NorCal Fight Series III: A Preview

Screen Shot 2016-09-03 at 9.19.22 PMNorCal Fight Series (NCFS), an all-amateur MMA organization, continues to provide the many aspiring mixed martial artists surrounding Northern California a platform to assess their abilities and elevate their experience. Since NCFS sprouted in the region earlier this year, they’ve successfully orchestrated a pair of fight cards, and, on September 10, 2016, the charming promotion will roll out their third event at the Metro City Soccer Complex, where an equal number of championship belts are at stake.


Main Event: “The” Blake Benson vs Andrew “Bulldog” Coyne in a bantamweight title fight

14047356_1149980715045590_7597936050379605338_oBlake Benson and Andrew Coyne share numerous similarities aside from a desire to wrap NCFS’s bantamweight belt around their waist.

The Tale of the Tape on these 135 pound studs reads nearly identical. They both train amongst the area’s brightest MMA talent: Benson in El Dorado Hills with MMAGOLD and Coyne out of Team Alpha Male in Sacramento. Each owns four wins and has yet to suffer defeat; eerily enough, the manner in which they split their wins also parallels one another: two wins by way of decision and two via submission.

Placing Benson and Coyne in opposite corners to meet in the middle should resemble powerful magnets of the same polarity colliding head on, creating a repulsion that will attract gazes like iron filings.

Co-Main Event: Kaleio Romero vs Phillip Hattersley in a lightweight title fight13938160_1150690441641284_2668829175943318912_o

Another clash of undefeated up-and-comers occurs in the co-main event when Kaleio Romero faces Philip Hattersley for the NCFS lightweight title.

Romero has seamlessly transitioned from the wrestling to MMA mats over the course of his first two matches, and his countless hours invested with MMAGOLD leaves him brimming with confidence in any position. As a product of Dynamic MMA in Modesto, it’s safe to suggest: Hattersley won’t employ a one dimensionality in his game either.

The owner of the belt at the end of this contest will spotlight who held firm to their unscathed loss column and further catapulted themselves as a highly touted amateur.

Featured Bout: Charles “Zero” Jelks vs Justin Cornell in a featherweight title fight


The first of three championship fights begins when Charles Jelks and Justin Cornell are locked in NCFS’s yellow cage and throw caution to the wind in hopes of holding the featherweight strap.

Cutting these competitors loose opens a strong possibility for a room full of dry eyes because nobody will have time to blink. Cornell, who trains out of Charles Gracie Brazilian Jiu Jitsu in Tracy, either finishes or is finished in fights, and Jelks, a creative tactician flying under the MMAGOLD banner, has strategized a method to scratch Cornell’s winning contingency plan down to “Zero.”

At NCFS 3’s initial title juncture, fans will be spotted inching closer to the edge of their seat, and, shortly, much of their folding chair’s real estate will become uninhabited.

Other Bouts Include:

Arlene Culbreth vs Anita Hoehenleiter









Shawn Birkley vs Anthony Charles










Blake Degmetich vs Alex Reyes 










Dalton Hogle vs Richard Catanach










Pedro Lopez vs Jonathan Villa










Jason Hung vs Adrian Contreras










Rodney Thomas vs Noe Flores

Brandon Sells vs Dusty Young










Dyllan Snavely vs Eddie Smith










Rogelio Guerrero vs Jeffrey Shaby










Edward Egan vs Michael Bueno

Abner Perez vs TBA

Valerie Wong vs TBA

(Fight card is subject to change)

Inside the belly of Metro City Soccer Complex on September 10, the only view better than cage side at NCFS 3, while watching a trio of titles find new homes, is if you’re the third man in the cage. Don’t miss out when amateur athletes compete with a full duration of determination, even though the rounds’ lengths aren’t a full five minutes.

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