Chris Dempsey and Rex Harris set for 247 FC: Flood City Fight Night

Chris Dempsey and Rex Harris set for 247 FC: Flood City Fight Night

Two veteran middleweight fighters will throw down when MMA returns to Johnstown, Pennsylvania for the first time in seven years, as big show veterans Chris Dempsey and Rex Harris will face off in the night’s main event.

Dempsey, a UFC and Bellator veteran, competes in MMA for the first time since 2017. After posting a 10-1 record on the regional scene, he signed with the UFC in 2014, where he had a four-fight stint including a win over Ultimate Fighter winner Eddie Gordon. After being cut from the UFC, he faced Penn State NCAA champion wrestler Ed Ruth at Bellator 186 in State College, Pennsylvania.

Dempsey currently holds an 11-6 overall MMA record and trains at The Mat Factory in the Pittsburgh area.

Harris signed with World Series of Fighting in 2014 after a 7-2 run on the regional scene, and he went 3-0 for the promotion. In 2017 he signed to compete in the WSOF successor Professional Fighters League, where he competed four times including a bout against PFL champ Louis Taylor.

Harris holds an 11-5 overall MMA record.

Both fighters have wrestling roots in the wrestling powerhouse state of Pennsylvania. Dempsey will return to his old stomping grounds, as he was a two-time All-American at the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown. Harris wrestled at Wilkes University in Eastern Pennsylvania where he ranks among the leaders in all-time wins.

Flood City Fight Night takes place on Aug. 21 at the 1st Summit Arena. The event also features Bellator veteran Ethan Goss as well as Trenton Zdarko vs. Justin Dorsey in a pro middleweight bout, and the amateur debut of Pitt-Johnstown wrestler Tanner Cahill.

The event marks the first time mixed martial arts has been in Johnstown since a Gladiators of the Cage event in 2014, which Dempsey also headlined.

247 FC also hosts Brawl in the Burgh 8 this weekend in Monroeville, Pennsylvania. The event features three pro bouts, including Jacob Lowry vs. Marco Hutch, Jake Schilling vs. Shawn Tarlton, and Justin Patton vs. Shawn Suser. Three amateur title bouts will also take place.

Chris Dempsey and Rex Harris set for 247 FC: Flood City Fight Night

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