Gilbert Returns In Extreme Challenge 54
From the event’s promoter:
Gilbert returns in Extreme Challenge 54
ST. CHARLES, Ill. — Joey Gilbert has never been a fighter to do things the easy way.
The 4-time Illinois High School wrestling champion was a surprising success in the Abu-Dhabi grappling event before he jumped headfirst into mixed martial arts, facing Naoya Uematsu in Shooto and B.J. Penn in the UFC in his first two fights. Now, after more than 2 years off, Gilbert will return to MMA on Oct. 11 in Extreme Challenge 54.
Gilbert, of Chicago, will face undefeated Dan Covel of Clark Mills, N.Y., in a feature bout of the 14-bout card.
Headlining the event will be a 4-man 170-pound tournament to crown the Extreme Challenge champion.
Battling for the championship belt will be 6-time UFC competitor LaVerne Clark; EC tourney veteran Jay Buck; Keith Hackney protege Rafal Piszczek; and Raw Team member Mac Danzig.
Extreme Challenge 54 will be held at Sportsplex, the same venue as EC 51. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first bout is scheduled for 7 p.m.
"We haven’t crowned a champion in a long, long time," said EC promoter Monte Cox. "Since we’re starting to do more events, it seemed like bringing back the titles would add some excitement."
Previous EC champions who advanced to the UFC include: Pat Miletich, Jeremy Horn, Shonie Carter; Bobby Hoffman, Adrian Serrano, and Phil Johns.
Buck will face Piszczek, and Clark will face Danzig, in the opening round.
Tickets start at $25 and can be purchased at Curran Martial Arts (815) 356-0454 and Sportsplex (630) 762-8100.
For more information, check out the event website: extremechallenge.tv.
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Adam Maciejewski vs. Greg Franklin, Hwt.
Brian Bresler vs. David Hayes, 165lbs
Rory Markham vs. Trevor Garrett, 185lbs
Steve Dau vs. Jason Guida, 185lbs
Ron Fields vs. Sam Hoger, 210lbs
Mac Danzig vs. LaVerne Clark, 170lbs
Rafal Piszczek vs Jay Buck, 170lbs
Terry Martin vs. Bill Hill, 205lbs
Mustafa Hussaini vs. Matt Horning, 135lbs
Kerry Shall vs. Demian Decorah, Hwt.
Bart Palaszewski vs. Jay Estrada, 155lbs
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