Fight Time Promotions returns to the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale with Fight Time 36, a card chalked full of marquee match-ups and hungry, young fighters eager to impress.
Find out the story behind these modern day Gladiators before they go to battle in Punch-Face’s complete card preview.
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Alex Delgado (0-2) vs. Alfonso Frierson (0-0)
The curtain jerker for the night’s festivities will feature one of Perrine’s finest backyard brawlers and the younger brother of the event’s headliner, who is looking to follow in his big brother’s triumphant footsteps.
Alex Delgado: Younger brother of main event participate Oscar Delgado, Alex Delgado returns to the Fight Time Promotions cage for the first time in two years. Delgado attempted to live life as a civilian but was lured back to the sport by the bloody siren song of the cage. He will be well prepared for his return bout, putting in the work with Miami’s Knockout Zone where he trains BJJ under Black Belt Jorge Elizondo and Muay Thai under French Kickboxing star Gregory Choplin.
Alfonso Frierson: Probably best known for his fights in Dada 5000’s backyard brawls, Alfonso “Chocolate” Frierson will be looking to make the jump to the professional fight game in this his pro debut. Frierson’s one punch knockout power was immortalized in the 2015 documentary Dawg Fight in which he knocked out fellow backyard brawler Michael “KO Mike” Trujillo in what Dada deemed the best knockout in the history of the backyard.
Travis Taylor (0-1) vs. Luis Manuel Marquez (0-0)
Fight number two will feature two young, ultra talented fighters from rival camps looking to make a name for themselves in the quickly emerging Fight Time Promotions Bantamweight division.
Travis Taylor: Do not be mislead by Travis “TNT” Taylor’s minimal pro record, the 29 year old had a stellar amateur career highlighted by a title reign in the Rise Of A Warrior promotion. His lone pro defeat came at the hands of über prospect and Titan FC Champion Jose “Shorty” Torres in a hard fought debut. Taylor has trained at CSMMA for many years and the addition of The Blackzilians to his home camp should drastically raise Taylor’s potential ceiling.
Luis Manuel Marquez: 27 year old Cuban born prospect Luis Manuel Marquez will be making his pro debut in this fight following an impressive 5-1 amateur career. Marquez trains at American Top Team Kendall with a who’s-who of fellow Cuban Mixed Martial Artist including UFC Middleweight number one contender Yoel Romero.
Emmanuel Verdier (1-1) vs. Sasha Palatnikov (0-0)
This fight will match two more promising prospects, one whom has won four of his last five and another who will be making his U.S debut after an undefeated amateur career in his native Asian fight circuit.
Emmanuel Verdier: 23 year old Emmanuel “Bad News” Verdier recently picked up his first professional win submitting Ty Mcleod at Fight Time 34 this past December. Verdier was hitting his stride as an amateur, winning his last five fights and he will look to continue that success into his emerging pro career. Fighting out of Hollywood’s Training For Life gym, Verdier is a well-rounded competitor who has dangerous subs and wont shy away from a slugfest on the feet, much like his training partner Junaure “Zoe Papi” Saintil.
Sasha Palatnikov: Blackzilian rising prospect Sasha Palatnikov will be looking to put his native Hong Kong on the MMA map in his debut. Training Karate since four years old Palatnikov is a life long martial artist who put together an impressive 6-0 amateur career in his native Asia. He made the move to the States in 2015 and has been tirelessly prepping for this debut with the world renown Blackzilians at the CSMMA gym in Delray Beach.
Luis Raul Gomez (3-0) vs. Pedro Gomes (6-4)
This Featherweight showdown showcases two fighters with similar surnames and explosive fighting styles. One is coming off of a unique knockout win that became a viral hit and the other is a BJJ Purple Belt that kicks like a mule.
Luis Raul Gomez: Cuban born Luis Raul Gomez’s last Fight Time Promotions victory over Martin Georges became a viral sensation. Gomez exhibited his high level Judo skills executing a lighting quick arm drag that face-planted Georges and left him unable to continue. The 22 year old phenom 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.
Pedro Gomes: 27 year old American Top Team-Coconut Creek prospect Pedro Gomes will make his Fight Time Promotions debut following a fight of the night war with Anderson Hutchinson. Gomes posses devastating low kicks and is a Purple Belt under UFC veteran Roan “Jucao” Carneiro. Training with superb Boxers like UFC Heavyweight Title contender Junior Dos Santos will only improve this deadly strikers abilities, making his a name that fight fans will want to watch closely.
Ladarious Jackson (5-2) vs. Lee Henry Lilly (5-2)
Halfway through the card we have a fight that will pit together a Tampa Bay Area champion and All State Wrestler, against a versatile vet who has won his last five fights in a row.
Ladarious Jackson: RFC Lightweight champion Ladarious Jackson will make his Fight Time Promotions debut following a gutty five round decision victory over Vince McGuiness in a RFC title fight. A High School Wresting State champ with off the charts athleticism, Jackson has been training with some of the best talent in Florida at CSMMA to assist in unlocking his limitless potential.
Lee Henry Lilly: MMA Masters Lee Henry Lilly will be looking to add to his current five fight win steak at Lightweight. Four of those five victories have taken place in the Fight Time Promotions cage. Older brother of Welterweight Fight Time contender Michael Lilly, Lee Henry is well rounded with extremely tight standup due in part to his years of work with trainer Ken Hahn at Vegas’s Striking Unlimited gym.
Rico Farrington (5-2) vs. Fernando Ribeiro (7-3)
This Catchweight battle features a local fan favorite whose pinpoint accurate strikes will be a grueling test for a high level BJJ Black Belt that will be looking to make his opponent tap or nap.
Rico Farrington: Nassau Bahamas native Rico “Triggerman” Farrington returns to the Fight Time cage riding a four fight win streak including three first round finishes. Farrington is a 3x ISKA Kickboxing champion and a BJJ Purple belt making him a dangerous all around threat. The 27 year old MMA Masters standout was the Fight Time Promotions Amateur Welterweight Champion and is well on his way to adding Fight Time’s professional belt to his growing collection.
Fernando Ribeiro: High level Brazilian Jujitsu Black Belt Fernando “Fio” Ribeiro will make his U.S debut in this Welterweight contenders showdown. Riberio is a submission specialist who will have a grappling advantage over nearly every MMA opponent he will come across. He is currently the head instructor at American Top Team Aventura in North Miami Beach and has previously trained with Rani Yahya and the Constrictor Team in Brasília, Brazil.
Miguel Baeza (2-0) vs. Augustus D’Angelo (2-1)
This main card match up will feature two young prospects, one looking to stay undefeated and work his way in to the title picture and the other a fighter eager to avenge his brother, who was defeated by his opponent last year.
Miguel Baeza: 24 year old rising welterweight prospect Miguel Baeza has come out of the gates swinging as a pro. In his debut Baeza knocked out Emre Orun in the opening minute, he then followed that up with another first round knockout, stopping Michael D’Angelo at Fight Time 33. Baeza is a BJJ black belt and the two first round knockouts demonstrate his commitment to becoming a complete fighter. His home gym is Davie’s Rock MMA, but he also trains at ATT Cape Coral along side former Fight Time Promtions champ Niko Price.
Augustus D’Angelo: The youngest of the fighting D’Angelo family Augustus “Gus” D’Angelo was victorious in his first two Fight Time bouts defeating Tyler McLeod and Moises Aberu respectively. Now the New York native looks to avenge his older brother and inch his way closer to a title shot in the process. Gus is one of the head coaches at his family’s Fight Zone DMMA gym and has also worked extensively with Henri Hooft at the newly opened Combat Club MMA. D’Angelo has trained all aspects of combat since day one and has the potential to be a big name in the sport.
Fredrico Moncaio (1-2) vs. Matthew Colquhoun (2-1)
The eighth fight of the night matches up two promising prodigies, the first runs his own gym despite being barley old enough to buy a beer and the other left his beautiful island home on a quest to become the greatest of all time.
Fredrico Moncaio: Co-head instructor at Oakland Park’s Moncaio Brothers gym Fredrico Moncaio returns to Fight Time Promotions with championship expectations. The 23 year old Phenom earned his Black Belt from Pablo Popovitch in only five years and used his submission expertise to rack up a 7-0 amateur MMA record, with all of his wins coming by submission. Moncaio is one of the brightest young stars in all of Florida and he will have many curious parties watching to see how he performs.
Matthew Colquhoun: 23 year old “Jamaican Prodigy” Matthew Colquhoun is one of thousands of next gen MMA stars that decided they wanted to become a fighter after seeing the legendary Bonnar vs. Griffin war in the inaugural TUF finale. Since then Colquhoun has trained tirelessly in Capoeira, Karate, BJJ and Sambo in order to become a complete martial artist. He has spent the last five months working with The Blackzilians at CSMMA preparing for this huge opportunity.
Everett Sims (3-0) vs. Frank Tate (4-3)
The Co-main event is a rubber match between two heavy handed goliaths that like to strike and don’t like to move backwards. These knockout artists will most likely not require the opinion of the judges to settle their trilogy.
Everett Sims: Undefeated 6’6″ Heavyweight prospect Everett “Wolverine” Sims will make his Fight Time Promotions debut after stopping all of his previous opponents in the first round. A devastating puncher with experience in Glory Kickboxing, Sims got his start in MMA training with UFC vet “Crazy” Tim Credeur at Gladiators Academy in his native Lafayette Louisiana. He committed to MMA in 2015 and moved to Coconut Creek to train with The American Top Team full time. Sims’ natural physical gifts combined with some of the best coaching in the sport make this 27 year old one of the more promising Heavyweight contenders in the sport.
Frank Tate: Alabama born big man and Bellator veteran Frank Tate enters the Fight Time Promotions cage for the first time with his sights set on avenging his first professional loss. Tate trains at Champions Freestyle MMA and packs a straight right that would drop a water buffalo. Tate is 40 years old but possesses the physique and gas tank of a man half his age, he can punch and wrestle all day with fatigue not being a factor.
Kenneth Garner (16-10) vs. Oscar Delgado (6-3)
The Main event is a number one contender fight and a beautiful piece of matchmaking. Both of these guys will trade on the feet with zero regard for their own personal health. Whoever wants the title fight with Michel Batista is going to have to earn it with blood and sweat in this main event match-up.
Kenneth Garner: Former M-1 Champion and currently the number one ranked Heavyweight fighter in all of the South East, Kenny “Deuce” Garner returns to Fight Time cage for the second time in this number one contender fight. Deuce has made a name for himself at home and abroad as a fighter that will go toe-to-toe with any man and come out on top the majority of the time. With tight, powerful boxing combos and impenetrable takedown defense, whenever Deuce is in the cage the fans know they are going to get their money’s worth.
Oscar Delgado: Miami native Oscar “Diamond Boy” Delgado’s long awaited return to the cage at Fight Time 34 was cut short by a Michel Batista accidental eye poke that resulted in a anticlimatic No Decision. Delgado has the striking power and versatility to trade with anyone in the Heavyweight division. Coming up from Light Heavyweight, Delgado will have a significant speed advantage over his bulkier opponents, an advantage he is planning on riding to a Fight Time Promotions Heavyweight title.