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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Local Fighters Bring Some Punch to World Fighting Federation Bouts in Tucson

Posted By on Wed, Jul 13, 2016 at 2:09 PM

Raymond "The Truth" Piña will be facing off against Estevan "El Terrible" Payan on Saturday, July 23 at Casino Del Sol at WFF 29. - LOGAN BURTCH-BUUS
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  • Raymond "The Truth" Piña will be facing off against Estevan "El Terrible" Payan on Saturday, July 23 at Casino Del Sol at WFF 29.

Whether facing off against a fellow professional in the mixed martial arts cage or getting into street fights in his youth, Raymond “The Truth” Piña knows a thing or two about combat.

A lifelong wrestler who competed at Sunnyside High School, Piña molded his knack for getting into street fights as a youth into a professional MMA career—one he hopes will take him far in the cutthroat, constantly evolving sport.

Training out of Neutral Corner Gym here in Tucson, as well as several other locations in town, the 24-year-old Tucson native has been cutting his teeth nearly every day since making his amateur debut back in 2009 and believes his constant evolution as a fighter will one day earn him a spot in the limelight.

On Saturday, July 23, Piña (who holds a 6-2 record) will face off in a 170-pound welterweight bout here in Tucson, at Casino Del Sol, when Arizona MMA promotion World Fighting Federation returns to town to host “WFF 29.”

Pitted against an opponent with years of experience on his side, Piña will compete against Ultimate Fighting Championship and Bellator MMA veteran Estevan “El Terrible” Payan (16-9-1NC), who fights out of Phoenix. Though Payan may hold the advantage when it comes to in-cage experience, Piña believes his tenacity and skill set will be enough to win the day in front of a hometown crowd.

“I hope to show everyone that has doubts about me that I'm the real deal,” Piña said. “I'm going to show everyone that I'm going places… It's the best feeling in the world to walk out to a crowd that loves you and supports me the way they do. My fans and supporters are what drive me to be somebody. I've never thought I would be loved the way I'm loved here in Tucson but to me it's one of the greatest feelings in the world.”

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Thursday, June 30, 2016

FC Tucson Ticket Giveaway

Posted By on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 at 1:30 PM

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Busy Sunday night? We're giving away a four pack of tickets to the July 3 FC Tucson game against Laguna FC. The game is at 7:30 p.m. at Kino North Stadium (2817 E. Ajo Way).

All you have to do to enter is fill out the form below. We'll contact the winner midday on Friday, July 1. Tickets can be purchased here

Fill out my online form.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

UA Finance Prof Wins $1.2 Million in World Series of Poker

Posted By on Wed, Jun 29, 2016 at 4:30 PM

Mitchell Towner: Plenty of time to count his $1.2 million when the dealin's done.
  • Mitchell Towner: Plenty of time to count his $1.2 million when the dealin's done.
UA finance prof Mitchell Towner knew when to hold them and knew when to fold them yesterday at the World Series of Poker. The Las Vegas Review Journal caught up him after he played his winning hand:

“I really don’t play poker,” Towner said. “I’ve only ever played two events that are worth more than like $100.”

Towner, an assistant professor of finance at the University of Arizona, looked like anything but a novice on Tuesday night as he won the World Series of Poker’s $1,500 buy-in “Monster Stack” No-limit Hold ’em event at the Rio Convention Center.

The 29-year-old Towner defeated Venezuela’s Dorian Rios during heads-up play and collected $1.12 million along with his first — obviously — career bracelet.

“I just tried to play fairly straightforward. I didn’t want to put myself in any marginal spots,” Towner said. “It seemed like people were liable to blast off occasionally and so I figured, you never know, maybe I’ll get hit with the deck of cards and run really, really well, and that’s what happened.”
[Las Vegas Review-Journal]

Ed note: This post original referred to Towner as a math professor.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Win Wildcat Baseball Tickets

Posted By on Mon, May 23, 2016 at 1:00 PM


Already looking for ways to keep busy this summer? We're giving away a pair of tickets to two Wildcat Baseball games this week. 

The Wildcats are playing Abilene Christian at 6 p.m. on both Tuesday, May 24 and Wednesday May 25. Want to go? Enter below. 

We'll call the winners mid day on Tuesday, and tickets have to be picked up from our office by 5 p.m.

Good luck!

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Monday, May 16, 2016

Talk Derby To Me

Posted By on Mon, May 16, 2016 at 4:50 PM

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Looking for something fun, new and exciting? Then get your derby on and become a Renegade!

Renegade Rollergirls of Tucson, a free roller-derby league, is looking for their next generation of roller girls. 

Starting Monday May 16, there will be free skills and drills practices every Friday and Monday throughout the summer for those interested, curious and wanting to become a renegade roller.

All females 18 and older are eligible to play, and experience is welcome but not necessary.

Membership, travel and a uniform are all free but skates, knee pads, elbow pads, wrist guards and a helmet are required to participate in practice. Don't have the required equipment? You're still welcome to come and meet the team.

R.R.O.T. also offers advice about finding gear and has limited gear available for loan—if notified ahead of time.

Practices are held every Friday and Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. through Friday, July 29. You join throughout the summer—but you'll get more out of it the sooner you join.

Practices are at 3525 E. Pima Street, located at a hockey rink attached to the parking lot at the corner of Pima and Palo Verde. 

Interested? Check out the Renegade Rollers of Tucson website or the Tucson Renegades Recruitment and Info Facebook page for more information.

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Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks Play the Giants on Thursday

Posted By on Wed, May 11, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Sports pals, this one is for you: If you're into baseball, making last minute plans and driving to Phoenix, we've got an opportunity you're gonna love.  

The Diamondbacks are playing the San Fransisco Giants on Thursday, May 12 at 6:40 p.m. and you and a pal could be lucky enough to go.

We're giving away two pairs of tickets to the game on Thursday, at noon—as in less than seven hours before you need to be settled into you seats with a beer in one hand and a hot dog in the other. 

By entering, you're agreeing to pick the tickets up at our office (near the Foothills Mall) sometime before we lock the doors at 5 p.m.—though, you should probably be on your way to Phoenix by then, anyways. Good luck!

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Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Win Tickets to One of Three Wildcat Baseball Games This Weekend

Posted By on Tue, May 3, 2016 at 4:00 PM

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Our bat-wielding Wildcats will be facing Oregon State in three games this weekend and you (plus three pals) could be there! 

Enter below to win tickets. We'll call winners on Thursday.

Fill out my online form.

Monday, April 25, 2016

Win Tickets to See the Diamondbacks vs. Cardinals Game on Tuesday

Posted By on Mon, Apr 25, 2016 at 3:00 PM

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The Diamondbacks are playing the Cardinals at Chase Field on Tuesday and you could be there.

Up for a spur-of-the-moment baseball adventure? We'll get in touch with the winner at noon on Tuesday—as in, the day of the game. If you win, you'll have to stop by our office on the northwest side of town before we lock the doors at 5 p.m. The game starts at 6:40 p.m.

You'll want to make sure you're by your phone midday Friday. Since there's only a five hour window for the winner to claim their tickets, we want to know for sure that they're coming. If you win, and you don't pick up the phone or get back to me within an hour, I'll move on to a new winner. 

Good luck. 

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