Before we begin, the Professional Fighters League announced that each of its six division champions from the 2019 season will remain with the promotion this year.
Fans of the sport of mixed martial arts in Columbus, OH had better be ready for plenty of action in the city throughout the month of March.
Between this weekend’s Ohio Combat League shows and UFC on ESPN 8 at the end of the month, Ohio’s capital city will play host to 39 (that’s right, we said 39) MMA fights this March.
25 of these fights will take place over the course of Friday and Saturday nights from the Ohio Combat League.
The action begins on Friday with OCL 6 from the promotion’s home base of Express Live! in the capital city and continues on Saturday with OCL 7 from the same venue.
Both OCL events this weekend are held in commemoration of the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, named for actor and former governor of California, Arnold Schwarzenegger.
I just had to put that link there—my favorite Arnold line.
After this weekend, OCL won’t be done with the fights this month, as on Friday, Mar. 20, the promotion holds its first-ever boxing event.
OCL 5 on Friday night is an all-amateur showcase from Express Live, featuring 17 fights, five of them being championship bouts.
Doors at Express Live! open at 6:30 p.m. EST on Friday, with the first fight beginning just after 7:30 p.m. EST.
As was the case with OCL 5 two months ago, this event and OCL 7 on Saturday will both be streamed on Internet pay-per-view on www.combatsportsnow.com.
Viewers can purchase both OCL shows this weekend for a total price of $24.99.
Those of you in a 50-mile radius of Columbus, take note that these cards will be blacked out during the live event.
All of these title fights will be a maximum of five rounds at three minutes per round.
Remember, in amateur mixed martial arts competition, elbow strikes are illegal blows.
The scheduled OCL Amateur Welterweight Championship between Michael Arrieta (6-0) and Brandon Eldridge IV (7-2) was canceled.
First up on the championship docket this Friday night, the OCL Amateur Lightweight Championship is on the line as Nick Foxhuber (10-3-1) fights Darnell Truett (5-4).
Bantamweight supremacy is up for grabs as Skylar Bray (6-3) battles Marquise Moody (4-2).
The action continues with the OCL Amateur Middleweight Championship fight between Nick Morgan (3-0-1) and Isiah Margheim (5-1).
In the Amateur Featherweight division, Eric Wolfe (6-3) meets Christian Porter (4-1) for the belt.
Finally, in your main event, the OCL Amateur Heavyweight title is on the line when Cameron Kinzig (4-0) battles James Rankin (4-1-1).
We’re breaking them all down, so let’s begin.
Note: Reach advantage information for all championship fights is unavailable on Tapology.
OCL Amateur Lightweight Championship: Nick Foxhuber vs. Darnell Truett:
Darnell Truett is the taller fighter at six feet even, two inches taller than Nick Foxhuber at 5-foot-10.
How they got here:
Foxhuber has gone 3-1-1 in his last five fights, most recently scoring a first-round submission (armbar) of Taylor Adair in OCL 5 back in January.
In the other corner, Truett has posted a record of 3-2 in his last five fights and enters this contest on a two-fight winning streak.
Most recently, he defeated Roy Nichols (split decision) in BCM Promotions last June.
Prediction: Darnell Truett by first-round knockout
OCL Amateur Bantamweight Championship: Skylar Bray vs. Marquise Moody:
Heading into the Bantamweight title fight, both fighters have posted 3-2 records in their last five fights.
For Bray, his last fight ended in a unanimous decision victory against Ethan Melisano during StrikeHard Productions’ SHP 53 on Nov. 2 in the co-main event.
In the other corner, won last time out (first-round knockout) vs. Tony Harvey in Honor FC 11 on Oct. 19.
Prediction: Skylar Bray by unanimous decision
OCL Amateur Middleweight Championship: Nick Morgan vs. Isiah Margheim:
Heading into this Middleweight title fight, Nick Morgan is the taller man at 6-foot-4, seven inches taller than Isiah Margheim’s 5-foot-9 frame.
How they got here:
Nick Morgan has yet to lose in his MMA career, winning last time out against Logan Thompson (first-round submission- kimura) in King of the Cage: No Retreat nearly two years ago.
In the other corner, Isiah Margheim has gone 4-1 in his last five fights and is on a three-fight winning streak.
Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout of Edwin Taylor in WFC 116 in November in Northfield, OH, near Cleveland.
Prediction: Nick Morgan by unanimous decision.
OCL Amateur Featherweight Championship: Eric Wolfe vs. Christian Porter:
Heading into this championship fight, Eric Wolfe stands at 5-foot-10, with Tapology showing no such information for Christian Porter.
How they got here
Wolfe has gone 3-2 in his last five fights and enters this contest on a two-match winning streak, most recently scoring a second-round submission (rear-naked choke) against Moody.
In the other corner, Porter has gone 4-1 in his career and enters this fight on a three-match undefeated streak, most recently defeating Fabian Tapia-Villa (third-round knockout) in Honor FC 11 back on Oct. 19,
Prediction: Christian Porter by first-round TKO.
Main Event: OCL Amateur Heavyweight Championship: Cameron Kinzig vs. James Rankin:
Heading into the main event on Friday night, James Rankin stands 6-foot-2, with no such information available for Cameron Kinzig.
How they got here:
Kinzig has yet to lose in his MMA career, most recently stopping Daniel Albright (first-round knockout) on Jan. 4 during OCL 5.
In the other corner, Rankin has posted a record of 3-1-1 in his last five fights and enters this fight on a four-match unbeaten streak, winning last time out by split decision over Cody Lewis in WFC 116 back in November.
Prediction: Cameron Kinzig by first-round TKO.
OCL 6 at a Glance [Friday]
Card: 7:30 p.m. EST, Internet PPV (show blacked out within 50-mile radius of Columbus)
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Friday March 6th the Arnold Sports Festival presents OCL #6. We’ve got a card stacked all amateur card with the regions best MMA athletes, featuring 6 amateur title fights. Tickets are available at Ohiocombatleague.com and event will be streamed on iPPV also located on our website. The official after party for the event will be at Callahans following the fights! If you’ve never been to a live MMA event this is the one for you. *There will be a 50 mile blackout during the iPPV live event until it is completed*
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