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Compton native son poised to debut as Bellator MMA pro

Amateur wrestling great Joey Davis Jr. makes the jump to Bellator MMA, Aug. 26, at Honda Center in Anaheim COMPTON — Bellator 160 will unveil the professional debut of Compton native son Joey Davis, who makes

Amateur wrestling great Joey Davis Jr. makes the jump to Bellator MMA, Aug. 26, at Honda Center in Anaheim

COMPTON — Bellator 160 will unveil the professional debut of Compton native son Joey Davis, who makes his mixed martial arts debut, Aug. 26, 2016, in the welterweight (170 lbs.) division, at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

Joey Davis, Jr.

Joey Davis, Jr.

In the main event, welterweight Saad Awad (19-7 MMA, 7-4 BMMA) will take on Derek Anderson (13-2 MMA, 4-2 BMMA). Awad got back in the win column in May with a first-round TKO of Evangelista Santos in a welterweight bout at Bellator 154. Prior to that, in early August he dropped a unanimous decision to Patricky Freire to have a three-fight winning streak halted.

Anderson is coming off a split-decision win over Freire in December 2015 at Bellator 147. That got him back on track after a split-call loss to Brent Primus at Bellator 141.

Even though Davis is on the undercard, his bout is one of the most anticipated of the night. A natural wrestler from early childhood, Davis is a phenomenal grappler who competed at Notre Dame College in North Euclid, Ohio, where he amassed an incredible record of 131-0 and won four consecutive NCAA Division II Championships. He is the only Division II wrestler to win four national titles and go unbeaten in a career.

Now, Davis, who started his wrestling career in Compton when he was just six years old, looks to parlay his wrestling success in the mixed martial arts cage.

In addition, Bellator confirmed the pro debut of Kevin “Baby Slice” Ferguson Jr., the oldest son of the late Kevin “Kimbo Slice” Ferguson, for the preliminary card.
Signed to a developmental deal in April, “Baby Slice” broke onto the MMA scene earlier this year in an amateur bout in Western Massachusetts, where he scored a knockout victory just 83 seconds of the first round.

The third fight of extreme interest, involves A.J. McKee, another Bellator top young prospect. After beginning his career 7-1 as an amateur, “Mercenary”  has made a bang in the professional circuit, racking up a perfect 4-0 record in four bouts. McKee has registered three knockouts and a rear-naked choke submission.

Davis, “Baby Slice,” and McKee all train at Antonio McKee’s “Body Shop Gym” in Long Beach, Calif.

 

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

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