Pinnacle FC 13 is just days away, and it's time to dive into a few of the amateur matchups. This is a deep amateur card with a handful of fighters who have a chance to be serious players as pros in the near future.
One of the premiere amateur matchups features lightweights Fadi Shuman (4-2) and Anthony Romero (3-1). The winner of this fight could be in line for a title shot, although they could also both be thinking about a jump to the pro ranks before too long.
Check out the top 5 reasons why you should care about this fight below.
5 - Return of the Prince
It's been almost exactly two years since Shuman last competed, when he was topped by Eric Bledsoe at Pinnacle FC 6. That was his second loss in a row, and he's taken two years off.
Still just 23 years old, he's shown the gumption to face the best opposition matchmakers could find through his first six fights. In just his fourth fight, he topped current 6-0 pro and rising star Nick Browne to win a national amateur title. It's no wonder he's known as The Prince.
4 - Romero is a new breed of fighter
Still just 19 years old, Romero has been a lifelong martial artist. Becoming a black belt in taekwando as a teenager, he now has his black belt in jiu-jitsu and has shown a well-rounded game.
His list of achievements in martial arts is already a mile long, and he's just getting started in MMA.
3 - The Canadians always come to fight
I've been a fan of Chris Bonfoco's crew for awhile now, They regularly travel from Canada to Pennsylvania and Ohio, and they regularly come away with wins while almost exclusively fighting against hometown guys.
There are a trio of Canadians on this card, and they more often come away with sweeps than get shut out.
2 - Shuman's got a new camp
After starting out at a smaller, albeit well-respected gym, Shuman now trains day in and day out at The Mat Factory. There, he gets to be a main training partner of Dom Mazzotta, as well as others like UFC middleweight Chris Dempsey. Shuman has clearly always had the talent, and now he's training on a daily basis with some of the best fighters in the area. That can only be a good thing.
1 - The Matchup
Probably my favorite part about this matchup is that both guys are so well-rounded that this fight could take place just about anywhere and be exciting.
Both guys probably favor the ground game, however, with Romero's top game being top-notch while Shuman is surprisingly good off of his back. Both guys are long and lanky so getting caught in a submission could be a real possibility for either.
On the feet, neither of these guys really sell out for the knockout, so it could turn into a fun kickboxing battle as well.