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Coming to you live from the Hard Rocks Arena in New York City on Saturday April 9, Primal Combat brings you a stacked card for Primal 18, with two title fights anchored by a featured heavyweight undercard bout.
James Marley will be looking to rebound from his Primal 13 submission loss that cost him the company’s heavyweight championship. One of Primal’s early stars, you have to wonder if he’s capable of keeping up with the growth of the company — the heavyweight division is stacked, and the title picture is getting awfully crowded.
Marley still possesses the great equalizer — knockout power. He’s shown an ability to drop devastating ground and pound from top position, and knocked Coolio Duras out cold with one of the more violent uppercuts you’ll find in New York. That punch could be his key to victory.
“The Pagan Party Beast” Rocket Bob Frankles is one of the most hyped heavyweights in Primal, scoring two Knockout of the Night bonuses in two outings. He’s no stranger to the uppercut himself, putting on his best Rocky Marciano impression during his Primal 9 destruction of Marcus Wester.
Will Marley regain his footing in the division, or will the Rocket continue his ascension up the ladder?
In the co-main event, Rob Maldonado looks to claim the heavyweight championship he first had a shot at in the finals of the heavyweight grand prix at Primal 8, where he was quickly submitted by James Marley.
Yet another heavyweight that prefers to the uppercut, Maldonado has earned all three of his stoppage wins under the Primal banner by way of the punch. He does a great job of getting in close before creating the exact amount of distance needed to drop his shoulder and explode through the punch.
Using a “Sapp Rush” esque strategy, Maldonado is most dangerous in the early stages of the fight, with each of his three Primal wins coming in under three minutes. He’ll need to be completely focused on keeping this fight standing, as Marley showed the holes in Maldonado’s submission game.
Vincent “Jackhammer” Muji is the man that will be looking to find and exploit those holes. Debuting with a shot at the heavyweight title at Primal 13, Muji quickly put Marley on his back and cranked a kimura for the submission in under one minute of action.
He’s also shown very strong strikes from top position, finishing three fights with his ground and pound.
Muji has a tendency to shoot for doubles as early as 10 seconds into the fight. If he can bring Maldonado down, he stands a great chance at retaining his title.
In the main event, “The Red Typhoon” Ryosuke Sato defends his 205-pound title against Harrison Neeson in a battle of 4-0 light heavyweights. Neeson first burst on the scene at APEX TWO, rockingCorbin The Game in the first round before landing a disgusting one-two combo just five seconds into round 2 for the walk-off knockout.
In his title eliminator at Primal 13, Raistlin Lovelair was given the opportunity to learn firsthand that Neeson possessed an elite level killer instinct, eating a brutal three punch combo that finished the fight after being rocked by a counter uppercut he never saw coming.
Sato is virtually the same type of fighter, backing up a strong wrestling base with crisp, powerful hands. Coming from the famed Legion of Doom alliance and training out of the esteemed Brooklyn Boxing Club, Sato’s support system just may be enough to give him the slight edge.