It's the weekend of the Big boys, all 3 Weekend cards are highlighted by 265/265+ fights, and both these title are on the line, let's take a look at some highlight fights:
265 Rick Piano (c) vs. Ross Barkley (#1)
The fight has revenge written all over it, when Rick Piano will present the SFC 265 belt for the 6th time, in this title defense, both fighters met on May 6th, and it was the unbeaten Champion Piano, that was brought into Round 2 for the first, and so far only time into Round 2. Barkley looked strong in the clinch, but towards the end of Round 2 tired, and couldnt get the fight back in the clinch. So he was KO ed with just 2 seconds left in Round 2. Since then both fighters got 2 easy KO wins and are ready to battle again. Piano has absorbed any challengers as easy as he won the title, and his arrogant behaviour has let to him being one of the most popular fighters in SFC. Look no further than the action, and don't blink, when history may change. The big question is, can Piano KO Barkley, or will Barkley get a whip on Piano.
265+ Arn Anderson (c) vs. Galactor Gigantus (unranked/former EFA Champ)
It is not often, that you get a title shot with your first fight at SFC, but when you enter the cage 9-0 and defended the EFA belt 5 times, it may be an occasion,where Boble Lineman says: "Sign the dotted line, and you get the Champ." Gigantus last fought 24 days ago, so he comes in well rested, to challenge for the belt. All his wins came by KO/TKO and he only needed more than 1 round twice, when he did it in Round 2. But today he faces SFC Champ Arn Anderson, a fighter like he hasn't seen at EFA, Anderson(8-1) defended the SFC belt 4 times and won all his fight by Submission, before Mongolian Muslim TKO ed him on June 10th, but Anderson got the immediate rematch, and was back to his old self submitting Muslim in Round 1 in the rematch. So here we go, assuming, this will be over quick, either Gigantus gets the KO or Anderson will take him down, another one not to blink.
Main Event Friday:
265 Santu Avisu Kona (#3) vs. Travis Dillon (#4)
A big fight, with perhaps a shot at the 265 champ on the line, when Kona returns to the cage for the first time, since his title fight loss to Piano. While Dillon comes of a win against Mika Allu, who was unbeaten beforehand. Let's look at Dillon, a fighter with huge firepower, is 7-1, all fights ending by KO/TKO in Round 1, his only loss coming to Challenger Ross Barkley. He still is pretty young, even for SFC standards, and has shown huge learning curves, this fight will present his biggest challenge since the Barkley fight. Kona is just in his 3rd SFC fight (being 1-1), he beat Fujimoto and lost to Piano. However overall he is 7-1, with 4 convincing wins at NJMMA, Konas standup is reported to be at the highest level seen in his recent training camp, so he enters the fight as the clear cut favourite.
Other big Fights:
Fridays Co-Main Event sees No. 2 vs. No. 3 at 135, Glass Joe a veteran and first title holder at 135 in SyFi faces young talent Wayne Williams. Williams 6-3 has 3 convincing wins at SyFi and is a huge boxing talent, Glass Joe(6-2) is a SyFi Product, having fought all his fights in Sydney, and lost both fights to 2 time champ Kishimoto. Glass Joe is known for going the distance, winning the title in a 5 Round battle with Marcelo Barbosa, and also his 2 wins before the title fight loss came by Decision. Williams on the other hand has won all his 3 SyFi fights by KO/TKO. Look for Williams to KO Glass Joe.
Other Main Card fights see Niko Pukhuri face Wagner Resende at 185, Resende making his SyFi debut against 3-2 Pukhuri, Resendes CCF experience makes him a slight favourite here. Also at 265 Yaroslev faces Cat Fhin and Voshon Daniels meets Ivar the Boneless, all 4 fighters need wins to climb the Superheavyweight Rankings. The undercard presents various talents needing to bounce back.
The Co-Main Event Kazuma Kuwabara v Corey Smith Jr features 2 ranked 205 fighters, Kuwabara (5-0) took a 5 week training break to prepare himself for tougher tests at SyFi, his wins all 1st Round Submissions, he beat veterans like Mujahid Jackson and Isiah Cooley, both well known names at SyFi. Corey Smith jr. (5-1) took a decision loss in his 2nd fight, but since then has KO/TKO wins in Round 1 in anyone he faced, recently beating former Champ Damatang Camara. For both fighters this is a big challenge and a style test, lets see, if Smith Heavy Hands can win this one.
Other Main Card Fights see former 155 champ Golovkin face Che Hu Mo. Golovkin (7-4) wants another crack at the belt he lost to Akimbo Spice, and recently beat Murphy Brown, after a loss to recent challenger Evan Page. While he fought some premium SFC names, Mo (5-2) has a 2 fight win streak after a mixed 2-2 opening at SyFi, he recently beat Pat Williams by Decision, and is known for long lasting fights, his losses including one to current Champ Xavier Merlin. Also at 155 Killian Armstrong faces Murphy Brown, and at 185 Man Itizer faces Mikey Diaz.
The Undercard sees it's brightest star in 2-0 Koichi Kamei, who is slowly working himself up the 155 ladder.
In the Co Main Event at 205 Costa Ioannou faces Blake Phoenix for the 2nd time, Ioannou just recently found a new identity and won his first SyFi fight against William Lindham. Now he faces Blake Phoenix, again, who took a training break after a loss to Pablo Spezziale, both fighters are NY Fight Nights Legends and competed in a brutal tournament over 9 fights early in their career. Now they are looking for their place at SyFi Phoenix won the first fight by Decision, and predictions say we will go the distance again.
Other Main Casrd action sees 265 talent Sergey "Ser" Korotkiy(3-2) coming of a loss to Ross Barkley and looking to rebound against Stefan Harpik a veteran who recently lost to Angel Childress, both fighters need a win to stay in contention and reclaim a ranking spot.
At 205 Gootti Kustaa v Atreyu Nakamotto is a fight of 2 fighters looking to build a win streak. While at 145 Remi Dacourt vs. Philip Zieske sees 2 talents that want to breakthrough, both unbeaten in SyFi fights, they may be 1 win away from appearing in a title fight eliminator.
The Undercard spots 2 debutants in Lyoto Parks at 145 and Yusuke Urameshi at 155. Good luck to both.
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