Mando Gutierrez takes on Sean McPadden for the Lights Out Fight Featherweight Title on June 25

MICHIGAN: Lights Out Championship is back and the promotion will host Lights Out Championship 8.

“I’m excited because of a few reasons. We have so many amazing fighters on this card. I was really lucky to be able to put together a main event and co main event filled with 4 guys that are all going to be in the ufc one day” stated Matt Frendo CEO of Lights Out Championship. “This could potentially be the strongest main/co main match ups I’ve had since beginning to do events, and for these fights to take place at the last delta plex show ever, makes it even more special for me!

This event will take place on Saturday, June 25, 2022. The promotion posted on social media that this will be the last MMA event to ever take place at The DeltaPlex Arena in Grand Rapids Michigan. You can purchase your tickets by clicking here.

In the main event, we will see fan-favorite Mando “El Toro” Gutierrez (7-1) fighting out of East Lansing, Michigan will take on Sean “Lucky” McPadden (5-1) fighting out of Maple Grove, Minnesota as they will be fighting for the vacant Lights Out Featherweight Championship. Gutierrez is ranked 2nd of 16 active Michigan Pro Bantamweights. He stepping into the cage with a three fight win streak winning his last fight against Matthew Elliott unanimous decision at Total Warrior Combat. McPadden won his last fight against Chris Dunn via Rear Naked Choke at North Iowa Fights.

Gutierrez told FightBook MMA about his title shot states: “I couldn’t think of a better way to punch my ticket to the big show than having the opportunity to add another win over a tough opponent right here in Grand Rapids, the place that built my MMA career, the cage I grew up in, the people that have supported me and pushed me from day one. The title doesn’t mean much to me. Getting a win over a tough, respected fighter like Sean in front of my home crowd with all eyes on me is my only focus. Im here to win fights in dominating fashion and keep climbing up the ladder until it’s clear that I’m the best fighter on the planet. The title is just the icing on the cake. So far this has been the best camp I’ve ever had in my life and i feel myself getting better and better every day. I’ve made some huge improvements in these last few months and everyone can expect to see a big change in my approach and improvement in my abilities. Im expecting to see the best version of Sean as well, I have a lot of respect for him as a competitor but I’m coming to take his head home with me. I’ve made a career off of people underestimating my abilities and I prevail everytime, this will be no different. It’s business as usual. I’m gonna go out there, fight my fight, hit him with some good shit, get a finish, and collect my check. I’m not looking past him at all, I know exactly who’s in front of me, but that’s exactly why I’m excited for this matchup. He will bring out the best in me and with all due respect, my best versus his best, I’ll win. I work too hard. I’ve sacrificed more. I want it more. This is my fight. It’ll be clear on June 25th.”


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McPadden also spoke with FightBook MMA and tells us: “This title shot is thee perfect opportunity to secure my position for the contender series this fall, if not a UFC short notice fight. It’s going to be hard to deny me after back to back title wins over an extremely solid vet in Chris Dunn & a game up and comer like Mando. I proved vs Dunn that I’m back and better then ever. The win over Mando is just going to act as a trampoline for my career as I intend to steal every ounce of hype that this kid has. Mando Gutierrez is a 7-1 grappler. He has legit submission skills, and has proven to have the ability to constantly be on the attack weather he be in top or bottom position. He’s going to be a great measure for my grappling as many people who have seen me fight know that I’m a god damn Warlock on the ground who can conjure submissions, sweeps, & cheeky transitions anywhere. As we our both super solid grapplers, I expect this fight to take place on the feet. Where he has a lot of questions to answer. If you watch him fight he doesn’t have a lot of film on his stand up. I intend to provide that as I can wrestle just as well. if not better than Mando. The people of Grand Rapids, Michigan I hope y’all are ready. June 25th 2022 Lucky 🍀 is about to make “El Toro” look loco for stepping in octagon with me. I fight like lightning and crack with thunder, and I’m coming to make all the noise! Tuck the kids in early, because the Lucky show is coming and no one wants to live with the regret of missing it!!!”

The promotion also announced two of the best bantamweight prospects will face each other as Chris San Jose (8-1) fighting out of Oregon will meet Austin Bashi (6-0) fighting out of West Bloomfield Township, Michigan. San Jose is on a three fight win streak with his most recent win against Timothy Lewis via unanimous decision at CageSport 60. Bashi is undefeated in his pro MMA career winning his last fight against Erion Zekthi by TKO at Shamrock FC 337. Elsewhere on the card we will see two Middleweight prospects as Blake Cross will face Tyler Miedema.

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