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Welterweights Will Take Ring in BodogFight Week 2
By Kelsey Mowatt

In week two of BodogFight’s Season 2, St.Petersburg, welterweight fighters will take to the ring next, to compete for a spot on the promotion’s upcoming April 9th pay per view card, "Clash of Nations", that will also take place in the historical Russian city. In this week’s upcoming bout between the two fighters in the American bracket, UFC veteran Steve Berger will face off against BodogFight season 1 contestant Jorge Masvidal. Berger has been competing since 1998, and carries a well traveled record of 17-15-2. The St.Louis fighter has been in the ring with a who’s who resume of MMA that includes the likes of Jake Shields, Din Thomas, Robbie Lawler and Jason Black. Berger’s most notable wins include victories over Shonie Carter, Rich Clementi, and Pete Spratt.

Masvidal is far less experienced then Berger with a record of 9-2, but the Floridian can also boast of some impressive victories. In last season’s BodogFight, Masvidal worked his way to a majority decision victory over Keith Wisniewski, and also has a TKO win over Joe Lauzon at the Absolute Fighting Championship 12 in April 2005. Masvidal’s only losses have come to Raphael Assuncao and Paul Rodriguez two years ago, since that time, the welterweight fighter has won three bouts in a row.

The international match-up will pit Canadian fighter Tyler Jackson against the Russian, Dmitry Samoilov. Representing Team Revolution out of British Columbia’s Lower Mainland region, Jackson will bring a record of 7-3 to the bout. Most recently Jackson defeated Donald Ouimet at TKO 27 in September, tapping out the organization’s former lightweight champ with a first round armbar. Before losing to John Mahlow last June at Apex’s "Evolution" by armbar submission, Jackson had won four fights in a row, three of which came via strikes.

Samoilov is somewhat of an unknown commodity, with only 1 win so far in his professional MMA career. According to the BodogFight website, the Russian fighter has been training in martial arts since the age of six, and is an expert in Sambo and Judo.

The next episode of BodogFight can be seen Tuesday night, February 20th, on ION Television in the U.S., or the Fight Network in Canada. Each episode is also available for viewing on the BodogFight website.

In last week’s lightweight action, after pressing Rodrigo Damm earlier in the bout with strikes, Team Revolution’s "Black Mamba," (Kultar Gill) finally was submitted with a rear naked choke by the Brazilian jiu-jitsu specialist in the second round. In a fantastic battle between two highly regarded American lightweights, American Top Team fighter Mike Brown worked his way to a decision victory over UFC and Pride veteran, Yves Edwards.

Week three, which will air on February 27th, is set to feature heavyweight competition. In the international bout, Canadian Kristof Midoux (5-6) will meet Roman Zentsov (14-10), and Cain Velasquez (1-0) is set to fight Jeremiah Constant (4-0) in the American bracket.

The BodogFight, April 9th pay per view card will be headlined by Fedor Emelianenko taking on Matt Lindland, who is planning on moving up to the heavyweight division to fight the Pride Champion. For more information on the bout, check out the interview below with Emelianenko by FCF’s Steven Marocco, from earlier this week.

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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