Two interesting bouts have been added to what has become a very interesting event. Now known as “Elite 16: St. Patty’s Day Smackdown,” the event formerly known as OXF 24 will now be fully under the Rocktagon banner. That’s because OXF owner Mike Patt recently accepted a position as the president of Rocktagon MMA. OXF had worked with Rocktagon for previous events, but this will be the first time that a show from the Dayton-based organization will carry the Rocktagon name.
“Elite 16″ will feature OXF/Rocktagon lightweight champion Rob Hanna (12-2) defending his title in the main event against Bret Biggs (4-2) in what is likely to be Hanna’s final amateur bout before turning pro.
Riding a five-fight winning streak, Hanna has picked up an incredible six titles and has become one of the top amateur fighters in the state. Biggs earned a title shot with a victory over Matt Brown at OXF 23 in October, and he’ll get that shot on March 24.
The night’s co-main event will feature current OXF featherweight champion Travis Moore (4-0) taking on Hussein Hmood (4-3) for a shot at current Rocktagon featherweight champion Shawn King (6-1). Moore has finished three of his opponents via submission in the first round en route to a perfect record, while Hmood is looking to build off of a victory over Cortez Phelia last November.
A welterweight title rematch between James Pfeiffer (6-0) and Max Scoby (9-2) is also expected to be part of the event.
Also expected to be part of the night’s card are local fighters Charen Kingrey (1-0), Brian Montgomery (1-0), James Zimmerman (1-1), and Anthony Morgan (5-5).
Stay tuned to GatewayMMA.com for more on “Elite 16.”