Monday, May 5, 2008

A Preview of Freestyle Combat Challenge 35

There have been a number of changes to the FCC 35 fight card and I talked to Dave Strasser yesterday to get the scoop. Nick Agallar will headline the show and Carina Damm will be a co-main event, as well as the final 155lb tournament match between Matt Morin and Jonathan Chasse to determine who gets to fight in Japan. Unfortunately, Sergio Gomez, Rodrigo Damm, and Jameel Massouh have been scratched from the card. There will be about 11 fights on the card.

Racine native, Nick Agallar will return to action this Saturday against Shane McDonald in his hometown at Racine Case High School at Freestyle Combat Challenge 35. His previous opponent, Phillip Tomblin was injured and had to be replaced on short notice.

Nick Agallar sports an MMA record of (20-5) according to Sherdog and was slated to fight Nuri Shakir at the Art of War show two weeks ago but had to pull out of the event due to a minor injury. It was then announced that Agallar would face Chris Brennan in the Pros vs. Gis finale. I incorrectly stated that it would be in May when it turns out that he will fight Brennan sometime in August.

The finale will be the capstone of the nine-event deal that Art of War’s parent company Sun Sports & Entertainment Inc., recently signed with Fox Sports Net or (FSN). In an e-mail from Agallar, he stated that he would also be fighting against a yet to be determined opponent in the Art of War prior to the Chris Brennan fight which would more than likely occur on a June AOW card.

16-man lightweight tournament finals

Matt Morin will also fight Jonathan Chasse to decide which fighter will earn the right to travel to Japan and fight. The tournament, which started as a 16-man tourney, dates back to FCC 31 in November of last year. Morin is currently listed at (5-3) according to Sherdog and is riding a four-fight win streak all via submission. Chasse is listed at (5-1) according to Sherdog and most recently defeated Mike Sanchez at FCC 33 to earn his spot back into the tourney. Morin who is the current KTK lightweight champion will also defend his title at KTK 21 on June 21st in Marshfield, Wisconsin.

Rodrigo and Carina Damm

Rodrigo Damm recently obtained his visa and was offered a fight in Japan and had to cancel his bout this Saturday, according to Dave Strasser. His sister Carina Damm is still going to fight on the card against Jasmine Davis.

Pancrase and BodogFight veteran from Japan, Daiki “DJ Taiki” Hata will fight Dave Love. Dave “Dr.” Love who is (8-8-1), put up a decent fight at the last FCC event before suffering a knock out from Kiuma Kunioku due to a big knee. Hata has hit a rough patch recently suffering two straight losses in Pancrase and Bodog. His most recent win was against Kenosha’s own Jameel Massouh in Japan in May of 2007.

Gerald Meerschaert of Dave Strasser’s Freestyle Academy will look to extend his win streak to four straight victories against Ryan Scheeper of Philbrick’s Gym in Clinton, Iowa. Meerschaert most recently defeated Alex Carter at FCC 34 via triangle choke and also holds a decision victory over Caleb Krull at FCC 33. Scheeper picked up a win at FCC 33 defeating Ken Allen by arm bar.

Kiuma Kunioku will also be returning to the ring at FCC 35. He’ll put his (33-22-9) record up against Jay Ellis’ (5-16) MMA record. He will definitely have his hands full with Kunioku. Kunioku holds wins over Frank Shamrock, Nathan Marquardt, Guy Mezger, Genki Sudo, and Masakatsu Funaki. Ellis has not won a bout in his last seven attempts although he has faced some formidable foes in Mike Stumpf, Caleb Krull, Sherron Leggett, and Joe Jordan and I don’t see him picking up a win at FCC 35 against top talent.

It should be a great night of fights and Wisconsin Combat Sports will have coverage available the day after the event.

Dave Strasser's Freestyle Combat Challenge 35
Saturday, May 3rd, 2008
At Racine Case High School Gymnasium
Racine, Wisconsin
Doors Open - 7:00 pm
Fight Starts - 8:00 pm

Confirmed Cards (Subject to Change):

The Main Event - 155 lbs & Under 5 min / 3R
Nick Agallar (USA / Freestyle Academy) vs. Shane
McDonalds (USA)

Women's 130 lbs & Under 5 min / 3R
Carina Damm (Brazil / Alliance BJJ) vs. Jasmine Davis

155 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
Kiuma Kunioku (Japan / Freelance) vs. Jay Ellis (USA)

145 lbs & Under Bout 5 min / 3R
David Love (USA / Freelance) vs. DJ taiki (Japan /

155 lbs & Under FCC Tournament Final 5 min / 3R
John "Blue" Chesse (USA / Freestyle Academy) vs. Matt
Morin (USA / Serrano Jiu-jitsu & Judo)

Heavyweight Bout 3 min / 3R
Andy Heider vs. Kevin Kelly

150 lbs & Under 3 min / 3R
Andy Holm vs. Andy Webber

155 lbs & Under 3 min / 3R
Ryan Anderson vs. Luke Nichols

170 lbs & Under 3 min / 3R
Gerald Meerschaert vs. Ryan Scheeper

155 lbs & Under 3 min / 3R
Bobby Galvin vs. John Lemon

This article was originally published on Wisconsin Combat Sports on 05-02-08.

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