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Minnesota casino hosting MMA Cage event

7 December 2009

RED WING, Minnesota -- (PRESS RELEASE) -- On Friday night, December 11 at 7 p.m. the Treasure Island Event Center will host a spectacular Mixed Martial Arts Cage Fighting event featuring MMA Super Star and UFC veteran Joe "Diesel" Riggs, who will take on Ray Steinbess (14-3) in a battle that sends the winner to Strikeforce on Showtime in January, 2010.

Riggs fought in Minnesota 6 years ago and is thrilled to be coming back. This will be the first time they have faced each other in the cage and should be a battle of epic proportions. Another feature bout is Strikeforce veteran Kaitlin Young (who fought superstar Gina Currano almost a year ago) is back and ready to make her run for the Strikeforce title as she takes on undefeated Muay Thai phenom Shana Olson. Olson is looking forward to competing against a fighter of Young's caliber because a victory would propel her to the next level in the sport.

Scheduled fighters* include Joe "Diesel" Riggs, Ray Steinbess, Drew Wells, Shane Emmons, Isaiah Larson, Mike VanMere, Kaitlin Young, Shana Olson, Mike Downey, Derrick Smith, Derrick Abrahms, Ryan Stock, Phil White, Rich McParland, Nate Schut and Steve Merth.

The action starts early when you attend the MMA Cage Fight weigh-in party on Thursday, December 10 at 7 p.m. Join us in the Parlay Lounge for drink specials, prizes and more as your favorite fighters prepare for Friday night's event.

Treasure Island's new Island Event Center will have special seating for this event on Friday, December 11. A seating chart is available online at www.treasureislandcasino.com. Ringside tickets are $50, $30 for regular seating and $15 for bleachers and are available at the Island Box Office or by calling 1-877-849-1640.

Treasure Island Resort & Casino is the only casino resort in southern Minnesota located on the Mississippi River. Treasure Island offers guests some of the best gaming, accommodations, food service and nationally known entertainment in the casino industry. Recently, Treasure Island was awarded the Official Best Casino of Minnesota and Sexiest Casino. Guests can relax in Treasure Island's luxurious 480-room hotel and take in a show in the new 3,000-seat Island Event Center. Additional guest amenities include a 137-slip marina, 95-site RV-park, a 120-passenger cruise yacht and Island Xtreme Bowl, a 24 Brunswick™ Lane bowling center, arcade and lounge.

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