– Friday, April 6, 2012 8:00pm ET featuring Spartan Fighting Championship 13 – The Arrival at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington, West Virginia. In the main event, Cornelius Godfrey (4-0) fights BJ Ferguson Jr. (7-2) for the vacant Spartan Fighting Championship Bantamweight Title. Both fighters are highly respected athletes and well-rounded mixed martial artists. Godfrey has never went to a decision, finishing all of his opponents inside of two rounds, usually with blistering punches but Ferguson Jr. is a different type of caliber of fighter than Godfrey has ever faced. Ferguson Jr. is a veteran of TUF 14 and Bellator, and relies on his grappling skills to get him through most fights, particularly the armbar which has proven to be quite a weapon for the Louisville, Kentucky fighter as he has finished four opponents with the move.
This is a first-rate main event and the victor will not only become a new champion, but can lay claim as the best 135 lb fighter in the Southern regional promotions. In a featured match, Brandon Demastes (0-1) battles Augusta “Ice Ice Baby” Tindall (0-1) in a welterweight battle. Both fighters are looking for their first win in a relatively new career so this bout is very important for both gladiators. It will bring the winnerâ??s record to .500 and get him on the right track. Demastes showed great submissions as an amateur and will probably look to put Tindall on his back and work an armbar or choke to finish the fight. For Tindall, he likes to wear his opponents down and take them into later rounds where he can let his hands go with bad intentions. This bout might be a classic matchup of grappler versus striker if the two fighters stay true to their past history.
– Saturday, April 7, 2012 7:00pm ET featuring Dead Serious 3 from the Rahway Rec Center in Rahway, New Jersey. In the main event, Chris Sladky (3-0) fights Mark Cugliari (2-1) for the Dead Serious Lightweight Title. Sladky won the belt in December with a first round submission and looks to defend his championship for the first time with the same results. Sladky has won two fights by rear naked choke, proving that he is an active grapple that once things hit the mat he goes for the win. For Cugliari, who is coming off of a submission victory (guillotine) in his last bout, he is more than willing to play the grappling game with Sladky. With two submission specialists, this title bout could turn into a slugfest as sometimes grapplers try to throw haymakers if they are facing another grappler.
In the co-main event, undefeated Shane Burgos (4-0) battles RJ Starace (3-4) in a featherweight showdown. Burgos has shown that he has the cardio conditioning to win a fight on decision, and he also has a deadly submission game to go along with strong stamina. Starace fought for the Dead Serious Featherweight Title in his last fight, suffering a tough loss in round three. He will look back to get on his winning ways with a victory over the undefeated Burgos. The winner of this bout will be at the front of the line for a future 145 lb title shot with Dead Serious, so there is a lot riding on this defacto #1 Contender match.
– Saturday, April 7, 2012 9:00pm ET featuring Total Mayhem presents “We’re Back II” LIVE from West Haven, Utah. In the main event, “Disco” Dave Foley (3-4-1) battles Steve “Razor” Sharp (28-14) in a battle of Utah’s finest lightweights. Foley is a Utah mainstay in the MMA scene and looks to rebound from his last fight, a tough decision loss at Total Mayhem “Natural Disaster”. Foley is one of the most exciting fighters around as only two of his bouts have ever gone to decision and he has finished all three of his victories via submission. Sharp has tons more experience leading up to the fight and is even more of a veteran of the Utah fight community than Foley as Sharp has fought over a dozen times in his native Utah.
Sharp is coming off a submission victory and will look to roll that up into two against Foley. This bout should be a hotly contest fight as both fighters have big followings in Utah and want to make their fans proud. On paper, Sharp has a huge edge when it comes to cage time, so if Foley can pull off the victory it will be a semi-upset. It will also get his fighting record to .500 and open up new opportunities for him. For Sharp, if he is able to look impressive in victory he might be getting a call up to a Zuffa brand or even Bellator.
Other events this week:
Pro-Wrestling: Impact Zone Wrestling (Weekly Free show): Apr 7, 2012 8:00pm ET.
Boxing: 2012 Canadian Women’s Elite Continental Championships, Apr 4-8, 7:00pm ET.
Concerts: Gulfster Presents Live Reggae Sunday – LIONIZE(Free) Apr 8, 7:30pm ET.
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