Chris Avila vs. Willie Gates: The Road Back to the UFC Begins at GKO 10

Global Knockout (GKO) caused the mercury to explode from thermometers surrounding Northern California after announcing the hottest title fight of the summer on their next card, GKO 10, on August 5, 2017.

The talent GKO contracts to compete on their crimson canvas will reach a crescendo when Chris Avila (5-4) and Willie ‘Whoop Ass’ Gates (12-7), both former visitors to the UFC, collide for the GKO Featherweight Title.

Prior to Avila’s appearance under the brightest lights in the sport, the product of the Nick Diaz Academy in Stockton pieced three straight finishes together. Two unanimous decision losses in the UFCto opponents who owned a considerable advantage in the experience department, and Avila was cut from their roster. Avila’s meager taste of the UFC’s Octagon didn’t satiate his hunger to challenge the world’s elite fighters; therefore, the GKO Featherweight Championship may be his ‘golden ticket’ back to the big show.

When you train at Pinnacle MMA, the only direction is directly to the top. Gates reached the UFC in 2014, but two years later, his chances for championship shine were corroded following a pair of defeats. Having competed the bulk of his career as a rangy flyweight, it’s intriguing to imagine the skinny frame that would ‘Whoop Ass’ at 125-pounds bulked up to the 145-pound division. Ten more pounds wrapped around his waist at the finale of GKO 10 would answer any doubt of the move in weight classes and potential to return to the upper-echelon of the sport.

Currently, GKO 10’s fight card includes:

Chris Avila vs. Willie Gates for the GKO Featherweight Championship

Adam Antolin vs. Joby Sanchez for the GKO Flyweight Championship

Jamall Emmers vs. Erick Sanchez in the featherweight division

Angelo Trevino vs. Jordan Williams in the welterweight division

Nohelin Hernandez vs. Josh San Diego in the bantamweight division

Sinjen Smith vs. David Douglas in the welterweight division

Mellisa Wang vs. Sheila Padilla in the atomweight division

Taylor Johnson vs. Chad Hanekon in the middleweight division

JP Buys vs. Josh Paiva in the flyweight division

Anthony Hernandez vs. Brandon Hester in the middleweight division

Chris Inocencio vs. Isaiah Gonzalez in the bantamweight division

Based on the firepower delivered by GKO’s matchmaker, fight fans will be more than willing to burn a hole in their pocket to not miss this summer attraction, but they’ll need to log-in to their devices and go to globalknockout.com without another moment of delay because tickets will, more than likely, sell out.

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