No opponent has been named yet but he is scheduled to fight at Bellator 71 which kicks off their “Summer Series” at The Mountaineer Casino Racetrack and Resort in Chester, West Virginia on June 22nd. The event will be broadcasted on MTV2 and in HD on EPIX at 8p/7c. Also set for the card is the light heavyweight quarterfinal match-ups.
It is unclear at the moment if his fight is going to be on the main card portion of the event.
Butcher earned his three professional victories inside the cage fighting for Kentucky based Spartan Fighting Championship. He will look to continue his streak in his home state in front of thousands of his closest friends and family members. It’s always a fighters dream to fight in front of his hometown but to do so, on a big stage like this, is surreal.
Recently Butcher left his West Virginia home and headed west to train with Jorge Gurgel at his school, JG MMA, which is located in Cincinnati, Ohio. Butcher used to train out of Ground Zero, an affiliate of JG MMA, based out of Huntington, West Virginia before heading to Cincinnati.
I have only had the pleasure personally to see Butcher fight once. It was his last victory against Jared Combs in which he literally scored a last second 1st round triangle submission. The rumors are true about Butcher; he brings the house to his fights. There were more Butcher fans in the stands that night than all other fighters combined with the exception of team mate Cornelius Godfrey.
Previous to that fight, his other two professional fights also ended in the first round. His overall career including his amateur fights he has only been to decision once in eleven bouts. Butcher doesn’t play around when he steps inside the cage.
We will bring you more information as it breaks pertaining to his opponent and fight. Stay tuned.