This week features a trio of events: one in Indiana, one in Ohio, and one in North Carolina. Things kick off tomorrow with Colosseum Combat XXX in Kokomo, Indiana, along with Ohio Fighting Championship XXII in Columbus, Ohio. Fans in Charlotte will also be treated to a party, as Fight Lab 41 goes down with yet another event.
There are also some solid fighters competing this weekend, including UFC veteran Ryan Thomas, TUF veteran Daniel Head, and fan favorite durable fighter Reggie Merriweather. And that’s just at Colosseum Combat. Ohio FC features up-and-comers like Zach Cook and Matt Anderson, as well as the pro debut of top amateur star Aaron Jeffery.
Along with all of the fights this weekend, Jason Butcher returns to action at Bellator 127 against Andreas Michailidis in undercard action. Originally a native of West Virginia, he now lives and trains in Southwest Ohio at Jorge Gurgel’s gym.
Check out a preview of all of the action below, and be sure to return to BluegrassMMA.com early next week for results and reactions from all of the weekend’s action.[/tps_header] [tps_title]Colosseum Combat XXX: Thomas vs. Thorpe[/tps_title]
Colosseum Combat returns to its homebase in Kokomo, Indiana for its 30th event, which boasts one of the organization’s best lineups to date. In the main event, UFC/Bellator MMA veteran Ryan Thomas (19-8) will defend his welterweight title against M-1 Challenge veteran Josh Thorpe (12-12). Thomas had a 5-fight winning streak snapped at XFC 27 in December, as he dropped a controversial unanimous decision to Dom Steele. This will be his first time competing this year. Thorpe is just 1-9 in his last 10, dating back to 2011.
In the co-main event, TUF 12 veteran Daniel Head (10-9) is slated to face Ryan McIntosh (12-24). Head has struggled of late, with his last win coming in 2011. He’s just 3-7 since his time on the UFC’s reality show. McIntosh has been as active as ever in 2014, going 2-2 with wins over Matt Montalvo and David Bernas. He has also never been to a decision in his 36-fight pro career.
The event features four pro bouts overall, including an intriguing featherweight matchup pitting Luis Guerra (4-2) against Reggie Merriweather (4-5). The night’s other pro bout features Ronez McGrady (0-0, 8-2 am) vs. Christofer Sprinkle (0-0, 5-1 am).
Thomas and promoter Mark Slater both joined BluegrassMMA Live earlier this week to talk about the event. Check out the full 9-fight lineup here, and check back later for live stream information for this event.