The anxiety levels of Northern California’s MMA connoisseurs will climb exponentially when deciding whether they should attend King of the Cage: Flashback in Oroville or Conquer Fighting Championships 4, Conquer 4, in Richmond. Instead of losing any sleep over the matter, plan accordingly because: there are three bantamweight battles with potential to print the next morning’s headlines.
No matter if fight fans choose KOTC: Flashback at the Gold Country Casino & Hotel or the Craneway Pavilion for Conquer 4, there’s a way to ensure not a moment of action is missed between: Benito ‘The Golden Boy’ Lopez (5-0) and Musa Toliver (10-11-1), Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez (4-0) and Michael ‘Berserker’ Olson (3-1), and Shawn ‘The Great’ Bunch (6-3) and Rodrigo ‘Ratinho’ Lima (12-3). Those who prefer to warm a seat in the bustling Bay Area can set their DVR and catch KOTC: Flashback on MAV TV six weeks later, and patrons drawn to the tranquil, rural land where KOTC: Flashback will erect its cage can rush home, log-in to FloCombat.com, and capture Conquer 4’s first and last bell.
Benito Lopez vs. Musa Toliver at KOTC: Flashback
Lopez’s faithful following is willing to travel to any edge of ‘The Golden State’—and beyond, yet they’ll only need to step off their porches to witness one of the finest prizefighters mined from ‘The City of Gold.’ While headlining KOTC: Flashback against Musa Tolliver, Lopez will, once again, electrically charge the Gold Country Casino & Hotel when he enters the heart of the venue as Oroville’s hometown hero, but he’s been charming his fanbase since his initial walk to a cage bearing the distinct half-gold and half-black hairstyle. Training on the mats alongside Team Alpha Male, a world renowned fight team, Lopez plans to put Oroville on the map.
With nearly four times the experience of Lopez, Tolliver may possess the tools to smash the young prospect’s pristine record. As the proud owner of nearly a dozen learning experiences, the journeyman out of Team Bodyshop MMA must properly connect mind and body if he’s to transform a cold-streak of four consecutive losses into a cold-blooded attack.
Shawn ‘The Great’ Bunch vs. Rodrigo Lima at Conquer 4 for the Bantamweight Title
Bunch, the Bay Area alum, will fill a bus with his backers, bounce along the water’s edge from San Jose to the Craneway Pavilion in Richmond, and overhaul the area’s landscape at 135-pounds by attaining the belt at Conquer 4. Most recently, Bunch claimed ownership of the vacant Dragon House Bantamweight Title at Dragon House 24 with a unanimous decision victory over Josh San Diego, and this contender, designed with a similar mold of determination as every other mixed martial artist out of AKA (American Kickboxing Academy), intends on snapping his pattern of winning in pairs by documenting his third straight success story with a gold strap.
Accustomed to high-profile stages, such as Bellator MMA, Lima eagerly contracted his killer skill-set for the possibility of holding the promotion’s prized possession in the bantamweight division. Riding a decision over Matt Betzold at Legacy Fighting Championship 40, Lima, under the elite tutelage and cornering of American Top Team, plans to make tidal waves in enemy territory.
Nohelin ‘Suave’ Hernandez vs. Michael ‘Berserker’ Olson at Conquer 4
Under Conquer’s blistering lights, Hernandez’s tan, scar-free skin will glisten when attempting to retain an, often-romanticized in MMA, undefeated record. Closing his stint in the amateurs on an ugly streak, the zero in ‘Suave’’s loss column, over the course of three professional bouts, still has the beautiful curves of a bikini model. Tanning under the memory of a scorching first-round TKO stoppage at Global Knockout 9, AKA’s freshest face at 135-pounds doesn’t intend on dealing with the grotesque side of the game: defeat.
Playing the role of beast has nothing to do with any of Olson’s physical attributes, other than violent physicality. The click of the cage unlocks a ‘Berserker’ quality that captures the attention of the crowd with the same rapturous tones as the Sirens in The Odyssey. Following a gorgeous—Submission of the Night—finish at West Coast Fighting Championships 18, Olson has caged himself in MMAGOLD’s vault, located inside Urban Sprawl Fitness in El Dorado Hills, to ensure he delivers another easy-on-the-eye outing to the spectators of Conquer 4.
Although choosing amongst promotions with their own unique flavor feels like a fork in the road, the only way to get lost in Nor Cal’s MMA scene is to not soak in each event, especially zeroing in on the trio of bantamweights at Conquer 4 and KOTC: Flashback.
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