Brawl in the Burgh 14 takes over the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows this Saturday, Oct. 22.
And what a fight card this promises to be.
Top to bottom, this Brawl in the Burgh 14 lineup is just bonkers. We recently dove into the amateur portion of the card.
With several collegiate wrestlers and top prospects littering the undercard, BitB14 will set a high-energy, electric tone from the jump.
That’s a fact.
But it all builds up to the pro portion of the fight card. And holy jeebus are these pro fights awesome.
Let’s break ’em down.
Main event: Khama Worthy vs. Josh Rohler
Yeah, I already talked about this one at length. Multiple times.
You’ve heard about this fight –– and for good reasons. It’s simply as good as it gets on the regional level. The winner will almost certainly go on to bigger and better things. It will be impossible to deny either man that opportunity with a victory Saturday night.
Joshua Perreira vs. Orlando Ortega
These flyweights are going to get after it Saturday night. And I am here for it.
Joshua Perreira makes his long-awaited professional debut at BitB14. And this is a wild challenge ahead.
Fighting out of Immortal Martial Arts Center (yes, that one) in Columbus, Ohio, Perreira is the No. 1-ranked flyweight and No. 1-ranked bantamweight in both Ohio and Kentucky per Tapology. His 7-1-1 amateur record looks incredible on paper, but it becomes even better when you realize he improved dramatically throughout.
He lost his amateur debut then said, “Nah. I’m not doing that again.”
And he didn’t.
Now, Ortega greets him with a smile.
After initially being booked against another opponent, Ortega accepted the switch-up without hesitation. With three fights of professional experience (including a Bellator bout against 145-pound beast Cody Law) Ortega doesn’t care about Perreira’s amateur run.
The JacksonWink/Warriors Nation MMA product is back at his natural weight class of 125, and he’s here to make a statement.
Saturday at BitB14, he gets that opportunity against Perreira.
Tom Kizer vs. Damoane Hawkins
Does this fight ring a bell?
If you’ve followed 247 Fighting Championships for a year or longer, it should.
Kizer and Hawkins previously competed for the 247 FC amateur welterweight title back at Brawl in the Burgh 9 on Oct. 23, 2021 (watch the full fight right here).
Almost one year to the day at BitB14, they will rematch –– this time at pro.
Here’s the interesting thing about this one: Kizer won the previous encounter convincingly with his powerful wrestling and overall grappling skill set.
His pace overwhelmed Hawkins, leading to the eventual third-round submission.
Here’s the other thing: Hawkins wanted seconds.
Like, he specifically asked for this fight again.
That tells me he knows something. He felt something about Kizer in that fight he felt he could exploit but just didn’t that night.
Both men took that Brawl in the Burgh 9 title fight on short notice, so it’s possible Hawkins feels that with a little more preparation he has Kizer’s number.
Will history repeat itself –– or was Hawkins’ instinct correct?
Saturday, Oct. 22, we find out.