Will Hallock vs. Galvan Determine Nelson's Combat USA Replacement?
While the focus of tomorrow's Combat USA Illinois State Finals event centers upon the four tournament matchups, there is no denying that the card has a definite Wisconsin influence. Held above the border in Racine, a number of local Wisconsinites are scheduled to compete on the undercard.
Waiting to discover who will meet Whisper Goodman, Sherron Leggett, Josh Sterry, and the still unnamed replacement of Lenny Nelson in July, tomorrow's Illinois finale should have great impact upon the immediate future of MMA here in the Badger state. Most notably, the welterweight undercard meeting between Tim Hallock and Bobby Galvan.
Before an unfortunate fall knocked the two-time state welterweight champion Nelson out of this year's Combat USA tournament, everything seemed neatly in order. But now, the welterweight division is in need of a replacement to square off against either Neil Magny or Quartis Stitt.
Upon immediate inspection it seems as if the logical choice to replace "Smash" would be lower bracket winner Andrew Trace. The Team Ruff Dawg fighter has remained undefeated throughout his entire career and just recently earned an impressive first round victory over Travis Peak in Colorado. However, rumors have been swirling that a win on Saturday night for Hallock may earn him Nelson's spot.
Hallock (3-1), used a first round submission over Tony Rook to earn a shot against Nelson in April, but suffered the exact same fate at the hands of the champ. Likewise, Hallock's upcoming opponent Galvan (6-3) was submitted via first-round triangle in his most recent bout, also against Nelson. It remains to be seen if the winner of Hallock and Galvan will actually earn the major promotion, but if so it is likely to cause a stir within certain circles.
The night's other professional bout including a Wisconsin fighter will be between Agallar Combative Systems' Dylan Falduto and Bowe Vincent Jr. Falduto is looking for the first victory as a pro after being defeated by Jeff Golden last November while Vincent is hoping to continue upon his debut victory against Anthony Gott just weeks ago.
Also set for action tomorrow night are six Wisconsin-based amatuers. Jordan Chambliss and Matt Gauthier will meet in what looks to be a middleweight slugfest, Jordan Winski will try to get past the ultra-long reach of Brandon Pratt, and Eric O'Sullivan will look to earn his second straight USCS Knockout of the Night when he faces Dustin Lamas.
Check out a full breakdown of tomorrow's main tournament bouts here. And stay tuned to US Combat Sports for complete coverage of the Combat USA Illinois State Finals.