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247 Fighting Championships brings Brawl in the Burgh 20: Live MMA to the Murrysville SportZone Arena in Murrysville, PA, this Saturday, Feb. 24.

Top to bottom, this pro-am fight card is flat-out stacked.

From the professional main event between Mataeo “Top Ape” Garner and Branko Busick to the opening bout of the night at 7 PM between Stout PGH’s Tyler Fleming and PA Combat Sports’ Jayden Blake, Brawl in the Burgh 20 brings the heat.

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Heading into the show, we’ve discussed some pretty huge and obvious storylines.

• D1 wrestler-turned-undefeated-fighter-and-247-FC-amateur-champion Lucas Seibert makes his pro debut against the dangerous finisher Jake Zack.

• Insanely popular and talented amateur prospects “Cowboy Eddy” Edgar Parrilla II and Clayton “Hoot” Lee collide in an amateur lightweight title fight.

• Garner looks to go 4-0 in just 8 months as a professional against the ultra-aggressive Bellator veteran Busick.

But there’s so much more on tap for Brawl in the Burgh 20!

Here are five under-the-radar reasons to get your tickets today:

5. New Gym of the Year vs. Gym of the Year

You gotta love something like this. The new wave vs. the established crew.

For our first-annual 247 Awards in 2022, Stout PGH took home Gym of the Year honors. Then, they won it again in 2023. Not too shabby.

But there’s an up-and-coming gym on their heels, the 2023 New Gym of the Year, Pennsylvania Combat Sports.

Based in Greensburg, PA Combat Sports will be close to home when the lights go down inside the Murrysville SportZone Arena for Brawl in the Burgh 20 –– and they’ll want to make a statement.

A pair of PA Combat Sports fighters faces off against a pair of Stout PGH fighters, and that, my friends, is a glorious thing.

First up, Stout PGH’s Tyler Fleming makes his MMA debut against another 0-0 amateur lightweight in PA Combat Sports’ Jayden “Big Cheese” Blake. That fight will open up the card with a bang.

Then, a few bouts later, PA Combat Sports’ Mike Rattanni (1-0) takes on Stout PGH’s Joao Martinez (0-1) in a can’t-miss amateur bantamweight showdown.

Does the New Gym of the Year have something to teach the back-to-back Gym of the Year winners –– or will the old guard give ’em a lesson?

We find out Saturday in Murrysville.

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4. A Middleweight Cam Allgeier?

Sounds like a pretty dang good fighter, right? Cam “Molerat” Allgeier, the longtime 247 Fighting Championships amateur bantamweight champion and one of the best amateur fighters Pennsylvania has seen in recent years, can fight.

Now, Allgeier’s teammate, Tyler Dibert, is set to make his MMA debut at Brawl in the Burgh 20. The scouting report on Dibert? Well, you can read the headline up there. Rumblings suggest he fights like a beefed-up Molerat, and that’s a terrifying prospect for most opponents.

I say “most” opponents because, well, Paul Dotson –– Dibert’s Brawl in the Burgh 20 opponent –– isn’t terrified. At all.

The 1-1 Dotson boasts experience inside the 247 FC cage, and he’s ready to spoil Dibert’s debut in emphatic fashion. At 6-foot-5 and trained by Khama Worthy and company at the Academy: Pittsburgh as well as Ethan Hayes and JC Fowler at Black Cat Martial Arts, Dotson learns from the best on a daily basis.

Now, he’s ready to show off his improvements at Brawl in the Burgh 20.

Will he do just that or will Dibert live up to the hype and begin his own path toward gold?

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3. Predicting Fight of the Night? Good Luck

The matchmaking for Brawl in the Burgh 20 is special (shoutout to the legend, Jimothy Mooney, Esq.). And I mean special.

No, seriously, check out the full fight card right here.

Look it over. Take in each matchup.

Now tell me which one you’d pick for Fight of the Night.

Impossible, right?

Drew “the Lunatic” Landefeld and “Timbo Slice” Tim vonBiedenfeld have never been in a boring fight. Matching them head-to-head seems like a recipe for magic.

But what about Glenn Christner vs. Demolition Fight Team’s Andrew Smith? The 2-0 Amviares standout Noah Gaudiello vs. the mean, aggressive South Prospect Gym boxer Joey Kline?

You can make a legitimate case for every. single. fight. on this card. And that, fight fans, is why it’s special.

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2. A Glorious Homecoming or a Devastating Disappointment?

Craig Perry is the Murrysville Kid.

Whether you know him from slinging lattes at Starbucks on William Penn Highway or stopping pucks at Franklin Regional, if you call Murrysville home, you just might’ve encountered the young Perry. Now though, Perry’s making a name for himself inside the cage.

Coming off back-to-back wins, Perry signed on the dotted line to face the ultra-dangerous BJJ brown belt from Morgantown, Chance Grillot, at Brawl in the Burgh 20. It’s a big test, and it’s one Perry wanted for his Murrysville homecoming.

Now, fans of 247 Fighting Championships know both Perry and Grillot well, so the matchup itself is an easy sell. They’re talented and tough everywhere a fight can go, and they both show significant improvements each time out.

But add in the fact Perry grew up literally across the street?

That’s going to take this matchup –- and the environment –– to the next level. Mark it down.

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1. Title Eliminator

Before Cowboy Eddy and Hoot Lee battle for the 247 Fighting Championships belt, two red-hot amateur welterweights will face off for their own chance at gold.

Indio Dojo’s Evan Dreucci (3-0) and High Ground Jiu-Jitsu’s Dan Walters (3-1) are two of the most talented 170-pound prospects in the state of Pennsylvania. At Brawl in the Burgh 20, they’ll treat fans to an awesome fight with huge implications.

By that, I mean this: The winner will get a shot at the 247 FC amateur welterweight title.

Do we already have an opponent in mind for that title fight? Of course. But that’s a story for another day.

For now, let’s focus on the fact Dreucci vs. Walters sets up a giant title fight down the line. It’s a can’t-miss fight on an overall absurdly stacked lineup.

You might as well just go ahead and get those tickets now. You know you don’t want to miss this.

See yinz Saturday.

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About the author : Hunter Homistek

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