GoFightLive is back with another terrific weekend of combat sports action as there are six cards that take place on Saturday, as well as another card on Friday, as always only on GFL.tv.
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Premier FC 20 will go down Saturday at The Mass Mutual Center in Springfield, Massachusetts, and the main event is a doozy. In what should be an exciting welterweight contest, UFC vet Ricardo Funch takes on “The Ultimate Fighter 16” veteran Matt Secor. After becoming a top MMA prospect, Funch had a rough stretch in the UFC, going 1-4 overall, and after taking a two-year break from the sport, lost his return bout in CES. But he recently picked up his first win in nearly five years in Premier FC, and now will look to make it two in a row when he takes on Secor. A veteran of TUF, Secor most recently competed in Bellator, where he went 1-1 before being released following a loss to top prospect Chris Honeycutt. Bellator’s decision to cut Secor was strange, and Premier FC swooped right in immediately and made a terrific signing, putting together this fun matchup with Funch. Both guys have a lot to prove and with both men featuring finishing potential, this is not a fight to miss.
Walkout FC 3 goes down Saturday at Cornerstone Family Fitness in Independence, Kansas, United States and the main event is a bantamweight title bout between Joseph Fulk and Johnnie Roades. Following a loss in Titan FC, Fulk signed with Walkout and won his first fight by submission to claim the promotion’s vacant bantamweight title. Fulk makes his first title defense against Roades, who has won his last five fights, with four of his wins during that stretch coming via stoppage. Fulk and Roades are known for finishing fights and this should be an exciting bout that will get the winner of the fight attention from the bigger MMA organizations.
Art of War 18 takes place Saturday at Beijing's National Olympic Sports Center in Beijing, China and the card features a number of former UFC fighters on it. One of the best fights of the evening is the co-main event, which is a welterweight tournament bout between UFC veteran Junior Assuncao and prospect Adam Townsend. Since going 1-1 in the UFC and getting unceremoniously released from the promotion, Assuncao has gone 3-0 with two finishes and has looked really solid. He will get a chance to make that 4-0 at AOW 18, when he takes on Townsend, who is 8-1 over his last nine bouts. Townsend took this fight on short notice, filling in for Cody McKenzie, but he is a dangerous prospect with a lot of potential despite a recent loss to Ernest Chavez in RFA. Assuncao vs. Townsend is a really good fight on a card full of them and has the potential to end in spectacular fashion.
CFL 8 will be held Saturday at San Bernardino County Fair & Event Center in Victorville, California and it’s one of the best offerings this weekend by GFL. There are two huge matchups on the card, the first one being a featherweight bout between TUF veteran Cody Bollinger and Quinton McCottrell. Although
Bollinger has lost his last three fights, you have to be fair to him and remember his losses came against top competition, including WSOF bantamweight champion Marloes Moraes. After taking a year off from fighting, Bollinger now returns to the cage in his native California against McCottrell in what should be a fun fight. It’s true that McCottrell has lost his last seven fights in a row, but he is an experienced veteran of the regional circuit and won’t be an easy out for Bollinger. Although “The Cali Kid” enters this fight as the favorite, McCottrell will certainly make this an interesting fight.
And the top fight this weekend is the main event of CFL 8, as MMA pioneer Joe “Daddy” Stevenson returns to MMA after a year-and-a-half absence when he takes on Daniel McWilliams in a lightweight contest. Stevenson became well known during his time on “The Ultimate Fighter 2” and eventually worked his way up the UFC lightweight ladder, eventually losing to BJ Penn at UFC 80 for the title. Things started to go south for Stevenson in the UFC, as he lost four-straight fights and was cut, taking some time off from the sport before losing twice more on the regional circuit. Even with the losing streak, though, Stevenson remains a fun fighter to watch and is clearly hungry to turn his career around. Standing in his way is McWilliams, a Strikeforce and WSOF veteran who is 1-1 over his last two fights. McWilliams, like Stevenson, has a lot of experience in MMA and while he’s not as well known, he’s still a capable fighter and could very well pull off the upset in this fight. Stevenson needs a win to save his career and McWilliams doesn’t want that to happen, which should ultimately make for a very fun fight.