Two hard-hitting heavyweights are set to make their professional debuts against one another at the second pro-am card in Premier Fighting Challenge history.
A fight between Brian Meeks from Tennessee and Virginia's Billy Johnson has been signed for PFC 9: Unstoppable. The latest PFC event takes place April 5, 2014, from the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon, Va.
Meeks is from middle Tennessee but he's no stranger to the East Tennessee/Southwest Virginia region of MMA. Meeks, who went 10-3 as an amateur, unsuccessfully challenged Jarrett Slaughter for the 3FC Heavyweight Title at 3FC 19 last November. He also is the only man who has beaten Pete Pirtle in an MMA fight. Pirtle, who won the ISKA Tennessee State Heavyweight Title earlier this month at 3FC 20, got knocked out by Meeks at a V3Fights event last year in 29 seconds.
If Meeks comes into this fight looking to throw strikes, that's going to be just fine with Johnson, who has heavy hands and prior boxing experience. Currently training at Team Execution in Buchanan County, Johnson has a fierce fan following in Southwest Virginia and should be one of the crowd favorites when PFC 9 happens. Like Meeks, Johnson is coming off a loss at the amateur level, dropping a decision to Michael Snapp in the headline bout of the first Apex Fights event held last month at a different venue in Abingdon.
This is the second time Johnson has been tabbed to make a pro debut for the PFC. He also was set to face Isaac Fine at PFC 8, the first pro-am event put on by that promotion, but Johnson had to pull out of that fight due to a dental procedure.
The outcome of any MMA fight is uncertain until the cage door shuts and action begins, but given the background of these two fighters, this one seems tailor made for a finish.
We'll have more fight announcements for PFC 9 as they're revealed.
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