By Larry Snyder
Monroeville, Pa. – It may be cold outside, but the combat sports action is about to unleash the heat inside. Ryan Middleton and his 247 Fighting Championships promotion return to the Monroeville Convention Center Saturday, February 5, with eight quality Mixed Martial Arts matches on their Brawl in the Burgh 10 fight card.
Matchmaker Jim Mooney has a high-powered main event when Steel City lightweight Khama Worthy (16-9-0) faces Jeremiah Scott (8-6-0) from Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. The last time the 35-year-old warrior known as the “Death Star” stepped into the 247 Fighting cage was July 2019, when he defeated Adam Ward by knockout just 13 seconds into the third round. It is Worthy’s first confrontation since competing in five bouts and then being released by Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Worthy told Mike Heck of SB Nation, “One door closes and another one opens, this lion still has the hunger in him, back on the hunt we go.” Middleton commented to Patrick Varine at triblive.com, “A Khama Worthy fight is always a special occasion, and we couldn’t be more excited to have him back inside the 247 FC cage fresh off his five-fight UFC stint.”
Scott, 28, is ready to savor the taste of victory again since his loss in July 2021, by unanimous decision to Zach Juusola (12-8-0) on the XMMA 2: Saunders vs. Nijem card at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. He owns a record of 1-2-0 with one knockout as a professional boxer.
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Justin Patton (0-1-0) of Pittsburgh and Josh Armstrong (0-1-0) from Oakland, Maryland, seek to claim their first victory in the cage as a professional. The 28-year-old Patton was 5-4-0 as an amateur, while Armstrong, 33, assembled a 6-8-0 mark in the amateur ranks. Patton mentioned on the mmatee.com web page, “I’ve been fixing all the holes in my game and can’t wait to show everyone the best version of The General yet.”
247 Fighting general manager Hunter A. Homistek talked about this showdown on the company’s website, “This fight is flying under the radar, and I think these two are poised to put on a massive show on Saturday!”
When the spotlight switches to the 247 Bantamweight Championship, it will be a collision of the unbeaten for the belt. Altoona’s Cameron Allgeier (6-0-0) enters the cage to defend his title against Hunter Starner (6-0-0) of Fredericksburg, Virginia. Tapology lists Allgeier as the second-ranked amateur bantamweight in the U.S. Northeast, and Starner is rated third in the U.S. Southeast.
I think this match will keep the fans on the edge of their chairs as both combatants have won by submission on their respective resumes. It has the potential to go down as the fight of the night and is why you attend local MMA shows.
BITB10 Professional Bouts (Three Rounds/Five Minutes Each):
Main Event – Khama Worthy (16-9-0) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Jeremiah Scott (8-6-0) Myrtle Beach, SC – 155 lbs
Co-Feature – Justin Patton (0-1-0) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Josh Armstrong (0-1-0) Oakland, MD – 135 lbs
BITB10 Amateur Bouts (Three Rounds/Three Minutes Each):
247 Bantamweight Championship – Cameron Allgeier (6-0-0) Altoona, PA Vs. Hunter Starner (6-0-0) Fredericksburg, VA – 135 lbs
Edwin Vera (3-2-0) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Awstin Martinez (5-5-0) Sturgis, Michigan – 145 lbs
BITB10 Amateur Bouts (Three Rounds/Two Minutes Each):
Gavin Teasdale (Debut) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Tyler Fry (0-1-0) State College, PA – 135 lbs
Craig Perry (0-1-0) Export, PA Vs. Anthoney Morris (0-2-0) Cleveland, Ohio – 150 lbs
Evan DeLong (1-0-0) Lower Burrell, PA Vs. Kenyon Moore (2-0-0) Bethel, Connecticut – 170 lbs
Julian Flenory (2-0-0) Pittsburgh, PA Vs. Matt Vanderhoff (Debut) Pittsburgh, PA – Heavyweight
BITB10 Clipboard: Pittsburgh’s Academy Of Martial Arts & Fitness, owned and operated by Worthy, is where Patton and Perry train. Allgeier prepares at the Gorilla House Gym in Altoona.
Teasdale was a four-time Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association Class AA wrestling champion from Jefferson-Morgan High School. He hones his skills at the Indio Dojo Martial Arts School in Pittsburgh. The trio of DeLong, Vera, and Flenory work at their craft at the Mat Factory Wrestling Club in Lower Burrell.
Event Notes: The Convention Center welcomes fans at 5:30 p.m., with the opening bell sounding at 7:00 p.m. Tickets can be obtained online here. You can use this link for the pay-per-view feature with Ryan Cavanaugh. The Pennsylvania State Athletic Commission sanctions the matchups, and the participants in any clash are subject to change.
The 247 Fighting Championships promotion is back in Monroeville Saturday, April 16, 2022, with Brawl in the Burgh 11.