Steven New returns to face Nathan Williams in Strikefest 2 headliner


Steven New vs Nathan Williams

Steven New vs Nathan Williams

Steven New (5-2) will return to action after more than a year and a half to face Nathan Williams (6-3) in the main event at Strikefest 2.

The last time the Bushido MMA product was in action was April 2016, when he was submitted by Nick Gehrts via heel hook at Valor Fights 32 in under a minute. All five of his wins have come via stoppage, including four via submission. He’s ranked as the No. 11 pro lightweight in Tennessee by Tapology.

Williams comes in from Atlanta, as he looks to rebound from a loss in his last outing against Cromwell Stewart at Valor Fights 46 earlier this month. After starting his career with a 5-0 record, he’s just 1-3 in his last four. He’s ranked as the No. 5 pro featherweight in Georgia by Tapology.

The co-main event will feature a grudge match, as Jonathan Pearce (6-3) and Nick Baker (4-2) will square off at a catchweight of 150 pounds.

Pearce comes in off of back-to-back wins under Bellator’s NASCAR MMA Fight Series banner, including a submission over Damir Ferhatbegovic in Bristol, and a TKO win over Omar Johnson at Talladega.

Baker started off 3-0, but he’s lost two of his last three bouts. Most recently, he was submitted by Jeff Pelton in the first round at RFO: Big Guns 25 in September.

In a third pro bout, Mike Thomas (0-0-1) will look for his first pro win when he faces Jeremiah Harper (0-0) in a heavyweight bout. Thomas fought to a draw against Ricco Ralston in his pro debut at Strikefest 1 in July. He posted a 4-1 record during his amateur career. Harper comes in Virginia and makes his pro debut after posting a 6-6-1 amateur record. All six of his wins as an amateur were via T/KO.

The fight card also features Muay Thai bouts as well as mixed martial arts.

Strikefest 2 takes place on Dec. 16 at the Appalachian Fairgrounds in Gray, Tennessee. The fight card will stream live via FloCombat. Check out the current card below.

Strikefest 2 card

Pro Bouts:
Steven New vs. Nathan Williams
Nick Baker vs. Jonathan Pearce
Mike Thomas vs. Jeremiah Harper

Amateur Bouts:
Luke Fronckoski vs. Jay Vernon
Mark Laws vs. Dustin Price
Dale Dodds vs. Tim Johnson
De’Andre Mays vs. Antowuan Moseley
Aaron Phillips vs. Austin Kelly
Curtis Courtner vs. Zane Evans
Austin Kurtz vs. Derrick Smith^
Gary Paul vs. TBD^
Tanner Perry vs. Zack Fox^

^Muay Thai bout
*subject to change

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