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Driller geared up for another sold-out show at Mystic Lake Casino Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Friday, 30 May 2014 14:11

Much like Driller Promotions last trip to Mystic Lake, the main room for Saturday's Mecca V sold out in a matter of days.

"Yes, it's a small room, but it's an amazing venue for MMA, and that community really supports it," Driller's Jeremy Bjornberg said. "Mystic has been fantastic to us. We love the product we're able to bring there."

Fights are scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. Saturday. Though the main room is sold out, there are still seats available in the secondary closed-circuit party room. That room features the fights on a massive projection-screen TV, along with private bar, private waitresses, a DJ and the night's MC, Meat Sauce from KFAN.

Tickets to the party room are just $20.

We caught up with Bjornberg this week to break down the entire fight card:

AMATEUR

135 - SAM KHOM vs. TAYLOR BERG

Bjornberg's thoughts: I know Sam has been working out hard, keeping himself in shape. He's coming off the first win of his career, and he had a good showing at the 135 tournament in Owatonna. A lot of people thought he beat Richard Rodriguez in that fight. Either way, he's

improving. Taylor Berg is new, but I've heard good things. He's been training, and looks like he's serious about this.

 

185 - MICHAEL WALSH vs. MICHAEL BULLEN

Bjornberg's thoughts: Walsh is 1-1 and he took a tough loss down in Austin to Melvin Cruz, who's now in line for a title shot. He's a good athlete, a strong kid and someone who's done everything right since he started fighting. Bullen, I don't know a lot, but he's 1-0 and seems pretty skilled. He trains with a good group of guys up north like Gemenie Strehlow. I think it's a good, even fight. Two big, strong guys with a future.

155 - SAM HERNANDEZ vs. KARTER HOLTHUSEN

Bjornberg's thoughts: I'm very, very excited about this fight. Karter is a young kid, a very hard worker with tons of upside. He's a high school wrestler, but his game is really coming along. He's already 2-0 at his age and I think he has a desire to really go far in the sport. Sam is someone we've tried to get on our shows for a while. He's a banger. I'm excited to see what he can do. He's another one I've heard good things about.

125 - LINSEY WILLIAMS vs. CHELSI WESTDORP

Bjornberg's thoughts: Linsey is a big-time prospect. She's an excellent striker and it sounds like she has a game that is rounding into shape. A lot of people are excited about her debut. She's been training for quite some time and is apparently a pretty mean fighter. Chelsi fights anyone put in front of her. Even though she's an amateur, she carries herself like a true professional. She's coming off a three-round war against Christina Jobe. It was a very close fight, could have gone either way. There's no quit in Chelsi, and she gets better every time I see her fight.

135 - RICHARD RODRIGUEZ vs. DUSTIN MURPHY

Bjornberg's thoughts: This fight fell into our lap, and it's a great one. Richard is obviously a skilled wrestler, and he's 5-0 as an amateur. He's a wrestler who has shown he can bang a little bit. And he doesn't quit. He's taken some punishment in fights. Dustin Murphy stepped up on short notice this week. We went through three opponents for Richard, and honestly, this might end up being the best fight out of all of them. Dustin is working hard at the Academy. He's coming off a knee injury, so I'm sure he's looking to test that out. He's a tough fight for anyone.

185 - AARON SHAW vs. DANNY OLSON

Bjornberg's thoughts: Danny Olson is 0-2, but he's lost to two very tough fighters to start off his career. He trains with Reese Hernandez and the guys way up north, and Reese said Danny is working hard. He hits hard, strong kid. That should fit well with Aaron Shaw, who also hits hard. Aaron has run into some wrestlers, and he doesn't have a wrestling background. He hits hard and definitely has some knockout power. I think these two will stand and bang and give the fans what they want.

155 - ASH MAJEK vs. BRYAN MORTENSEN

Bjornberg's thoughts: Man, I love this fight. Ash has proven over the last year that he's one of the toughest amateurs in Minnesota. He's improving every time in the cage and he's a smart fighter. Fans either love him or hate him because he puts on a show in there. I'm sure Saturday will be no different. B Mo is the same way. He's athletic, strong. When he's focused, he's tough to beat. His opponent missed weight badly last weekend, and B Mo said he wanted to get in there ... it's been a tough run as he's been pretty much cutting weight non-stop. But this is an exciting fight for sure.

PRO

145 - SEAN RICHMAN vs. ADAM SCHUMACHER

Bjornberg's thoughts: This is a long-awaited pro debut for Sean Richman. He's been working hard for this. He's a good striker and he's getting better every day. Boy, what a tough debut, though. Adam Schumacher is super high energy. He's a good wrestler, he swings for the fences, and he's just solid all-around. It's a tough fight, but it's what Sean wanted right off the bat. Adam also took this on short notice. It's a dangerous fight for Sean for sure.

160 - KYLE TODD vs. BOBBY FERRIER

Bjornberg's thoughts: This will be Kyle Todd's pro debut, too. He's been going every day with Tom Schmitz and impoving constantly. He was able to show off his toughness and hands last time at Mystic, and I'm guessing he'll be looking for that again Saturday. Ferrier is another dude who will step up and face anyone. He's a vet, and he's better than most people give him credit for.

135 - CARL DEATON vs. TONY ZELINSKI

Bjornberg's thoughts: This is a tough, tough fight for Deaton and a big step up against a Bellator vet like Zelinski, who holds a win over one of Deaton's teammates in Nick Kirk. Zelinski is a wrestler for sure. But so is Carl. It'll be interesting to see whose wrestling wins out. Zelinski is strong, he can wear you down. Carl will be looking to do the same. They're similar fighters. It's another good, even fight. I know Carl is looking to put on a show and make his fights more exciting.

135 - JOHN CASTANEDA vs. MATT BROWN

Bjornberg's thoughts: Man, what a great event. These are two of the best 135-pound prospects from the Midwest. Matt Brown is probably the best from Wisconsin, Castaneda is right there with the best from Minnesota. I expect fireworks. Both of these guys keep a crazy pace. This will be high-action, high-drama. I really don't know how this one is going to go down, but I'll be on the edge of my seat. It's the kind of fight that'll leave the fans with a good taste in their mouths, non-stop action.