Fight Night Nautica 2
Honor Fighting Championship returns to Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica on Lake Erie in Cleveland for the second time in two years this weekend, and the entire BluegrassMMA crew will be live on hand to report all of the action at Fight Night Nautica 2.
Check out the top five reasons you shouldn’t miss this event below.
5 – Awesome venue
There’s a reason that Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica has seen so many MMA events over the years, and it’s because it’s maybe the best venue to watch a fight in Ohio. It features the picturesque views of Lake Erie and the feel of being outside, but it’s still under a roof so fans aren’t baking in the sun.
4 – Rising amateurs
While the fight card is littered with experienced pros and an amateur title fight, there are also some notable up and coming amateurs on the card as well. There’s just one debut fighter, and just one amateur fighter with a losing record. Some names to look out for include Jacob Bostic and J’Mar Moore.
3 – Chapman vs. Taylor
Back in the day (2011) everyone was clamoring for a Chapman vs. Cody Garbrandt fight. They were the top two amateurs in the state and both seemed destined for the UFC at some point.
Fast forward eight years later and Garbrandt is now a former UFC champion, while Chapman is still trying to crack into the next level at 29 years old.
It seems like we don’t get a lot of these in-state matchups, as Chapman will represent Akron and Taylor is the hometown Cleveland fighter. I’m guessing that the fans will be lively for this one, and the winner gets to take home the bantamweight title.
2 – Lucas Mast
It seems like it’s about time for the next group of amateur stars to break out onto the pro scene, and one fighter who could fit that bill is Lucas Mast. Mast looks to defend his welterweight title for a second time when he takes on Chris Fattig in the amateur main event.
The 23-year-old has said that he wants to be a legitimate champion at every level, and he could be on the verge of making his pro debut sooner rather than later.
1 – Four title bouts
Aside from the previously mentioned Chapman vs. Taylor and Mast vs. Fattig title fights, the main and co-main events will also have titles on the line, as Josh Rohler and Carl Deaton III square off for the featherweight title and Andrew Law looks to continue his hot streak against Aaron Highbaugh to win the welterweight title.