A professional lightweight title bout will headline this weekend’s Gladiators of the Cage 18 event in Cheswick, Pennsylvania, as local favorite Mike Wilkins (5-1) is set to face unbeaten Rob Hanna (5-0) in a 155-pound contest.
Wilkins, who trains at the Renzo Gracie Academy and is a fan favorite in Pittsburgh, comes in looking for his fourth win in a row. The 28-year-old is 3-0 under the GOTC banner, with stoppage wins over Jason Willett, Eric Calderon, and Chris Coggins. All five of his professional wins have come via stoppage, including three submissions and two TKOs.
Wilkins is set to face the Dayton, Ohio native Hanna, who hasn’t lost since 2011. The 30-year-old Bellator veteran is unbeaten as a pro, including a win over Rocky Edwards at Bellator 78 and a come from behind win over Joey Holt last year. Most recently, he earned a GOTC title shot with a second round TKO over Todd Bevan at GOTC 16 in March.
The card’s co-main event features big heavyweights, as Adam Milstead (5-1) returns from injury to face the always tough Lewis Rumsey (11-12). Milstead returned from a short-lived retirement last summer to decimate Nick Smiley in under a minute at Pinnacle FC 8. An injury has kept him out of action since then, but he’s ready to return to action against a veteran in Rumsey. Milstead will be a guest on BluegrassMMA Live tonight to discuss his bout this weekend.
The event features a total of six professional bouts, including lightweights Eric Bledsoe (3-2) vs. Tony Dabbondanza (3-0), lightweights Zack Grossman (1-0) vs. Jacob Bohn (2-1), bantamweights Jason Alexander (1-0) vs. Dalton Brady (0-0, 5-0 am), and middleweights Darryl Madison (5-10) vs. Matt DiCenso (3-1).
Also in action will be unbeaten amateur female star Melissa Gasdick (4-0), as she tries to keep her record perfect against Charity Walker (5-3).
Mike Wilkins vs Rob Hanna – for lightweight title
Adam Milstead vs Lewis Rumsey
Eric Bledsoe vs Tony Dabbondanza
Zack Grossman vs Jacob Bohn
Jason Alexander vs Dalton Brady
Darryl Madison vs Matt DiCenso
Melissa Gasdick vs Charity Walker – for women’s flyweight title
Joshua Fremd vs Dino Juklo – for middlewight title
Jonas Rubiano vs Joe Pimentel
Nathaniel Medice vs Heath Repard
Katherine Brummitt vs Elizabeth Lewis
Travis Layton vs Tyler Bowers
Charles O’Brien vs Kaheem Murray