Hoosier Fight Club 4 – Showdown at the Steelyard

Posted by Matt Giancarlo on June - 5 - 2010 with 1 Comment

The Gary, Indiana “Steel Yard” is known for hosting baseball games for the Gary Railcats.  However, Friday, June 11th, the field will not be the turf for ball-throwing, bat-swinging, games being played.  Instead, it will be the battleground for Hoosier Fight Club 4, which is easily one of the most stacked MMA fight cards in Northwest Indiana, since the glory days of the Ironheart Crown.  The main event will feature a welterweight showdown among local favorite, TUF 6 veteran, John Kolosci will face off against recent UFC welterweight contender Luigi Fioravanti.  In the co-main event, light-heavyweight prospect Anthony Gomez will take on Coconut Creek, Florida’s Lew Polley.  That is not all that HFC will have to offer.  Along with these matchups, fighters such as Josh Shockley, Mark Miller, Lloyd Carter will be on the card, including the pro debuts of both Jake Rosenbaum and Mike Welch.

Hoosier Fight Club is a fairly new promotion in the area, but wasted no time making an impact in not only local MMA, but in national MMA as well.  The very first Hoosier Fight Club took place on November 20th, 2009, headlining Darren Elkins vs Gideon Ray.  After Elkins won a unanimous decision, he was picked up by the UFC.  In their return at HFC 2, January 2nd at the Horseshoe Casino, John Kolosci (fighting at HFC 4 on 6/11) defeated Bill Hill, and in the main event, UFC vets Keith Wisniewski and Pete Spratt went to battle, ending with Wisniewski earning the victory, greatly advancing his career.  Hoosier Fight Club 3 focused more on the rising in popularity, amateur division, with names such as Jake Rosenbaum, Terry House, Sam Agushi, Ryan Storey, and Aaron Noel on the card.

Compiling a 5-1 record since The Ultimate Fighter, 13-6 total, John Kolosci has not only the biggest test since the UFC, but his entire career.  With wins over Bill Hill, Scott Sands, and Eric Tavares, Kolosci is looking to add Luigi Fioravanti to his list of defeated fighters.  Training at Gilbert Grappling and LA Boxing, John Kolosci has made Mixed Martial Arts his full time job.  His most recent fight was a rematch to a former opponent of his, Bill Hill.  Kolosci originally suffering a loss due to a controversial referee stoppage, he was granted a rematch in January, where he won a judge’s decision, avenging his loss to Hill.  With that momentum, Kolosci seeks out Luigi Fioravanti as the next in line to advance his mixed martial arts career.

Luigi Fioravanti is best known for his fights in the UFC against stars such as Jon Fitch and Diego Sanchez.  Training out of American Top Team, Fioravanti made his UFC debut on April 6th, 2006, losing a unanimous decision to Chris Leben at Ultimate Fight Night 4.  He was given a second chance against Solomon Hutcherson at The Ultimate Fighter 3 finale, where he picked up his first UFC win, knocking Hutcherson out at 4:15 during Round 1.  He holds more wins in the UFC, including victories over Luke Cummo, Brodie Farber, and Dave Menne.  Coming off of a recent 3rd round TKO loss to Pete Spratt in May, Luigi Fioravanti is looking get a winning streak back on track come June 11th.

Training out of Torres Martial Arts, Anthony Gomez has made a name for himself in the Chicagoland/Northwest Indiana area as a hard hitting, well versed fighter in the 205lb division.  Gomez has defeated the likes of Bill Hill and Dan Bolden, and with a win over his upcoming opponent Lew Polley, it could very well send him into a major promotion.

Lew Polley may not be known in the Illinois/Indiana area, however has an MMA resume that speaks for itself, including a win over long time veteran Vernon “The Tiger” White.  Coming to Gary, Indiana from Coconut Creek, Florida, Polley is looking to advance his record and also get a chance to fight in a well known event, but is not looking past his task in front of him, fighting Anthony Gomez.
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Hoosier Fight Club 4 will start off with tomorrow’s superstars, having an amateur card to kick the event off.  Some rising amateurs on the card to keep an eye on are Terry “Da Brick” House, who is looking to gain a devastating win and catapult his career onto the next level.  Leo Husarik will be fighting in the middle weight division, who is known for his intense jiu jitsu skills, and his rather laid back personality.  The pro card will start off with a fight in the flyweight division among Jake Rosenbaum and Josh Sampo.  Ultimate Fighter 9 vet Mark Miller will be making his debut at 155lbs against Charles “The One” Wilson.  With both fighters favoring the standup aspect of their skill-sets, guaranteed fireworks will be apart of this fight.  Also in the lightweight division, Josh Shockley of Duneland Vale Tudo will meet up with Guillermo Serment of Team No Comment.  Shockley is near one win away from the UFC, however is not looking past Serment.  Guillermo Serment also knows that a win over Shockley can put himself on the map.  The fast-handed Lloyd Carter will be set to take on Derik Sowers coming in from Ohio with a 7-5 record.

Fight Card:
(Amateur)
Josh Bulak vs James Porter
Ralph Nurse vs Brandon Tomerson
Jorge Gonzales vs Brady Hovermale
Terry House vs Eric Morales
Leo Husarik vs Luke Austin
Nick Wayne vs Devin Miller

(Pro)
Jake Rosenbaum vs Josh Sampo
Mike Welch vs Adame Dunnavant
Mark Miller vs Charles Wilson
John Cantu vs Robbie Nietro
Josh Shockley vs Guillermo Serment
Lloyd Carter vs Derik Sower
Brandon Delprado vs Chris Sizemore
Anthony Gomez vs Lew Polley
John Kolosci vs Luigi Fioravanti

For more information on Hoosier Fight Club, visit www.hoosierfightclub.com

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