Despite airing via tape delay on pay-per-view, the Shofight 20 pay-per-view card is definitely worth checking out. There will be two new champions crowned as both the inaugural Shofight Welterweight Champion and Shofight Middleweight Champions crowned. Also, there is a plethora of UFC, WEC, Strikeforce and PRIDE veterans all competing on this large main card.
Kicking off the action is a light heavyweight division fight as Lucas Overcast (3-3-0) does battle with Matt “Luke duke” Lucas (14-3-0). Lucas Overcast is coming off of a two fight run in the Slay Marketing promotion, where he split both of those fights. Matt Lucas is competing for the first time since his UFC release, which came after a loss to Aaron Rosa at UFC On Fox I. There is just way too much of an experience advantage between these two fighters, which is why Matt Lucas will get the win.
Lightweights will step into the cage next as James “JP” Reese (6-2-0) will compete against Sevak Magakian (10-3-0). James Reese has won four of his last five entering this fight, which includes a win in the Bellator Fighting Championships. Sevak Magakian enters the fight riding a three fight winning streak and has fought Strikeforce veteran Bobby Green. These are two of the better lightweights not signed by a major promotion, but it will be Sevak Magakian pulling out the win.
A featherweight battle will occur next as Chris “Gritz” Gruetzemacher (10-1-0) stands across the cage from Roland “The Crazy Cuban” Delgado (11-5-1). Chris Gruetzemacher enters the fight riding a nine fight winning streak, including a victory at Strikeforce Challengers 10. Roli Delgado has won three straight getting released from the UFC, including a win over WEC veteran Jameel Massouh. This is a competition between two fighters with a lot of momentum and it will be Roli Delgado getting the duke.
Another featherweight fight is up as Allen Gibson (2-2-0) has signed the contract to battle Dustin Phillips (12-6-0). Allen Gibson enters the fight riding a two fight winning streak and this particular fight will mark his third of 2012. Dustin Phillips has won three of his last five entering this fight, including a fight against UFC veteran Douglas Evans. This fight is definitely a no brainer when it comes to making a prediction as it will be Dustin Phillips getting the victory here.
More lightweight action will be up next as Jonatas “Peixe Frito” Novaes (9-4-0) sees action against Drew “Night Rider” Fickett (42-17-0). Jonatas Nevaes has won four of five heading into this fight, with victories coming over UFC veteran Ryan Thomas and WEC veteran Sherron Leggett. Drew Fickett recently ended a four fight losing streak when he defeated Kevin Knabjian at World MMA 1 in March 2012. Drew Fickett still has a lot of gas left in the tank and that is why he will prove to be victorious at this event.
Yet another lightweight fight will be occurring next as Chris McDaniel (15-15-0) will battle Charles “Krazy Horse” Bennett (25-25-0). Chris McDaniel enters the fight riding a three fight winning streak, with all three fights happening in the Slay Marketing promotion. Charles Bennett has won one of his last eight, with that lone victory coming over Michael Casteel at a King Of The cage event. There really is no reason to have this fight air on pay-per-view, but it will be Chris McDaniel pulling the upset in the end.
Heavyweight competition is next on the card as Mike “The Juggernaut” Wessel (10-4-0) gets physical with Aaron Rosa (17-5-0). Mike Wessel has won two of four since being released from the UFC, with both wins coming in the Arkansas Xtreme Challenge promotion. Aaron Rosa is competing for the first time since his UFC release, which came after a loss to James Te Huna at UFC On FX II. This is definitely an interesting fight to check out and it will be Aaron Rosa pulling out his first post-UFC victory.
Welterweight will be in competition next as Lyle “Fancy pants” Beerbohm (17-2-0) battles Marcus “Maximus” Aurelio (21-9-0). Lyle Beerbohm has won two straight since leaving Strikeforce, with one victory happening at a King Of The Cage event. Marcus Aurelio has won three of four, which includes a fight in the last DREAM event ever…DREAM 16. It would not be shocking to see the winner of this fight return to a bigger promotion and it will be Lyle Beerbohm doing so.
Up next is a Shofight Middleweight Title decision fight as Derek Brunson (9-0-0) takes on Kendall “Da Spyder” Grove (14-10-0). Derek Brunson took this fight on less than a weeks’ notice after Terry Martin pulled out of the fight due to licensing issues. Kendall Grove has won two of three since his UFC release, including a win over UFC veteran Joe Riggs at Pro Elite 1. Being a late replacement will hurt Derek Brunson in this one as Kendall Grove pulls out the win to take home the title.
Headlining this card is a Shofight Welterweight Title decision fight as John “Guns” Gunderson (33-13-0) faces Karo “The Heat” Parisyan (20-8-0). John Gunderson has won three of five since his UFC release, including a win over UFC veteran Justin Buchholz. Karo Parisyan recently ended a three fight losing streak at World MMA 1 when he defeated Thomas Denny. It will be interesting to see which Karo Parisyan shows up to fight, but either way it will be John Gunderson getting the gold.
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