PinnacleFC 6 Fight Breakdown: Zack Grossman vs. Devonte Smith
OK so I guess since the shit talking has officially started for March 29th, there’s no better time than now to start breaking down some of the fights on this absolutely stacked card. In case you’ve been living under a rock or have just been busy digging out from mountains of snow, the time is now to get hyped for what will be the best card to hit this region in a long, long time. I’m talking Nate Marquardt getting pulled from main events, Pat Barry and Cheick Kongo slugfest long, yinz guys.
Featuring two lightweights who could use a signature win, this bout pits Renzo Gracie Pittsburgh’s Zack Grossman against Evolve MMA’s Devonte Smith. We’ve seen Grossman pick up wins at the last two Pinnacle events, earning a unanimous decision over Steve Jones at PFC 4 and then stopping Mike Bothwell via TKO at PFC 5 in November. Smith makes his first appearance in the cage since 2012, when he earned a knockout victory. In fact, all three of his wins are knockout, with two coming in the first round.
These two lightweights will look to break into the Pinnacle rankings with a win, so let’s get to the breakdown:
Rich “The Raging Bull” Cantolina (10-6) fired off some shots yesterday towards the upcoming challenger to his featherwight crown, Jarrell “Thunderkat” Hodge (10-1). Hodge is widely considered the best amateur featherweight in the area and has beaten some of the better amateurs around including Cody Garbrandt, Shane Valko and Cheyne Jenkins. We all love a little shit talking before a cage fight and Cantolina has perfected his by incorporating pictures and everything.
This is fairly elaborate by today's standards.
He even mentioned Hodge by name instead of just implying he was talking about him by making indirect comments in Hodge’s general direction. He even signed it “Your worst nightmare”. Check it out below:
Dear Jerrell Hodge,
Your only hope of beating me and taking my title was me not showing up due to my nose injury from last fight which caused me to be suspended by the PA athletic commission. Well this little piece of paper right here says your fucked! I'm medically cleared to fight!!!! Hope youre ready to get carved up in 4 weeks.
Your Worst Nightmare
I have tickets be sure to get yours from me ASAP as all my funds will be donated to Make A Wish.
Now that I think about it, I wonder what Tank Abbott circa 99' would have thought about calling someone out via selfie, but then again I pretty much know the answer to that anyway. I tell ya, these kids with their cage fighting and their facebook.
This is the biggest card in this area’s storied history and we are running dangerously low on tickets. You can still reserve yours here for a limited time.
Check out the card after the jump:
Stipe Miocic Vs. Junior Dos Santos Set For UFC 173
Welp Stipe Miocic's (11-1) life insurance policy just got a little more risky today as it was recently announced the Cleveland product has signed to face off against Junior Dos Santos (16-3) In May of this year.
Not that I think this is a terrible fight for Stipe, because I don't, a terrible fight for Stipe would be someone who can box and wrestle which is not Dos Santos.
However, for the first 300 seconds of the fight, Stipe's life could be in great peril. Thor could only have wished to drop a hammer as hard as Junior Dos Santos can and if you disagree just re-watch his highlight tape where he shotguns Fabricio Werdum with a rear uppercut or better yet, remember when he blasted out current champion Cain Velasquez?
I think Stipe has all the tools to make this fight goes his way, it is just becoming increasingly more difficult to pull off. Dos Santos has a murderous right hand, above average footwork and a granite chin which make him arguably the most dangerous puncher in the heavyweight division. If Stipe can employ a fairly straight forward strategy of stepping off to his right, hammering home leg kicks and straight jab-cross combinations while mixing in the occasional takedown and Dos Santos will start to slow down. Once Dos Santos loses some of the zip on his punches, Stipe can start to work towards getting him out of there, which seems nearly impossible at this point.
Fortunately for Miocic, Cain Velasquez laid out a fairly straight forward game plan on how to beat the former champion by applying constant pressure with both boxing and wrestling. If Stipe can follow this blueprint and account for the obvious adjustments Dos Santos will have made after his loss, he should be able to walk away with the win.
Check back for more as it is released.
-The name may have changed but the game is still the same.
Hey bros, there is some professional fighting going down in the United States of America this weekend.
Some of the people they are paying to fight on this event are pretty good.
Here are my predictions below.
265 lbs – Curt Lemmon 1-0 (Dungeon MMA) vs Ryan Walls 2-0 (Peak Submission)
Lemmon is crafty and talented but so is Walls. Both guys have good amateur backgrounds and solid wins as professionals. I’m leaning towards Lemmon because he was able to beat the unbeatable Branco Busik at a time where they couldn’t even find someone to consider fighting him. That goes a long way.
- Curt Lemmon via decision
170 lbs – Reggie Parks 2-1 (Ronin Fight Team) vs Kenny Booker 2-1 (Midwest Training Center)
Parks is a pretty rugged guy with a good team behind him. I don’t know much about Booker accept that his team seems legit, his resume reads well and his only loss was a decision in Bellator. It’s a toss-up but I’m gonna lean towards Parks because of name recognition mostly.
- Parks via decision
Check out the rest after the jump:
PinnacleFC commentator Kyle Rozewski returns to action this weekend in Canton
And the "Kyote" is actually pretty adept at his job, having earned three wins in his last four outings in the cage. Although he's known primarily as a striker, Rozewski has shown his well-rounded game, picking up all three of those wins via submission.
Originally from New York, Rozewski is now fully entrenched as a member of the Evolve MMA camp in Medina, Ohio, where he competes as a featherweight.
Rozewski is set to return to action this weekend in Canton, where he'll face a fellow veteran in Dustin Kempf (6-6) in what promises to be a surefire fight of the night candidate.
Kempf represents the old school Instigator Fight Team, which has produced some of the toughest fighters in the Northeast Ohio area.
Stay tuned right here for more on Rozewski, as we'll have a full recap from his fight this weekend.
Also check out a breakdown and prediction article be released sometime tomorrow.
Francis Healy Vs. Chris Dunn and More Set For March 29th
I know you might find this hard to believe but we have added a pair of huge professional fights to our roster heading into the March 29th event at the Greentree Sportsplex. Maddog general Francis Healy (2-1) will be squaring off against Ohio’s Chris Dunn (7-3) and Phillip Parrish (2-1) will be taking on team Titan member Mike Putnam (1-0).
You may remember Dunn from our inaugural show where he gave Mark Cherico arguably his toughest fight to date after missing weight against previously scheduled opponent Cody Garbrandt. Since that loss to Cherico, Dunn has put together a 5 fight win streak with all coming wins coming via stoppage. Francis recently beat Jeff Smith by armbar in round one and has never looked better. Both of these guys come to fight, so mark this up as a “kill or be killed” style match up.
Mike Putnam put together the best performance of his career against Josh Hilliard at Pinnacle FC 4 back in August, now he will take on Phillip Parrish in his sophomore appearance as a professional. You may remember Parrish from his upset stoppage win over Jake Schilling back at Pinnacle FC 3 in June. Parrish took the fight on short notice and ended up stopping the heavily favored Schilling in the first round. Parrish’s lone loss as a professional comes at the hands of Bekzod Abdurakhmonov who is currently undefeated as both an amateur and a professional. Putnam and Parrish are turning into two polished professional prospects and this collision course will determine who moves on and who moves up.
If you haven’t reserved your tickets for this colossal event, you can do so here.
Check out the updated fight card below:
Professional Line Up:
- Main event: Mark Cherico vs Brady Hovermale
- Co-Main Event: Joey Holt vs Robert Hanna, IV
- Co-Main Event: Khama Worthy vs Cody Stamann
- Shane Chojnacki vs Andrew Law
- Nick Browne vs Mike Wiseman
- Philip Parrish vs Mike Putnam
- Chris Dunn vs Francis Healy
Amateur Line Up:
- Eric Bledsoe vs Fadi Shuman * Championship Bout
- Rich Cantolina vs Jerrell Hodge * Championship Bout
- Davey Crockett vs Darnell Pettis * Championship Bout
- Jake Schilling vs Russ Brletrick
- Ethan Goss vs Cody Kremer
- Zack Grossman vs Devonte Smith
- Paul McAleer vs Jonas Rubiano
- Mike baker vs jason foltz
- Jonathan Coffman vs Alec Hohman