Joey Holt (3-0) aka the hitman aka the jackhammer aka the career-ender will step into the PinnacleFC cage to take on his toughest fight to date in TUF veteran Julian Lane (5-3-1). STU staff member David McKinney was able to get some words in with the lightweight destroyer on his up coming bout with Lane, making the transition back from boxing and fighting in general.
It's been awhile since Holt has plied his trade inside a cage and Lane is not an easy "first fight" back and it will be interesting to see how Holt's recent boxing experience helps him here. Lane just dropped a closely contested bout with Philadelphia's Paul Felder (6-0) and has competed against some of the
area's nation's toughest competition.
The Joey Holt/Julian Lane matchup is a high profile bout and one that we are proud to hang our hat on, if you haven't reserved your tickets do so now using this link here. They are going very quickly.
PinnacleFC 5 Guest Predictions: Khama Worthy vs Reginald Merriweather
Reggie Merriweather (2-2) is coming back to PinnacleFC next week to take on yet another stiff test in featherweight fighter Khama "The Deathstar" Worthy (3-2). When I heard we were able to put this fight together I thought to myself, "welp that's a crazy match up, looks like it's time to up our insurance plan".
The risk of bodily injury aside, this is exactly the type of fights people want to see and we love to make.
Because of my position in the company, I felt it could be a conflict of interest so I brought in the experts. Here's staff writer David McKinney's take on the fight:
Oh, so you’re looking for a professional face-punching match between two stand-and-bang fighters who absolutely need a win? Then look no further than this premiere matchup between Fight Club Pittsburgh’s Khama “The Death Star” Worthy and Vision MMA’s Reggie Merriweather.
If you haven’t seen Reggie Merriweather fight live, well then you just haven’t been to enough fights my friend. The guy had nearly 20 amateur fights, and this is his fifth professional fight in less than a year as a paid warrior. And oh yeah, he’s still only 22. The reason why the PFC matchmakers keep asking him back is because he’ll fight anybody, and he’ll always put on a good show and will be as durable as a Mack truck. He took every bomb that undefeated future star Anthony Smith had to offer in his last outing, and he just kept coming forward like a modern day terminator and even got a few pieces of the Brazen fighter himself. He’s a little, ahem, “out there” as a person, but that doesn’t mean he’s not a damn entertaining fighter that I wouldn’t pay money to see.
Take a trip into Fight Club Pittsburgh, and you’re bound to see Khama Worthy kicking somebody really hard or just sitting there because nobody will spar him. Now I’m not sure if that’s really the case, but there aren’t too many fighters around who have a better put together striking arsenal than Worthy. A lot of people thought he would have trouble in his last fight against Francis Healy, but he instead had the best performance of his career in a blowout. He has a nasty leg kick that opponents tend not to like, and his hands are crisp. He also has a very good sprawl if Merriweather tries to take it there, but I’m kind of doubting he will. I expect a back-and-forth slugfest here, with the last man standing being declared the winner.
Real gladiator stuff.
Check out the breakdowns after the jump:
StandThemUp.org Exclusive: Cody Garbrandt
I recently took a trip to Fight Club Pittsburgh to interview Cody "No Love" Garbrandt (1-0), a guy whose career I have personally followed very closely. After 11 months out of the cage, Cody is set to return to action next week at the fifth Pinnacle Fighting Championships event, where he'll take on New York's Shane Manley (2-1) in the evening's professional co-main event.
Now a professional face-puncher, Garbrandt took a trip out to Sacramento to train with Team Alpha Male as part of his camp for this fight, and word is that he impressed the likes of Urijah Faber, Chad Mendes, Joseph Benavidez, Lance Palmer, Danny Castillo and more with both his standup AND wrestling. That's perhaps the biggest boost of confidence for a fighter who already had all of the tools to make it to the big show.
Coming off of a hand injury in his win over Charles Kessinger at the first PFC event last December, Cody discusses his trip to Alpha Male, taking time off, and more in the exclusive interview above.
If you want tickets to see Garbrandt in action for the first time since the end of Breaking Bad, then click here now because they're going fast.
StandThemUp.Org Exclusive Rich Cantolina
Rich was originally scheduled to take on Eric Noel who suddenly withdrew from the bout and is now scheduled to fight Goss who recently posted a win just a few days ago over Walter Hess (2-1) and holds an additional win over Rich's teammate Julian Ramos (3-3).
We are down to just a few second row tables and general admission tickets so if you are procrastinating, you probably should reserve your tickets today using this link here.
Stay tuned for more interviews and predictions heading into next week's event.
PinnacleFC 5: Guest Predictions Davey Crockett vs Victor Guarriello
We are a week out from PinnacleFC's 5th installment and that can mean only one thing; It's time for some guest predictions. Because of my position in the company, I felt it could be a conflict of interest so I brought in the experts. David Mckinney breaks down this title fight between Crockett and Guarriello:
After winning the inaugural bantamweight title at PFC 4 back in August, champion Davey Crockett is set to defend it for the first time against veteran Victor Guarriello.
Crockett is coming off of back-to-back wins over Jimmy Cera and Jonathan Coffman, and he showed some nice resiliency and wrestling in the win over Coffman. One thing that I really like is his head positioning on the ground, and that will open up a lot more for him with ground and pound. He also showed some nice submission defense against the wily Coffman, but on the feet he needs some more polish. He keeps his hands a little wide for MMA and needs to work on getting his jab hand back to his face faster.
Guarriello is a veteran fighter who has faced just about all of the top lighter weight fighters in the area, including Tyler Saltsman, Isaiah Chapman, Gody Garbrandt, and Raymond Yanez. Unfortunately for Guarriello, he lost all of those fights and his best win was probably his victory over Shawn McMahon at PFC 4. Guarriello has a wrestling base and is naturally a flyweight fighter, but he is always aggressive and isn’t afraid to fight bigger guys. Look for him to be in the fight no matter what, and a great test for the new champion.
Check out the predictions after the jump:
Pinnacle FC 5 Amateur Preview - Part 2
Pinnacle Fighting Championships returns next week with a Thanksgiving Eve showcase of the best fights in the Pittsburgh area, and one reason why so many people are pumped about the Pittsburgh Challenge Series 5 event is because of the depth and talent in the amateur fights.
While we broke down the first half of the amateur card yesterday, today's breakdown will feature the second half of the amateur fights, including a whopping four title fights.
This part of the card is sure to feature some slobberknockers, including the return of killers like bantamweight champ Davey Crockett and rising star Matt Conahan.
Check out a preview of the amateur "main card" after the jump.