After hosting nearly 20 events in Western Pennsylvania, 247 Fighting Championships will make their Ohio debut this weekend in the Cincinnati area with 513 Fight Night. The event takes place at the Sharonville Convention Center.
Check out a video interview from the Ohio MMA Podcast with 247 FC General Manager Hunter Homistek above ahead of 513 Fight Night this weekend.
“When we look at places to expand to, the first things we try to check is where are fighters coming from to fight for us,” 247 FC GM Hunter Homistek said. “Because if there’s a central location that fighters are leaving home to fight elsewhere that tells us that there might not be a strong local MMA promotion presence there.”
Four pro bouts are set for the event, and the fight card features a pair of LFA veterans as well as a PFL veteran.
In the main event, featherweights Ilyaz Mamadaliyev and Will Worley will both look to regain momentum and keep their records above .500. Mamadaliyev trains at Vision MMA in Cincinnati, and he comes in looking for his fourth stoppage win. After a loss in his pro debut in 2021, he reeled off three straight victories before coming up short in his last outing against Edward Massey in May. He’s had a bad string of luck, with at least five cancelled bouts in the past year-plus.
Worley comes in from Virginia but will compete as a pro in Ohio for the third time. He has three wins via knockout and is coming in off of a knockout win in his bareknuckle boxing debut in March.
Fast-rising heavyweights are set for the co-main event, as Columbus product Cameron Kinzig will face Maryland’s Raiden Kovacs. Kinzig is 3-0 and is coming off of a first-round stoppage win at LFA 160 in June. The former Ohio State football player has all three of his wins via knockout. Kovacs looks for his first win as a pro after coming up short in his pro debut in a PFL Challengers Series bout in March.
Two fighters with exciting styles will clash in a featherweight bout, as Zakariya Camara and Shawn Rall will throw down. Vision MMA’s Camara fights near home looking to improve on his 2-2 record, while Rall comes from Northeast Ohio looking to pull the upset. Both fighters are flashy strikers with slick ground games to boot, and this fight could steal the show.
Rounding out the pro card is a battle of unbeaten heavyweights at Drive MMA’s Quentin Campbell takes on Demolition Fight Team’s Mataeo Garner. Campbell needed just 92 seconds to win his pro debut in Colorado earlier this year, while Garner jumps from middleweight to heavyweight looking to capitalize on his pro debut win at LFA 160 in June.
The 513 Fight Night event streams via PPV at stream247live.com.
David McKinney has covered MMA since he was in high school in 2008. A former co-owner of BluegrassMMA, he currently hosts the Beers and Beards and Brewery Adventures podcasts. He covers regional MMA in the Midwest with a focus on Ohio.