By Dave Madden @DMaddenMMA
On April 29, 2016, a high-octane rumble rattled the air inside Oakland’s Harley Davidson store (151 Hegenberger Rd.). Typically only filled with machines operating on full-tanks of premium, on this momentous occasion, a collection of mixed martial artists, both amateurs and professionals, cruised into the shop on empty stomachs. Conquer Fighting Championships (CFC), in their sophomore appearance to Northern California’s Bay Area, reached their tentacles further into the area by collaborating with the motorcycle-dealing monstrosity to host the customary weigh-ins twenty-four hours before CFC 2.
In an attempt to overthrow the regional scene with a victory and tan in the high beams of a global stage, each athlete first comes face-to-face with an opponent who quantitatively hits back: the scale. Called to the stage in tandem, the competitors disrobed to reveal their similarly weighted chassis—some with custom paint jobs—they’ve developed over the weeks and months leading into CFC 2. If the digital reading matched what was inked across the contract, the two combatants saddled up into one another’s space, assumed the position for the ride of a lifetime, and finally rode off into the sunset to refuel for the following day.
James Terry (170) vs. Buddy Wallace (170.1)
Ray Cervera (160.5) vs. Juan Quesada (154.8)
Jordan Williams (169.7) vs. Dwight Grant (170.2)
Mike Persons (185.6) vs. Mauricio Alonso (184.9)
Khomkrit Niimi (144.3) vs. Shawn Bunch (142.5)
CJ Leveque (309) vs. Roy Boughton (269.2)
Jordan Powell (202.2) vs. Idris Wasi (204.8)
Jeremy Murphy (128.6) vs. Eloy Garza (131)
Amir Lacy (201) vs. Myron Smith (203.6)
JT Donaldson (145.8) vs. Drey Mitchell (145.7)
Cody Sons (214.8) vs. George Jordan (209.2)
Roger Severson (140.9) vs. Agapito Mendoza (135)
Brian Wilkinson (125.6) vs. Dustin Moore (124.7)
Alex Lopez (170.7) vs. Felix Howard (169.2)
Harvey Rockwell (138.2) vs. Mark Henderson (134.2)
Joe Kropschot (182.8) vs. Lawrence Gray (184.5)
Though the weigh-ins for CFC 2 were held in Harley Davidson, the fighters won’t be draped in leather chaps while testing their horsepower inside the Craneway Pavilion; instead they’ll look to sling their leathered fists at the chap on the opposite side of the cage.