CFE: Mapes vs Helm - Event Preview
Everybody wants to be apart of something big when it relates to competition in Missouri and Illinois.
When it comes to mixed martial arts every fighter would love a chance to be a part of a bi-state battle and a main event match-up.
That is exactly what will take place when veteran Matt Helm from O'Fallon, Mo., takes on a young up and coming Illinois fighter in Cord Mapes from Mattoon, Il., in the 170-pound weight class Friday night at the Heart of St Charles presented by the Sports Fighting League Cage Fighting Events in St Charles, MO
Helm comes into the fight with a 7-5 record and the older fighter with five years of experience. Mapes enters the fight with a 3-0 record and is just in year two of training.
Both are coming off victories in their last fights. Helm won late in the first round with a rear naked choke over Thomas Haney III at the Clash of the Warriors in July. Mapes defeated Michael Massey in September late in the second round with a submission to improve to 3-0.
The 5-foot11 Helm has a number of wins by TKO's but also features a strong ground and pound.
"I'm not afraid to go for the submission if it opens up," Helm said.
Helm trains at St Charles MMA and his freestyle fighting style is a natural fit with his background in wrestling. Helm has excellent jiu-jitsu coaches and he has shown improvement in that area as well in recent fights.
Mapes (6'0") is a versatile young fighter who is known for using both his standup and ground game to control a fight.
Early in his career Mapes has proven to have a very strong standup game and he is a potent striker. The 6-foot Mapes trains out of the DoJo USA Gym in Matton, Il., with coach Tim Fickes. Mapes has registered submissions in two of his three fights.
It's a contest of young verses old and this bi-state battle seems headed for the middle of the cage. Who has what it takes to come out on top, Helm or Mapes?
Cage Fighting Events / MMA Sports Federation
Heart of St. Charles Banquet Center
Friday, February 8 - Fights start @ 7:30
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