With Colosseum Combat XLI officially in the books, owner Mark Slater wasted no time in signing fights for the next event. Colosseum Combat XLII returns to the Kokomo Event and Conference Center in Kokomo, Indiana on December 2.
Three amateur title fights were announced for the event including a rematch between undefeated Chris Heffernan (3-0) and Christian Jones (3-2). The two will compete for the promotions currently vacant featherweight title. Heffernan nearly went the distance with Zach Arnold at Colosseum Combat XLI but was able to secure a late third round rear-naked choke to keep his unblemished record intact.
The first time these two faced each other, early this year, they went the distance with Heffernan beating Jones on the scorecards earning the unanimous decision win. After that loss, Jones took a short time off before he got back into the mix. This past June he stepped back into the cage making quick work of Ken Sangster. Less than thirty seconds into the opening round Jones earned the referee stoppage to put him back into the win column.
Competing for the lightweight title will be a match-up between Craig Edmondson (4-1) and Kellen VanCamp (8-0). This lightweight contest will be the toughest bout of Edmondson’s career. In his last outing, Edmondson put together an impressive performance stopping Dustin Spencer in the first-round at the promotion’s previous event. The victory put the Indy Boxing & Grappling product on a three-fight winning streak.
The only loss on his record comes by way of his opponents brother, Kyle VanCamp. The undefeated Kellen VanCamp looks to add a second belt to his collection while keeping his amateur record flawless. The Hyten MMA fighter recently ventured out to Idaho where he earned a unanimous decision win over Bryce Edminister.
Before that, VanCamp spent the last year and a half traveling to Kentucky and Ohio. In February, VanCamp earned the third knockout of his career to win the Hardrock MMA featherweight title. This fight will be the first time he steps back into the cage in his home state of Indiana since May 2016.
Finally, Jordan Crider (7-4) will defend his welterweight title for the first time when he takes on undefeated Ian Pomfret (2-0). After a three year layoff, Crider returned to the cage this past February. He earned a split decision victory over Casey Schile to capture the title. Before his extended time away, Crider submitted Gary Widget in a rematch to win his first amateur championship.
In only his third fight, and his first title fight, Pomfret earned his shot when he submitted Isaiah Watkins with a slick armbar submission at the organization’s event last week. Having just made his debut this past summer, Pomfret his quickly making a dent in the welterweight division.
As previously announced, Aaron Highbaugh will also defend his pro welterweight title against Cameron VanCamp. Check out the rest of the card below.
Aaron Highbaugh (6-0) vs. Cameron VanCamp (9-4-1) – Welterweight Title
Keair Ross (1-1) vs. Renaldo Weekley (1-1) – Lightweight Bout
Chris Heffernan (3-0) vs. Christian Jones (3-2) – Featherweight Title bout
Craig Edmondson (4-1) vs. Kellen VanCamp (8-0) – Lightweight Title bout
Jordan Crider (7-4)(c) vs. Ian Pomfret (2-0) – Welterweight Title bout
Steven Jenkins (4-3) vs. Ryan Jansen (1-0) – Heavyweight bout
Eric Funkhouser (3-3) vs. James Shaffer (3-2) – Middleweight bout
Zach Arnold (0-1) vs Tyren Ford (0-1) – Featherweight bout