Pittsburgh’s top MMA promotion returns Thanksgiving Eve


Dominic Mazzotta vs. Justin King

Khama Worthy vs. Antonio Castillo Jr.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – Pinnacle Fighting Championships returns to the outskirts of the Steel City, as Pinnacle FC 12 is set to go down on Wednesday, November 25 at the Syria Shriners Center in Cheswick, Pennsylvania. This will be the third consecutive Thanksgiving Eve event for Pittsburgh’s premiere mixed martial arts promotion.

In the night’s main event, Pinnacle FC bantamweight champion Dominic “The Honey Badger” Mazzotta (8-1 / fighting out of New Kensington, PA) returns to headline his second event in a row, as he takes on Justin King (5-2 / fighting out of Indianapolis, IN) in a 140-pound catchweight affair.

Mazzotta has reeled off five straight victories, including a 2-0 record inside the Pinnacle FC cage in 2015. Six of the Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt’s wins have come via submission, including a rear naked choke over Varon Webb at Pinnacle FC 11 in August that he set up with a thunderous head kick.

King represents the same Indy Boxing and Grappling gym that also produced current UFC lightweight Andrew Holbrook, and  he made the transition to MMA after a wrestling career at Indiana University. He has multiple notable wins, including victories over Cody Gabelman and Charlie Stanford.

The co-main event features a bout that fight fans are salivating over, as the outspoken Antonio “Mexican Muscle” Castillo Jr. (9-4 / fighting out of Canton, OH) makes his way to the Pinnacle FC cage when he faces Khama “The Death Star” Worthy (7-4 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) in a featherweight clash.

Castillo is being groomed for a shot at larger organizations, and he comes in riding a five-fight winning streak that has him slowly creeping into national attention.

Worthy is looking to finish a tough 2015 strong, as the Fight Club Pittsburgh product needs to rebound from back-to-back knockout losses in high profile fights. He is 6-1 under the Pinnacle banner, including a 6-0 run from 2013-14.

Also on tap for Pinnacle FC 12:

  • Undefeated pro lightweight prospect Nick “Nyquil” Browne (5-0 / fighting out of Uniontown, PA) looks to go 3-0 under the Pinnacle FC banner when he faces Roufusport product R’mandel “Rude Boy” Cameron (5-1 / fighting out of Milwaukee, WI) with the inaugural Pinnacle FC lightweight title on the line.
  • Featherweights professionals will throw down when Charlie “Madman” Gathers (9-7 / fighting out of Altoona, PA) returns to the Pinnacle FC cage to battle Chris Mitchell (1-0 / fighting out of Pittsburgh, PA) in a bout that is sure to produce fireworks.
  • Amateur Bouts:
    • Kyle Holt vs. Ashton Nemdhari
    • Tom Gormley vs. Noah Devore
    • Matt Shaffer vs. Anthony Romero
    • Katherine Brummitt vs. Nicole Walters
    • Dillon Weston vs. Dylan Youngblood
    • James Brown vs. Justin Patton
    • Evan Lee vs. Matt Baugher
    • Deon Goodlow vs. Cortland Woodard

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