135lbs : Jesus Chico Grande vs Leonardo Da Silva
Now this is a fight that has “Fight of the Night” written all over it. Jesus Chico Grande earned a majority decision win in his CEC debut when he faced off against former title challenger, Diagoro Yabaisama. That win provided him with a surge up the rankings and has him only a single win away from his own shot at the 135lbs strap. 13 wins in 16 professional bouts gives you an idea of what he is capable of. 11 of those wins have been stoppages via his striking skills, so we certainly know he’s not afraid to throw down. He’s looking to keep this fight standing for sure as he definitely holds the advantage in that area and on the ground he knows he isn’t on the same level as his opponent. He will be desperate to get the win here and possibly go on to join some of his training partners in adding his name to the list of CEC champions.
Leonardo Da Silva is standing on the verge of greatness at the tender age of 25. Considered as one of the best fighters around at the moment, that’s not surprising when you see him in action. A solitary loss in his career was avenged in the rematch immediately and he hasn’t looked like dropping another since. His CEC debut ended well with a unanimous decision victory over the incredibly talented Eliitti Paavo and now he is determined to get back in there and make it 2 wins from 2 fights. He may not be as well versed in the striking department as Grande but he is the more well rounded of the fighters with his sound stand up and phenomenal ground game. He has shown his potential in all areas in his career with wins by knockout and submission but it’s definitely on the mat that he holds a distinct advantage here. This is going to be one hell of a fight!
265lbs : Pena Pulkkinen vs Jean Paul Garcon
Pena Pulkkinen joins our heavyweight division after a stint on the sidelines since the departure of Underground from the tycooniverse. Before they closed their doors he put together a 3 fight win streak so he is riding high on confidence on his arrival and will look to bring that to the CEC cage on his debut. He won’t have a nice and easy introduction to life here though as he has to face a fighter who has held the championship belt on more than one occasion. It shouldn’t phase someone as talented as he is though and with 29 fights under his belt already, he should be accustomed to the pressures the fight game brings. His elite level striking should definitely go down well with the fans and if he puts on the type of displays he has in the past he should become a favourite in no time at all.
That former champion I mentioned is none other than heavyweight superstar, Jean Paul Garcon. When you talk about elite level striking then you have to think of this guy, he could have wrote the book on such a topic. He recently got back to winning ways after he had suffered back to back defeats. That win came against another debutant in Devin Skrumbellos and it was a technical knockout in the second round. A repeat performance here would be a very welcome outcome for Garcon and he would be more than happy to show another new face that he is the man to beat if you want to make it to the top. In fact, another win for him puts him back in line for yet another chance to bring that title back to Paris and I’m sure he would love nothing more than to make that happen. A thrilling main event lies ahead.