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APFC Goes Pro, Live on Pay-Per-View


APFC 11: Champion vs. Champion

by Matt Lo Cascio

American Predator Fighting Championship is going pro. APFC 11: Champion vs. Champion will be the promotion’s first foray into pro MMA, and they’ll do it with fighters that have done battle in the UFC, Strikeforce and Bellator MMA. The event will also feature six amateur title fights and can be seen live on Pay-per-view via GoFightLive.

“I believe APFC is the number one MMA promotion in the Chicago market, and we’re going to keep getting bigger and better,” Rich Seldal, APFC promoter said.

Louis TaylorThe main event will feature Chicago Fight Team’s Louis Taylor, who was last seen knocking out Joe Vedepo at Bellator 84 in Hammond. Taylor will take on veteran Eric Hammerich, who signed on for the fight on short notice. MTC’s Mike Pitz (8-0) was Taylor’s original opponent, but Seldal said Pitz has been MIA in recent months.

“He signed the contract and said he wanted to beat Louis’ ass, but then we never heard from him. The state advised us to have a backup ready and Hammerich agreed to fight Louis,” Seldal said.

Seldal said that Pitz had previously backed out of agreed fights with Taylor two other times.

Other pro bouts:

UFC vet Dan “The Anvil” Stittgen (7-3) is back on the local scene and now fighting out of Striking Arts Academy in Palatine. He’ll fight XFO and CCC vet Dan McGlasson.

Shamar Bailey will try to shake off his XFC 23 loss to Luis Santos against Finney’s Hit Squad’s Jordan Hinman. Hinman was a powerhouse and a title holder as an amateur for the Disorderly Conduct promotion back in 2009.

Josh Estrada will make his long-awaited pro debut against Tom Angeloff.

Combat Do’s Josh Schirmer will also make his pro debut against DeAndrew Jones, in what figures to be a very busy night for the Combat Do team.

Combat Do will also have four fighters vying for amateur belts:

– Joe “The Show” Hanley will battle Carlos Hernandez Jr. for the APFC flyweight title.
– Jose “Shorty” Torres will fight Hackney’s Combat brawler Khuseyn Kurbanov for the APFC bantamweight title.
– Jose “Chepe” Mariscal takes on Eric Thomas for the APFC lightweight title.
– Angelo Rivera Jr. will fight Allen Hollingsworth for the APFC welterweight title.

Jason Belyew looks to claim what he believes is already his when he fights Rufus Elston in the APFC light heavyweight title fight. Belyew took a loss to Pat O’Connor last September, even though video of the bout showed that O’Connor tapped to a Belyew armbar. O’Connor survived that and later submitted Belyew via guillotine in the second round to become the APFC light heavyweight champ. The decision was reviewed but not overturned and O’Connor kept the belt. O’Connor chose not to rematch Belyew and has vacated his title.

Belyew is coming off a win for Hidden Talent MMA, claiming their light heavyweight title by beating Tim Phinney.

The final amateur title matchup features Patriot Boxing’s Chris Conway against Justin Gary.

You can purchase tickets at AmericanPredatorFC.com or buy the Pay-per-view via GoFightLive.

About Matt Lo Cascio

Matt Lo Cascio is the co-founder and editor of Chicago's MMA. He is the former play-by-play announcer for the XFO and other organizations, and he has been published by ESPN.com, DraftKings, The Comeback, FanSided, and more.

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