Big Guns 23 card coming together for Cleveland debut, tickets now available
With just over a month to go before the event, the fight card for RFO: Big Guns 23 is coming together. A total of 14 bouts are currently on tap, including four in the pro ranks and an amateur title fight.
As previously reported, Cody Stevens is set to face Brandon Seyler in the night’s main event. Strong Style fighter and 2016 BluegrassMMA Pro Submission of the Year winner JT Miller (2-2) will face Mike Cardona (2-2), while Dru Schottenheimer (2-1) is set to face Jason Lawrence (1-1).
After a 6-0 amateur career, GriffonRawl product Nikolai Gionti will make his pro debut against Greg Spearman (0-1). Gionti earned four of his amateur wins via stoppage, including three via submission. He recently spent time training in New Mexico with the famed Jackson-Winklejohn team. Spearman posted a 7-3-1 record as an amatuer, but he came up short in his pro debut with a loss against Kenn Locsei at Big Guns 20 last October.
“Time to start getting paid to play for #GRIFFONRAWL’s Nikolai Gionti. He put in the #HARDWORK to reach his goals and we are pumped for him,” posted Gionti’s coach Jason Dent on Facebook. “Takes so much focus & determination [to] make it far in this game. Wish him good luck.”
On the amateur side of the card, Mike Flores (6-2) will face Alex Johnston (4-1) for the RFO lightweight title. Flores has won four of his last five, including a victory over Christopher Wolf in his last outing last June. Johnston earned the first knockout of his career with a 27-second finish of Darnell Truett at Big Guns 22 last month.
The amateur card also features a pair of women’s bouts, as Kayla Kipp (1-1) takes on Kayla Potts (2-2), and Chelsea LaGrasse (1-0) faces Shineju Nozawa-Auclair (1-0).
RFO: Big Guns 23 card
Cody Stevens vs. Brandon Seyler
JT Miller vs. Mike Cardona
Dru Schottenheimer vs. Jason Lawrence
Nikolai Gionti vs. Greg Spearman
Mikey Flores vs. Alex Johnston – Lightweight Title
Kayla Kipp vs. Kayla Potts
Chelsea Lagrasse vs. Shinju Nozawa-Auclair
Quentin Shumard vs. Cameron McIntosh
Marlon Baker vs. Chris Fattig
Mike Seibert vs. Matt Matlock
Tyree Johnson vs. Robert Johnston
Max Meese vs. Robert Presley
Desmond Ford vs. Brandon Odom
Roger Rice vs. Justin Meese