NAFC’s BMO Harris Bradley Center “Mega Brawl”: Co-Main Event, Magdaleno Vs. Smith
Saturday night the co-main event for NAFC’s Mega Brawl is a strawweight bout between Raquel Magdaleno (1-0) of Roufusport and Rachael Smith (0-0) of Defend Michigan. Smith will be making her professional debut inside the BMO Harris Bradley Center. Magdaleno is preparing for her second professional appearance, seeking to improve winning streak.
Smith hails from Kalamazoo, Michigan, in hunt of her first professional win. After posting an impressive 6-2 amateur record, the Michigan native plans to use her height advantage to propel her past Magdaleno. Smith stands at five feet four inches tall, coming in at half a foot taller than her opponent.
Magdaleno, 29, is a Minnesota native fighting out of Roufusport Academy. Adopting Milwaukee as her new town, the cheese head nation has quickly come custom to “Rocky” Magdaleno’s aggressive attitude inside the cage. She transitioned her wrestling experience of over a decade into the MMA scene and has found success doing thus far. Her short stature and aggressive attitude delivers an explosion the fans enjoy immensely.
The strawweights have similar reaches, with Smith’s having a slight two inch advantage. Both fighters enter the fight well prepared after solid training camps. Smith is known for her tough ground game where she’s submitted past opponents, yet Magdaleno also comes from a strong background in wrestling.
This matchup is an exciting one between two up and coming prospects in one of the newest weight classes. Expect each fighter to go full steam ahead as they look to bring the battle to the canvas. Any fans that enjoy grappling should pay attention to this fight as it has the potential to only end in a submission.
Follow each fighter on Twitter @rockymma15 for Magdaleno and @rachelsmithmma for Smith.
Pre-Fight Kick Off Party 2-3:30 pm at BMOHBC hosted by UFC Lightweight Champion Anthony “Showtime” Pettis features music by Milwaukee’s Dan Nathan and Well Informed Citizens, plus a few more surprises.
Over 20 fights are planned on this mega fight card including women’s MMA! Doors 3:30 pm, undercard 4 pm, main card 7 pm. Tickets ($35-$125) for the May 31st event are on sale at Ticketmaster.com and the BMO Harris Bradley Center Ticket Office. Private VIP Suites are also available for group rental. For more information and Fight Card, please visit NAFC.TV.
The BMO Harris Bradley Center Ticket Office is located at 1001 North Fourth Street, Milwaukee, WI 53203, 414-227-0894.
NAFC Contact: Scott Joffe, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kyle Carroll is a Long Island, N.Y. native and avid MMA and amateur wrestling fan. He has been a part of the wrestling community for nearly 20 years. Carroll has six years of experience coaching high school wrestling. His father coached high school wrestling over 35 years, passing on his strong knowledge. Carroll has been reporting MMA news since January 2011. The former wrestler’s coverage includes the 2012 U.S. Olympic Wrestling Team Trials, 2013 & 2016 NCAA D1 Wrestling Championship, and numerous MMA events (Bellator MMA, King of the Cage, North American Fighting Championship, and Glory).