3FC makes the return to Gatlinburg this Saturday with the headline fight being Mays vs. Primetime. The card is stacked from top to bottom as usual and fans will not be disappointed. Lets get straight to some picks.
160 LBS RAYMOND STROHL (1-2, ELITE MARTIAL ARTS/LAFOLLETTE, TN)VS NICK BAKER (0-4, INDEPENDENT/TALBOTT, TN)
Strohl is coming off of his first victory over a tough Randy Stamey, and Baker is looking for that first taste of victory. Both of these guys do not have the best record, but they have been in plenty of wars. A lot of decision losses between these two guys, but someone will come out victorious Saturday night. Baker is from the home of Frightmare Manor, and will look to make it a scary night for Raymond Strohl. Baker just went three rounds with a tough Alex Broyles, so I’m going with Baker in this one. Baker wins by guillotine late in round 2.
135 LBS JONATHAN PEARCE (0-0, TUCO O TAPA/JOHNSON CITY, TN) VS CODY DOCKERY (0-0, SYKE-O MMA/ST PAUL, VA)
Feels good to see St. Paul VA represented on a 3FC card, but unfortunately they will be squaring off with ToT. Pearce has been training hard and will look to get ToT their first win of the year. Nothing against Syke-O (Jon Sykes is very skilled and knowledgeable of this sport) but the number of people to train with at ToT will be the difference in this one. Pearce wins by round 1 submission.
135 LBS JASON GADDY (1-0, OVERDRIVE MMA/KNOXVILLE, TN) VS RAMIRO RAMOS (0-0, TEAM BLACKEYE/ASHEVILLE, NC)
Jason Gaddy is looking to build momentum and continue the success Team Overdrive built up at the end of 2012. I don’t know much about Ramiro Ramos, so I will have to call this one based on what I have seen. Jason Gaddy wins by unanimous decision.
220 LBS JEREMY "THE RAGE" THURMAN (8-9, INDEPENDENT/KNOXVILLE, TN) VS PETE PIRTLE (0-0, RIVIERA FITNESS/HUNTSVILLE, AL)
Jeremy Thurman brings 17 fights of experience into this one against debuting Pete Pirtle. I have to say I cannot wait for Cyrus Fees to announce Pete Pirtle’s name. I think it’s going to have a good ring to it. I really hope his nickname is Pete “The Ninja” Pirtle. Ok ok, back to picking and enough roasting. Despite all that experience I’m going with the Pirtle. Pete Pirtle wins by submission round 2.
3FC LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 205 LBS "THE LONE WOLF" JEREMIAH HARPER (3-1-1, TEAM OXENDINE/JOHNSON CITY, TN) VSSAM "3RD DEGREE" BURNS (2-6, SECTION 8 MMA/LEXINGTON, NC)
This one is going to be a hot one Miami (or Tennessee). 3rd Degree Burns squares off with the Lone Wolf. I think this one is going to end up being a lot more technical than most would like to believe. I look for Harper to, in true Oxendine fashion, put Burns on the cage and wear him down. I am also looking forward to seeing the Lone Wolf down to 205; how much will this lower weight affect Harper's ability and strength to control Burns on the cage? The deeper this fight goes, surprisingly I’m going to say Harper has the advantage. Burns needs to finish this one quickly to stand a chance. I’m going out on the limb with a bit of an upset in this one. If this fight goes to the second round, Harper is going to have a strap on his waist. Not so fast my friend. Sam Burns gets the W by 1st round TKO (Roy puts on his Flame hat in true Lee Corso fashion).
QUARTERFINAL #4 TODD RAY (8-4, TEAM BLACKEYE/ASHEVILLE, NC) VS RICKY ESTEP (13-2, DAWG HOUSE MMA/APPALACHIA, VA)
Todd Ray is known in this area for his victory over Josh Carter of Fit Factory. Ricky Estep was known in Southwest VA a few years ago as the guy you would never want to be locked in a cage with. Both guys have bragging rights in their own way. Estep has not fought in quite some time, which may prove to be the difference in the fight. Ray has battled some injuries, and also had quite a layoff. Estep nearly killed a guy a few years ago at a small show in VA Quentin Rampage style with several hard slams. If this fight were back in 2009, Estep wins all day. However, this is 2013 and Ray gets the win. Todd Ray wins by round 2 submission.
QUARTERFINAL #3 JARID MORGAN (5-6, TBJJA/SPRING HILL, TN) VS JOSH CARTER (6-1, FIT FACTORY/SEVIERVILLE, TN)
The only thing I know about Morgan is that he is a teammate of Ben Brewer and that speaks volumes in itself. Josh Carter was on the ballot for rookie of the year with us in 2012, and will most likely have the same success in 2013. Carter wants badly to rematch Ray, so hopefully he is not overlooking a very tough opponent in Morgan. Gene Click will have Carter focused, and Carter will get the win Saturday night. Josh Carter wins by TKO early in round 3.
QUARTERFINAL #2 CAYTON GROGAN (4-2, UPPER CUMBERLAND MMA/COOKEVILLE, TN)VS JESSE MACINTOSH (3-1, SYKE-O MMA/ST. PAUL, VA)
Grogan once again, like Carter, will be looking to get a rematch with Norton by winning this fight. Macintosh, with a 3-1 record, will look to ruin the day as he takes a big step up in competition in this one. Macintosh’s lone loss came to a very good Tyler Smith, and his second loss will come against a very good Cayton Grogan. Grogan wins by submission early round 2.
QUARTERFINAL #1 JAMIE NORTON (4-0, D-EVIL MMA/JOHNSON CITY, TN) VS TYLER HUNLEY (5-0, OVERDRIVE MMA/KNOXVILLE, TN)
Norton is coming off an impressive KO victory over Sean Stanley, and Hunley is coming off a victory in the Valor Kickboxing tournament. This will be a very competitive fight, most likely the most competitive in the tourney opening round. Hunley will dominate early, but Norton always finds a way to win. Norton wins by TKO late in round 2.
3FC WOMEN'S BANTAMWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP 135 LBS AMY COLEMAN (3-0, SHIELD SYSTEMS/KNOXVILLE, TN) VS SHARVONDA "LADY V" JORDAN (2-0, RONIN MMA/OAKLAND, TN)
Sharvonda Jordan is coming off a decision victory at Ninja Assassin, and Coleman has had quite a layoff winning in her last fight against Katie Dorman. Jordan is riding a 2 fight win streak, but I would be tempted to pick Coleman over some of the contestants in the 135 men’s tournament. Amy Coleman wins by submission early round 1.
CATCHWEIGHT KOREY POPPLEWELL (PRO DEBUT, AMERICAN KILLER BEES-D-EVIL MMA/JOHNSON CITY, TN) VS BEN "THE RULER" BREWER (PRO DEBUT, TBJJA/SPRING HILL, TN)
Popplewell trains at D-Evil, so we cannot question the fact the he will be prepared and put on a good fight. However, Popplewell’s last victory was over a guy who was 0-4 and it took him 3 rounds to stop him. Brewer has been battle tested as of late with two wins over very stiff competition. Brewer’s last loss came at the hand of Craig Johnson, and in that bout Brewer did have a moment or two of success. I’ve been told by people close to the organization this will be early candidate for fight of the year. What do they know? I say Ben Brewer wins by submission late in round 1.
FEATHERWEIGHT "SUPA QUE DA KING" CHRIS WRIGHT (6-2-1, KMAA/KNOXVILLE, TN) VS TANNER MCCOWAN (1-0, TEAM FAST/COEBURN, VA)
Warning, Warning. Whether Chris Wright wins or loses, please refrain from throwing any signs as it may lead to massive booing or conflict in the audience. It’s the coal miner vs. the city boy in this one. Tanner Mccowan has made a habit of fighting tough competition, and this is no exception in a very talented Chris Wright. Mccowan has also made a habit of starting slow, but knocking people out late in the first round. Cromwell Stewart as well as Billy “The Kid” Mullins have feel victim to the left hand of Mccowan. Chris Wright is coming off of a loss and is most likely looking at this as an easy fight to get back on the winning track. On paper Wright is by far the favorite, but Mccowan has been fighting at 55, and will be much bigger than Wright at 145. I’m calling upset of the night in this one. Tanner Mccowan puts a hush on Gatlinburg once again. Tanner Mccowan wins by ground and pound TKO round 1.
LIGHTWEIGHT "PRIMETIME" ADAM TOWNSEND (2-0, TUCO O TAPA/JOHNSON CITY, TN) VS ADAM MAYS (6-4, TEAM FAST/COEBURN, VA)
Here we go. Someone please pat Tim Loy on the back for this one. This is a fight that I have wanted to see for quite some time. Due to Mays being pro, I thought this fight would never happen. Adam Mays made a very good point in an interview he recently had about this fight. Most people Adam Townsend fight are beat before they step in the cage. Mays will not be intimidated. In fact, Primetime may be the one who is intimidated, as there has been much less chatter on Facebook about the outcome of this fight. I am very close with both of these fighters and have trained with both quite a bit. Both guys take it easy on me when we roll, so it’s hard for me to read into who is better. Same goes with sparring. It’s like sparring mini energizer bunnies, but neither has ever tried to take my head off (maybe a mouthpiece out of the cage; Primetime). Oh yeah, and maybe a hematoma in my nose (Adam Mays). Can anyone else tell I’m buying time on this prediction with memory lane? I think the wrestling advantage goes to Adam Mays. I think the jiu-jitsu advantage is a split. I thing the ground and pound is a draw. Explosiveness, which may nullify wrestling and jiu-jitsu goes to Primetime. Stand up goes to Primetime just because I feel Mays idea of stand-up is to get in his battle shell and whether the storm until your fatigued. Primetime still in my opinion has not fought anybody, except Baucom. Townsend must get a knockout to win, similar to the way Newell beat Mays. Primetime becomes human Saturday night. Adam Mays wins by split decision.
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