FiveOuncesOfPain.com broke the news late last week about an upcoming featherweight bout between 14-1 blue chip prospect Eric Marriott and UFC veteran “Are you Ready” Ryan Roberts. According to the report, Marriott vs. Roberts has been added to the debut “TITAN ENTERTAINMENT PRESENTS THE COMBAT SPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS” (www.CombatSC.com) card on Friday, Oct. 2 at the historic Memorial Hall in Kansas City, Kansas (tickets now on-sale at Ticketmaster.com).
Titan Entertainment and Combat Sports Championships President and CEO Joe Kelly has now confirmed the matchup being official.
“Last week I promised two surprise co-main events that would have strong appeal to hardcore MMA fans in the Midwest, and Eric Marriott and Ryan Roberts is indeed one of the fights we have signed,” said Kelly. “Eric and his management asked us to test him on Aug. 28 during HDNet’s and M-1’s “Breakthrough” event and he moved up to ’55 to fight Tim Bazer. He passed that test but asked us to challenge him again. So we’ve signed Ryan to fight him at 145 lbs.”
With a combined amateur and pro record of 24-4, the 23-year old Marriott is currently on the radar of every major promotion in the sport.
“The goal of the Combat Sports Championships isn’t to try and compete with the UFC, Strikeforce, or the Bellator Fighting Championships — it’s to showcase the top up-and-coming talent from around the country and also the world and give them a platform to take their career to the next level. Our Oct. 2 is laden with prospects about to move on to bigger shows and we think Eric might be the first guy that we help send to the big show.”
However, Marriott is taking a huge risk in his career path by taking on Roberts, a highly-regarded fighter from Nebraska who has competed in the UFC.
“Ryan’s record is 8-6 right now but he could easily be 12-2 if he decided to take easier fights in his career,” Kelly began. “However, all he does is fight legit guys like Donald Cerrone, Marcus Aurelio, Zach George, and Joe Wilk. Roberts is a true fighter and again is taking on another top performer in Eric. Maybe one of these days Ryan will relax and take a layup, but we’re glad he’s more than willing to continue to step up.”
Roberts currently finds himself in the midst of a four-fight losing streak but those losses have been at 155 lbs. For his Oct. 2 fight vs. Marriott at “CSC Fight Night I,” he will be dropping down to 145 lbs., which has many industry insiders intrigued.
“Ryan Roberts at featherweight is a pretty scary prospect,” said Sam Caplan, Vice President of Talent Relations for Titan Entertainment’s Combat Sports Championships. “If Ryan is committed to competing at 145 lbs., it’s not going to be long until he finds himself back competing on national television. Marriott is a blue chipper but since this fight is at 145 pounds, the outcome could go either way.”
The Roberts vs. Marriott matchup will co-headline a “CSC Fight Night I” card on Oct. 2 at Memorial Hall that will feature a total of eight professional fights as well as four high-level amateur bouts fought under pro-style rules. Also featured on the card will be bouts between local favorite Rudy Bears (10-3) vs. Matt Delanoit (14-8), Tyler “The Evolution” Stinson (14-5) vs. Brandon Newsome (12-4), Drew Dober (1-0) vs. Aaron Derrow (5-1), and Chad Vandenberg (4-1) vs. Shad Lankford (2-3).
Additionally, Kelly is promising the announcement of two other high-level pro matchups to be made next week.
“We’re already getting great feedback on the card we’ve assembled,” he said. “However, when we announce our two final matchups, I think fans in the Midwest will be blown away. Call it promoter-speak if you want, but ‘CSC Fight Night I’ is going to be the best card in Kansas history and I’ve got rival promoters calling me and telling me that.”
Doors to Memorial Hall will open at 7 p.m. CT with tickets priced at $75 for floor seats and $25 for general admission. Tickets can be purchased at all local Ticketmaster outlets or at Ticketmaster.com. For additional information on “CSC Fight Night 1″ along with a listing of the entire card as it currently stands, please visit CombatSC.com.