Brawl in the Burgh 2 is fast approaching! It’s time to take a closer look at the fighters being showcased on our promotion’s biggest event to date. We start with Justice Johnson and Dylan Dzikowski, both making their MMA debuts in the welterweight division. One of multiple matchups on #BitB2 featuring two fighters from Western Pennsylvania, this fight will surely have the Canonsburg crowd on their feet rocking Printscape Arena.
Red Corner – Justice Johnson
Making the trip from Morgantown, West Virginia, Justice Johnson will be representing Ground Zero in this fight. He’s currently the only fighter schedule to compete from Ground Zero’s Morgantown location , and he couldn’t be more excited. Johnson heard about 247 through his coaches and teammates, one of which fought at #BrawlintheBurgh back in July. Johnson and his coaches feel the timing is right to make his competitive debut. We couldn’t agree more and are thrilled to have him and Dylan Dzikowski throwing down.
Like most people in the western PA/West Virginia area, Johnson’s martial arts background is in wrestling. He wrestled all throughout high school and even worked out with the wrestling team for a year in college. Interestingly enough, Johnson can actually remember the specific fight that truly sparked his interest in martial arts. That fight was Georges St Pierre‘s title defense over Josh Koscheck at UFC 124 way back in 2010. Johnson had a vision for himself after watching that fight, and he’ll take the first step towards that vision at Brawl in the Burgh 2.
A Cage is a Cage – Justice Johnson
Like any young fighter, Justice Johnson has some nerves ahead of his debut fight. “Definitely a lot of nerves. But it fuels me, too. Gets me excited every time I hit the gym,” he said. At the gym, Johnson follows a very intense routine that he really plans on kicking into top gear in the next month. He lifts or runs in the morning, followed by jiu-jitsu in the afternoon, and tops his day off with either muay Thai or boxing in the evenings.
As far as the fight goes, Johnson doesn’t feel that there is added pressure due to fighting a hometown opponent. “Pittsburgh is a cool city. I like it and I enjoy the people of the city,” he started. “But as far as the fight is concerned, I’m just stepping into a cage. It doesn’t matter where it’s located. The cage is the cage and that’s the only thing I’m thinking about,” he finished. 23-year-old Justice Johnson is locked in and ready to impress in his debut.
Blue Corner – Dylan Dzikowski
Standing across the cage from Johnson on November 16 will be another young debuting fighter. 22 year-old Dylan Dzikowski is representing Indio Dojo in this fight. Fighting out of Canonsburg, Dzikowski will, without a doubt, be the hometown favorite in this fight. He thinks that fighting in front of a lot of friends and family makes his MMA debut a little more special, and it provides him with extra motivation to succeed.
A bit surprising for someone in western PA, Dzikowski actually doesn’t have a background in wrestling. His athletic background is in football, track, and boxing. He can’t remember NOT being interested in MMA. Dzikowski also feels that his involvement in different sports make him more versatile of an athlete, and thinks a lot of the movements carry over to MMA and against Justice Johnson. Of course, the conditioning, commitment, and mental toughness required to play multiple sports will definitely benefit him when it’s time to step into the cage.
I Have the Best Coaches Around – Dylan Dzikowski
Also somewhat surprising for a debuting fighter, Dylan Dzikowski says he is not feeling many nerves ahead of the fight. He feels that his preparation has been on point, thanks in large part to his coaches. When asked about his coaches at Indio Dojo, Dzikowski kept it short and sweet. “I have the best coaches around. They are pushing me super hard.”
Dylan Dzikowski is pumped for his debut, and we are pumped to have both him and Justice Johnson on our 2019 year-end card. These two are coming to put on a show, and start their MMA careers out with one in the win column.
Be sure to get your tickets now to our final event of 2019. It’s been a heck of a year, and we know this fight and event is going to make a great cap to an amazing year!
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