If you are a MMA fan and you live within 300 miles of Mansfield, Ohio, you and your friends may want to go ahead and reserve your seats right now for RFO: “Big Guns 17.” This event will be held on Saturday October, 17th in Mansfield, Ohio and from the looks of it, this is going to be a good one. Promoter Matt Truckovich was not exaggerating a few months ago when he promised everyone that “Big Guns 17” was going to be a MMA event that you will not want to miss.
If you have been keeping up with many of the fighters from Ohio and surrounding States over the past year and half or so, you’ll understand why Big Guns 17 may very well be featuring some of the most exciting pro and amateur MMA match-ups that anyone has seen in the region in a long time. Originally, the main event was going to be a match between Cody Stevens from Mansfield, Oh and Terrell Hobbs from Petersburg, Va, but Stevens suffered an injury during one of his training sessions for this fight and will not be able fight.
But as far as the kind of MMA fighters and the kind of topnotch regional MMA completion is concerned, nothing else has change.
Big Guns 17 will be featuring a very interesting line up of professional and amateur fighters. We are talking about amateur fighters who will be stepping into the cage for the first time, to professional fighters who will be looking to add another W to a long string of wins that they have put together over the past couple of years. Many of these fighters will also be stepping into the cage with a very strong background in at least one or two other combat sports like, boxing, wrestling, karate, judo, jujitsu and kickboxing. No matter how many times you have seen or heard about how any of them have won or lost in the past, you still won’t be able to tell how they will win or lose this time. Many of the fighters were chosen for this event because they have become much better MMA fighters over the past year. You have to be there to see it.
Main Event: Josh Longood vs Kendal Young
The main event will be featuring two up and coming regional MMA fan favorites; 26 year old Josh Longood from Mansfield, OH with a combined pro/am record of 10 wins and only 1 loss, and 23 year old Kendal Young from Lexington, KY who is coming in with a combined pro/am record of 8 wins and only 2 losses. Longood won his last 5 fights in a row and will be looking to make this his 6th in front his hometown fans. Young won his last 4 fights in a row and he will be looking to do whatever he has to to stop Longood and make this his 5th win in a row. You can be sure the whole house will be rockin for this one.
Co-Main Event: John Gunther vs Christopher Tucker
The co-main event will also be featuring a match between two fighters who are known for creating lots of excitement every time they step into the cage. John Gunther from Mansfield, Oh will be coming in with a combined pro/am record of 10 wins and only 2 losses. He will be taking on Christopher Tucker from Lexington, KY who will be coming in with a combined pro/am record of 6 wins and 4 losses. But don’t let his losses fool you. He will be looking to redeem himself after losing his last fight 10 months ago. If you have seen or heard anything about these two fighters, you know this will be a match that you do not want to miss.
Chico Bays vs Tony Dipiero
Chico Bays out of Columbus, OH won his pro debut 11 ago. He will be looking to score his second win in a row when he steps into the cage to take on Tony Dipiero from Cleveland, OH who will be making his pro debut. Both of these fighters made a name for themselves long before turning pro by taking on some of the toughest amateur opponents from around the region. Both are known for taking their opponents out with everything from powerful striking while on their feet, to great submission techniques on the ground.
MIKE WILLIAMS vs RJ BUCK
It would be hard to find anyone in Mansfield, OH who has not heard of Mike Williams. He has fought in almost every MMA event that has ever been held in Mansfield. He won 9 out 16 amateur fights. He won his last 3 amateur fights, and turned pro back in November of 2012. He will be putting his 2-4 pro record on the line when he steps in the cage to take on RJ Buck from Macedonia, OH. Before turning pro 15 months ago, Buck had already amassed an amateur record of 12 wins and 4 losses. He ended his amateur career with 4 wins in a row, won his pro debut in June of 2014, lost his second pro fight in October of the same year. Both of these fighters will be looking to get back in the win column after losing their last fight.
Allison Ainley vs Gemma Sheehan
24 year old Allison Ainley from Tiffin OH will be putting her 4-1 record on the line when she steps into cage to taking on 20 year old Gemma Sheehan fighting out of NY. Sheehan has won both of her fights since her MMA debut this past March and will be looking to keep her win streak going when she attempts to hand Ainley her second loss in a row. Or, will the noise from the hometown fans be enough to help Ainley hand Sheehan her first lost?
Bill Gingery vs Dean Felton
Bill Gingery from Shelby, OH will be stepping into the cage with a winning streak of 5 in a row since his last lost. He will be taking on Sean Felton from Buffalo, NY. Felton who has fought 4 times within the past 12 months, won the first 3, lost the forth two months ago. Felton will be looking to end Gingery win streak and get his win streak going again.
Dru Shottenheimer vs Jason Bevly
Dru Shottenheimer out of Canton, Oh has fought a total of 16 times against some of the toughest fighters in the region and has only been stopped once in the first round. He will be putting his 7-8-1 record on the line against Jason Bevly also from Ohio who will be looking to recover from a loss he suffered this past March.
Other Notable on RFO Big Guns 17 fight card;
Kenny Locsei -vs- Lauence Wilder
Quentin Shumard -vs- Christopher Smith
Daniel Haubiel -vs- Tyree Johnson
Chaka Worthy -vs- Thomas Moms
Josh Barbee -vs- Mark Mangiardi
Luke Nelson -vs- Cameron Cardwell
Keifer Roberts -vs- Corey Woodruff
14 matches that you will be taking about for a long time.
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