Cody Stevens (14-9-1) is the No. 1 ranked featherweight in Ohio according to Tapology. He’s 7-1 under the RFO banner during his pro career, including back-to-back wins over Charles Bennett and Anthony Morrison this year. “The Wolverine” trains with the Strong Style Fight Team just outside of Cleveland, but he’ll return home to Mansfield for this bout.
Stevens has been training hard for the bout, as he recently posted on Instagram, “3 hours non stop learning, drilling, and pushing my self beyond my limit with future rfo pro champ! I’ve said this before I refused to get out worked and it’s as simple as that! Wise man once said “how bad do you want to be great?!” And I’m about to show it in my home town!”
Jordan Griffin (11-5) is the former King of the Cage featherweight champion, and he is the No. 7 ranked featherweight in the Midwest by Tapology, as well as No. 2 in Minnesota. The Wisconsin product trains at Roufusport with some of the sport’s top fighters. This will be his first bout since last July, when he dropped the KOTC title against Juan Archuleta. Prior to that, he had won five straight bouts.
Griffin posted about the bout a couple of weeks ago on Facebook: “Got a title fight set for September 30th. Check out my fan page tomorrow where I’ll be posting who my opponent is and the organization I’m fighting for. I’m signing the contract after pro practice tomorrow at Roufusport MMA Academy.”Another Mansfield native will be in action as well, as John Gunther (5-0) is set to face Nick Browne (7-0) in a lightweight battle of unbeaten fighters. The two were originally slated to square off at Pinnacle FC 15 in December, but Browne was forced to pull out due to injury.
Gunther has been impressive as a pro, winning three of his five bouts via stoppage. The most recent outing for the Strong Style fighter was in January, when he stopped Devonte Smith via TKO in the third round at Big Guns 22. He’s the No. 3 ranked pro lightweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Browne, a Pennsylvania native, has three wins via submission and two via knockout. In his most recent bout, he submitted Troy Lamson in the first round at a King of the Cage event in January. That was his first bout since November 2015, when he topped Roufusport product R’Mandel Cameron to win the Pinnacle FC lightweight title. He’s the No. 3 ranked pro lightweight in Pennsylvania by Tapology, and No. 9 overall in the Northeast.
RFO: Big Guns 25 takes place on Sept. 30 at Fairhaven Hall at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio. The entire fight card streams live via FloCombat.