Follow Knuckle Junkies

Sara Levin | Knuckle Junkies

Cage Championships 47 - Event Preview

By Matt Frazier | Knuckle Junkies

Quality heavyweights are a rare commodity, even more soin the amateur ranks. On Saturday one of the area's best will on display against an out-of-town challenger who's looked unstoppable as of late..

Cage Championships,returns to Sullivan on Saturday for Cage Champs 47. Veteran promoter Patrick Smith will setup shop at the Big Eagles Hall in Sullivan and has put together a card that will feature heavyweight Nick Pohlman (5-1) taking on Josh "The Hulk" Faries for a Spire Heavyweight Sectional title.

Pohlman's only blemish is a tussle with Travis Edwards from Jefferson City. Edwards caught Pohlman early in the first round and won with a somewhat questionable early stoppage. Edwards would go onto face Jason Ostrowski for the Spire Heavyweight State Title, ultimately losing to "Shrek" in an exciting fight in Rolla.

Pohlman trains under the guidance of the Pit Master, Patrick Smith alongside highly touted professional and recent RFA-signee, Jake Collier. Pohlman is big, aggressive, and has great technical striking. He was recently victorious against Zach Gerullis in a bout that saw Pohlman dominate Gerullis quickly.

Faries is a big heavyweight and is riding a seven-fight win streak. He has won nine out of his last 10 coming into Saturday's main event. Many of Faries' wins have come by first round stoppage. With two big heavyweights squaring off, don't look for this fight to go into the later rounds.

One of the most sought after men in the region will be returning.

Buddy" The Hooligan" McGinnis is back in action for the first time since his sate championship bout with Christian Camp last September. McGinnis holds the No. 1 Spire ranking for lightweight and has been called out by everyone from CJ Hunter to Jake Roberts. McGinnis will be taking on Terrence Gant on Saturday.

Gant has bounced around from several of the area's top gyms including St. Charles MMA, Watson Martial Arts, and now currently at Finney's MMA. Gant has a very strong ground game and could pose problems for McGinnis who is notoriously hard to submit. Gant and McGinnis will compete for a Spire Lightweight Sectional belt

One of Cage Championships most popular young fighters, Denver Sells, will move up a weight class to take on ShoFight vet Brandese Powell. This will be the first time Sells has competed at light heavyweight. The scrappy Sells loves to brawl, and it will be interesting to see if the weight difference will play a role in the outcome of this fight. Sells and Powell will compete for a Spire Regional Light Heavyweight belt.

The main card is rounded out by Colton Carmack taking on MCS' Fred Freeman, and Jason Spaw battles Montrell James from Integrity MMA.

Cage Championships 47 main card:

Nick Pohlman vs Josh Faries
Terrence Gant vs Buddy McGinnis
Denver Sells vs Brandese Powell
Colton Carmack vs Fred Freeman
Jason Spaw vs Montrell James

Cage Championships 47
Saturday, April 26th
Big Eagles Hall, Sullivan, MO

Photo courtesy of Sara Levin Photography.