The state of Missouri has always been a home for some of the most talented athletes in combat sports. It was just announced that St. Louis fighter Tyron Woodley will contend for the UFC welterweight title which will give a chance to add to the lineage of great moments here in our city. Though you can’t discount the local scene which has had numerous successful promotions with a new one emerging. Jared Daniels-Block is a local match maker, trainer and proprietor of the fight gym MCS. His new promotion Gateway Fighting Series is set to hold their next event and they recently broke some exciting news. There upcoming event this Friday May 13th at the Heart of St. Charles will be recorded for syndication on the popular KPLR. This is huge for the local fighting scene as it gives these athletes a chance to showcase their skills that reporters like myself get to see on a weekly basis.
The headlining match is a battle between local standouts Jamese Taylor(ammy 1-2) taking on Zachary Burcham ammy(0-9) for the 155 GFS title. Both fighters are hoping to start the summer off in the W column and regardless of the outcome one of them will do just that. Burcham is a stalwart in the local scenes fighting some of the best the city has to offer. While Taylor is a gifted prospect who lost by an 1 round armbar in his last outing. Taylor is also the current GFS Muay Thai champ and hopes to hold both titles at the end of the night.
The co main will be an exciting K1 kickboxing match between Titus Mcdowell and John Madus for the bantamweight title. Madus will be looking to ride the momentum of his last victory at GFS into the title bout.
The rest of the MMA/kickboxing card will feature a host of local and familiar talent including the likes of Montrell James, Aaron Clarke, Jake Willyard and Brittany Cloud. The night will also feature the first time brothers Damian and Jason Newman are on the same card. It should be an action packed night and look for the full recap right here on MMA Wreckage. The full lineup is below courtesy of the good folks over at Knuckle Junkies. Card is subject to change.
Jamese Taylor vs Zachary Burcham – 155 MMA Title
John Madaus vs Titus McDowell – 135 K1 Title
Oscar Ahuatzi vs Montrel James
Damian Newman vs Aaron Clarke – K1
Roddell Thomas vs John Behner
Jamey Kroesen vs Aladin Hegic – K1
Brittany Cloudy vs TBA
Jimmy Timmerberg vs Clayton Whaley – K1
KJ Jones vs Jake Willyard
Nathan Deickmann vs Max Choriev – K1
Jason Newman vs Adam Link – K1
Robert Mayes vs Joseph Galasso
Christopher Peterson Jr. vs Dustin Snow – K1
Cortez Burnett vs Johnathan Graves – K1
Tinyard Boyd vs Richard Jones
Jack Reiff vs Dayne Bogard – K1
Chester Carlton vs Matthew Evans – K1