From the fighting capitol of mother Russia, St. Petersburg, Hardcore Fighting Championship 106 once again delivers a ten fight strong card of glorious violence. On the first of July 2017, hardened warriors of all HFC weight classes, ranging from featherweight to super heavyweight, will enter the cage to claim a feather in the cap at the expense of their opponent. A stake that especially the two men in the main event will be hellbent to claim, when these two former lightweight title challengers collide: Lee Sang Seok and Ely Scrubs! The co main event will see one of the most dangerous and relentless submission artists in HFC and an equally eager striker go to work.
Lee Sang Seok (12-3; 3-1 in HFC) and Ely Scrubs (10-3; 4-2 in HFC) have two things in common. Both have tried and failed to snatch the HFC lightweight crown off of Christian Tavares' head. And both have bounced back with a victory to their respective names since. In order to crawl back the long, steep path to the top they need to string some wins together. But by virtue of this main event, only one man will do so while the other one is sent back to the drawing board again. The BJJ red belt Lee Sang Seok is an elite grappler, who was only ever stopped in his championship bout against Chris Tavares. And with 25 years of age he is still very likely to have quite a bit of development ahead of him. So it will be intriguing to see, how he honed his skills. For he will need them all against the arguably more versatile Ely Scrubs, who has an BJJ black belt himself and is no slouch, regardless where the fight goes. It might all come down to one question: Which one of these two warriors feels the more pressing sense of urgency to make another step towards a goal, that was once well within reach.
In the co main event, the bender and breaker of ligaments and bones, Shoei “Shark” Braz (19-12; 7-6 in HFC, 18 of his 19 wins by way of submission) would love nothing more than to literally get his hands on his opponent, Lucas “Beast” Marston (15-8; 4-5 in HFC; last UB super heavyweight champ). This is as clear a style match-up as you will ever find. Shoei Braz lives and dies by his submissions, having forced all but one of his victories by way of submission. Whereas Lucas Marston is primarily a fist fighter, very well capable to make his hands the deciding factor towards a decision victory or by way of soul crushing knockout. A style match-up like this has the potential to either become a grinding war of attrition or a frantic skirmish, where just one lapse of attention might very well prove to be one too many.
Also on the card:
Aloysius Wiremu (13-11; 7-8 in HFC) vs. Guillermo Mendez (13-10; 8-9 in HFC) has all the makings of a spectacular fight. In his latest fights, Wiremu collected “of the night” bonuses as if they were Pokémon cards. Four awards in his last six fights, to be specific. His opponent is the long-time HFC submission specialist Guillermo Mendez. Mendez has an impressive submission finishing rate of over 92% going for him and has been with HFC ever since HFC 12, collecting three submission of the night bonuses in the process. Two of which he earned himself within his last four fights. When these two long-time HFC veterans cross paths for the first time, not a single bonus dollar will be safe!
Not even the most educated fan of technical MMA can (without it being a bold-faced lie) deny one thing ……. slug fests are awesome! Especially when they include two big, mean killers! Nothing less than that is fully to be expected, when the following barn burner of a super heavyweight fight is about to go down: Kampatimar Shankariya (8-4; HFC debut) vs. "The Japafrican Goliath" Yokozuna Asashoryu (33-17; 1-2 in HFC). And you can take that “going down” bit and take it to the bank! The delightfully violent Shankariya has yet to be in a fight, that doesn't end by way of K.O. and/or even makes it past the four minute mark. As a matter of fact, in his twelve pro fights the only bout, that ever got close to the four minute mark, was the only one of his fights, which ever made it past three minutes. In the path of this 23 year old, hard-hittin' mauler from India stands one man. Notorious journeyman Yokozuna Asashoryu! This Behemoth of a man has previously fought and won his 50th pro MMA fight and is riding a four fight winning streak. But what may be more interesting and certainly will prove to be more relevant for the complexion of this fight, is that 40 of his 50 fights ended by way of knockout! And only a grand total of six of his 50 fights made it out of the first round. So this butting of heads figures to be short, brutal and intense.
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