Fight Time 17: Undisputed
Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions concludes its 2013 MMA PRO Fight Season this Friday, Nov. 1st with Fight Time 17 “Undisputed” from the historic War Memorial Auditorium, 800 NE 8 St. in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.
This marks the company’s 3rd year anniversary with the MMA PRO events at the City of Ft. Lauderdale’s War Memorial Auditorium.
The Main Event features – Rafael “The Law” Dias, with an impressive MMA Pro record of (18-10-1) and is a 3X WEC veteran. Dias represents American Top Team in Coconut Creek and was given his nickname, since he has a Law Degree in Brazil.
Dias takes on the very skilled Patrick Williams, with a PRO MMA record of (6-3), of Homestead’s Full Combat Fitness. Both fighters have signed a multi-fight deal with Fight Time Promotions and what a better way to showcase their skills in front of their boss: Howard Davis Jr., 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist & CEO of Fight Time Promotions.
“This is a very good match-up and we’re looking forward to give fans an exciting main event to end our 2013 Fight Time season,” said Howard Davis Jr. “It has been a very successful year for Fight Time Promotions and we can’t wait until this Friday,” he added.
The undercard promises to be just as exciting as the main event:
The Co-Main Event features the return of former UFC fighter: Yoislandy “Cuba” Izquierdo of American Top Team Kendall to the Fight Time Promotions’ PRO cage for the 3rd time. “Cuba” faces Gracie Tampa fighter – Avery McPhatter, who has been in the Fight Time cage before.
“Mcphatter fought for us before against Mike Bruno and even though he lost; I was very impressed with his striking skills and work ethic,” said Davis. “We brought him back to face another striker in Yoislandy and I’m looking forward to seeing a good back-and-forth stand up battle,” added Davis.
Fight Time 17 “Undisputed” will also feature 2008 US Heavyweight Olympic Wrestler Steve Mocco, with a MMA Pro record of 3-0. Mocco was brought into the American Top Team to help Antonio “Bigfoot” Silva prepare for his fight with Cain Velasquez at UFC 146. He had a nice experience in training and was welcomed greatly by American Top Team. He now makes his debut in the Fight Time Promotions’ cage against Alonzo Roane with a MMA Pro record of (3-3).
“It’s a pleasure to have a fellow Olympian on our show,” said Howard Davis Jr. “We were asked, if there was room on our show for a Heavyweight of his caliber and we pulled the trigger to make it happen for our fans to enjoy a quality Heavyweight showdown!”
Fight Time 17 will also feature Jason Soares (3-0) of FFA Miami. He takes on Tristan Payne (3-3) in a 145-pound clash. This will be Soares’ 3rd visit in the Fight Time Promotions’ Pro cage and Payne’s second. Soares is a crafty, wrestler with good hands and Payne didn’t get his chance in the spotlight after quickly being stopped by Randy “Venezuela” Barroso during Fight Time 15.
“Jason Soares is very hard to match and it took us a while to confirm his opponent, but Payne didn’t hesitate and stepped up to the challenge,” said Davis.
In a 185-pound clash: Fight Time Promotions welcomes its youngest MMA Pro fighter in 18-year-old Joe Leo of East West Okinawan Karate in Lantana, FL. Leo, who fought under the Fight Time Promotions’ Amateur MMA Division, will make his debut this Friday against Damion Williams (2-3) of ATT Sunrise.
“I’m already proud of Joe Leo and his team for stepping up into the professional level,” said Howard Davis Jr. “Leo is very mature for his age both mentally and physically and we hope to guide him in his MMA career. Williams, who has fought for us before, has lost some weight and is in amazing shape and I can’t wait to watch this match-up live,” said Davis.
On the opposite side of the spectrum will be a match-up featuring the oldest fighter in the Fight Time Promotions’ cage on Friday night: Joe “Judo Joe” Martine has been trying to get on the show for some time, but there was never an opening. Martine turns 42-years-old – two days after his fight. Now, is his chance for this judo-enthusiast to showcase his talents in the cage and hope for a good birthday party as he takes on Savalas Williams, (0-1) of Moncaio Brothers BJJ in Boca Raton, FL.
“Martine came up to our matchmaker and said that he wanted to fight Williams,” said Davis. “He saw him fight on our show and said that he was ready for the challenge, so we made it happen.”
In a Lightweight Match up is Chris Zuniga (2-2) of ATT Renato Tevares Vero Beach against RJ Goodridge (5-2) of Valor Martial Arts in Palm Beach Gardens. Both fighters want to come out and showcase their skills after a disappointing loss for Goodridge during Fight Time 14 and a 5-year layoff by Zuniga.
“Both of these fighters have something to prove and they know that they have to step it up in the Fight Time Promotions’ PRO cage, if they want to elevate their careers to a championship level,” said Howard Davis Jr.
The Fight Time 17 also includes the return of Matt Wagy, who fought with the company in its Amateur MMA division. Wagy of ATT Sunrise will take on Patrick Thomas of Miami, FL.
“Both fighters are young and hungry. Both have something to prove in the cage. We’re giving them the opportunity to step it up and take their careers to the next level,” said Howard Davis Jr.
Fight Time 17 “Undisputed” promises to give fans an exciting night of professional mixed martial arts as it ends a 5-professional MMA fight series this year.
WEIGH-INS will be on Thursday, October 31st, 2013 from 3:00pm – 5:30pm at Xtreme Indoor Karting, 5300 Powerline Rd., Fort Lauderdale, Florida. The event is FREE and open to the public.
Rafael Dias vs Patrick Williams
Yoislandy Izquierdo vs Avery McPhatter
Jason Soares vs Tristan Payne
Steven Mocco vs Alonzo Roane
Chris Zuniga vs Robert Goodridge
Damion Williams vs Joe Leo
Joe Martine vs Savalas Williams
Matt Wagy vs Patrick Thomas
The fights will be televised via tape delay on CSS (Comcast Sports Southeast).
Fight Time Promotions, owned by 1976 Boxing Olympic Gold Medalist, Howard Davis Jr. will be back in 2014 for another series from the War Memorial Auditorium.
Tickets: www.fighttimepromotions.com (until Thursday at midnight)
Tickets: War Memorial Auditorium Box Office, 800 NE 8 St. Ft. Lauderdale (Box Office only after Thursday at midnight)
Prices: $35, $45, $55, $75
VIP Table Hotline: 786-543-1177
Doors open at 7pm. First Fight is at 8pm