschneider (260)
Tito Solis (170) vs. Josh Kammer (169)
Nick McCorkle (143) vs. Cory Kuechler (140)

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