Ohio Combat League officials have finalized the fight card for their first event of 2020. The OCL 5 lineup, scheduled for January 4, is headlined by a middleweight title bout between Travis Davis (8-3) and John Poppie (9-5). The event takes place at Express Live! in Columbus.
Poppie is entering this contest coming off of a first round finish of Chad Vance in May. “Bam Bam” Davis hailing out of Columbus, Ohio and representing Ronin Training Center and he is determined to capture his first professional title. Coming off of back-to-back wins, “Bam Bam” looks to keep his momentum going and will likely be the fan favorite.
In the co-main event spot, Corey Dulaney (1-1), meets Alfred Leisure (6-1).
Leisure is coming off of a near two-year layoff from the cage, last fighting at the 2018 Arnold Sports Festival where he earned a first round finish over Tray Taylor. During his layoff, Leisure picked up four professional boxing wins to add to his résumé, most notably a TKO win over Dulaney who he now meets in an MMA bout.
A pair of heavyweights in Derrick Weaver (4-5) and Matt Comer (2-4) are also set to see action. Comer is looking for his first win since 2017, after suffering back-to-back losses. He is looking to start 2020 off with a win. These fighters have fought a combined total of 15 times and have never had any of their professional bouts go to the judges for a decision.
The first pro bout of the evening pairs Justin “Comikal” Richwine (1-3) of Vision MMA against Brad “Kat Smasher” Orsbone (0-0) of Ronin Training Center.
Richwine turned pro in 2019 and fought four already. Orsbone is making his pro debut after a lengthy amateur career finishing 9-4. In that span he fought at middleweight, light heavyweight, and heavyweight but he hasn’t competed since the 2018 Arnold Classic.
Ohio Combat League 5 fight card:
Travis Davis vs John Poppie – Pro Middleweight Title
Alfred Leisure vs Corey Dulaney
Matt Comer vs Derrick Weaver
Brad Orsbone vs Justin Richwine
Nick Foxhuber vs Taylor Adair
Levi Plaugher vs Tywan Stills
Logan Gilbreath vs Dominic Bolasky
Cameron Sullivan vs Joshua Turner
Daniel Albright vs Cameron Kinzig
Caleb Baker vs Quinton Deal
Desmond Jones vs Quinten Brown