Josh Rohler and TJ Pettigrew set to square off at Caged Madness 48


Josh Rohler | photo by Chris Nolan

Josh Rohler | photo by Chris Nolan

We’re still over a month away from Caged Madness 48, but the fight card is coming together nicely for the event in Akron, Ohio. Three pro bouts are currently set for the event, with the headliner featuring up-and-coming lightweights Josh Rohler (2-1) and TJ Pettigrew (3-1) squaring off.

Evolve MMA’s Rohler comes in looking for his third straight win, as he has picked up back-to-back first round submissions after losing his pro debut. At Caged Madness 42, he submitted Mike Cardona with a rear naked choke, and then finished Mike Williams with a submission due to strikes in his last outing at RFO: Big Guns 20 last October.

Pettigrew makes the trek from Indiana on a three-fight winning streak. After dropping his pro debut in 2014, he’s followed up with three straight wins, including two submissions.

In a featherweight bout, Dustin Kempf (7-8) will face Ethan Goss (2-3).

Kempf is a one-time Bellator MMA veteran who has had an up and down pro career dating back to 2007. In his last outing, he snapped a four-fight losing streak when he submitted Michael Shields in the first round at Caged Madness 38 in 2015. Now he’ll return after more than a year and a half looking to even his pro record.

Goss will make the drive from Pennsylvania also looking to move his pro record to .500. He had a two-fight winning streak snapped in his last outing when he dropped a decision to Jordan Morales at WCC 17 last summer.

In the third pro bout, Eddy Faison (0-0) will make his pro debut against Edward Castillo (1-3) in a super heavyweight contest.

After 13 amateur bouts and a 7-6 record, Faison makes the jump to the pro ranks for the first time. He closed out his amateur career with back-to-back wins, topping James Neff and Casey Ogan in 2016.

Castillo will compete for the first time in more than a year. In his last outing, the Illinois native lost via TKO at a UCL event.

On the amateur side of the card, Chaka Worthy (5-0) and Cory Brecker (5-0) will square off for the bantamweight title.

Check out the current lineup for Caged Madness 48 below.

Caged Madness 48 card

Pro Bouts:
Josh Rohler vs. TJ Pettigrew
Dustin Kempf vs. Ethan Goss
Eddy Faison vs. Edward Castillo

Amateur Bouts:
Cory Breckner vs. Chaka Worthy – Bantamweight Title
Josh Schlenker vs. Lionel Woods
Mike Seibert vs. Joe Wheeler
Nick Labowitz vs. Justin Patterson
Elijah Duckworth vs. Luca Mast
Darnell Truett vs. Jamie Parrish
Sam White vs. Jerad Patterson

*subject to change

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