Mark Cherico | photo by Adam McQuaide
All of a sudden, Mark Cherico is back.
The rumors started swirling, and then last week “The Pride of Bloomfield” confirmed that he had, indeed, signed a contract to return to fighting at some point in the near future.
And then today, our good friend Hunter Homistek reported over on DK Pittsburgh Sports that Cherico is expected to compete at 247 Fighting Championships: Brawl in the Burgh II on Nov. 16 in Canonsburg, PA. BluegrassMMA was able to confirm the booking with promotion officials.
Perhaps seeing his longtime training partner Khama Worthy make it to the UFC and earn a win over Devonte Smith last month has once again lit a fire under the proverbial ass of Cherico.
He’s been candid about a desire to still fight in the UFC after appearing on Dana White’s Contender Series in 2017, and I wrote about where he’s been in an update to our 10 Ohio Valley fighters you could eventually see in the UFC piece last month:
Cherico has always been one of my favorite local fighters. Few can promote themselves like he has and be able to back it up inside the cage. At the time of this writing he was 7-1 with a bout scheduled against Nate Landwehr. Cherico went on to win that bout, and followed it up with wins over D’Juan Owens and Antonio Castillo Jr. to earn a shot on Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series in 2017. He lost that bout in 2017 and hasn’t competed since.
Now 33, Cherico may have missed out on that opportunity at the Octagon, but he’s a winner outside of the cage, with twins born in 2018 and still training. Although he’s dealt with some injuries, he was able to travel to California this past weekend to corner his longtime training partner Khama Worthy in his UFC debut. Now retired (maybe?), I feel like we haven’t heard the last of “The Pride” inside the cage. He’s now 11-2 overall.
No opponent has been named for Cherico as of yet, but he’s hoping for a bigger name or rising star to prove once and for all that he belongs on the sport’s biggest stage.
Stay tuned to BluegrassMMA for more on 247 FC: Brawl in the Burgh II.
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