STACKED FIGHT CARD SET FOR PINNACLE FC 7, INCLUDING GARBRANDT VS. PORTER TITLE FIGHT
PITTSBURGH – Pinnacle Fighting Championships returns with its seventh installment of the Pittsburgh Challenge Series at the Greentree Sportsplex on May 24, and the organization’s first-ever professional bantamweight title will be on the line in the main event, as Cody “No Love” Garbrandt faces James Porter in a battle of two of the country’s top prospects. The main event is bolstered by a six-fight professional card, as well as six top-level amateur bouts.
Fresh off of a second round TKO victory over Dominick Mazzotta, the 22-year-old Garbrandt (3-0 / fighting out of Sacramento, CA via Uhrichsville, OH) has continued training with Team Alpha Male along with Fight Club Pittsburgh in preparation for the next step in his career. With three knockout victories in three fights and now training with one of the best camps in all of mixed martial arts, Garbrandt will face the stiffest test of his career when he faces Porter (7-2 / fighting out of Marion, IN) for the inaugural PinnacleFC bantamweight title. Porter is no stranger to headlining fights, as he currently holds the AFA bantamweight title and the Kombat Zone bantamweight title. Still just 21 years old, he has faced the likes of Sergio Pettis and Carson Beebe, and also holds notable victories over Josh Killion, Larry DiGiulio, and Carson Gainey.
In the co-main event, Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (5-2 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) will look to improve his record inside the PinnacleFC cage to 5-1 as he welcomes Anthony “The Spoiler” Morgan (5-2 / fighting out of Sevierville, TN) to Pittsburgh for the first time. Worthy is riding a four-fight winning streak, including a 26-second TKO victory over Jacob Butler at PinnacleFC 6 in March. Morgan has won his last two and looks to pull the upset victory against the hometown favorite.
A pair of lightweights will look for another solid win, as Adam “A.J.” Bosley (1-2 / fighting out of Uniontown, PA) takes on late replacement Bobby Emmons (3-3 / fighting out of Newburgh, IN). Looking to snap a two-fight losing streak, Justin “The Hawk” Steave (5-4 / fighting out of Weirton, WV) returns to the PinnacleFC cage against 8-time Bellator MMA veteran Brylan VanArtsdalen (9-10 / fighting out of Philadelphia, PA). Steave has posted a 2-0 record in PinnacleFC fights, including victories over Mike Diggs and Amran Aliyev.
Two PinnacleFC lightweight champions will make their respective professional debuts, as both Nick “NyQuil” Browne (0-0 / fighting out of Uniontown, PA) and Eric “Sizzle” Bledsoe (0-0 / fighting out of Wheeling, WV) will be in action. Looking to build off of his 10-1 record as an amateur including a 6-0 record in 2013 where he claimed the PinnacleFC lightweight title, Browne is set to face Jeff “Captain Caveman” Denz (2-3 / fighting out of Buffalo, NY) in a battle of gritty lightweights.
Bledsoe will open up the professional card, as he faces Zach “Kid Chaos” Cook (0-0 / fighting out of Columbus, OH) in a featherweight matchup. Bledsoe posted a 5-0 record as an amateur, including a knockout victory over Matt Conahan at PinnacleFC 5 and then a unanimous decision over Fadi Shuman at PinnacleFC 6 in March. Cook will make his first PinnacleFC appearance on the strength of a 9-6 amateur record, including a knockout victory in his last outing.
The deep amateur lineup features some of the top contenders for PinnacleFC gold, including featherweight Ryan Arreola (3-0), bantamweight Alec Hohman (2-0), female bantamweight Jaime Chesney (1-2), and more.
Tickets for PinnacleFC 7 are start at just $40 and are available via www.cagetix.com.
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135 lbs – Cody Garbrandt (3-0) vs James Porter (7-2) – for bantamweight title
145 lbs – Khama Worthy (5-2) vs Anthony Morgan (5-2)
155 lbs – Adam Bosley (1-2) vs Bobby Emmons (3-3)
145 lbs – Justin Steave (5-4) vs Brylan Vanartsdalen (9-10)
155 lbs – Nick Browne (0-0) vs Jeff Denz (2-3)
145 lbs – Eric Bledsoe (0-0) vs Zach Cook (0-0)
145 lbs – Ryan Arreola (3-0) vs Osahon Omo-Osagie (1-2)
135 lbs – Alec Hohman (2-0) vs Aaron Finch (0-1)
135 lbs – Jaime Chesney (1-2) vs Katelyn Dykas (1-3)
170 lbs – Brandon Lauderback (0-0) vs Andrew Shrader (0-0)
185 lbs – Malik Epperson (1-0) vs Jake Just (0-0)
155 lbs – Ronald Krisch (0-0) vs Matthew Patterson (0-0)
About Pinnacle Fighting Championships
Pinnacle Fighting Championships is Pittsburgh’s premiere mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion. Founded in 2012, the organization operates under the Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission and hosts regular professional and amateur events. PinnacleFC has featured many of the area’s top fighters, including Mark Cherico, Donny Walker, Cody Garbrandt, Khama Worthy, Paul Felder, and more. Fans can follow PinnacleFC on Twitter @Pinnacle_FC, or find us on Facebook. For more information, visitwww.