New League Fights is set to kick off its 2018 campaign next month, as “St. Valentine’s Day Massacre” goes down on Feb. 3 in Montpelier, Ohio.
Promoter and matchmaker Matt Montalvo has added five pro bouts to the card.
First up, Chicago area fighter James Sanchez (1-1) will face the debuting TJ Rigel (0-0) in a lightweight bout.
A former Ohio State wrestler, Rigel posted a 6-1 record as an amateur, including three straight wins to close out his career. Most recently, he topped Jake Schilling at Caged Madness 47 last April before deciding to turn pro. He’s ranked as the No. 2 amateur lightweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Sanchez looks for his second win under the New League banner, as he was successful in his pro debut over Mark Carosella at New League Fights: Lucky Strikes last March. He’s ranked as the No. 8 pro lightweight in Illinois by Tapology.
Also, welterweights Travis Hussey (3-2) and Chiago’s PJ Cajigas (5-6) will throw down.
The Ohioan Hussey has turned things around after starting off 0-2, as he’s picked up three straight wins. Two of those have come under the New League banner, with victories over Zac Dominique and James Cowan to his credit. He’s ranked as the No. 13 pro welterweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Cajigas had a similar road, as he started off his career 0-5 but is 5-1 since. All five of his wins have come via first round stoppage, including most recently a first round knockout over James Waller at HFC 35 in November.
Brian Hauser (0-0) will also make his pro debut, as he faces Chicago’s Ryan Mondala (1-1) in a flyweight bout.
Evolve MMA product Hauser posted six stoppage wins and a 7-1 overall record as an amateur, including winning both the RFO and IT Fight Series titles. Most recently, he knocked out Ben Willeford at IT Fight Series 76 in September, which earned him the 2017 BluegrassMMA Amateur Knockout of the Year. He’s also ranked as the No. 1 amateur flyweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Mondala fights for the first time since November 2016, when he picked up his first pro win with a TKO victory over Andrew Moreno at HFC 31.
Chicago’s Kanat Tassybay (1-1) looks for his second pro win, as he takes on Federico Vento (0-1) at flyweight.
Tassybay looks for his first win under the New League banner, as he came up short against James Krause-Simmons at Hallows Eve in October. He’s ranked as the No. 8 pro bantamweight in Illinois by Taplogy.
Vento comes in from Hawaii looking for his first pro win after coming up short against Tommy Espinosa at Maverick MMA 3 in September. He’s ranked as the No. 13 pro flyweight in Hawaii by Tapology.
And finally, Ohio’s Ryan Hogans (1-2) looks to even his record as he faces Chicago’s Jordan Downey (1-3) at featherweight.
Hogans fights for the first time since 2014, when he lost via TKO against Jacob Bohn at a Gladiators of the Cage event.
Downey looks for his second pro win. His most recent outing was a loss against Said Yokub at HFC 35 in November.
James Sanchez vs. TJ Rigel
Travis Hussey vs. P.J. Cajigas
Ryan Mondala vs. Brian Hauser
Kanat Tassybay vs. Federico Vento
Ryan Hogans vs. Jordan Downey
Dakota Sorosiak vs. Matt Rede
Dalton Hageman vs. Houston Collins
Carl Biller vs. Jeramy Baker
Zach Jimenez vs. Blaine Kelley
Francisco Cazares vs. Desean Jakes
Robby Goiner vs. Daniel Hand
Seth Aldrich vs. Brandon Ferrell
Nathan Blevins vs. Pedro Zapata
Cherish Brown vs. Lydia Babila
Chase Murroquin vs. Jose Vazquez
Drew Dickson vs. Tyler Mees
*subject to change