Ohio Combat League 26 is set to go down on Oct. 7, as the promotion returns to Downtown Columbus at Express Live.
The fight card features a trio of pro bouts, including some of the best upcoming talent in the Buckeye State.
In a flyweight contest, Josh Perreria will put his unblemished 2-0 record on the line against the debuting Luke Chokan.
Representing Immortal Martial Arts Center and fighting out of Columbus, Perreira has picked up a pair of stoppage wins after turning pro earlier this year. He followed up a rear naked choke over Greg Spearman in his debut with a masterful third round TKO over Itzik Yakobov at LFA 160 in June.
Perreira will face Chokan, who makes his pro debut after an 8-5 amateur run. Chokan represents Apex Fighting Systems and will make the journey from Northeast Ohio. He made his amateur debut in 2017 and recently returned from two-year hiatus to close out his amateur career with a 25-second TKO victory over Nic Lute at Caged Thunder 22 in August.
Former Ohio State wrestler Jaden Mattox looks to move to 2-0 when he faces Jose Arriaga in a lightweight contest. Mattox represents Grove City BJJ and looks to follow up on an impressive 52-second TKO via elbows over Nick Mondelli in his pro debut at OCL 24 in March. Arriaga is 0-2 and comes in from Tennessee looking for his first pro win.
And the pro card will be rounded out by a welterweight bout featuring Melvin Harris and Sage Philippe. Ronin Training Center’s Harris looks for his second pro win in a row as he welcomes in Philippe from Massachusetts who has won his last two.
Ohio Combat League 26 streams via PPV on Combat Sports Now.
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.