Did you forget about Jake Schilling?
It seems like it was forever ago when this fresh-faced 18-year-old stormed onto the amateur MMA scene, finishing his first three opponents in relatively easy fashion. He then entered the Pinnacle FC cage and took a step up in competition, posting a 3-1 record including a memorable triangle submission over Ethan Goss at Pinnacle FC 8. Since that fight nearly four years ago he’s competed just twice, but he remains as scary as ever with a 7-2 overall record.
The last three opponents he’s faced all now have their pro cards, and he has a 2-1 record against the likes of Goss, Dru Schottenheimer, and former Ohio State wrestler TJ Rigel. Quite simply, he’s a pro level fighter who is still competing as an amateur. This fight against Mikey Flores (6-2) will be his first time in action in 14 months, so you can bet he’ll be chomping at the bit to get back out there and pick up an impressive win.
If you’ve never seen Flores compete, you’re in for a treat. He has a high output offensive style that has led to three TKO wins and a submission to boot. I think I once even compared him to the fighting style of the Diaz Brothers, which is probably hyperbole but you get the point. He’s also taken some time off – this will be his first fight since 2016 – so he probably wants a win just as bad if not more than Schilling. He’s also always willing to be involved in a firefight, so this could turn into a fun game of Rock’em Sock’em Robots and I’m pretty sure it will steal the show.
Tickets are available for Pinnacle FC 17, but if you saw the crowd at the last event in March you probably won’t want to wait much longer. The full card for the event will be available soon so stay tuned.