Jerrell Hodge returns against Justin King at WFC 116

Jerrell Hodge vs Justin King

Jerrell Hodge vs Justin King

For the first time in more than 20 months, Jerrell Hodge (5-3) is set to return to action, as he’s scheduled to face Justin King (7-7) in a featured bout at WFC 116 on Nov. 16 in Northfield, Ohio.

Hodge, who now trains at Ares MMA under the tutelage of Dave Graf, looks to snap out of a two-fight losing streak. He was one of the area’s best prospects when he made his pro debut in 2014, on the strength of an 11-1 amateur record with wins over Cody Garbrandt, Ethan Goss, and Rich Cantolina. After a surprising upset loss in his first pro bout, he reeled off five straight wins, including wins over Isaiah Chapman and Alfred Leisure. But he dropped back-to-back bouts against Tony Gravely and Saidyokub Kakhramonov, and hasn’t competed since February 2018. He’s ranked as the No. 4 pro bantamweight in Ohio according to Tapology.

A former collegiate wrestler at Indiana University, King trains out of Indy Boxing and Grappling in Indianapolis. He’s also looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, with recent losses against Isaiah Ferguson and Vince Murdock. He holds notable wins over Charlie Stanford, Cody Gabelman, and Michael Ricketts. He’s ranked as the No. 5 pro bantamweight in Indiana.

The bout will take place at a catchweight of 140 pounds and is expected to serve as one of the evening’s main attractions.

The remainder of the pro card will feature Josh Krizan (2-1), Jesse Murray (7-3), and Mo Miller (1-0) all in separate bouts against opponents to be named.

World Fighting Championships is a Las Vegas-based boxing and MMA promotion that has held events earlier this year in Northfield and Pittsburgh. WFC 116 takes place at MGM Northfield Park.

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