Danny Vega (0-0) vs. Russell Campbell (0-0)
The first fight of the night features two promising South Florida prospects who are both making their long awaited professional debuts.
Danny Vega: Freestyle Fighting Academy’s Danny Vega will be making his pro debut in the opening bout of the night. The 22 year old Vega compiled an impressive 4-1 amateur record with his only defeat coming against fellow rising prospect Martin Georges from MMA Masters.
Russell Campbell: Also making his pro debut is Russell Campbell who has found success in amateur kickboxing as well as mma. 3-3 in his amateur mma career, Campbell will have the slight experience edge in this match up.
Emmanuel Verdier (0-1) vs. Ty McLeod (0-1)
This fight features two young fighters hungry for their first victory as professionals.
Emmanuel Verdier: This will be Verdier’s second fight under the Fight Time Promotions banner. The Training For Life fighter will will look to bounce back from a tough debut loss, he was on a five fight win streak in his amateur career which prompted his professional debut.
Ty Mcleod: High school wrestling stand out Ty McLeod will also be looking for his first professional victory. McLeod lives and trains in Sarasota Florida at Action X MMA, he was 5-2 in his amateur career including a title fight win in his last bout before turning pro.
Andre Cuff (1-3) vs. Robert Herrera (1-0)
The third fight of the night features two well rounded bantamweights with championship potential in their futures.
Andre Cuff: American Top Team Ft. Lauderdale’s Andre “The Dark Knight” Cuff is a much better fighter than his 1-3 record may lead on. The 23 year old is extremely well rounded in all aspects of the sport and has done battle with some of the top talent in South Florida including Team Blackzilian’s Irwin Rivera.
Robert Herrera: Also a product of Sarasota’s Action X MMA, Robert Herrera was 4-1 as an amateur. All of his amateur fights took place in the west coast based King of the Cage promotion where managed to capture the flyweight amateur title. Herrera is coming off of a successful pro debut victory over Raymond Ramos at Fight Time 30.
Shaheen Santana (1-0) vs. Christian Lepe (0-0)
Here we have two rising prospects who will compete in a fight that will most likely play out as a high level ground fight with a few action packed striking exchanges mixed in.
Shaheen Santana: Undefeated in his amateur and pro career Shaheen Santana is quickly becoming one of the premier young talents in the Florida fight circuit. The 25 year old has been a submission machine submitting all of his opponents in the first round including Nick Recchia at Fight Time 31 in his pro debut.
Christian Lepe: 23 year old Christian Lepe will make his professional debut following an extensive three year, nine fight amateur career. Lepe trains under Michael D’Angelo Sr. at Fight Zone D’Angelo MMA in Ft.Myers and will look to start his pro career with a high profile win.
Luis Raul Alvarez (2-0) vs. Martin Georges (1-0)
This one pairs up two undefeated featherweights in a battle that will leave on of the competitors a major contender in the featherweight title picture.
Luis Raul Alvarez: Cuban born Luis Alvarez has finished his first two bouts in a total time of 2:48. The 21 year old trains with the Young Tigers Foundation gym in Miami where he practices Judokickbox a relatively new discipline that combines the throws and ne-waza techniques of Judo with the technical striking with all limbs that you would find in kickboxing.
Martin Georges: Exciting 29 year old featherweight prospect Martin Georges showed high level grappling and undeniable heart in his debut win over Nyko Harrynarine at Fight Time 32. Georges is one of many up and coming talents coming out of the MMA Masters gym in Miami.
Nik Fekete (5-1) vs. Gage Takacs (0-0)
Light Heavyweight (205)
This bout features the long awaited return of a pioneer of modern day mma and the professional debut of a grappling phenom with overwhelming control and one punch knockout power.
Nik Fekete: Division I All-American wrestler at Michigan State Nik Fekete is making his long awaited return in this match Friday night. Fekete is a Bellator vet and has not competed since he lost a close decision to Zak Cummings in a entrance fight to be on season 17 of The Ultimate Fighter. Fekete was the inaugural wrestling coach for Xtreme Couture when they opened in 2006 and has trained with top fight camps all around the country since than.
Gage Takacs: 20 year old Gage Takacs will make his professional debut following a stellar 4-1 amateur career. Takacs was a freak athlete in high school excelling in weightlifting, football and wrestling as well as winning the 2012 IBJFF World Jiu Jitsu Championship as a 17 year old blue belt. Already an acclaimed grappler, Takacs now is working to round out his mma game by training his stand up at the Chinatown 941 gym under heavyweight boxing star China Smith. Takacs has the work ethic and genetics to do big things in the mixed martial arts world.
Andres Lazcano (4-3) vs. Leo Valdivia (3-2)
This should be a technical stand up battle between two world class knockout artist that is a long shot to go the distance.
Andres Lazcano: Colombian Andres “The Shaolin” Lazcano will be making his U.S debut, he has showcased a well rounded mma game which features multiple submission and knock out victories. However most of his previous fights took place in his native Colombia where mma is still an emerging sport. It will be interesting to see how well he handles himself in the mma mecca that is The United States.
Leo Valdivia: 28 year old Leo Valdivia will join his training partner Luis Raul Alvarez in representing the Young Tigers Foundation gym, as well as working with the MMA Masters gym in the past. Valdivia is a versatile dangerous striker with two knockouts in his past Fight Time bouts and even fought Uriah Hall in Chuck Norris’s World Combat League.
Drew Stewart (2-3) vs. Andreas Danapas (0-1)
The co-main event of the evening is a battle between to enormous knockout punchers who are going to stand and trade until one of them is separated from consciousness.
Drew Stewart: United States Marine Drew Stewart will look to even his professional record up with a big win in this co main event. Stewart is dripping in raw talent and brings a never say die attitude into the cage. He trains with the Sport Fight Naples team to fine tune his warrior skills. In his last bout Stewart was held down for the better part of three rounds by J.D Ramsey and appeared to be headed to a lackluster decision, but he showed extreme reliance by turning the tables at the last minute and sinking in a rear naked choke with :12 left in the third.
Andreas Danapas: 25 year old Andreas Danapas is looking to bounce back from his extremely difficult debut loss to main event fighter Michel Batista. Danapas has lights out knockout power that he showed in his amateur career where he was 4-0 with four first round knockouts. He is still very raw, but the Action X team in Sarasota has a whole lot to work with in this gargantuan prospect.
Michel Batista (2-0) vs. Oscar Delgado (6-3)
The main event features a Olympic wrestler who has been perfect in his mma career thus far and a veteran knockout artist that has a knack for finding his opponents chins with his hands and feet.
Michel Batista: Cuban 2008 Olympic Wrestler Michel Batista has transitioned smoothly into his next stage of combat sports. Batista followed fellow Cuban wrestlers Yoel Romero and Alexis Vila to American Top Team Kendall where he trains full time. At 32 Batista may not have a huge window for success, but he is the real deal and in a sport hungry for talented big men he may find himself in a octagon very soon.
Oscar Delgado: Miami native Oscar Delgado will make his return to action after a three and a half year lay off. Delgado is a incredibly dangerous threat with his punches and kicks, he has not displayed much of a ground game but you can be sure his camp (MMA Masters) will have him prepared for a battle of any kind. 39 year old Delgado will have his hands full with the powerful Olympian, but if he can turn it into a brawl he can pull off the upset.