With the RFO‘s return to Mansfield less taking place this weekend, one minor detail had yet to be settled for Big Guns 15: who will be the main event?
With a pair of equally popular fighters both hailing from Mansfield slated to compete in equally pivotal bouts on the card, RFO promoter Matt Trukovich decided to come up with a friendly competition to decide which fighter would get his name first on the marquee and have the honor of fighting last at the event.
Josh Longood (1-0) and Mike Williams (2-2) both laid equal claim to main event status, so something had to be done to decide a headliner.
So what better way is there for a pair of fighters to show their prowess than video bowling, darts, and poker?
Longood came out swinging hard, winning the bowling portion of the contest with two strikes and a spare. “The Honeybadger” also got out to a strong start in the darts portion, but he couldn’t close out and allowed “Karate Mike” the opportunity to make a miraculous comeback to even things up. Then came the Texas Hold ‘Em poker portion, where Williams started out with a stronger hand, but Longood made the comeback to get the win and secure main event status for himself on March 21.
Longood will take on Jeff Mack (0-0, 11-3 am) in what will serve as the main event, while Williams is set to take on Bellator veteran Dustin Kempf (6-8) in the night’s co-feature.
Both fights are excellent matchups, and Trukovich even hinted that Longood and Williams themselves could square off inside the RFO cage one day.
So with the top two fights set, a total of four pro bouts are now on the docket for Big Guns 15, as flyweights Cody Gabelman (2-1) and Dennis Brown (3-1), as well as heavyweights Jeff Hughes (1-0) and Leviticus Roberson (1-1) will also square off.
On the amateur side of things, Aaron Neighbors (10-6) will defend his RFO bantamweight title against challenger Rich Cantolina (11-7).
RFO: Big Guns 15 takes place on March 21 at the Richland County Fairgrounds in Mansfield, Ohio.
The current lineup for RFO: Big Guns 15 (subject to change):
Josh Longood vs Jeffrey Mack
Mike Williams vs Dustin Kempf
Cody Gabelman vs Dennis Brown
Jeff Hughes vs Leviticus Roberson
Aaron Neighbors vs Rich Cantolina – for bantamweight title
Alex Poinar vs Billy Windrum
Brandon Odom vs Jason Bevly
Joshua Peterson vs Nick Spinks
Nate Jones vs Josh Hampton
Kyle Booth vs Desmond Ford
Zachary Todi vs Shayne Britton
Ryan Arce vs Spencer Tuttle
Darell Alford vs Corey Woodruff
Dominic Bolasky vs Justin Smith
Quentin Shumard vs Kyle Pongratz