USFFC 22: Metal and Mayhem featuring Kelen Heller

Apr 18, 2015 11:00 AM EDT
Venue: TD Convention Center
Location: Greenville, North Carolina

Monday April 13th, 2015– One of the more renowned professional fighters in East Tennessee is getting ready to make his U.S. Freedom Fighter Championship debut this spring.

Drew “The Hammer” Kennedy will make the trip from Knoxville, representing KAOS as he goes against Eric Thomas of Team Pitch Black in one of the bouts recently added to the professional side of the card at USFFC 22, taking place April 18 in Greenville, S.C.

This definitely is a matchup worth watching. Although Kennedy is coming off a loss, putting his pro record at 5-2, he has never been finished as a professional. In fact, both his defeats have been split decisions, coming against Roger Carroll and Wade Johnson, respectively. The Johnson bout took place last month at V3Fights in what marked Kennedy’s first bout in about two years, and he’s not wasting any time in getting back in action for this one.

Kennedy might be known as the hammer but he’s got a slick ground game. In fact, all five of his pro victories have come by submission. He trains at KAOS under Josh Cate, a BJJ black belt and one of the founding fathers of MMA in East Tennessee.

Thomas is no slouch either. Training out of Upstate Karate with a fighter roster that includes current UFC welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson as well as some formidable amateurs, Thomas does not have to look far to find solid sparring partners. He’s been a busy guy since making his pro debut last March, logging four fights during his rookie year as a professional and amassing a 2-2 record.

Thomas is also coming off a loss, dropping a third-round TKO in his most recent outing. However, the two fighters who have bested him as pros, Anthony Nache and Rmandel Cameron, have a combined record of 8-0.

One man involved in the co-main event of USFFC 22 has been intimately involved with the inner workings of the U.S. Freedom Fighter Championship promotion. He’s never actually fought for the company, however.

Until now.

Allen Greenway, a former matchmaker for the USFFC, steps into the cage as a competitor on April 18 at USFFC 22 in Greenville, S.C. He’ll be taking on Jeremy Joles in the professional co-main event of this card.

Joles might have an upside-down 2-7 record, but that’s a very deceiving mark. His record of past opponents includes some of the top names in the Southeast such as Michael Stevens, Jason Hicks, Ronnie Rogers and current UFC welterweight Stephen “Wonderboy” Thompson. Joles’ most recent fight came under the USFFC banner; he was submitted by Stevens late in the second round of their bout at USFFC 21: Derailed.

All told, Joles’ pro opponents have a combined record of 54-30. Eight of his nine foes have records at or above the .500 mark.

Greenway, meanwhile, is riding a three-fight win streak since he returned to action last year. He’s finished all three of those opponents. Also the head coach at NC United, Greenway faced a fighter with a losing record in each of those contests. Joles also has a losing record, but will his past experience makes him a more potentially formidable challenge? Training out of Revolution MMA, Joles also is fighting close to home as this bout is taking place in Greenville.

It’s on the preliminary side of the card at USFFC 22, but the bout between Paul Teague and Jonny Boyd just might steal the show.

In what’s being dubbed as the “Hometown Beatdown”, two fighters from the same town collide in a battle of featherweight amateurs that could have future ramifications on the 145-pound title picture for U.S. Freedom Fighter Championship.

Both fighters hail from Easley, S.C., less than 15 miles away from Greenville, S.C., where this event will take place from the TD Convention Center.

Teague (3-1) comes into this bout riding a three-fight win streak and fought four times in his rookie year after making his debut last June,. Two of his three victories to date have come by submission. He won his last fight in less than a minute.

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