Brawl in the Burgh 12 didn’t stop at one, two, or three pro fights.
Instead, 247 Fighting Championships stacked the deck with four professional bouts –– and it all goes down live this Saturday, July 9, inside the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows.
Let’s break down this insane pro portion of the fight card.
Justin Patton vs. Niyaz Ahmed – Main Event
Pittsburgh MMA fans know it’s showtime when “The General” makes that walk.
Justin Patton is just 28 years old, but his MMA career stretches back to 2015, making him both young and incredibly experienced.
Similarly, his opponent, New York’s Niyaz Ahmed, is just 25 years old but has been doin’ his thing inside the cage since 2016.
The similarities don’t end there, though. Both Patton and Ahmed ended their amateur careers on strong runs before making the leap to the pro ranks.
Patton finished on a 3-1 streak with two finishes, while Ahmed went 4-1 with three finishes before going pro.
Once turning pro, both men struggled out of the gates. Now standing 1-2 apiece, this Brawl in the Burgh 12 main event represents a huge fight for both men.
Neither guy wants to start his professional MMA career at 1-3. Period. The stakes are high, and the pressure is cranked.
Who will get it done with the lights go down in Washington?
Nolan Stahl vs. Danny Maldonado – Co-Main Event
Look, I love Tapology. I use it daily.
But you can throw Tapology in the trash when it comes to this co-main event showdown between Nolan Stahl and Danny Maldonado.
On paper, both Stahl (1-2) and Maldonado (0-4) boast shaky records.
Let me promise you: The records do not reflect the quality of these fighters. You can listen to Stahl explain why on the Pittsburgh Combat Sports Podcast. You can listen to Maldonado explain why, too.
I can guarantee when these two step into the 247 FC cage, you’re going to see a level of fighter that is far, far above what their records indicate.
Oh, and Stahl said he’s going to literally knock Maldonado’s teeth out, so, you know… Buckle up.
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Cheyenne Hall vs. Fernanda Araujo
It’s here. Cheyenne Hall makes her pro debut at Brawl in the Burgh 12 –– and Fernanda Araujo wants to spoil the party.
After a successful amateur career that saw her go 5-2 with three stoppage victories, Hall had only one place to go, and now she’ll enter the cage as a professional for the first time.
Training out of the Mat Factory and cross-training across the Greater Pittsburgh region, Hall is always described as one of the hardest workers in the gym –– and all signs indicated she’s dialed in and ready to rock Saturday night inside the Hollywood Casino at the Meadows Event Center.
And this matchup? It. Is. FIRE.
Araujo is nobody’s stepping stone. That’s a fact. She went 6-4-2 in her own amateur career, and while she’s 0-1 as a professional mixed martial artist, she’s 1-1 as a professional boxer, showing that she’s not afraid to mix it up anywhere, anytime, under any rule set.
You already know this fight is going to rule. Don’t miss it.
Branko Busick vs. Justin Dorsey
Opening up the pro portion of the Brawl in the Burgh 12 fight card is a middleweight banger between Branko Busick and Justin Dorsey.
Busick is a two-time Bellator vet who has gone toe to toe with some absolute studs like Tyrell Fortune and Jordan Newman inside the cage. Anyone who has seen him fight knows one thing: The man does not know how to be boring. It’s impossible.
When you add in his dance partner Saturday night, Battle Born BJJ & MMA’s Dorsey, you can see why we chose this fight to open the pro card.
After beginning his pro career at 0-2 as a welterweight, Dorsey decided to stop killing himself with the weight cut. We’ve seen this work for fighters at the highest level (Robert Whittaker, anyone?) and Dorsey firmly believes it’ll pay off for himself, too.
On top of that, the move to Battle Born BJJ & MMA looks fantastic on paper for Dorsey. Led by Bellator vet Kelly Anundson, their camp is rapidly producing some top-level talent, and Dorsey hopes to become the next name to emerge from High Point, NC.
Let’s have some fun, ladies and gentlemen.