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Cage Champs 57 - Preview

By Matt Frazier | Knuckle Junkies

A lightweight title bout highlights Cage Championships' return at the Big Eagles Hall in Sullivan.

The longest running amateur MMA promotion in Missouri returns for No. 57 which features a lightweight title match between Colin Parr and local favorite Colten Carmack. Seven MMA, three kickboxing, and several youth grappling bouts fill up the card.

Parr, from Watson Martial Arts, is fresh from winning the Shamrock FC lightweight title at Shamrock FC 290 with a close, split decision victory over Jordan Meister from the HIT Squad. Parr has been on a tear of late with the only blemish to his record in over a year being a kickboxing loss to Mark Kirland in March. Combining tenacious striking and toughness with a solid ground attack, Parr is poised for a pro debut later this year and should make a decent splash.

Since 2014, Carmack has competed exclusively for Cage Champs with a 3-1 record to improve him to 7-2 overall. He's solid in every aspect of MMA and will be a tough test for Parr, who's been a much more active fighter. Carmack, training out of the Smith Pit, won via first round TKO in April in a bout he thoroughly dominated from the first bell.

Another popular Cage Champs regular, Denver Sells will be back in action to take on Tra'von "Wildman" Butler. The undefeated Butler was last seen with a dominating performance at Gateway Fighting Series in June. Butler won the GFS lightweight title with a second round finish over Dalton Knight. Butler will have his hands full with Sells, who is never afraid of a good scrap, loves to brawl and is difficult to put away. An in-shape Sells is one of the best amateurs in the area.

In a welterweight match-up Kenny Murray will take on James McAffie Stephen Becker will face Quentin Garrison in one of three kickboxing bouts.

In a modified rules match-up, Danny Quaite will take on Alex Russo from the Academy of Courage in a bout put together by Fighting for Autism.

Several youth K1 and grappling matches will kick off the card. Tickets to the event are available from CageTix

Full card (Subject to change):

Colin Parr vs Colten Carmack - Lightweight Title
Tra'von Butler vs Denver Sells
Kenny Murray vs James McAffie
Stephen Becker vs Quentin Garrison - K1
Ace Anderson vs Craig Dalton - K1
Richard Jones vs Nick Martin
Logan Bullock vs Bill Smith
Anthony Phillips vs Willie Henderson - K1
Danny Quaite vs Alex Russo - Exhibition
Calvin Williams vs Ryan Schattz
Dylan Burns vs Tony Lanzarine

Cage Championships 57
Saturday, July 29th
Big Eagles Hall, Sullivan, MO

Shamrock FC 293 (XFN) | Fri, August 25th
Lumiere Casino, St. Louis, MO

Gateway FS | Fri, August 25th
Lamborgini Gold Coast Centre, St. Charles, MO

LFA Fighting 21 | Fri, September 1st
Branson, MO

Shamrock FC 294 | Sat, September 16th
Ameristar Casino, Kansas City, MO