1: Jared Gordon vs. Bill Algeo at CFFC 63, February 18th
Our first bout to watch is a matchup that was inevitable due to the dominance of both fighter on the Northeast regional MMA scene. CFFC featherweight champion Jared "Flash" Gordon is set to face Bill "Señor Perfecto" Algeo at CFFC 63 on February 18th at the Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa. Both Gordon and Algeo have been tearing apart their opponents with a combined record of 13-2 inside the CFFC cage.
Gordon will be making his first title defense vs. Algeo after taking a fight at lightweight in order to stay busy back in August of 2016 at CFFC 60. He captured the vacant title by defeating Anthony "Cheesesteak" Morrison via a vicious left high kick that ended the bout in a snap. Now "Flash" will be looking to hang onto his gold strap and take step closer to the sport's highest stage of competition. To do so, expect Gordon to use his well-rounded skill set to get the job done.
Not if "Mr. Perfect" has anything to say about it though. Bill Algeo feels he is the rightful owner to the CFFC 145lb title because he defeated Jeff Lentz at CFFC 57 in a bout that was supposed to be for the title. Unfortunately Algeo missed weight and was denied his belt after victory. Now Bill has a second chance at glory with his fight vs. Gordon. If Algeo can use his crisp Muay Thai to chop down his opponent, we could be hearing him say "I told you so," on February 18th.
2: Dominick Reyes vs. Marcus Govan at HFC 32, February 11th
The Co-Main Event at HFC 32 will featured Dominick "The Devastator" Reyes vs. Marcus "Gorilla" Govan for the Hoosier Fight Club light heavyweight title. Both men have compiled undefeated records throughout their amateur and professional careers, but only one man can go home perfect on February 11th.
Dom Reyes trains out of Cage Combat Academy in Victorville, which is a camp that works evenly on all aspects of MMA. Their even-keeled philosophy shows in Dominick's fights as he has three submissions and four knockouts on his resume. Perhaps he will attempt to make this a grappling match in an attempt to gain an advantage because of his opponent's striker pedigree. Either way, fans can expect another very exciting performance from one of the brightest stars in regional MMA today.
Marcus Govan may not have age on his side considering he started his MMA career at age 35, but everyone knows grown-man-strength is a real thing, and Marcus has it. Govan has been downright scary inside the HFC cage scoring three straight knockouts under the promotion putting fear into the hearts of onlookers everywhere. Govan and his camp at Fresh Army MMA are preparing to flatten another victim at the Blue Chip Casino next weekend.
3. Ben Brewer vs. Grady Hurley at V3 Fights 57, February 4th
V3 fights at the Summit Center will kick off the month of February for Alliance MMA. The Tennessee-based promotion crowned their first ever professional champion in Bryce Mitchell at V3 Fights 56, and now they are ready to crown a king to their middleweight division. This bout features the #1 ranked middleweight in the state of Georgia in Brewer, and the #1 light heavyweight in the state of Mississippi in Hurley.
Fresh off a TKO victory at Bellator 162, Grady Hurley is on a major hot streak winning twelve straight fights. He's finished nine of his opponents, and has established himself as the very best that the hospitality state has to offer. His versatile skill set makes him a threat wherever the fight goes.
Ben "The Ruler" Brewer is a submission specialist that fights out of Evolution MMA. He and his team are surely preparing for this fight to be an all out war. Brewer is as tough as they come, and never he never wavers. Despite hitting a rough patch of late, Brewer is still remains a major threat to anyone that steps into the cage with him. Tune into V3 Fights this weekend. It's going to be a battle you won't want to miss.
4. Vagner Rocha vs. Yoislandy Izquierdo at Fight Time 35, February 17th
The first Fight Time Promotions event under the Alliance MMA banner features a main event with two UFC veterans fighting for a shot at the lightweight title. Brazil's Vagner Rocha will take on Cuba's Yoislandy Izqueirdo in a battle of the two premier lightweights in the Florida region.
Both Rocha and Izquierdo are no strangers to the Howard Davis Jr. brainchild. Rocha has experience with the organization leading back to 2012 and Izquierdo joined him amongst the promotion's ranks just one year later. This bout has been the in the making for quite some time now. The two were originally scheduled to fight at Fight Time 34 back in December of last year, but an injury Rocha delayed the fight until now.
Will it be the world-cass jujitsu of Rocha, or the wildly powerful striking of Izqueirdo that reigns supreme? This is one fight that everyone down south will have their eyes on.
5. Kenny Locsei vs. Josh Rohler at IT Fight Series 71, February 11th
The Main event of IT Fight Series 71 will be headlined by two featherweights that are hot prospects amongst the mid-west region. Kenny Locsei will fight Josh Rohler on February 11th in Bellafontaine, Ohio.
Locsei fights out of the very popular Strong Style Fight team, and trains with UFC fighters like Jessica Eye and UFC heavyweight division. He is undefeated through seven fights (2 pro 5 amateur) with five finishes. His specialty comes in the form of chokes which he uses to put away opponents promptly. A win over Rohler would make Locsei the unquestioned best featherweight in the Mid-west regional rankings.
However, Josh Rohler plans on that title belonging to him. The Evolve MMA product opened up his pro career with his first loss, and since has proved he belongs in the pro ranks with two straight finishes. His all-around game means he can go from standing up, to the clinch, and down to the ground swiftly and skillfully.
Those are the top five Alliance MMA fights to watch in February. Six events in one month with many more to come. This is just the beginning of Alliance MMA's journey. Join us.