Posted 08/27/2014 by Jesse Scheckner in Fight Time Promotions

Fight Time 20 Preview – Full Fight Card with Three Matches to Focus On

fighttime20finalfinalThe hype for this Friday’s Fight Time 20 was about as high as one could ever hope for a non-touring promotion when original plans for it were drafted back in late June/early July. Every major MMA website had picked up on a substantially juicy development: Thiago Silva, the troubled former UFC fighter who’d been arrested on Feb. 6 after an incident that saw him brandish a gun outside of a jiu-jitsu school and have a standoff with police at his home afterwards, had signed on to compete in the main event of the evening against former Bellator light heavyweight Mike “300” Hayes. It was the kind of good-press-from-bad-press scenario where everyone involved comes away a winner. Silva, who just a few months earlier had been ostracized by much of the MMA community, was on the rebound and Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions, always on the lookout for both rising and falling stars, were providing him with a platform to do so. Everybody loves a comeback story.

Unfortunately, just a few weeks later Fight Time released a statement regretfully announcing Silva’s inability to compete due to a partial tear in his MCL – an injury requiring surgery and a recovery time incompatible with the event. For a brief time another UFC vet, Kalib Starnes, was set as Silva’s replacement, but he fell through as well. Fortunately, the promotion had an outstanding lightweight title bout in the co-main event between a resurging Mike “The Wolverine” Rio and former Bellator and CFA fighter Frank “The Tank” Carrillo which they bumped up to main event status.

Below, you will find the entire fight card, which will occur, in order, from bottom to top.
Of those nine fights in total, three standout bouts have been expounded upon.
Event details and pertinent links can be found at the bottom of the article.

Note: This card is subject to change.


Main Event
Lightweight (155 lbs.) Title Fight – 5 Rounds
Mike “The Wolverine” Rio [10-4]
Frank Carrillo [8-4]

Miami’s Mike Rio’s a good guy. When not fighting inside the cage, he’s doing his part to spread awareness and raise funds for Autism Speaks, an autism advocacy organization close to his heart. Inside the cage, Rio has proven to be a tenacious competitor, using his national championship-level wrestling base to support an ever-growing arsenal of skillful offense. Back in May, Rio bounced back with a submission win over Avery McPHatter at Fight Time 19: Battle of the Brave after a dejecting three-fight losing streak in the UFC where he was finished for the first, second and third times in his career. At 33 years old and now in his sixth year of professional competition, he must be feeling the pressure to keep winning and return to the big show again before his career winds to a close.

MMA Masters’ Frank “The Tank” Carrillo will be making his promotional debut this Friday. The 30 year old is closing in his fifth year of professional competition and will be riding a two-fight win streak into his matchup with Rio. Carrillo’s gone 3-2 in his last five fights and hasn’t finished an opponent in almost three years. Dropping down from welterweight, the Miami, FL-based fighter is looking to make quite the spoiling splash when he arrives on Friday.

This should be a very fun fight to watch.


Co-Main Event
Heavyweight (206-265 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Jeff “The Snowman” Monson [49-18-1]
Kevin Brooks [11-10]

If it seems like Jeff Monson has been competing for forever, that’s because he sort of has been. The American Top Team member made his pro debut back in 1997 and has fought multiple times every year since. A legit member of the grappling elite, the former UFC heavyweight title challenger reestablished himself as one of the best in the world when he took gold at the 2012 FILA Grappling World Championships. It was the third time he’d won top honors in the competition, and the accomplishment joined many other top honors he’d earned.

If this were solely a grappling competition, I’d place all my money on Monson and call it a day. It isn’t, however, and the fact that the 43-year-old has been knocked out in three consecutive fight – two of which occurred just this year – suggests that, should he lose Friday and extend his losing streak (the longest of his career) to seven, he’d be wise to hang up his MMA gloves for good.

Facing him is Atlanta, GA’s Kevin Brooks, an aggressive fighter making his Fight Time debut after more than a two-year layoff. His last fight was a rematch TKO (doctor stoppage due to a cut) victory over Stephen Eakin that had snapped back-to-back knockout losses. A lot can happen in two years, so it may be unwise to rely on internet photos to determine what kind of shape the 37-year-old is in.


Welterweight (170 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Orlando Santana [2-0]
Frederico Moncaio [1-1]


Welterweight (170 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Nico Price [2-0]
David Hayes [1-2]


Welterweight (170 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Jason Jackson [3-2]
Michael Lilly [2-1]


Flyweight (125 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Marcos Gomes [2-0]
Miguel “Magic City Mauler” Restrepo [2-0-1]

Two flyweight Fight Time vets are set to clash when American Top Team West Copans’ Marcos Gomes meets MMA Masters’ Miguel Restrepo in the fourth scheduled bout of the evening. Both men sport undefeated records and, despite a 10-year age discrepancy (Gomes is 22 and Restrepo is 32), they appear to be in the same place in their careers.

Ft. Lauderdale’s Gomes is coming off of the first finish of his career – a second-round armbar over Mike “The Hammer” Hamman back at Fight Time 19. Having already fought both in February and May, he’s looking at a four-fight year if the former undefeated amateur continues unobstructed.

Sporting one of the best MMA nicknames in all of South Florida, Miguel “Magic City Mauler” Restrepo is back after soundly trouncing Arvin “Ace” Panlasigui in his last outing (also at Fight Time 19).

“As soon as I beat Ace, I came in the next day to start training – no time off – because my focus is Marcos Gomes and putting him away, knocking him out, tapping him out and possibly retiring him from MMA, because he’s never going to fight someone of my caliber.” he told S. Florida MMA journo Danny Segura in early July. “I’ve got ten years on him. I’ve got that old man strength.”

Claims to “old man strength” aside, it’s undeniable that Restrepo will hold a marked experience advantage over his younger opponent. Whether that will translate into a victory remains to be seen, but it should make for an incredibly fun bout to watch unfold.


Women’s Atomweight (105 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Jenny “The Phoenix” Silverio [0-1]
Sarah “The Midget” Lagerstrom [0-3]


Middleweight (185 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Joseph “The Beast” Leo [2-0]
Rico “Triggerman” Farrington [1-2]


Featherweight (145 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Chris Navarro [0-1]
Andre Cuff [4-4]


Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotion’s Fight Time 20 is taking place this Friday, August 29th at the War Memorial Auditorium located at 800 NE St., Ft. Lauderdale, FL. Tickets range from $49-$69 for general admission, $89 for floor seating and $99 for the VIP floor. Doors open at 7 p.m., with the first fight beginning promptly at 8 p.m. Upon the main event’s conclusion, Fight Time president Howard Davis Jr. will participate in the ALS ice bucket challenge. Click HERE for more information.


Jesse Scheckner

A freelance MMA, entertainment and business journo born, raised and residing in Miami, FL, Jesse Scheckner is a former semi-serious musician, cinephile and recovering ne’er-do-well committed to nonfiction storytelling. He is the 2014 Florida MMA Awards "Best MMA Media Correspondent" winner and a two-time Miami New Times "Best Of" winner. Follow him on Twitter @JesseScheckner to talk about the stuff he writes about with him.