Coming off a successful first event, promoter Scott Crosby brings MMA action back to the Asheville, NC area this Friday night, January 21st at the WNC Ag Center/Expo Arena in Fletcher, NC (just outside of Asheville). As usual, Scott and Michael Allen of Black Eye Entertainment have put together a solid card with some really interesting matchups. If you are anywhere in the vicinity of Asheville, do yourself a favor and check this card out. The lineup features four pro fights and several other amateur bouts that are sure to entertain everyone in attendance. The main event features the pro debut of Adam DeHart (12-5 and the # 1 ranked amateur middleweight in the MMA For Real Carolinas rankings). DeHart is a smart and aggressive young fighter. "Adam is a handful for anybody. He has phenomenal conditioning and I'll be interested to see how he does with now being able to use elbows in a fight," said Michael Allen. At the age of only 22 Adam has already attained a lot of experience and the scary thing is that the kid is still improving. In typical fashion, DeHart will be heavily tested in his pro debut. His opponent will be Tennessee fighter Daniel Crockett (1-0 pro; 6-1 amateur). Crockett has competed as high as heavyweight before with his only amateur loss coming at the hands of current Strikeforce contender Ovince St. Preux. Crockett is now at 185 pounds and this matchup should be intense.
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Another interesting matchup features pro bantamweight Matt "Spiderman" Tran (1-0 Pro; 7-0 Amateur) fighting Nate "The Bruiser" Davis (0-0 Pro; 5-3 Amateur). Both Tran and Davis have been successful at the amateur level and both have exciting styles. This bout will be contested at a catch weight of 140 pounds. Matchmaker Michael Allen predicts, "This could very well end up being the Fight of the Night. Nate is bigger, stronger and faster. His cardio and striking have continued to improve. Tran is phenomenal as well. He has always been a gigantic bantamweight at nearly six feet tall but it will be interesting to see how he does at 140."
Two other pro fights will be featured as light heavyweight Zachary Klouse (0-0 Pro; 6-3 Amateur) makes his pro debut against Ryan Bedini (0-2 Pro). Bedini, a physically strong fighter that has dropped down from heavyweight, has yet to be in a boring fight and Klouse appears to have real potential. Zachary has solid wrestling skills and has competed successfully as an amateur boxer. History will be made as this event will also mark the first pro women's MMA fight held in North Carolina as Ashley Nee (0-1) faces Linda Cunningham (0-5). Cunningham is an accomplished striker with pro boxing and kickboxing experience. She has experienced some growing pains in MMA because of opponents being unwilling to stand and strike with her. This matchup, however, should see both fighters looking to stand initially. Nee is a Muay Thai fighter and is looking to pick up a win here. There are also several interesting amateur fights on this card as well, including promising welterweight Tony Rogers (3-1) against Cody Wilson (2-1). The winner of this matchup will get a shot at up and coming prospect Vincent Alberico (4-0) at a future event.
There really is nothing like watching a live MMA event so be sure to check this one out on Friday. For advanced ticket information, check out blackeyepromotions.com.