Gear up for PFC III with the MMA Mom
07 June 2010
By Lynne McCreary aka MMA Mom
The long anticipated PFC III is nearly upon us. With less than two weeks until fight night, promoter Steve Blackman is pulling out all the stops to once again bring MMA at its best to the capital area in Harrisburg, PA. There are 14 bouts scheduled for the June 26th event at the Zembo; including a 185 lb title fight between Shawn Daughenbaugh (3-2-0) and Lucas Emeigh (2-1-0), undefeated pro Joey Gambino (4-0-0) and of course, Blackman’s own Jeff Smith with an overall record of (9-2-0) and “the Menace” Dennis Bermudez with an unblemished record of (9-0-0) overall.
Needless to say, I am chomping at the bit to see my son Dennis fight again. He will be squaring off with Joey Carroll (3-4-0) in a fight that promises to have fans sitting on the edge of their seats, especially me. Carroll may have a bit more experience than Dennis, but I don’t see Den giving up his undefeated status any time soon.
Joey Gambino (4-0-0), a former Saugerties High School wrestling team member with Dennis and a Warpath Inc./New York Top Team affiliate, was confident about his upcoming fight against Neil Johnson (2-0-0).
“Hey, I feel very confident going into this fight knowing I am going against a wrestler, like myself,” Gambino said. “I have a good idea of what’s to come.... I have seen some video and feel that this fight will be very explosive. I have been training very hard at one of the best gyms in the world [Tristar Gym] and with some of the best fighters in the world [George St Pierre]. So, I feel the outcome of the fight is looking very good for me earning another victory improving my Pro record to 5-0. I wish my opponent best of luck.”
Another of Blackman’s fighters, Ken Shultz (0-1-0), will be throwing down with Steven Stultz (2-1-0). Shultz, not to be confused with Stultz, is fairly new to the sport of MMA. He is a 35 year old family man with two kids and is a nurse by profession.
“I had no background experience other than two months of karate, 12 years ago,” Shultz said of his martial arts career. “After searching for a gym that taught Jiu Jitsu in [my] area, [I] finally found Blackman MMA about two years ago.”
Having walked into the gym weighing 280 lbs, Shultz now weighs in 70 lbs lighter at 210. He affirms that he “love[s] the sport and do[es] it for the hard workouts”. Best of luck Ken. I can’t wait to see what you’ve got! And remember look out for those submission attempts by Stultz.
To see the rest of the card for PFC III go here.