Pinnacle FC 17 goes down on Saturday night at Printscape Arena in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, and the entire 13-bout lineup will be streamed live via FloCombat.
Browne comes in off of the first loss of his pro career, as he dropped a decision against John Gunther at RFO: Big Guns 25 last September. That was his first loss since his amateur career in 2012, and the Uniontown Fight Club product looks to defend his Pinnacle FC lightweight title for the first time since winning it with a victory over Rmandel Cameron at Pinnacle FC 12 in 2015. He’s ranked as the No. 3 pro lightweight in Pennsylvania and No. 9 in the Northeast according to Tapology.
A former NCAA wrestling champion at Notre Dame College, Pelton comes in off of two straight wins, including a victory over Matt DiMarcantonio in March to claim the Bizzarro Promotions lightweight title at Bayfront Brawl V. The Strong Style product has three stoppage wins inside the first round, including two submissions and one TKO.
John De Jesus (8-6) and Ruben Warr (11-8) will square off for the vacant featherweight title in the co-main event. The two 145-pound fighters will vie for the title that was vacated by current Bellator fighter Dominic Mazzotta. Mark Cherico also previously held the title in the past.
Both fighters come in on hot streaks, including The Academy MMA’s De Jesus, who has won four of his past five bouts after starting his career 3-5. Most recently, he rebounded from a loss against Pat Sabatini to top Josh Rohler in the main event at Honor FC 4 in Ohio in April.
Warr comes in from Kentucky representing AFS Academy riding a six-fight winning streak. “Bad Boy” is 8-1 since joining AFS in 2016. After winning the Hardrock MMA featherweight title with a decision over B.J. Ferguson, he topped William Calhoun in March to move his record to 2-0 in 2018.
Shuman posted a 6-3 amateur record, including claiming the featherweight title with a victory over Aaron Johnston at Pinnacle FC 16 in March. That was the first fight for Shuman since 2016, when he earned a submission win over Sean White. The Mat Factory product made his amateur debut in 2012, winning the NAAFS lightweight title that same year by defeating Nick Browne.
Hailing from Cincinnati, Froelich will also make his pro debut after a 4-1 amateur record. After losing his amateur debut in 2012, the Sacan Martial Arts and Gracie Cincinnati product returned to action in 2016, reeling off four straight wins, including three via first round TKO. He closed out his amateur career with a decision win over J’Mar Moore at IT Fight Series 78 in December.
The amateur main event will feature a title bout, as Nolan Stahl (4-3) will step up to face Luke Chokan (3-1) for the 125-pound crown. The Academy MMA’s Jake Schilling (7-2) returns from a layoff as he squares off against Mikey Flores (6-2) at lightweight. Also, 18-year-old Sydney Ross (1-0) looks to remain unbeaten when she takes on Robin Stevenson (1-0).
Check out the full lineup below.
Nick Browne (c) vs. Jeff Pelton – Lightweight Title
John De Jesus vs. Ruben Warr – Featherweight Title
Fadi Shuman vs. Keith Froelich
Nolan Stahl vs. Luke Chokan – Flyweight Title
Sydney Ross vs. Robin Stevenson
Jake Schilling vs. Mikey Flores
Meghan Williams vs. Alejandra Betancourt
John Leancu vs. Roy Nichols Jr.
Phil Marra vs. Michael Baker
Mason Deless vs. Nicco Libertini
Christian Bosco vs. Nick Walls
Travis Layton vs. Tim Ebarb
Josh Moyer vs. Jacob Lowry
*subject to change