It was only a matter of time before Benito ‘Goldenboy’ Lopez (6-0) and Ricky Simon (8-1) battled for bantamweight supremacy on the west coast. On March 18, 2017, King of the Cage (KOTC) contracted the headlining slot, along with a slough of other talented prizefighters calling Northern California home, to perform in front of a packed house inside Gold Country Casino & Hotel for KOTC: Crunch Time.
Main Event: Benito Lopez vs. Ricky Simon
These young bucks were expected to lock horns in January and challenge for the vacant 135-pound belt at West Coast Fighting Championship 19. Fortunately, the fight fans who foamed at the mouth for this matchup can rev up their rabid level of excitement again because Lopez and Simon plan to punctuate KOTC: Crunch Time with bold exclamation points.
Although no titles hang in the balance, Lopez will be championed by his faithful hometown following during KOTC’s visit to Oroville. In Lopez’s previous pair of outings to KOTC’s imperial proving ground, he dismantled both opponents before the curtain was pulled on the opening frame. As the tidal wave known as Team Alpha Male crests and crashes down on anyone filling the opposing corner, another tremendous swell, such as the one Lopez surfs, of future superstars prepares to enter the sport’s global stage.
Simon stood on the cusp of cracking the regional scene when featured on UFC Fight Pass, testing his mettle at Titan Fighting Championships. After dropping his spotless record to Anderson dos Santos, a tough Brazilian with nearly twice the experience, at Titan FC 37, the product of Oregon’s Rose City Fight Club is determined to regain a foothold under the gaze of those around the world. Fresh from last month’s unanimous decision victory at KOTC: Heavy Trauma, momentum may slingshot Simon back into the radar of matchmakers in search of top prospects at bantamweight.
Other Bouts Include:
Brian Wilkinson vs. Nick Sperling
Darrius Flowers vs. Thomas Powell
Brandon Ricetti vs. Nathan Espinosa
Tony Juarez vs. Aaron Hedrick
Tyler Holbrook vs. Jaelon Reid
Anthony Pulliam vs. Ashton Pierce
Kyle Gothan vs. TBD
Ryon Harris vs. Chris Marinelli
Alex Mosier vs. TBD
Charles Guthrie vs. TBD
Erin Hunter vs. TBD
Andy Russo vs. TBD
Doors open at 6:00 pm, fights start at 7:00 pm, and everyone will be riveted to their seats as each pair of combatants clash in the heart of the Gold Country Casino & Hotel. For information about tickets go to: goldcountrycasino.com.