The New Year brings change, and the bantamweight division at West Coast Fighting Championship (WFC) doesn’t differ. While resolutions of most travel from the top floor of importance to the basement by January 21, 2016, an MMA goal of a lifetime culminates when Benito ‘The Golden Boy’ Lopez (6-0) and Ricky Simon (7-1) seek championship status and ownership of the vacant bantamweight belt at WFC 19.
Fighting with a unique head of hair—half blonde/half black, this flashy tactician from Team Alpha Male (TAM) is a full-fledged assassin. Lopez’s career launched with two unanimous decision victories, but he’s currently better recognized for reeling off four straight, devastating finishes; one of which required only eight seconds of exertion. After defending his backyard—twice—at King of the Cage’s invasion of Oroville’s Gold Country Casino, ‘The Golden Boy’ is prepared to stand his ground on behalf of the empire TAM has constructed in the Sacramento region.
Hailing from the Pacific Northwest, precipitation is often expected. Rain or shine, Simon’s blood, sweat, and tears flood the floorboards of Portland, Oregon’s Rose City Fight Club. Carved from redwoods similar to those caging in his home base, Simon modeled his mettle in front of the world on UFC Fight Pass while competing at Titan Fighting Championships. Unfortunately, while targeting the vacant Titan FC Bantamweight Title against Anderson Dos Santos, Simon suffered his first devastating defeat as a professional.
Both Lopez and Simon will attempt to drop one another in the heart of the McClellan Conference Center in a much flashier fashion than the magnificently lit ball falling from New York’s skyline only three-weeks prior.