You thought Matt Leyshock and crew were done adding big-time fights to the card on Dec. 17, didn't you?
And before you guys think that Matt has gone crazy and started talking in third person, I should probably let you know that this is David McKinney. I'm the guy who can be seen at events yelling at Chip Snider into my mic while producer Mike Moran laughs at me.
Anyway, back to the big news. For those of you who actually clicked on the article and didn't just read the headline, here's what we have in store for you.
Pinnacle FC lightweight champ Nick Browne is set to return to the promotion for the first time since last November, when he won the title in a hard-fought battle against R'Mandel Cameron. It may not have been his best performance, but he showed that he can throw down against a top prospect from a top camp, and protect his home turf at the same time. For me, it was the fight that proved he'll be on the next level one day soon. He's only competed once this year, and he earned a submission via knee bar in just over a minute. Well I say that less than two minutes of seeing Nick Browne fight in a year just isn't enough, so I asked Santa for an early present, and this is what he came up with.
Browne is set to face John Gunther, also known as "The Machine," and if you've ever seen him fight then you know why. He's a grinder who doesn't get tired, and I'm still not sure how he makes the 155-pound weight class. He was scheduled to fight last month, but that fight fell through. Wanting to stay busy, he accepted a fight against the best lightweight in Pennsylvania.
That's my favorite thing about "Nyquil" and 'The Machine." Despite having pretty 7-0 and 4-0 records respectively, they're not worried about facing a tough opponent, and instead just want an opportunity to scrap. That mindset is rare in fighters these days, and one day it may be extinct. Get out to Teamsters Hall on the 17th to see it before it's gone.