Gladiator Fight Club takes its 8th event to the Showplace in Richmond, VA this weekend. The fight card for this event is full of veteran amateurs poised on the brink of professional careers. With fighters from New York, North Carolina, Tennessee, West Virginia, Maryland, and Virginia, this will be a true sample of the M-id-Atlantic’s best amateurs.
MMA Institute has the home crowd cheering on seven of its top amateur fighters. Derek Battle and Terrell Hobbs will be debuting in the amateur MMA arena while Michael Neilson, David Cicoria, Kenny Titcomb, and Terry Overton will enter the cage undefeated. The pride of MMA Institute, Steve Wampler will be going after the GCA 170lb title.
West Virginia is represented by Perrin Carter of Coalition Fight Team and Corey Popanz of Busted Knuckles. Carter is a formidable striker trained by Muay Thai Professional Jeremy Carper, matching well with the stand up skills of Popanz, who is a non stop whirlwind of striking fury in the cage.
Scientific Street Fight Submission Academy (SSF) from Clarksville, TN brings five seasoned warriors to battle each with five or more fights. Thomas Campbell, Steven Durr, and Johnathan Clemmons will all be fighting for titles.
New York’s Warpath Inc has three young fighters to battle more experienced opponents. Tyrone Chrisjohn and Danny Ramos will be making their debuts while Mike Colon will be stepping into the cage for the second time.
Below are some key matches to watch out for:
Corey Popanz (9-3) will be battling Steve Wampler (7-3) for a 170lb title. Popanz is a unorthodox striker with average grappling skills while Wampler is the more well rounded fighter. Expect this fight to be non-stop and action packed.
Josh Tyler (4-0) takes on Thomas Campbell (11-1-1) in a 145lb title fight. Although Tyler has only 4 fights, two went the distance and he will give Campbell a challenging match.
Ryan Harder (4-1) battles Jonathan Clemmons (2-1) for the 135lbs title. Both fighters are submission specialists so this fight will likely take place on the ground.