November 10th marks the date of Hoosier Fight Club 13, as this event will be giving Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana’s long-time fans a main event that has been talked about for nearly five years. In a lightweight and very anticipated bout, Duneland Vale Tudo’s Josh Shockley (9-2) will be taking on Elite Performance’s Mike Cannon (5-1).
Josh Shockley made his MMA debut just before turning 17 years old, where he gained early success and caught the eye of many, especially in the Northwest Indiana MMA scene. He gained popularity and became the talk of the local MMA crowd after a 41 second TKO finish over Dylan Sprawl, a dominating fight with Eric Rasmussen (that ended in a draw due to the fight being 2 rounds) and a quick and brutal headkick knockout over Dan Darby, all three taking place in the historic Hammond Civic Center.
In early 2009, at 20 years old, Shockley gained international exposure where he was sent to St. Petersburg, Russia to fight 13-3 at the time, Vener Galiev, who was ranked in the top 3 in Russia. Coming into this fight as an underdog, Shockley suprised the Russian crowd by submitting Galiev in just over a minute during the very first round via armbar.
Since that career-changing bout, Shockley has bought for Bellator FC, and has gained wins over fighters such as Shamar Bailey and Eric Moon. Coming off of an upset submission loss in Bellator back in May, Shockley will be returning to the local fight scene, and will be having his first fight back in Indiana since 2009, where he takes on Mike Cannon.
Mike Cannon, Shockley’s opponent, also made his local rise during the same years as Shockley did, and in the same weight class. Cannon took his first few fights back in 2007, where he debuted at the early Brawl at Bourbon Street. Cannon, a fan-favorite, soon began fighting under the same lights as Shockley, at the Hammond Civic Center. Despite being Chicago based, Cannon made a quick name for himself in the Indiana region, showing dominance over his opponents with not only superior wrestling, but advanced striking skills as well, racking up multiple first-round TKO victories.
Many fans of the local MMA community, along with promoters and matchmakers, have talked about an eventual fight between Shockley and Cannon. At one point, the possible fight was being attempted to take place, however in 2008, Cannon had a severe back injury, that for nearly four years, was said to be “career ending” by medical professionals. With Cannon’s name somewhat in the past due to injury, he suprised the local MMA crowd with a comeback that most did not ever imagine happening. Cannon not only simply stepped back into a cage, however he put on a dominating performance and submitted his opponent, Michael Sanchez, in the very first round despite a four year layoff.
Hoosier Fight Club staff saw where both fighters currently are, and have put together a main event to please any fan of local MMA.
HFC 13 will also feature the following:
- Frank Sloan vs Ryan Story
- Chad Montgomery vs Belal Muhammad
- Justin Brock vs Danny Morales
- Darryl Madison vs Kevin Nowaczyk
- Daniel Sandmann vs Billy Johnson
- Kenny Jordan vs Lloyd Carter
- Terry House vs Henry Goonen
- Ricky Newton vs Christ Malamatos
- Gregory Pappas vs Michael Manns
- Nathan Wacnik vs Drew Walters
- James Clayburn vs Justin Mora
Hoosier Fight Club 13 will be November 10th at the Porter County Expo Center in Valparaiso, IN. For tickets, visit www.hoosierfightclub.com
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