NASHVILLE – Two of the country’s top amateurs will make their pro debut when Strikeforce makes its first visit to Nashville, Tenn., next month.
ProMMAnow.com has learned that Cody Floyd (5-0 am, 0-0 pro), who fights for AGEMA Fight Team out of Tupelo BJJ, will take on SSF Academy‘s Thomas Campbell (17-2-1 am, 0-0) in a featherweight showdown at “Strikeforce: Nashville” on April 17. The fight has been confirmed by sources close to both camps.
Floyd’s coach, Chris Gates had this to say about his fighter,
“Cody always shows up and puts on a show. He always steps up no matter what the competition. Cody is multi-dimensional and Thomas is very good at what he does so no matter what it is going to be an epic scrap. I think Cody is great at putting everything together, from stand up and striking, to grappling and jiu jitsu, and making it work for him. It always makes each of his fights more exciting. It will be a fantastic show. Also, Cody is just a great kid to work with. He works with the little kids for us during promotions, the older people, any other person who needs help. He just loves the sport and the people associated with it.”
It will not be an easy fight for Floyd, as Campbell will have a pretty big experience advantage with 20 fights under his belt. Campbell was chosen as Pro MMA Now’s Amateur Fighter of 2009 due to an incredible 10-1 run last year.
“Strikeforce: Nashville” will be headlined with a middleweight title fight between current title-holder Jake Shields and UFC/Pride veteran Dan Henderson, King Mo will take on Gegard Mousasi, and Shinya Aoki will face Gilbert Melendez.
In addition to the heavily stacked main card, the preliminary card is going to certainly excite MMA fans from the Southeast. Many well-known names that local fans have been watching for years will take the step up to the big show on April 17. Stay tuned to ProMMAnow.com as we will be announcing more of these preliminary bouts in the coming days.