Warrior Fighting Championship “Caged Chaos”: Joseph Maness v Brandon Bell – Live on GFL.Tv
Warrior FC “Caged Chaos” takes place this Saturday at the Harlan Center pitting undefeated Nathan Maness (6-0, 10-0, including amateur record) from North Carolina against hometown Kentucky fighter Brandon Bell for the Warrior FC Lightweight Title.
This bout may seem lopsided but it is far from that. Maness is coming off a tough shoulder injury that he incurred in January and has not been in the cage for almost a year. Additionally Maness is climbing 2 weight classes to fight at lightweight having gone from 135lbs to 155 lbs for the contest. Brandon Bell (4-5) is basically fighting in his backyard and has won three of his last five fights, his last win a first round TKO over Shane Robinson. Though he lost the Lightweight Title to a retiring Matt Metts via decision this past April, he is know to be a tough, strong fighter having never been knocked out.
All said Maness is still the favorite in this bout. He was ranked as the No. 1 pro bantamweight in the Southeast, and had already decided to step in weight well before this bout. In 10 bouts (6 as a pro) since 2013 he has never lost, having finished 5 or 50% of his opponents. His last fight was in 2015 at Coliseum Combat XXXIII, when he knocked out Michael Ricketts with one of the best shots of the year. He also holds wins over other notable fighters, Isaiah Ferguson and Jeremy Pender.
The tale of the tape also seems to be in Maness’ favor as he has youth (25 years to Bell’s 31 years), height and reach advantages. If Maness can quell the hometown crowd and if his shoulder is full healed he should come away with the victory, though do not expect a 1st round finish.
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