Ohio Combat League returns to the Cherry Valley Hotel & Event Center in Newark, Ohio on March 5 and 6 with a spectacular lineup up mixed martial arts action which will be broadcast live via iPPV.
Based out of central Ohio, OCL whichis owned by Troy Speakman, will now enter into double digits when the promotion hosts their 10th and 11th fight cards on back-to-back nights.
“Matching during COVID is tough,” said Nichole Castillo, matchmaker for the promotion. “There are so many more stipulations on top of COVID closing so many gyms and a lot of fighters quit training as a result of it.”
“As this whole disease has made things difficult, sacrifice is the key word. We all have to in some capacity, sacrifice, to make shows happen,” Castillo said. “Our spectator limit is so very small here in Ohio. Two events makes for more opportunities for fighters and fans alike to get to participate and enjoy this sport that we love.”
In the main event of OCL 10, Tobiaus “Freight Train” Taylor (3-3) takes on Jerrell “Thunderkat” Hodge (6-3). This professional fight will take place at a catchweight of 140lbs.
Taylor was on a three fight win streak before it was snapped by a split decision loss. He hasn’t fought since 2019 but jumped at the opportunity of this matchup. Hodge returned after a three year layoff at OCL 9 to finish his opponent in the first round with a rear-naked choke submission. With no injures sustained in the fight, Hodge makes his return after just four weeks for another main event. This fight is between the #2 and #5 ranked bantamweights in Ohio according to Tapology, with both fighters looking to make a move to the top.
Taylor trains at Rising Dragon MMA fighting out of Cleveland, Ohio while Hodge trains at Ares Combat in Macedonia.
Ohio Combat League 10 Card
Jerrell Hodge vs. Tobiaus Taylor -140 lbs
Ravon Baxter vs. Logan Urban – 175 lbs
Josiah Harrell vs. C. Garnett Jr. – 155 lbs
Mark Antonelli vs. Ibrahim Simreen – 155 lbs
Cody Kelley vs. Logun Gilbreath – 265 lbs
Myles Robinson vs. Tywan Stills – 185 lbs
Jonathan Gee vs. William Stewart – 185 lbs
Geoff Magin vs. Calvin Bethea – 195 lbs
Collin Mitchell vs. Justin Remenyi Meacham – 155 lbs
Bobby Kelley vs. Jaden Mattox – 155 lbs
John Howard vs. Devin Rhodes – 155 lbs
Adriel Williams vs. Stephanie Alomar-Nunez- 120 lbs
Mason Deless vs. Alex De La Cruz – 125 lbs
Alonzo Turner vs. Christian Bosco – 170 lbs
Jordan Burkholder vs. Jake Hyer – 135 lbs
Gabe Piria vs. Tony Stewart – 135 lbs
Ohio Combat League 11 Card
Travis Davis vs. Ryan Parker – 200 lbs
Dave Lastafka vs. Davis Oracio Jr. – 185 lbs
Josh Visokey vs. Mark Acosta – 175 lbs
Greg Weingart vs. Kobe Woodall – 155 lbs
Eddy Santiago vs. Jeremiah Jackson – 135 lbs
Leonardo Acosta vs. Brandan Donaldson – 125 lbs
Nick Durst vs. Anthoney Morris – 145 lbs
Richard Gelpi vs. Victor Zamlen – 135 lbs
Adam Al-Jammal vs. Anthony Pirozzoli – 155 lbs
Cavin Zvosec vs. Cory Buckingham – 205 lbs
Daniel Baldridge vs. Joe Rinehart – 265 lbs
Doors for the events open at 6pm and fights start at 7pm.
*all bouts subject to change