New England's premier regional promotion, World Championship Fighting, issued a press release today announcing the addition of four fights to their September 26th event in Wilmington, Mass. Below are snips from the press release as well as what footage I could find on the competitors. If you're in New England, tickets are on sale now on the WCF website. Bloody Elbow should be on hand to
In what promises to be a war, WEC Veteran Mike Campbell makes his return to World Championship Fighting when he takes on the ultra-tough brawler, Mike Medrano. When Campbell last fought for WCF, he was victorious in the night's main event, knocking out Rich Moskowitz in les than 90 seconds. Both fighters have shown in their previous fights that they have the punching power to end the fight in an instant. You definitely don't want to blink in this one!
After an unsuccessful run at the 135 pound title which snapped his five fight winning streak, Dan Bonnell moves back to his more natural weight of 145, and looks to get back to his winning ways. He is one of only two fighters to compete on every WCF card, and has gone 5-1 in the WCF. His opponent will be WCF newcomer Josh LaBerge, who recently defeated tough local fighters Frank Latina and Chris Simmons in consecutive weekends. LaBerge pushes the pace and will really bring the fight to Bonnell. No matter who wins this fight, it's going to be action packed.
Quick note: I had the chance to see LaBerge at the penultimate Bellator event of last season, and watched him grit out a tough decision win over the favored Chris Simmons on very short notice. Definitely looking forward to seeing him back in the ring.
Also included on the WCF8 fight card is a grudge match between two undefeated WCF fighters. Kevin Corrigan from USMMA brings his 2-0 record (both via TKO) and heavy hands to the ring on September 26th when he takes on 4-0 Jiu-Jitsu ace Saul Almeida. Almeida was last seen defeating Dan O'Keefe by "Peruvian Necktie" at WCF 7, and he's looking to keep to his winning ways against Corrigan.
In another featured fight, two local welterweight studs make their WCF debut. Dennis Olsen has quietly gone about his business up in NH, and seems to just keep submitting guys. He's huge at 170 and hasn't lost at that weight in quite some time. He'll be taking on 7-1 Ryan Schieding. Both guys are great wrestlers, and both have great jiu-jitsu. You certainly don't want to miss this technical battle.