This Saturday night Explosive Fight Promotions returns to the Tadmor Shrine in Akron, Ohio for Caged Madness 30. The fight card was released earlier this week, and it is set to feature 15 bouts. Headlining the event will be a professional heavyweight bout between Jeremy Linville (2-1) and Curt Lemmon (2-0).
Linville and Lemmon will be competing for the promotions currently vacant heavyweight title. That’s not the only title on the line- three more amateur titles will also be up for grabs. First up is a light heavyweight title fight between Ray Hollis and Jachi Lyles.
This match-up will pit seemingly unstoppable and undefeated Lyles against Hollis. Both are up-and-coming fighters who are ready to make a mark. The winner of the fight will surely place them amongst the top of the light heavyweight division.
Crowd funding seems to be the hot ticket to raise money these days. Sites like Kickstarter and Go Fund Me are paving the way for projects to get the financial support for completion. We see this with video games, musical acts and even funerals. Fighters have been utilizing this to raise funds as of late to help with training costs and such. Now for the first time we see a MMA promotion try their hand at raising money to put on an event.
MMA Big Show started out as one of the hottest tickets in the Cincinnati area. The company was founded by Jason Appleton back in 2006. They had a strong following and even had their events air on DirecTV. It didn’t take long for others to try to capitalize on the popularity of the sport and in 2011 the company put on their last event. The saturation of shows split up the audience and made Big Show much less popular and profitable.
We’ve talked about it for some time now, but last night history was officially made. Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania-based Gladiators of the Cage made their Ohio debut. In addition to hosting their event in the Buckeye state, they were the first organization to hold an event at one of the newly constructed casinos.
The Hard Rock Rocksino played host in what turned out to be a great venue- it was a great backdrop to the action that took place inside the cage. One of the more exciting fights that occurred was the professional welterweight title fight between challenger Rocky Edwards and champion Zac Gobel.
History is set to take place tonight in Ohio, as Gladiators of the Cage invades Hard Rock Rocksino. For the first time an MMA event will be held at one of the newly constructed casinos in the Buckeye state. Tonight’s event will be headlined by Dom “Non-Stop Action Packed” Steele (11-4) and Jose Figueroa (11-6).
In the co-main event fight, Zac Gobel (4-1) will be defending his welterweight title against Rocky Edwards (6-3-1). This will be the first time that Gobel has defended his belt since winning it last May. Both of these up-and-coming welterweights are coming off impressive wins, only one will walk out victorious.
Tonight’s event is sanctioned by the Ohio Athletic Commission (OAC) under the supervisor of Bernie Profato. We will be bringing you all of the results from Gladiators of the Cage: The Road to Glory VII as it happens. Be sure to follow along with us on Twitter (@BluegrassMMA) and Instagram (@BluegrassMMA) or join in the conversation using the hashtag #GOTC.
The stage is set for tonight’s Gladiators of the Cage: The Road to Glory VII event at the new Hard Rock Rocksino near Cleveland. The company has found success in Pennsylvania and are making history by being the first promotion to hold an event inside a casino. The folks behind GOTC have been hard at work and tonight the fruits of their labor should shine.
The main event holds significance for both Vision MMA’s Dom Steele and his opponent Jose Figeuroa. Steele has put together an impressive winning streak and will need that momentum to help defeat the former M-1 Global lightweight champion. Figueroa was sidelined with injury and suspension but bounced back with a big win earlier this year. He will now have a chance to get back on track against the surging Steele.