Cinco De Mayhem - Event Preview
Rumble Time returns Friday for Cinco De Mayhem and fans will not be disappointed with four pro matches and a slew of amateur action that looks to light up the Ameristar Casino like a row of one-armed bandits.
Headlining the card is middleweight standout Jake Collier from Cuba, Mo. Collier hasn't stepped foot inside the cage since the October Rumble Time main event when he defeated Cully Butterfield in one of the top fights of 2012. Collier hits like a truck and has a huge following that will accompany him to the cage. Opponent Quartus Stitt will have his hands full with Collier. Bet the farm on Collier on this one.
Three fighters from different gyms will be joining the pro ranks.
Shaine Moffitt, from Destruction MMA, will be welcomed by seasoned vet, Yohance Flager. Flager (Berger's MMA) is 4-3 overall and 1-1 under the Rumble Time banner. Although Moffitt has had more total fights (if you include his amateur action), Flager is considered the favorite since he has faced a tougher competition with fights against Nick Lobosco and Damian Jeffro. We dive deeper into Moffitt's debut later this week.
Jason Slattery and Harlan Feutral both had strong amateur careers and will be looking to make a splash as a pro. Someone will be going home 0-1 in this match-up of stand-up specialists who've adopted the ground game. Feutral was recently victorious at Proving Grounds when he submitted Ronny Harper. Slattery had an exciting stand-up battle with Antwon Jahmul at Cage Champs back in March. I give Slattery, from St. Charles MMA, a slight edge over Feutral from Battleground MMA because of his strong ground game. Check back later in the week for more info on Feutral and Battleground MMA.
Also on the card is a match-up between Javon Wright and Ramon Barber. Barber - fighting out of Kansas - will bring a five-fight winning streak to town. Wright (3-2) calls Modern Combat Systems in Hazlewood home. Wright will need to dig deep to his bag of tricks to stop the momentum of Barber. Wright is no stranger to stiff competition having faced WEC vet Chase Beebe and rising star Alex White, his only two losses as a professional.
Wright was originally scheduled to take on Kirk Huff in a pro-rules Muay Thai match but unfortunately the Missouri Athletic Commission is not allowed to sanction Muay Thai matches in a cage. Fans of the stand-up should not worry as a Rumble Time boxing and muay thai event is scheduled for June 7th at Ameristar.
On the amateur side, a match-up between Travis Draper and Christian Camp should be electric Draper has lights-out power, and is incredibly gifted on the ground. Camp is very well-rounded and recently defeated Draper's teammate Jason Powell in March. Camp is looking to turn pro soon and a win over Draper would be great momentum for the young would-be pro. Draper was the Journey to the Top champion from last year, and while he hasn't fought as often as his fans would like, he never disappoints when he steps into the cage. Just ask Scott Etling and Gary Becker, both first round finishes for Draper.
Jesse Gerringer's potential is undeniable But a bad string of luck has prevented him from cementing his spot on the top of the St. Louis amateur welterweight division. Heath Hildebrand will enter the match on Friday with a lot of buzz behind him. I would recommend you pay close attention to this match as it has the potential to steal the show.
Here is the full card for Friday:
Jake Collier vs Quartus Stitt - Main Event
Ramon Barber vs Javon Wright
Shaine Moffitt vs Yohance Flager
Jason Slattery vs Harlan Feutral
Travis Draper vs Christian Camp
Jesse Gerringer vs Heath Hildebrand
Cort Wohle vs Kris Hetlage
Jake Duff vs Jared Davis - K1
Jason Pohlman vs Kevin Chatman
Quenton Loper vs Christian Santana
Robbie Durham vs Tommy Sthair
LC Hamid vs Jacob Nadler
Josh Augustine vs Mike Olivant - K1
Rumble Time: Cinco De Mayhem
Ameristar Casino - St. Charles, MO
Friday, May 3rd - 7pm