Kansas City, Kansas—Titan Entertainment announced the full 12-bout lineup Friday morning for its inaugural COMBAT SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS via its official website at http://www.CombatSC.com. The debut event is to be held Friday, October 2 and will emanate from the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas.
Joining the previously announced grudge co-main event featherweight matchup between UFC veteran Ryan “Are You Ready?” Roberts (Omaha, NE) and blue chip 14-1 prospect Eric Marriott (Lee’s Summit, MO) is a welterweight matchup between local hometown hero Bobby Voelker (Kansas City, MO), 20-6, taking on Brendan Seguin of Detroit Michigan.
“As far as regional shows go, Marriott vs. Roberts is a good stand alone main event, but we wanted to add something special,” said Titan Entertainment and Combat Sports Championship Owner and President Joe Kelly. “Bobby Voelker is Mr. Kansas City MMA and its been several months since fans have had a chance to see him in action. Titan and CSC are proud to bring him back.”
While unconfirmed, published reports have linked Voelker to having received interest from major national fight promotions in the U.S. In taking on the experienced Seguin, Voelker will be putting a potential lucrative contract at risk.
“I can’t really speak to what promotions are talking to Bobby right now,” began Kelly, “But I do know he is a major league talent and where there is smoke, there is fire. I have no doubt that the reports about Bobby being close to signing with a national promotion are true. And if this is his last local fight in Kansas City, then I am even more proud to have him on our first-ever show.”
Seguin is no stranger to Kansas City, having just competed on Aug. 28 during “HDNET FIGHTS PRESENTS M-1 BREAKTHROUGH.” Competing against one of the best welterweight prospects in the Midwest, Rudy Bears, Seguin suffered a tough second round TKO.
“Brendan is a warrior and took the fight on five days notice against one of the toughest fighters you can find in this area,” said Kelly. “He began the week at 196 pounds and cut all the way down to 175. He started out strong against Rudy but then you could see in the second round where the cut started to have an effect. But Brendan is a guy who has been fighting since 2000 and has never taken an easy fight. He’s fought Denis Kang, Joey Villasenor, Dean Lister, Martin Kampmann. He’s just a rugged fighter and now that he’s had ample time to prepare, he’s going to be dangerous.”
While “CSC Fight Night I” was able to add the Voelker vs. Seguin matchup to its Oct. 2 card, it did lose a highly-anticipated lightweight matchup between Joe Wilk and Sean “P-Town” Wilson after Wilson sustained a severe rib fracture during training. However, CSC matchmakers used the dropoff of the match as a way to improve depth of the card.
In place of the Wilk vs. Wilson matchup, Wilk will remain on the card against local favorite Deryck Ripley (Roland Park, MO) while a special featherweight attraction between Brian Davidson (Lee’s Summit, MO) and Ramiro “Junior” Hernandez has been signed for the show.
Davidson is a 4-0 prospect who is extremely popular in the Kansas City-area, as he is the head instructor of his own school. He’ll be putting his perfect record on the line against Hernandez, 2-1, who trains out of Miletich Fighting Systems out of Bettendorf, Iowa and is highly-regarded in the industry as one of Pat Miletich’s top prospects.
Despite taking a loss early in his career against Pat Curran during a nationally televised event, Miletich believes Hernandez is about to break out as a major force at 145 pounds.
“I feel Junior is a guy with unlimited potential to become a world champion,” said the first-ever UFC welterweight champion. “His work ethic and God given ability combine for a very tough fighter. He’s the guy that is first to practice and last to leave.”
Hernandez is just one of many top prospects that will be showcased at the Combat Sports Championships, a promotion not started to rival the UFC, WEC, or Strikeforce, but to help develop up-and-coming talents for bigger platforms. Miletich thinks an event like “CSC Fight Night I” is ideal for one of his prized prospects.
“I think Joe (Kelly) has always put on great shows and Junior is a perfect fit for the rising talent level in those shows,” he said.
Kelly is also looking forward to being able to feature one of MFS’ top young superstars at “CSC Fight Night I.
“Everyone knows that Pat is a trainer of champions,” said Kelly. “We’re looking forward to having Junior on the show. Davidson is undefeated and a prospect in his own right and that is going to be an explosive fight.”
But Davison and Hernandez aren’t the only prospects to be featured on the card.
“On paper, this is already a card people are excited about,” Kelly remarked. “But when people look back at it a year from now the card will appear even bigger. We’ve got Tyler ‘The Evolution’ Stinson, Chad Vandenberg, Eric Marriott, Joe Wilk, Bobby Voelker, and the top amateurs from Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa, and Oklahoma.
“We also just added a flyweight match between Tuan “Kid Thunder” Pham and Sean Craig. Craig was 5-1 as an amateur in Iowa and Pham has fought for Adrenaline MMA before. Tuan trains out of the Fight Firm in Philadelphia and as someone who is also a boxing promoter, I have an affinity for Philly fighters. My matchmaker, Sam Caplan, called Tuan to my attention and I was blown away by what I saw.”