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James Lyons on CFS 4 featherweight bout: “I will finish Marshall Shermer”

Riding high on a six fight win streak (all by stoppages), James “Lyonheart” Lyons is in a perfect position to fight in the main event at CFS 4 for the Cowboy Fight Series featherweight championship, capture another win, and ride off into the amateur sunset and into the professional rankings. That’s the goal, anyway.

Standing in his way is Virginia’s tough, Marshall “Law” Shermer (6-3) who represents Diego Bispo academy and Harvey Grasse Muay Thai. Lyons and Shermer have been set on a collision course since the announcement of the Cowboy Fight Series featherweight tournament. Both being the top seeds of the top of the tournament, it was seemingly inevitable that the two would eventually meet, head to head. In October, the semi finals of the tournament, Lyons would face Dallas Manspile whom he defeated via second round submission advancing to the tournament finale. On the same card, Shermer was scheduled to face Conner Buell. However, due to an injury sustained from Buell, Shermer received a bye and advanced to the finals along with Lyons.

Thus, creating the main event, fan favorite showdown for the Cowboy Fight Series featherweight title that Lyons boldly claims “I don’t think he has the momentum I have coming into this fight.”

“Take him out!” Lyons speaks hypothetically on his bout with Shermer. Adding, “There’s no reason not to go pro at this point.” Lyons points out after the potential win. “You know, one more…it would be my 5th title and 7 straight wins. There’s no reason to be an amateur anymore. It’s the last one for me. End the year 4-0, enjoy the holidays and then next year look to go pro in early spring!”

Getting in to the contest, Lyons left the ball in Shermers court to dictate where the fight would take place. While remaining open to the idea of a standup war, Lyons stated authoritatively, “If you can’t defend a takedown against me, you don’t deserve to stand with me! That’s just how I look at fighting.” Continuing with his prediction of the bout, claiming:

“I will finish Marshall Shermer December 21st by submission” Continuing with “We’ll see. I don’t know what round but definitely a submission. I’ll probably finish him with a rear naked choke…I think so. 4 straight rear naked chokes, that’s how I see it going.”

Tune in above as I made the 20 minute trek down the road to 302 BJJ to chat, one-on-one with James “Lyonheart” Lyons ahead of his CFS featherweight title bout.

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