Combat Games: 8-Man $10500 Bantamweight Tournament
To celebrate Combat Games’ 50th MMA event, the promotion will be hosting an 8-man 150 lb. Bantamweight Tournament with $10,500 in prize money. The initial match ups that were drawn last Wednesday night so fighters were given just 10 days to prepare for their opponent.
The tournament winner will hold the Combat Games’ Bantamweight title.
Below are the initial bouts include:
BOUT #1 ARDANY MORA VS. PATRICK BENSON
BOUT #2 DUSTIN WINTER VS. EDUARDO TORRES
BOUT #3 JADON JOHNSON VS. OMAR AVELAR
BOUT #4 RICO ROUGH VS. ERIC CRONKHITE
Some key matchups to watch includes the first fight of the night in which Ardany Mora will battle Patrick Benson. Though it is not listed in any of the records I searched it appears these fighters fought as amateurs a few years back, which bout was voted fight of the year by Washington State fans. We reached out to Patrick Benson and he stated that the winner of this first bout he states will win the tournament, though he did not guarantee a win.
Ardany Mora has a history fighting long into a matches, ending with either a TKO’s by way of Punches or losing by decision. Benson on the other hand has never gone the distance and has only twice made it out of the first round. Benson is 2-1 having fought 3 fighters with winning records, losing to Brett Malone at WSOF 32 in July. Both fighters are coming off tough losses and will be looking to get back on track. A few wins in this tournament could propel them to bigger and better fights. This will be a great bout to watch – I hope the winner has something left for the 2nd round of the tourney.
Eduardo Torres out of Yakima MMA is lead by trainer Rich Guerin. He is a sparring partner of Julian Erosa of recent TUF and UFC fame. Very talented fighter and the top seed in the tournament. His 7-5 record is deceptive having lost twice by decision and once by disqualification. He has the most experience of any of the fighters in this tournament and a great team around him.
Eric Cronkhite (3-1, 3 finishes) and Dustin Winter (3-2, 2 Finishes) have the ability to be spoilers., though they do not have the experience of Torres, Benson and Mora. The rest of the field: Omar Avelar (8-11), Jadon Johnson (0-1), Rico Rough (0-2) do not seem to be in the same class as the rest of the field.
I wish more promotions would bring back these types of tournaments, they bring a lot of excitement to the sport.