Chris Curtis Meets Douglas Gordon at Cage Wars 9 This Saturday
This Saturday, XFE mixed martial arts series Cage Wars returns to Chester, Pennsylvania for its ninth iteration. The main event of the Cage Wars 9 card puts a rising prospect to the test as Ohioan young gun Chris Curtis takes on Mid-Atlantic gatekeeper Douglas Gordon.
Going 6-2 in his professional career, Curtis has had little to blemish his status as a hot young prospect. Of his two losses, one was in his professional debut and the product of some tactical mistakes often seen in first time pros. His other loss was the product of a "too much, too soon" match up against one of most experienced and skilled welterweights in the region, Tom Gallicchio.
Gordon, a tough, well rounded journeyman, has served as a perennial test for rising prospects in Curtis' position to see if they indeed have what it takes to advance. While Gallicchio was clearly too much for any fighter with only six professional bouts to his name at the time, Gordon represents a more realistic and more important benchmark in Curtis' development.
Gordon has a rare ability to come out very strong in round one, yet still fight competently bell to bell even though he gives by far his best in the first five minutes. Curtis will have to show his ability not only to deal with the flash, defending a combination of quick strikes and takedown attempts, but then seriously step up his own offense in the deeper waters.
The discipline and technique required to beat Gordon will also show if Curtis has evolved past the fighter who lost to Gallicchio earlier this year.
The card also features relatively unknown professionals James Dewar and Chip Gerber in a lightweight tilt. A successful amateur, Dewar will be making his professional debut against Gerber, who has logged one pro loss at last month's CFFC: Black Eye.
Both young fighters have yet to establish their style and presence in the cage. The bout should be a point of interest to local talent scouts.