A second title bout has been added to next month’s Colosseum Combat XXXVIII event, as Joe Lile Jr. (6-2) and Damian Norris (7-2) will square off for the vacant professional lightweight title.
Lile returned from a layoff of nearly two years last August, as he topped Jameson Sharp via decision at Colosseum Combat XXXVI. Four of his six wins are via stoppage, including three submissions. The Indiana native is currently sitting just outside the top 10 in the BluegrassMMA Rankings.
Norris hails from the Chicago area and represents Midwest Training Center. He’s won three bouts in a row, and has five wins via stoppage. This fight marks his Colosseum Combat debut.
CC promoter Mark Slater has hinted that the new lightweight champion could have an immediate challenger set up at the event, as Cameron VanCamp is set to take on Bobby Emmons. VanCamp and Norris previously squared off at an XFO event in 2014, with VanCamp winning a decision.
In the night’s other title bout, Muhammad Abdullah will challenge Keith Smetana for the middleweight title.
Colosseum Combat XXXVIII takes place on Feb. 25 at the Kokomo Event & Conference Center in Kokomo, Indiana. Check out the current fight card below.
Muhammad Abdullah vs Keith Smetana (c) – Middleweight Title
Joe Lile vs Damian Norris – Lightweight Title
Bobby Emmons vs Cameron VanCamp
Jeremy Pender vs Justin King
David Stephens vs Josh Streacker
Jordan Crider vs Casey Schile
Chris Heffernan vs Christian Jones
Kyle Thomison vs Ben Deleon
Isaiah Watkins vs. Sammy De Jesus
Jeremy Roberts vs Apineru Vele
Tim Curtis vs James Shaffer
Brennan France vs Brandon Zimmerman