Colosseum Combat returns to the Kokomo Event & Conference Center on August 12 for the promotions 40th event. The main event features a title fight as current champion Keith Smetana (10-5) will defend his middleweight belt against Muhammad Abdullah (8-3).
The two middleweight fighters were initially set to compete at Colosseum Combat 38. That match-up was scratched after Smetana became ill during his weight cut that forced him to withdraw. Now that Smetana made a full recovery, the two will now have the opportunity to compete.
Smetana stopped Tony Parker at Colosseum Combat XXXVI to claim his first professional title. The West Virgina-resident has won four of his last five fights which include wins at Prestige Fight Club and Shamrock FC. Now he will defend his title for the first time since capturing it when he squares off against Abdullah.
Abdullah suffered a recent setback when he suffered a submission loss at Xtreme Caged Combat towards the end of last year. With the loss behind him, the Vision MMA fighter will now look to add another championship to his collection. This title fight is the fifth opportunity for Abdullah to earn gold.
In addition to the middleweight championship bout, the promotion’s heavyweight title will also be on the line. Jordan Mitchell (3-9) will take on Johnathan Ivey (41-56) for the currently vacant title. Mitchell will look to rebound from his recent stint of losses inside the cage. The Indiana native has gone the distance in each of his last five fights. Unfortunately, he was on the losing side of each of those decisions.
The world renowned Ivey will make his return to the Colosseum Combat cage for the first time in four years. “Big,” who hails from Tennessee, traveled to Japan earlier this year competing under the Pancrase banner. He will be stepping inside the cage officially for the 97th time. His first recognized match-up was nearly two decades ago.
On the amateur portion of the card, undefeated James Shaffer (3-0) will take on Jason “Apineru” Vele (8-4). The two middleweight contenders will battle for the vacant title. Shaffer made his debut less than one year at Colosseum Combat XXXVI when he defeated Nick Miller by referee stoppage in the opening round. Since then, he submitted his next two opponents to keep his unblemished record intact.
Vele recently picked up his first amateur title when he defeated Brad Osborne just weeks ago at Warrior Nation Fight Series 46. With that win, the Cincinnati-resident won four out of his last five fights. During that stretch, he notched wins against Warrior FC heavyweight champion Justin Burgun and Jeremy Roberts.
The event also features a professional lightweight bout between Terry House (7-11) and Reggie Merriweather (11-10). House will look to rebound from a recent loss while Merriweather will look to continue his current three-fight winning streak.
Also, rounding out the professional side of the event will be a featherweight contest between Casey Jones (0-2) and Ryan Brettingham (3-3). Jones will be making his return to the cage after a four-year absence while also looking for his first professional victory. Brettingham will look to avenge his recent loss to Jones’ training partner, Jeremy Pender.
Check out the full line-up below:
Kyle Thomison (0-2) vs. George Johnson (1-4)
Clay Raider (1-1) vs. Christopher King (0-0)
Angelo Robles Jr. (0-0) vs. Nick Nolting (0-0)
Ian Pomfret (1-0) vs. Casey Schile (1-2)
Charles Stanback (5-0) vs. Ian Suttles (4-0)
James Shaffer (3-0) vs. Apineru Vele (8-4)
Ryan Brettingham (3-3) vs. Casey Jones (0-2)
Terry House (7-11) vs. Reggie Merriweather (11-10)
Johnathan Ivey (41-56) vs. Jordan Mitchell (3-9)
Keith Smetana (10-5) vs. Muhammad Abdullah (8-3)
Stay tuned to the Colosseum Combat XL event page for more information.