MESCALERO, N.M. – King of the Cage Heavyweight Champion Tony “Hulk” Johnson Jr. (4-0) will defend his crown against Nick “Afrozilla” Gaston (4-0) on Friday, Aug. 13, 2010, at “KOTC: Imminent Danger” at the Inn of the Mountain Gods Casino in Mescalero, N.M. The event is scheduled to air live on HDNet.
ProMMAnow.com has confirmed the bout with a source close to Gaston’s camp.
On April 26, Johnson won the King of the Cage Heavyweight Title in only his fourth professional fight against the much more experienced Tony Lopez (18-4).
Lopez, nicknamed “Kryptonite” and holding the King of the Cage Heavyweight and Light Heavyweight Titles, was riding a 16-fight win streak when he faced Johnson at “KOTC: Legacy“. Gaston also fought on the card.
Johnson proved he had some kryptonite of his own as he repeatedly took Lopez to the ground, pounded and dominated him, winning the unanimous decision and taking home the belt.
Gaston won a first round keylock submission victory over Mike Guidry (2-1) on the same card, making it his third professional win.
Fast forward a couple of weeks to May 14. Gaston was right back in the cage against his toughest opponent to date, UFC and “The Ultimate Fighter 10” veteran Darrill Schoonover (10-2) at “KOTC: Honor” (Here’s the event video).
Gaston out-struck Schoonover in the first round with big punches, head kicks, and a flying knee that dropped him. In the second round Gaston put Schoonover on his back after stuffing his takedown attempt. It was there that Gaston, from half guard, pounded Shoonover’s face with elbows, opened a large gash, and turned his pale face crimson.
The doctor stopped the fight and awarded Gaston the TKO victory. It was a huge win for “Afrozilla”, and impressive enough it put the icing on the cake to earn him the title shot against Tony Johnson.
Johnson will be no walk in the park, even for the Godzilla of Afros and hired gun bully-smasher. Johnson trains out of American Top Team and works with the likes of Thiago Silva and Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva.
What we are looking at here with Gaston and Johnson are potential future stars. These are the shows and these are the fights that build champions. This is the very organization that laid the building blocks for many present day UFC fighters..
Michael “The Voice” Schiavello, commentating during Gaston’s last fight, said he feels Gaston could hold his own fighting in one of the big shows, either Strikeforce or UFC. Whoever wins on Aug. 13, could definitely be well on their way toward that goal.