Fight Time 21: Soares vs. Barroso — Full Fight Card with Three Matchups to Focus On
As 2014 gradually draws to a close, Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promotions is primed to put on their fourth and final event of the year at the historic War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale, FL.
Fight Time 21: Soares vs. Barrosa, set to take place this Friday, November 7, features 10 well-matched bouts culminating in a contest for the Fight Time featherweight title between undefeated South Florida featherweight finish factory Jason Soares and veteran American Top Team product Randy Barroso, who is dropping to featherweight after having his four-fight win streak snapped by Vagner Rocha more than a year ago.
In the co-main event, Yuri Villefort will attempt to rebound from a dejecting run in the UFC against Chris “Samurai” Bennett, a man returning to the game after more than two years away from the sport. Promotional veterans Gleidson DeJesus, Tulio Quintanilla, Avery McPhatter, Nico Price, Mikerson Lindor, Rico Farrington and Myles Gilbert are all making their return to the Fight Time cage to vie for a loftier position in what year-by-year becomes an increasingly competitive field in terms of upward mobility.
Below, we’ll take a look at the three most compelling fights of the evening. Please take note of the information provided at the bottom of the list, including details regarding Fight Time 22, which will benefit Autism Speaks.
Note: Card is subject to change.
Featherweight (145 lbs.) Title Fight – 5 Rounds
Jason Soares [6-0]
Randy Barroso [7-6]
After more than two years fighting with Fight Time Promotions, undefeated dynamo Jason Soares is finally headlining his first event. The 5’7” Key Largo resident has submitted every single one of his opponents while with Fight Time Promotions en route to a well-deserved crack at the featherweight strap, with his lone contest outside of the organization ending via second-round TKO. At 25 years old, the buzz surrounding this young man is palpable and one would be correct in thinking that a phone call from Zuffa could be in his future with another win or two in the bag.
Randy Barroso is hoping to throw a wrench in those storybook plans. Formerly a member of Venezuelan Top Team, the current American Top Team stablemate hasn’t fought since he headlined Fight Time 16: Rocha vs. Barroso and lost via first-round triangle choke submission. After more than a year off, he’s finally making his way back to competition. An 11-and-a-half-year veteran in professional competition, the submission specialist from Caracas, Venezuela could very well pull off the local upset of the year with a victory over his heavily-favored opponent.
Lightweight (155 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Christopher “Samurai” Bennett [6-4]
Yuri Villefort [6-3]
Unbelievably, former UFC and Strikeforce competitor Yuri Villefort is only 23 years old. Already a five-year veteran in professional competition, the Blackzilians member went an ice-cold 0-3 in major competition between May 2012 and September 2013 and has since been absent, presumably to hone his skills for another run at the big show. The Brasilia, Brazil-born Pompano Beach, FL resident’s potential remains unquestioned (all three of his losses were decision-based, with two coming by way of split-decision), however it’s nonetheless been more than four years since his hand has been raised in victory. This could translate into either a brilliantly inspired performance or one of deflated promise. Judging things by the company he keeps, my money’s on the former.
Fortunately, he’ll be facing an opponent who will likely be even more tentative than he is in Christopher “Samurai” Bennett, a man upon whose consciousness seppuku was forcefully pushed not once, but twice by way of back-to back knockout losses. The fact that this 24-year-old former MMA Big Show lightweight champion hasn’t stepped inside a cage since April 28, 2012 should make for an interesting scenario—one well worth a watchful look.
Bantamweight (135 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Gleidson DeJesus [3-1]
Tulio Quintanilla [6-4]
Lightweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Avery “The Irish Hurricane” McPhatter [3-6]
Carrington Banks [3-0]
Bottom line, one-time Bellator MMA competitor Avery McPhatter is a brass-balled gamer. Time and time again, the 6’2” lightweight fighting out of Orlando, FL has stepped up to face anyone Howard and Karla Davis have thrown at him. Since he made his professional debut back in 2010, “The Irish Hurricane” has taken on hardened veterans such as Mike Bruno (twice), the aforementioned title contender Randy Barroso (who he beat), and former UFC fighters Mike Rio and Yoislandy Izquierdo. His resultant 3-6 record, although unimpressive when examined out of context, takes on a substantially rosier tinge when these factors are considered.
McPhatter’s hardline insistence on facing the toughest opposition possible will seemingly persist this Friday, as he faces national wrestling champion Carrington Banks, who is taking an undefeated 3-0 record with him into the cage. It’s the first time the Iowan is fighting outside of his home state, however, so it’ll be interesting to see if an excursion beyond his comfort zone will affect the highly-touted grappler’s game.
Welterweight (170 lbs.) Fight – 3 Rounds
Nico “The Hybrid” Price [3-0]
Danilo “Monstro” Padilha da Silva [1-0]
Welterweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Mikerson Lindor [1-1]
Rico “Triggerman” Farrington [2-2]
Bantamweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Kevin Syler [1-0]
Kester “The Question” Mark [3-2]
Featherweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Shawn “Lights Out” Fields [1-0]
Myles Gilbert [1-1]
Lightweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Junaure Saintil [9-0]
Lee Henry Lilly [1-2]
Bantamweight Fight – 3 Rounds
Andre Cuff [0-1]
Irwing Rivera [3-2]
Howard Davis Jr.’s Fight Time Promtion’s Fight Time 21: Soares vs. Barrosa is taking place this Friday, November 7 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.
Less than a month later on Friday, December 5, Fight Time 22 will occur in the Atlantis Ballroom at the Newport Beachside Hotel and Resort in Sunny Isles Beach, FL. Preceded by a red carpet reception followed by a silent auction, the event will feature a card of professional fights at 8 p.m.
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A freelance MMA, entertainment and business journo born, raised and residing in Miami, FL, Jesse Scheckner is a musician, cinephile and recovering ne’er-do-well who still believes Mickey Rourke’s finest days in film have yet to come. He is TuffGnarl.com‘s editor-in-chief. Follow him on Twitter: @JesseScheckner.