Atlantic City, NJ –Almost a year after defending his CFFC flyweight crown, Sean Santella returns to the CFFC cage on April 19, 2014 when he looks to defend his title for the fifth consecutive time when he takes on veteran Nick Honstein at the Mennen Arena in Morristown, New Jersey on April 19, 2014. This will mark the organization’s debut at the Mennen Arena. “We’re excited to have the number one flyweight prospect in the world defend his title in our North Jersey debut,” said CFFC CEO Robert Haydak Jr. “We plan on making a home up here and this is a great way to kick things off!”
While preparing for another title defense, Santella tore his LCL which required surgery that sidelined him for nearly a year. “My road to recovery was good,” said Santella. “The injury made me concentrate on weaker areas of my game and I had a lot of time to break things down. I think it made me a better fighter.”
“Shorty getting hurt has been a setback but he rehabbed better than I have seen any other fighter do before and he will be back stronger and better than ever,” said CFFC President Mike Constantino
“It’s always an honor defending my belt,” stated that current CFFC flyweight champion. “I know CFFC always brings in the top guys and I’m excited to have my skills tested. My opponent is a tall scrappy striker that has a good jits game. Should be a tough test but I’m predicting a TKO.”
For the Colorado based fighter, Honstein, traveling to New Jersey will not faze him one bit. After capturing a title in Australia, Honstein wants to add another to his resume. “First of all, I’m very honored and this opportunity could not have come at a better time,” said Honstein. I have been training consistently for over two years with my team at Factory X and am fully prepared to take on the flyweight division with guns blazing. I am also about to be a father and the thought of focusing on my fight career and defending my title this summer instead of dealing full-time with my construction business is exciting.”
Santella will be a huge test for Honstein but with consecutive wins coming from submission, Honstein isn’t backing down. “He is obviously a decorated Jiu-Jitsu player and in 16 fights he has yet to be finished,” continued Honstein. “I’m up for that challenge. My game plan is the same for this fight as it has always been; push his ass into the cage, take him down, damage, damage, damage, then submit. There’s usually a detour to adjust to but either way this match ends with the CFFC Flyweight title around my waist.”
“Honstein is a very dangerous fighter who likes to come out very fast,” said Haydak. “He has to know that Sean’s time away from the cage could play in his favor.”
The co-main event will feature a featherweight bout that will have title implications when TUF alumni, Andy Main takes on Brian “Boom” Kelleher. For Main, this fight is close to home considering his last two fights were in Japan. “I’m excited to be fighting in my backyard,” said Main. “Being the co-main event and fighting alongside my training partners, Sean Santella and Claudio Ledesma, is awesome. It’s great having everybody gearing up at the same time. CFFC is a great show I had a great experience the first time and hope I can put on another show for the fans.”
“Andy Main is truly one of the most talented 145-pound fighters in the world and we are lucky to have him on our CFFC roster,” said Constantino
In regard to his opponent, Main knows the issues his opponent can bring. “Brian Kelleher is a tough dude,” said Main. “He’s a grinder, no doubt. I have to fight smart and play my game and not fall into his. It’s as simple as that. I know Brian is going to bring it, so I just have to be on point with every part of my game on the 19th.”
Kelleher is no stranger to the CFFC cage and has fought for the organization six times with only one of those fights going to a decision. His last fight was a submission victory over Lester Caslow in February of this year. “I’m very happy to fight in the co-main event for CFFC,” said Kelleher. “In fact, I’m always happy to fight for CFFC. It’s a great promotion that treats fighters well.
“Kelleher is a tough, gritty fighter,” continued Haydak. “We love him here at CFFC because he always shows up and puts on a show. He has never been out of fight and has come so close in his losses. 2014 is a new year and a win against Main gets him right back in the hunt.”
“My opponent, Andy main, is a tough opponent,” continued Kelleher. “I respect all of my opponents. Without an opponent there is no fight or reason to continuously improve. He’s got great jiu-jitsu but I’m not one to sit and worry about my opponent. Instead, I focus on myself and my skills and mindset going into the fight. I predict that I show up and fight to win and go for the finish. I won’t stop going forward. I want the CFFC belt at 145 or 135 or both!”
Here is a look at the rest of Saturday night’s card:
Main Event CFFC Flyweight Title:
Nick Honstein vs Sean Santella
Brian Kelleher vs Andy Main
Emmanuel Walo vs Cheljean Erwin-Davis
Lewis Rumsey vs Mike Stewart
Marcio Bittencourt vs Claudio Ledsma
Mike Wade vs Shedrick Goodridge
J.A. Dudley vs Plinio Cruz
Joshua Key vs Bradley Desir
Jorge Martinez vs Robbie Flores
Shane Manley vs Noel Arcibal
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About Cage Fury Fighting Championships
Cage Fury Fighting Championships (www.cffc.tv) is a pioneer in bringing prominent and elite MMA talent to the east coast. Since CFFC’s debut, past and current champions have competed at the highest level. Before they were in the UFC, Jim and Dan Miller were both CFFC champions. That legacy remains the same today. Three current CFFC champions, George Sullivan, Aljamain Sterling, and Charlie Brenneman are currently on the UFC roster. Current UFC fighters Zach Makovsky, Nick Catone, Nah-Shon Burrell, and John Howard have also competed in CFFC prior to their entry to the UFC. Also, CFFC helped jump start the career of internet fighting sensation Kimbo Slice, whose first foray into MMA came in the CFFC cage when he fought former boxing champion Ray “Merciless” Mercer. CFFC continues to thrive as one of the best regional promotions in the world while focusing on treating fighters with respect and giving the fans the ultimate MMA experience.
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Sparta Combat League returns on GFL with “Army VS Marines”, a stacked MMA card on April 26 from the Budweiser Event Center in Loveland, Colorado. This event promises to be full speed from bell to bell as these pros and amateurs will do battle in the cage.
The SCL Bantamweight Title will be on the line when Josh “Hellboy” Huber (11-7) fights Ricky “Furioso” Johnson (10-4). This will be a rematch as Huber defeated Johnson via split decision in 2013. Huber is a scrappy fighter who has won 3 of his last 4. Huber looks to add to his championship collection with a win here. Huber is an aggressive fighter who always comes right at his opponent. Look for Huber to waste no time and bring the fight to Johnson. Johnson won his last fight and is anxious to get back in the cage with Huber and bring home the gold. Johnson believes he won the first fight and aims to not leave it in the hands of the judges this time. Expect Johnson to try and get the fight to the mat where he can work for a submission.
In a 185lb Pro Thai fight, Sgt US Army Charlie Brown takes on Brian Scraper. Brown likes to close the distance in his fights and let his hands go. Expect Brown to walk forward and try and avoid strikes by throwing hooks and uppercuts of his own. Brown’s best weapons are his fists and he has a granite chin to go along with dynamite in his hands. Look for Scraper to stay on the outside where he can let his high kicks and straight right hands go. If Brown does get inside, expect Scraper to be waiting with knees in the clinch.
Shannon Sinn (0-0) battles Courtney Himes (0-1). This will be Sinn’s pro debut after she captured the SCL Flyweight title in her last fight. Sinn is unyielding with her pressure as she will look to mix up her attacks and get Himes off balance. Expect Sinn to throw everything but the kitchen sink at Himes as Sinn is known for her wrestling, grappling and standup game. Himes is looking for her first pro win and plans to match Sinn’s activity inside the cage as Himes is known for a motor that never quits. Himes is a skilled striker and her grappling is underrated. Look for Himes to make this a brawl in the opening seconds.
On the prelims, the always tough Jorge Rangel fights the durable Paul Valdez in a lightweight scrap. This fight could steal the show.
Sparta Combat League is sure to bring down the house once again as they have quickly grabbed a chokehold on Mountain West MMA and this show will continue in that tradition. Order “Army VS Marines”, and watch live and anytime afterwards on video on demand only on GFL.
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Conflict MMA Promotions returns to GFL on April 26 with “Havoc”, a mega card, emanating from the Savannah Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia. “Havoc” promises to tear the house down with 14 bouts and multiple title fights as all the top fighters from the Dirty South will be squaring off in the cage in front of a rabid audience.
In the main event, for the Conflict MMA Heavyweight Title, Champion Nick Smiley (6-2) fights Adrian Henderson (4-0). Smiley won the title last May after a TKO victory in less than a minute. Smiley has a well-rounded game including some solid submissions for a heavyweight. His ground and pound is where he is most dangerous as he drops hammers with both fists. Henderson comes into the bout undefeated and is well-versed in all aspects of MMA. He can match Smiley’s power in the striking department and Henderson is also a solid grappler with under rated submission skills. Smiley has never been out of the first round and Henderson has only gone to a decision once. Expect dynamite to explode when these two hook up.
In the co-main event, Muhsin Corbbrey (12-8) battles Terry House, Jr. (6-8) in a lightweight scrap. Corbbrey won his last 2 fights and looks to put on a show and raise eyebrows with his performance. Corbbrey is a WEC, and Elite XC vet and is ready to put his skills to the test with the UFC. Look for Corbbrey to go all out and try and get an early submission in spectacular fashion. House is a gritty fighter who brings heavy hands into the fight. House has defeated 4 of his opponents via strikes and will look to put his hands on Corbbrey early in the fight. Don’t blink when these two lightweights start throwing bombs in the cage.
In other action, Lindsay Rowse (4-3) takes on Arnold Adams (2-6) at heavyweight. Rowse is a fast starter and is always in attack mode as he is constantly looking for a KO or submission if the fight hits the mat. Rowse is usually a light heavyweight so this fight he will be significantly smaller but quicker. Adams is a heavy puncher and can turn the tide of a fight or even end a fight with a single punch. Adams will have the strength advantage and look to use that in striking and trying to get top position if the fight hits the mat.
Conflict MMA Promotions is back with another epic card in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch “Havoc” on April 26. If you can’t be there live, stream the show online at GFL.tv.
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USFFC returns to GFL.tv on April 26 with “US Freedom Fighter Championship 18”. USFFC has made a mark for itself in the Southeast and “USFFC 18” will surely tear down the house from the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. These pro/am fighters are looking to make a name for themselves on a global basis and that’s just what they will do as they go to battle inside the cage.
In the main event, Adam Townsend (6-3) battles Keith “The Rockstar” Richardson (10-6). Townsend is a phenomenal athlete who has excelled in other sports including playing a year of football in college. Townsend is looking for a spectacular win in this fight as he believes he is ready for a title shot. Look for Townsend to use his wrestling and athleticism to try and push Richardson into making a mistake that Townsend can capitalize on. Richardson is a submission specialist with 6 wins via tapout. Look for Richardson to use his striking to get inside on Townsend and work a takedown so he can be at his best on the mat grappling. This fight promises to be a chess match in the cage as both fighters are veteran combatants and have tons of talent.
In the co-main event, Bobby Gurley (2-3) takes on William Baptiste (2-1). Gurley looks to improve his record to .500 and will be looking for a stoppage. Gurley is one of the most exciting fighters on the circuit as he has never been to a decision and has only been out of the first round once. Gurley goes for broke from the opening bell and his high risk-high reward fighting style is sure to be on display on April 26. Baptiste fights with the same relentless style and has KO power in both hands. Baptiste will be there in the center of the cage ready to bang, so expect fireworks from these two.
In other action, Stephanie Skinner takes on Angela Hill while Kris Kennedy battles Sam Burns and Gary Wingfield fights Craig Hill and much, much more.
Get ready for some All-American beat downs as “USFFC 18” is sure to seek and destroy all the other competition. Watch exclusively on GFL.tv and own it for life. Order now.
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Cage Fury Fighting Championships brings championship MMA to Atlantic City, New Jersey on April 26 with “CFFC 35″. Pro MMA fighters from around the East Coast will compete on this stacked card featuring a title fight in the main event. CFFC has expanded their stranglehold on Northeast MMA as they continue to pump out one blockbuster show after another.
In the main event, CFFC Featherweight Champion Scott Heckman (17-4) defends his title against the undefeated Levan Makashvili (7-0). Heckman is an expert grappler with a strong wrestling base, but also likes to throw hands and is dangerous from anywhere in the cage. He is one of the top 145 lb fighters in the world and will continue to come forward no matter what. Heckman is as exciting as they come, and that is why he continues to be a fan favorite wherever he fights. Makashvili is a knockout specialist with an astounding 4 KO’s in 7 fights. Makashvili loves to bang and he can end a fight with one punch from either hand. Look for these two to collide in the center of the cage with explosive consequences. Hands will be flying and these two are bound to blow the roof off with their style of fighting.
In the co-main event, Mike Winters (7-3) takes on Jonavin Webb (5-0) in a welterweight tussle. Winters has dominated former opponents with his well-rounded striking mixed with impressive takedowns that keep his opponents on the defensive. Once on the ground, Winters is very active, advancing his position, landing strikes and pushing the pace. Webb is a blue chip prospect from New Jersey and has never tasted defeat in either his pro or amateur career as a mixed martial artist. Webb is a submission specialist and if the fight hits the mat he will be comfortable in any position the fight goes. Look for Webb to try and outwrestle Winters in the early going and get the fight to the ground where he can work his grappling game.
In other action, Jimmie Rivera (12-1) fights Cody “The Wolverine” Stevens (11-6-1). Rivera, a Bellator and TUF vet has faced a who’s who of the East Coast’s best, is on a 4 fight win steak. Rivera will look to utilize his strong wrestling base to nullify Stevens’ attacks. Stevens’ last fight was in Japan for the top organization in Asia, ONE Fighting. Stevens returns to the United States ready to raise his stock on his home soil. A victory over Rivera would do just that. Stevens is relentless in the cage, and mirrors Rivera’s fighting style in that both fighters are strong wrestlers who never get tired and like to push the pace. Look for Stevens to try and score with some ground and pound if the fight hits the mat and he is on top. This fight could main event most cards on the regional level so fans are in for a treat.
Be sure to catch all of the action LIVE on April 26 as “CFFC 35″ throws down the gauntlet on pay-per-view exclusively at GFL.tv. See the established and rising stars on the East Coast compete in front of some of the most avid fans. Be a part of the excitement and order this iPPV from the GFL Combat Sports Network.
Topping the seven-bout card is an eight-round between undefeated junior welterweight prospects Naim Nelson, of Philadelphia, and Jerome Rodriguez, of Trenton, NJ.The seven-bout card program marks the first pro fight card at the 2300 Arena since Jan. 21, 2012, when then-unknown heavyweight prospect Bryant Jennings upset Maurice Byarm in a battle of undefeated Philadelphians to open the NBC Sports Network Fight Night series.Formerly known as the ECW Arena, the New Alhambra and later the Asylum Arena, the 2300 Arena, located at Swanson & Ritner Streets in South Philadelphia, has undergone renovations and eventually will seat close to 1,700 spectators.First fight May 16 is set for 7.30p.m. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing and BAM Boxing in association with SugarHouse Casino.Dawejko (right), 23, comes into this fight off the biggest win of his career, an eight-round decision over former contender Derric Rossy, of New York, on Jan. 25 in Atlantic City, NJ.
Dawejko is 9-3-2, 3 K0s, but this will be only his fifth fight in Philadelphia since turning pro in 2009.He has boxed in Canada, California, Illinois and Connecticut, taking fights on short notice for short money. It all seemed pointless until Dawejko’s recent win over Rossy.“I know Mark from the amateurs and I was able to beat him when we fought,” Dawejko said, “but I know the pros are a different story. I’m looking forward to fighting in my hometown again in front of my fans. It should be a good fight.”Part of Dawejko’s preparation for the May 16 fight is in Austria, where he was summoned last week to serve as a sparring partner for Waldimir Klitschko, who is defending his world heavyweight championship belts against Alex Leapai, of Samoa, on April 26 in Germany. Lepai is 6-foot tall, short for a heavyweight; Dawejko is 5-foot-10.Rideout (left), 24, is 4-0-2, 1 K0, since turning pro midway through 2012.In his last fight Jan. 24 in Atlantic City, Rideout boxed a four-round draw with unbeaten Fred Latham, of Pittsburgh, PA. Ironically, it was 24 hours before Dawejko’s big win over Rossy across town.“I am excited about the opportunity to get back in action and be in my first eight-rounder,” Rideout said. “My last couple of fights have ended in draws, but not this fight.“Me and Joey fought in the amateurs and he beat me, but this is the pros and I’m getting this win. I respect all of Joey’s accomplishments as an amateur, but this is my time and it will be a long night for Joey.”Five additional fights complete the May 16 lineup.ABOUT MAY 16The Nelson-Rodriguez and Dawejko-Rideout fights top a seven-bout card at the 2300 Arena. First fight is 7.30 pm. Tickets are priced at $50 and $75 and they are on sale at the offices of Peltz Boxing (215-765-0922) and they also can be purchased on line at www.peltzboxing.com. The card will be streamed live on the internet by www.gofightlive.tv. The card is being promoted by Peltz Boxing Promotions, Inc., and BAM Boxing in association with SugarHouse Casino. The 2300 Arena, formerly known as the New Alhambra, hosted consistent professional boxing from 2004 thru 2012 when it was later known as the Asylum Arena. Boxing cards there have been televised by ESPN 2, CN8, Univision and the NBC Sports Network. Fighters who have boxed there include Danny Garcia, Bronco McKart, Omar Sheika, Demetrius Hopkins, Mike Jones, Teon Kennedy, Bryant Jennings, Gabriel Rosado, Jesus Soto-Karass, Ronald Cruz, Israel “Pito” Cardona and Derek Ennis.
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GFL PRESENTS “BAMMA USA: BAD BEAT 12” BEGINNING APRIL 14
April 11, 2014
GFL, The Comcast Network and Comcast SportsNet continue their weekly combat sports series, REAL FIGHTS, with world class MMA as BAMMA USA presents a top notch card with BAMMA USA: Bad Beat 12 featuring a full lineup of extreme cage fights emanating from the Commerce Casino in Commerce, California. This event will showcase the top regional MMA stars in the West Coast including a title fight in the bantamweight division.
In the main event, “Badbeat 12” will mark the inaugural BAMMA USA bantamweight title bout between Eric “E-Money” Winston (5-1) and Terrion “Flash” Ware (10-2). Eric Winston will make his fifth appearance in the BAMMA Cage at Badbeat 12. In his last fight, Winston recorded a submission (armbar) win over Marvin Madariaga. E-Money enters the title fight on a three fight winning streak. A word that can describe Terrion Ware’s 2013 is active. He fought six times in the past calendar year, and started off 2014 with a win over Zac Chavez this past January. The Systems Training Center product will look to add the BAMMA USA bantamweight belt to his resume and continue to build on a five-fight winning streak. The bout between Ware and Winston is a regional MMA fan’s dream. Both rising prospects continue to grab attention from bigger promotions. Ware is showing he is a finisher, with four stoppages out of his last five fights; and Winston is prepared to show his ever-evolving striking skill set will compliment his dangerous ground game. Four of his five wins have come by submission, but they’ve ranged from an armbar, rear-naked choke, triangle choke and heel hook.
In other action, after taking his talents to The Ultimate Fighter reality show Bantamweight prospect “The Real Deal” Chris Beal (7-0) returns to face newcomer Keith Carson (2-1). Beal is looking at continuing to build his name but it will be a tough test against the gritty Carson.
Air times are listed below:
The Comcast Network (TCN) (Mid Atlantic): Monday, April 14 at 7:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Philly): Tuesday, April 15 at 7:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Philly): Friday, April 18 at 9:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Saturday, April 19 at 11:00pm ET
TCN Replay (Mid Atlantic): Sunday, April 20 at 1:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia: Thursday, April 17 at 11:00pm ET
CSN Philadelphia Replay: Sunday, April 20 at 8:00pm ET
CSN regions in other major markets including CSN Northwest, CSS and CSN Bay Area will also be airing BAMMA USA: Bad Beat 12 in the weeks and months to follow. In addition, close to 25 cable and satellite systems carry CSN and because of that wide distribution across numerous regions and even nationally via satellite, GFL REAL FIGHTS is available on additional platforms.
To stay connected with GFL and this unique fight series, visit these TCN & CSN online locations for up-to-the-date programming info.
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Upcoming Events on Comcast
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Xcessive Force FC returns to GFL on April 19 with “Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 4 – Meltdown”, a hotly contested card, emanating from the Entrec Centre in Grande Prairie, Alberta, Canada. The mega card is sure to have enough heat in the cage to blow the roof off of the cold night in the Great White North.
In the main event, XFFC Welterweight Champion Jarod Milko (7-2) battles Matt MacGrath (10-8). Milko won the title in December via submission which adds to his impressive stoppage rate as 6 of his 7 victories have come via TKO or submission. Milko is a well-rounded fighter out of Alberta, and loves to push the pace right from the very beginning. Milko has KO power in both hands and he is very accurate with his strikes. He enjoys a solid ground game as well and is a formidable opponent for anyone. MacGrath is a Bellator veteran and has reeled off 4 wins in a row and looked dominant in each fight. MacGrath has fought several UFC vets and is not intimidated by anyone. Look for MacGrath to come out swinging early or looking for a takedown and try to get a quick submission. This title fight should be a barnburner.
In the co-main event, the inaugural XFFC Flyweight Championship is up for grabs when Eric Wilson (1-2) fights Adrian Woolley (7-3). Wilson already holds a title with another organization and has never been stopped in his career. Look for Wilson to use his punching power to try and get Woolley’s attention early. If that doesn’t work, Wilson will have to resort to his wrestling which is an handful, especially at 125 lb. Woolley will have a huge experience advantage but will have to shake the cage rust off as he steps back into the cage for the first time since 2011. Woolley is a strong wrestler who likes to control his opponents on the mat and grind them down over the course of an entire fight. Woolley is a compact fighter who doesn’t leave himself open very much for counters so this fight could be a shootout.
Watch all the knockouts, submissions and grudge matches as XFFC returns to GFL on April 19 with another installment of hard hitting MMA with “Xcessive Force Fighting Championship 4 – Meltdown” available to a global audience.
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Fight To Win is back with its latest installment “Animals” on April 18 from the National Western Complex in Denver, Colorado. This 12-bout pro/am card will feature some of the top prospects in the Mountain West as they look to break out of the pack to a worldwide audience on GFL.tv.
In the main event, for the F2W Lightweight Championship, Tony Sims (8-2) from Elevation Fight Team takes on Steele McCall (6-2) from Grudge Training Center. Sims is a striking machine as he can land punches and kicks from multiple angles and brings a crispness to his punching that not too many MMA fighters can match. Look for Sims to try and get the KO. McCall is on a 3-fight winning streak, all by submission and will look to nullify the striking of Sims with his own grappling. All of McCall’s wins have come via tapout so look for him to get this fight to the mat quickly.
In the co-main event, at a 197 lb catch weight, Cody Mumma (5-1) from Elevation Fight Team battles Jason Clayton (7-4) from Prime Fitness. Mumma has won 5 in a row, all by stoppage and brings a well-rounded MMA game into the cage. He has solid kickboxing to go along with his wrestling and grappling. Mumma is able to control most fights because of his aggressive style that never lets his opponent catch a breather. Expect Mumma to push the pace. Clayton fights with a wild style which usually makes his fights the most exciting on the card. Clayton goes for finishes constantly and because of that, he often leaves himself open. Look for Clayton to continue his trend of exciting fighting by going after Mumma from the opening bell.
In a middleweight scrap, Jeremiah Talley (1-1) battles Canaan Grigsby (2-1). Talley is looking to get his record about .500 and has been continuaing to improve his MMA game in the gym. Talley is a fun fighter to watch as neither of his previuos two fights have gone to decision. Grigsby has been susceptible to striking in the past, but showed an improving game in his last fight, a TKO victory in the first round. Expect a barnburner from Talley and Grigsby as they meet head to head still in the early stages of both men’s pro careers.
In other action, Isaac Colon battles Danny Mainus in a bantamweight pro fight, while Justin Moss takes on Tim Smock in a lightweight battle.
“Animals” comes to you live and direct on April 18. With a 12-bout scheduled card, you can be sure there will be plenty of knockouts, submissions and great fights. Don’t miss this exciting event which has become a proving ground for some of the top fighters in the West. If you can’t be there live, the only way to see this show is to order it exclusively through the GFL Combat Sports Network at GFL.tv.