Originally Jeremy Pender (12-12) was scheduled to fight Justin King at Colosseum Combat XXXVIII. Just over an hour, ago promoter Mark Slater broke the news on Facebook that King suffered an injury that forced him off the card.
“When an injury happens to a fighter, as a matchmaker you have 2 options. A) scrap the fight. Or B) make an even better matchup“, Slater posted. Stepping up to take the challenge on four weeks notice is “The Psycho” Ryan Brettingham (3-2).
Brettingham returned from a two-year layoff last year. Before his return to action, he suffered two straight losses after he earned a first-round submission in his debut matchup. Last year the Michigan native won back to back victories including a second round submission against Anthony Fleming.
The Sbardella MMA fighter who holds a blue belt in jiu-jitsu had this to say about the bout, “I’ll be stamping my name into that state and bring home the W for Michigan MMA.”
Pender, a veteran of the cage, won two of his last three bouts is looking to rebound from his recent title fight. The Vision MMA fighter dropped a split decision to bantamweight champion Llyod Carter last year.
Colosseum Combat XXXVIII takes place on Feb. 25 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center in Kokomo, Indiana. Check out the current fight card below.
Muhammad Abdullah vs. Keith Smetana (c) – Middleweight Title
Joe Lile vs. Damian Norris – Lightweight Title
Bobby Emmons vs. Cameron VanCamp
Jeremy Pender vs. Ryan Brettingham
David Stephens vs. Josh Streacker
Jordan Crider vs. Casey Schile
Chris Heffernan vs. Christian Jones
Kyle Thomison vs. Ben Deleon
Isaiah Watkins vs. Sammy De Jesus
Jeremy Roberts vs. Apineru Vele
Tim Curtis vs. James Shaffer
Brennan France vs. Brandon Zimmerman