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High-level MMA is back in Cincinnati Saturday, Sept. 9, with 513 Fight Night, ladies and gentlemen.

One look at the 513 Fight Night card assembled by 247 Fighting Championships confirms that.

Now, we’re not here to toot the horn of matchmaker Jim Mooney, but there’s no doubt that securing four high-level pro bouts on a single regional MMA card is an achievement.

With 513 Fight Night, we’re bringing just that to the Sharonville Convention Center (and a stacked amateur undercard, of course).

It’s been nine years since MMA graced the Cincinnati area. The UFC brought UFC Fight Night: Brown vs. Silva to the U.S. Bank Arena May 10, 2014, but then?

Nothing. Crickets.

Cincinnati deserves some elite action inside the cage. And that’s what we plan to bring.

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Let’s take a look at those 513 Fight Night professional matchups: 

Pro Featherweight – Ilyaz Mamadaliyev (3-2) vs. Will Worley (4-3)

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Vision MMA’s Ilyaz Mamadaliyev is one of the Cincinnati area’s hottest pro fighters –– and he’s putting that hometown support on the line with a dangerous test in Virginia’s Will Worley.

Mamadaliyev comes into this fight hungry, too. He last competed in May of 2023, losing via submission to 15-fight pro vet Edward Massey. Before that, though, Mamadaliyev suffered through an insane run of four consecutive canceled fights.

Now, he wants to get back on track and back in rhythm.

But Worley will gladly play spoiler.

Fresh off a knockout win for Bare Knuckle FC, Worley wants to keep the momentum rolling –– and he knows a huge upset at 513 Fight Night would do the trick.

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Buckle up when these two take the cage, friends.

Pro Heavyweight – Cameron Kinzig (3-0) vs. Raiden Kovacs (0-1)

Six-foot-six vs. six-foot-six.

Insane power vs. insane power.

This matchup between Immortal Martial Arts’ Cameron Kinzig and Bowerhouse MMA’s Raiden Kovacs is everything beautiful about heavyweight MMA.

Led by UFC legends Matt Brown and Mark Coleman, Columbus’ Immortal Martial Arts Center is known for producing world-class talent. The gym kick-started current 247 FC amateur featherweight champion Lucas Seibert’s (5-0) career, and they’ve tasted success at every level, all the way up to the historic UFC Octagon.

They believe Kinzig is the next man up in that line of excellence.

Kovacs is here to prove them wrong.

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A mountain of a man with power and technique everywhere, Kovacs doesn’t just want to beat Kinzig at 513 Fight Night.

He wants to knock him out:

See?

Don’t blink when these two behemoths take the cage. That’s a warning.

Pro Featherweight – Zakariya Camara (2-2) vs. Shawn Rall (4-9)

Here’s your early Fight of the Night contender, MMA fans.

Vision MMA’s Zakariya Camara boasts submission victories in both of his pro wins, and he narrowly lost his last outing by split decision. He’s a finishing machine who’s tough to put away –– but Shawn Rall’s hands have something to say about that.

A 13-fight vet with extensive pro boxing experience to boot, Cleveland’s Rall is a dangerous, dangerous man.

He’s coming off a pro boxing knockout victory in June, and he plans to stroll into the Sharonville Convention Center and do the same to Camara.

Can he pull off the upset? Or will Camara’s slick ground game light up the hometown crowd?

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We’re about to find out.

Pro Heavyweight – Quentin Campbell (1-0) vs. Mataeo Garner (1-0)

What’s better than one insane pro heavyweight throwdown on a fight card?

It’s not a trick question.

Yes, you’re right. Two. The answer is two.

Two pro heavyweight fights > one.

It’s just math.

And this one is flat-out crazy.

 

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Campbell, a 250+-pound monster from local gym Drive MMA notched a dominant stoppage victory in his pro debut back in late April. He feels he found his groove inside the cage –– and now he’ll need to prove it against another complete animal.

Representing Demolition Fight Team, Garner also sports a 1-0 record as a pro, but this fight comes with a twist.

Garner made his pro debut at 185 under the LFA banner. At 513 Fight Night, he initially wanted a light heavyweight bout.

Several 205ers were called upon.

None answered.

In came Campbell, and Garner didn’t hesitate to sign on the dotted line.

Fighting two weight classes up, Garner wants to make a statement. (I personally enjoyed this take on Garner’s Instagram…)

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It’s a massive risk for him. Will it pay off?

Get those tickets and join us Sept. 9 to see…

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