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Cage Champs 58 - Preview

By Matt Frazier | Knuckle Junkies

The St. Louis area's longest-running amateur promotion is back on Saturday for Cage Championships 58. Based out of Sullivan, Patrick Smith has been putting on MMA shows for over ten years.

Saturday night's event features a full bill of amateur MMA bouts with six kickboxing bouts to kick things off.

Orlando Sanders out of BJJ Lifestyle's Academy in Belleville, IL will take on XMMA's Kris Gonzalez in the main event. Sanders, a standout wrestler at East St. Louis, has been winning his share of local grappling tournaments and will probably look to take Gonzalez down from the get-go.

Ironton's Evan Whited is set to face Zashaun Gist. Whited scored a quick, highlight reel KO in April in just a shade over one minute in the first round.

Welterweights Thomas Aarick and Logan Bullock will face off. Aarick is making his Cage Champs debut and has competed primarily out of Nebraska. Bullock has been on the previous two Cage Champs.

Brendon Seidelman takes on Bryce Crump in a bantamweight bout. Seidelman has shared the cage with some of the better amateur bantamweights in the area.

One bout to watch for on the undercard is between Ace Anderson taking on one of St. Charles MMA's young guns Michael Nguyen. Nguyen won a decision in a kickboxing match earlier in the month at Gateway Fighting Series. Anderson last saw action at Shamrock FC 295 in September and defeated Craig Dalton at Cage Champs 57 in July.

Capping off the kickboxing prelims is a K1 title bout between Johnny Cox and Willie Henderson. Cox is a bit of a striking specialist and should have a fun match with Southeast Missouri's Willie Henderson who has a perfect 3-0 kickboxing record.

Full card: (Subject to change)

Orlando Sanders vs Kris Gonzalez
Zashaun Gist vs Evan Whited
Thomas Aarick vs Logan Bullock
Brendon Seidleman vs Bryce Crump
Parker Weatherby vs Josh Woodrum

Kia Lola vs Sunni Shemwell
Brandon Walker vs Jon Graves
Michael Nguyen vs Ace Anderson

Willie Henderson vs Johnny Cox - K1 Title
Weston Tomb vs Bill Dweyer - K1
Damon Weatherby vs Kody Effinger
AJ Johnson vs Zach Zerner - K1
Laura Bowman vs Jessica Smith - K1
Kristin Woods vs Zoie Mcaiffe - K1
Ethan Coghill vs Clayton Whaley - Grappling

Cage Championships 58
Saturday, October 28th
Big Eagles Hall, Sullivan, MO