With Josh Rohler injured and out of his planned bout against Kenny Locsei (2-0) at IT Fight Series 71, Damonte Robinson (2-0) has stepped in and will now face Locsei at the event this weekend.
Strong Style MMA’s Locsei made his pro debut last year after posting a 5-0 amateur record, and he quickly reeled off a pair of wins. First, he topped Marc McDonald via decision at RFO: Big Guns 19, and then he submitted Greg Spearman in the first round at Big Guns 20 in October.
Mayanz MMA fighter Robinson also posted a 5-0 record as an amateur, including winning the IT Fight Series lightweight title. He made his pro debut with a submission over Mike Wiseman at Bayfront Brawl I last year, and then traveled to Indiana, where he moved to 2-0 with a TKO win over Michael DeLaVega at Hoosier Fight Club 31.
A bout featuring pros Tray Taylor (4-5) and Richard McDole (6-6) has also been added to the lineup.
On the amateur side, Justin Richwine (6-4) and Lucas Kailing (3-0) will compete for a crack at the IT Fight Series heavyweight title, which is currently held by Paul Shough.
IT Fight Series 71 takes place on Saturday at Bellefontaine Middle School in Bellefontaine, Ohio. Tickets are still available for the event here.
Check out the current fight card below. The full card is expected to be released later this week.
Damonte Robinson vs. Kenny Locsei
Ryan Walls vs. Matt Comer
Tray Taylor vs. Richard McDole
Justin Richwine vs. Lucas Kailing
Jayde Sheeley vs. Lizzy Crowley
Shawn Rall vs. Danny Moore
Deion Clark vs. Donnie Scott
*subject to change
Photo credits: Katie Jay/Mike Wrobel/RFO