by Paul Gara – MMAWeekly.com
On Friday night, World Championship Fighting will host their fourth MMA event as they continue to cement their position as the premiere organization in the North East. The event will once again be held at The Shriner’s Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. The fight card that WCF has assembled for their upcoming show is packed with great local talent as well as UFC veteran and The Ultimate Fighter Season 1 competitor Sam Hoger.
Fighting out of his recently opened Miletich Fighting Systems affiliated gym in Houston, Hoger sports quite the hefty resume. Having fought the likes of Lyoto Machida, Rashad Evans, and Stephan Bonnar, he will surely have the edge in experience as he takes on Jason Dolloff at WCF 4.
Dolloff is a hard-hitting local heavyweight fighter who won by TKO at WCF’s inaugural event last year. Hoger is known mainly as a standup style fighter, but also possesses a well rounded game. In past fights, Dolloff has had some cardio issues as well as a lack of jiu-jitsu knowledge. Hoger should easily have the edge in all aspects, but Dolloff could use his powerful punches to pull off a huge upset win on Friday night.
In the co-main event of the night, local featherweights Joe Cushman and Dan Bonnell will finally get to settle their grudge in the WCF ring. Cushman, who trains out of Lauzon MMA, is a skilled grappler with knockout power in his hands. Bonnell, who fights out of Renzo Gracie New Hampshire originally started with a wrestling background, but has proved to have a well versed game. He has been on a three-fight win streak, holding a win in each of the prior events held by WCF. Both Bonnell and Cushman fight at an exciting pace and on top of that, neither fighter can stand one another. This grudge match is sure to get the fans excited and could also very easily be the fight of the night.
Another featured match up on the card pairs lightweight fighters John Benoit and Davin Wesinger together. Benoit also trains out of Renzo Gracie New Hampshire and will bring a blemish-free record of 5-0 with him into the ring on Friday. Wesinger trains out of USMMA with UFC veteran Jorge Rivera. Although he is in the early stages of his MMA career, Wesinger proved to be highly skilled with an oma plata submission victory at WCF 3. Benoit has great wrestling and also has some solid jiu-jitsu skills to go along with it. Despite the experience difference, this fight is pretty evenly matched and could also be a key factor in sorting out the 155-pound division when WCF decides to crown a champion.
World Championship Fighting happens Sept. 19 in Wilmington, Mass. For more info visit www.WCFighting.com.
FULL FIGHT CARD
Sam Hoger (MFS) vs. Jason Dolloff
Dan Bonnell (Renzo Gracie NH) vs. Joe Cushman (Aggression)
John Benoit (Renzo Gracie NH) vs. Davin Wesinger (USMMA)
Matt Smith (Renzo Gracie NH) vs. Josh Spearman (Dragon Warrior)
Scott Rehm (Sit Yod Tong) vs. Lamont Lister
Nik Patnaude (Burgess) vs. Matt Martin (USMMA)
Chad Beane (Green Mountain Boys) vs. Kirill Sementsov (Chase MMA)
Wayne Harnois (Bruteforce) vs. Kevin Corrigan (USMMA)
Joe Keane (Fenix Fight Club) vs. Barry Liseno (MMATC)
Rodrigo Almeida (BMAC) vs. Jose Lopez (Ravenous)
Mike Varner (Boneyard) vs. Joe Kavey (Wasteland)
Justin Hammerstrom (Tengu) vs. Matt Johnson (SSSF)
Stephen Stengel vs. Bobby Dias (Boneyard)