"Blas Avena made his SCC debut in SCC 2 after an 18 month layoff. He stepped in the SCC cage to take on a brutally tough Josh “The Dentist” Neer (who was signed by the UFC after his SCC win). I offered the Neer fight to many fighters and the majority of them wanted nothing to do with that fight, but Blas said yes without hesitation. Even though he lost that fight, he can take a lot of things away from it and build on them. During Blas’ career he fought in the WEC 6 times, and he fought some tough opponents along the way, including Tiki Ghosn, Logan Clark, Dave Terrel and several more. Now that the ring rust is off, Avena is ready to get back in the SCC cage and get back to his winning ways. He feels being a brown belt in jiu jitsu under Team Mica, will prove to give him the edge in the grappling department. The only person standing in his way is an equally gutsy challenger; Shawn Fitzsimmons.
Fitzsimmons last fight was also in SCC 2. John Alessio was scheduled to take on Waachiim Spiritwolf, but Spiritwolf pulled out of the fight three days in advance. Luckily for us, Shawn has a ton of courage and stepped right in on two days notice. Many people thought it would be a walk in the park fight for Alessio, but Shawn definitely proved them wrong. Shawn came out in the first round putting pressure on Alessio the entire round and ended up winning the first round. Later in the second round the fight ended up going to the ground and Alessio was able to get the submission win. Immediately after the fight Shawn said he wanted to fight again asap. I was impressed with his first appearance so I decided to put him on this card against Avena. Fitzsimmons has been training fulltime at Throwdown Training Center for this fight and looks to put on his best performance yet.
Both these guys just fought the toughest opponents of their careers and are ready to get in there and get back in the win column. This will definitely be an exciting fight for the fans!
- Ryan Langmaid