Pinnacle FC heads into the heart of Pittsburgh this weekend for its 15th edition, as Teamsters Hall in Lawrenceville will play host to the festivities.
Tickets are extremely limited, and we'll probably end up breaking some fire codes or something, but the night isn't fun unless you've got people trying to tell you that no more people will fit in the building, and if you try to fit any more then you'll probably get the cops called on you.
But if you can't make it in person, FloCombat will have the moving pictures with David McKinney and Jesse Saxon on commentary.
You've probably heard some of the fights leak out by now, but here's the entire lineup of what to expect this weekend.
Dominic Mazzotta vs. Solon Staley. This is the main event, and it's for Mazzotta's featherweight title. Dom is riding an 8-fight winning streak and is 5-0 while fighting for Pinnacle. He's about a half heartbeat from signing with the UFC, so this may be your last chance to see him on the local scene. Staley is a known finisher who comes up from South Carolina as the No. 1 ranked featherweight in that state.
Mark Cherico vs. Antonio Castillo Jr. You probably don't need much background on this one. Cherico just got back from training with Cody Garbrandt at Team Alpha Male in Sacramento, and he's all in looking to make the jump to the next level. Castillo has lost a couple against top-flight competition in his last two outings, but he's still one of the toughest sumbitches out there and you just know he wants to put another blemish on Mark's record. Tony has also apparently been training with top level trainer Scott Sheeley leading up to this fight.
Nick Browne vs. John Gunther. I feel like this fight is happening probably a 100 years too late, because these guys both remind me of the old time boxers you used to hear about at the turn of the century. Don't be surprised if this last minute addition steals the show.
Frankie Festa vs. John Antanitis. Here we have two guys who don't like each other for whatever reason. Apparently they used to train together and didn't get along that well then either. Oh and they happen to fight in the same weight class so why not throw on a crosstown grudge match just for good measure on the biggest fight card of the year.
James Pfeiffer vs. Jose Martinez. Both of these guys had lengthy and successful amateur careers and are finally making their respective pro debuts. Pfeiffer trains at Evolve and is part of that group of perhaps the best up and coming fighters in the area. Martinez is built like a tank and tested himself against the best as an amateur. Both of these guys will go far in this sport.
Mike Walters vs. Sean Felton. The 18 year old Walters fights for the 11th time this year. No, that's not a typo. While he's suffered a few setbacks, he still has a well rounded game and his length is tough for anyone to deal with. Felton looks to bounce back from a couple of losses as he continues to face the toughest competition he can find coming all the way from New York.
Emme Weber vs. Meghan Williams. Williams is the local product here repping Stout Training as she finally makes her debut after a couple of opponents have backed out. Weber also comes from New York and has already earned a couple of TKO wins. Fun fact: she went to the same high school as Kyle Rozewski of all people.
Ross Holub vs. Malek Mahmoud. Mark Cherico protege Holub fights for the second time after impressing in September. Mahmoud comes from Eastern PA looking to pick up his first win.
Nick Hewitt vs. Josh Moyer. Hewitt represents High Ground BJJ and Uniontown Fight Club so you know he'll be tough in this heavyweight fight. He won his first fight via TKO in just 27 seconds last year. Moyer is a former high school wrestler as well and is a local product from Pittsburgh.
Jennifer Moreale vs. TBD. Jennifer doesn't have an opponent right now but she reps Uniontown Fight Club and is a tough cookie.