BlacKOut Fighting Championship is bringing Professional MMA to the historic Shrine Mosque in Springfield, Missouri on Saturday, May 16th. Check out the pro card and some of our featured amateur bouts below...
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Main Event- Andrew Whitney (10-4) vs Ryan Hayes (7-4)
Andrew Whitney (10-4) made a name for himself in Springfield, Missouri while training with Springfield Fight Club and decided to move his training to American Top Team in Coconut Creek, Florida to further his career by working with World class coaches and training partners. Andrew "The Beast" Whitney is one of the best and most exciting bantamweights outside of the UFC and we are excited that he is returning to Springfield to headline BFC: "Showdown at the Shrine".
"Big Rigg" Ryan Hayes (7-4) trains out of Apex BJJ in Tuttle, Oklahoma (Cesar Gracie affiliate) and is a veteran of Pancrase. Hayes brings his dangerous ground game into this fight and poses a threat to any opponent if the fight hits the mat. All 7 of his victories come by way of submission so don't expect to see this fight going to the judges scorecards.
140- Teejay "Bad Newz" Britton (Professional debut) vs Chris Reed (0-1)
Teejay "Bad Newz" Britton had an amateur record of 7-2 and has fought all over the United States earning the Cage of Honor featherweight title and the Amateur Fight League Bantamweight title and will be making his professional debut. "Bad Newz" will be giving his entire fight proceeds to a local charity (Camp Quality Ozarks). Teejay Britton trains out of Victory MMA in Joplin, Missouri and is looking to start off his career with a huge win.
Chris Reed (0-1) has not fought in front of his hometown crowd in over 2 years so he jumped on this opportunity and is very excited to fight in front of family and fans. Reed trains out of Springfield Fight Club and expressed that he took this fight because he "wanted to see quality pro match ups come back to the area."
155- "American Psycho" Christian Camp (2-3) vs Frankie "The Saint" Gutierrez (Professional debut)
"American Psycho" Christian Camp will be looking to get back in the win column after a very close split-decision loss to Derrick Adkins in Oklahoma City. Christian Camp trains with Team Fusion Jiu-Jitsu & MMA in Springfield, Missouri and has fought in every local promotion as an amateur but has not fought in his hometown as a pro so he plans to put on a show in front of his friends and family.
Frank "The Saint" Gutierrez will be making his professional MMA debut and will be looking to avenge a loss from his amateur career! "The Saint" has been out of the game for awhile but decided to return when Christian Camp asked for the fight via social media. Local fans loved the fight and started talking about it before the match was talked about or finalized from BFC.
185- Tyler Johnson (Professional debut) vs Sean Woodson (Professional debut)
Local favorite and former Adrenaline Fight League Light Heavyweight champ Tyler Johnson will be moving down to middleweight and will be making his professional debut after finishing up his amateur career with an impressive 11-2 record. Tyler trains out Team Fusion Jiu-Jitsu & MMA and is ready to test himself as a professional.
Sean Woodson trains out of Modern Combat Systems in St. Louis, Missouri and made his professional debut in the kickboxing ring and came out with a big win over Bo Kunz and now he sets his sites on the cage.
185- Chaz "The Hawaiian Kid" Rooks (0-1) vs "Nacho" Ignacio Eirale (Professional debut)
Chaz Rooks (0-1) had a very successful amateur career but took a loss in his professional debut and comes into this fight more determined and focused than ever.
"Nacho" Ignacio Eirale trains out of Glory MMA & Fitness in Lee's Summit, Missouri. "Nacho" is not a household name in the United States but he is well known in Uruguay for his amazing kickboxing fights and highlight reel knockouts.
Featured amateur bouts...
BlacKOut FC champion vs Adrenaline Fight League champion
BFC Lightweight champion Andrew Swofford (11-5) is undefeated in the BFC cage and is returning to defend his title before he makes the transition to pro. Standing in his way is Adrenaline Fight League Lightweight champ Jason Hanson (5-0) and both titles will be on the line in this champ vs champ match up!
BFC Light Heavyweight Championship
BFC Light Heavyweight Champion Seth Golay (5-0) will be back in action and will be putting his undefeated record on the line against former ShoFight Light Heavyweight Champ Brandese Powell. Both these Light Heavyweights possess knockout power and have proven it with highlight reel KO's!
BFC Women's Lightweight Championship
Topeka's own Rach Wiley (5-1) is a rising star on the WMMA scene and is on a five fight winning streak since losing her first fight. She is ready to make her debut in the BFC cage and take on a tough opponent in Nici Kearney (3-2). Nici has made a name for herself fighting tough competition and recently earning a trip to Las Vegas and fighting in a WMMA International tournament. These ladies will be facing off for the 1st ever BFC Women's Lightweight Championship.
Former BFC Lightweight champion "Marvelous" Michael Heckert (5-4) will be facing off with local favorite Tyler Schmidt (4-2) in a featured welterweight bout that will have the fans on their feet from the opening bell.
Bobbie Heard (3-2) and Josh Oxenreider (3-2) will be facing off on the preliminary card. Both are coming off loses and are on a mission to get their hand raised.
Also on the card local favorites Adrenaline Fight League welterweight champ Dylan Edwards (6-1), middleweight Tony Grant (debut), Light Heavyweight Michael Mitchell (0-1), Light Heavyweight Donavan Kramer (2-0), Middleweight Austin Crist (1-0), and the prelims will feature several up n coming fighters looking to put their skills to the test.
*Fight card subject to change
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