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Big Names To Compete In Big Guns 12

Story By: Brian Skowronski

 

 

 
 
 
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  Original Published: 8/28/2013

Saturday night Revelation Fight Organization will pack Fairhaven Hall at the Richland County fairgrounds for arguably the biggest MMA event ever to come to Mansfield. The 13-fight card at Big Guns 12 "Resurrection" will feature some of the area's top fighters, along with other budding stars from the Mid- West.

Mansfield's Cody "The Wolverine" Stevens will headline the event, less than two weeks after returning home from Thailand. Stevens, who holds a professional record of 9-5-1, won a 1-year scholarship to world renowned training facility Tiger Muay Thai, where he has been training with some of the biggest stars in the sport for the last six months.

Stevens says he is in the top tier at the 145 lb division and wants to prove he is one of the best in the world. A win over opponent Dustin "The Beast" Neace, who has 25 professional wins on some of the sports biggest stages, will certainly help Stevens take a step towards that goal.

The 26-year-old Neace competed and won a fight on the UFC's reality show "The Ultimate Fighter" and has also performed in the Bellator Fighting Championships. Like Stevens, the Indianapolis native has dropped 4 of his last 6 fights, so both are badly in need of a win.

Stevens says a big part of why he went over to train in Thailand was to bring back knowledge to share with his Fight Farm teammates in Mansfield. Since returning to the states last Wednesday, he has been doing just that with other big attractions who are competing on Saturday night.

R.F.O. featherweight champion Josh "Honey Badger" Longood will look to bounce back from his first defeat in the cage, when he defends his belt against 6-1 Chris McKinney. Longood began his career with five straight wins before losing a unanimous decision to Ohio's top amateur Quinton Cooperider back in April, and says his training has been amped up for this fight.

 Fight Farm teammate John "The Machine" Gunther will also defend his R.F.O. title at 170 lbs and like Longood, wanted to fight a top contender. Gunther will battle one of the Buckeye state's top amateurs in A.J. Dobson, who has began his career in the cage with 5- straight wins.

With an amateur mark of 8-1, Gunther says he wants to fight a few of the top guys in his weight class to see if he's ready to make it at the next level. Gunther will enter the event riding a 4-fight winning streak and says he feels confident about making it five in a row.

Other area favorite's such as "Karate" Mike Williams, Julian Lane and Brian Haubiel will also put their skills on display at Big Guns 12. The event begins Saturday night at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at the door.

   
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