Tommy Espinosa returns to the cage with title fight at Ohio Combat League

Interview with Tommy Espinosa above

It has been over two years since we saw Tommy Espinosa (6-2) put the gloves on and make his walk to the cage.  February of 2019 was the last time we saw the talented New Jersey fighter go to battle and that streak will end on May 14th as Espinosa challenges Jerrell “Thunderkat” Hodge (7-3) for the bantamweight championship of the Ohio Combat League.  Espinosa has no problems with going into enemy territory looking for the win as Hodge trains and lives in Ohio and fights out of the Ares Combat Sports Academy.

Espinosa is in camp at Pure Mixed Martial Arts and is really enjoying life right now.  MyMMANews caught up with the Bellator veteran and he tells us…

“I’m having so much fun right now because I love what I am doing.  I love to train.  I love working hard to get better.  There is nothing I’d rather be doing and getting back in there is going to make all this pay off.  Hodge is a tough guy.  On paper, this looks like a great fight and I love a good challenge. This is a five round fight and I’m prepared to go the distance if need be. I’m leaving it all out there and coming home with the win and the belt.”

Please check out our full interview on the link above.  Espinosa plans on staying around and building his brand.  He knows that an impressive victory and a 7-2 record could put him on the radar for The Contender Series but he is also a savvy veteran and says he is not looking past Hodge and is taking his career one fight at a time.  Espinosa has also fought at Ring of Combat and CFFC as well as Bellator and is never looking for the easy way out.  This championship fight vs Hodge is the main event and looks to be a hell of a matchup.

Tommy Espinosa vs Jerrell Hodge, OCL 12

Pure Mixed Martial Arts, Tommy Espinosa


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'Beautiful' Bob Meloni
More than 15 years experience in the PA/NJ regional MMA circuit. Commentator/post fight interviews/pre-fight show host @ Art of War Cage Fighting and Ring of Combat The story of the fighter is what Bob loves about the sport. From the lowest level, to the highest, he only cares about the two warriors who do battle once the cage doors close. Everything else is secondary. Without their blood, sweat, and tears, he would not be here enjoying every minute.