Bellator Veteran Steve Carl Agrees to Face Andrew Trace at Madtown Throwdown 28, Replaces Injured Lenny Nelson
Ask and you shall receive. For the past few months Wisconsin's top-ranked welterweight Andrew Trace hasn't wavered on his request to fight bigger and better competition each time out.
And following the loss of scheduled Madtown Throwdown 28 headlining opponent Lenny Nelson due to injury, Trace has been granted his wish in the form of Bellator veteran Steve Carl.
Carl has agreed to square off with Trace next month in the night's main event; a matchup that will undoubtedly shape the landscape of Midwestern MMA as well as help to gauge the skill level of Wisconsin's reigning "Fighter of the Year".
The bout between Trace and Carl serves as a microcosm for what the Madtown Throwdown promotion has become as a notable out-of-state veteran ventures into Wisconsin to take on an emerging local prospect.
Similar to past organizational matchups such as Gerald Meerschaert versus Kenny Robertson or Jason Pierce versus Jordan Faas, the promotion gives up-and-coming fighters like Trace the chance to take a step up in competition and prove their abilities.
For Trace, who fights out of Ruff Dawg MMA in Walworth, the past two years have seen him develop into a worthy headliner. After a perfect and lengthy amateur career, the well-rounded fighter has amassed an impressive record of 7-1.
Despite a unanimous decision defeat to Christoper Curtis, who Trace has since trained with, the submission specialist has defeated notable opponents such as Neil Magny, Johnny Davis, Bobby Galvan and more. Every single one of Trace's seven victories has come via first-round submission. But his biggest challenge to date is right around the corner.
Fighting out of Hard Drive MMA in Iowa, the four-time Bellator veteran Carl is as tough as they come on the local circuit. Since debuting in November of 2005, Carl has put together a stellar record of 16-3 with notable victories over James Warfield, Brett Cooper, James Warfield and more. Carl is currently riding a two-fight win streak over Rustam Bogatirev and Mason Temiquel.
Without question Carl provides the biggest opportunity and challenge to Trace's young career. The matchup is an outstanding one and is a testament to the matchmaking prowess of Madtown Throwdown, specifically after the unfortunate injury to Nelson.
Stay tuned to US Combat Sports for complete coverage of Madtown Throwdown 28 on August 11 including interviews, previews, and full event analysis.
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