Top 5 amateur fighters to watch for at Pinnacle FC 13


By now you've probably heard that there's a pretty big fight headlining this weekend's Pinnacle FC 13 event at Syria Shriners in sunny Cheswick, PA. 

But what you may not know is that the Pinnacle card also features a wealth of up and coming amateur fighters who will take part in the undercard on the night.

Check out the top 5 amateurs you should keep your eye on below.

5 - Phil Pa

Although his name may suggest differently, he doesn't hail from the City of Brotherly Love. Instead, Pa is the next rising star out of Team Ascension in Canada. He made his amateur debut in January and proceeded to finish the fight with a triangle in the first round. He's definitely one to watch for on this card as well.

4 - Justin Patton

Patton is one of those guys who will be dangerous once he finds a way to put it all together. A product of Mark Cherico's Academy, he likes to stand and bang in his fights. But he's also been working his ground game extensively, and I'm excited to see him finally break that out. He has a tough fight here against an unbeaten fighter in Colin Davis, as he looks to make it back to the .500 mark.

3 - Joshua Fremd

Fremd opened some eyes last year at Pinnacle FC 10 when he topped veteran John Saxton, and since then he's only gotten better. After a hiccup against the very tough Dino Juklo, he got a first round TKO over another veteran in Garrett Dush in his last outing.

At 6'4" and 185 pounds, he will tower over most of his opponents that step across from him. He'll have a six inch height advantage over his opponent Jose Martinez, yet another veteran who has a pretty slick ground game that Fremd must deal with.

2 - Anthony Romero

Romero made his debut less than a year ago, and already he has four fights and is working on his fifth. His coach Chris Bonfoco has made the wise choice of bumping up the competition level just the right amount each time out, and his fight against Fadi Shuman will be his biggest test to date. 

A well-rounded fighter who already has more black belts at 19 than most of us will ever possess in our lifetime, he has a bright future in the sport.

1 - Fadi Shuman

Shuman is probably the best known commodity on this list, having won a national amateur title with a victory over current 6-0 pro ace Nick Browne. The Prince has been out of action for two years, but he's back with a new camp and likely has his eyes set on making the jump to the pro ranks sooner rather than later. He has a tough out in fast-rising Canadian Anthony Romero, but if he can get past Romero you'd better believe that he'll get some publicity and some sort of push in the near future.

Professional Line Up:

Main Event: Dominic Mazzotta vs. Robert Hanna, IV
Co-Main Event: Chris Humes-Mitchell vs. Jerrell Hodge

Amateur Line Up:

Anthony Romero vs. Fadi Shuman
Joshua Fremd vs. Jose Martinez
Ashton Nemdhari vs. Noah Devore
Justin Patton vs. Colin Davis
Dylan Youngblood vs. Ross Holub
Phil Pa vs. Shawn Rall