(Win, lose or draw, Davis comes to fight.)
Warrior One (W-1) MMA has added a new co-main event to its U.S. debut event on October 15, which is set for the Bank United Center at the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida.
According to W-1 President Jack Bateman, a welterweight scrap between The Ultimate Fighter alumni Marcus “The Irish Hand Grenade” Davis (19-8) and Chuck “Cold Steel O’Neil (8-4) will replace a previously revealed middleweight bout between Valdir “BBMonster” Araujo (8-2) and Bellator veteran Mike “El Gringo Diablo” Bernhard (9-2), which has been scraped due to injury. Bateman informed CagePotato.com of the bout this afternoon.
2-0 since being released by the UFC with wins over Pete Spratt and Curtis Demarce, asolid win over O’Neil could well punch his ticket back to the UFC, so fans in attendance at the show could get to see his last fight outside of the Octagon.
After losing to Zach Davis in the opening round on the most recent instalment of TUF, O’Neil, who was originally an alternate on the show, was picked by Dana White as one of the season’s “wildcard” entrants and he made the best of the opportunity given to him by the UFC president.
Defeating Javier Torres in the “wild card” bout, he went on to beat Davis in the rematch of their first round bout in by unanimous decision in the quarter-finals before losing to teammate Tony Ferguson via third-round TKO in the semis. He was released by Zuffa following a unanimous decision loss to Chris Cope at the finale in June and is looking to get the attention of the UFC brass with a win over a tough vet like Davis.
W-1: Reloaded will also feature a main event heavyweight bout between former number one UFC heavyweight contenders Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6) and Jeff Monson (42-12), a welterweight showdown between Team Link standout John Manley (6-1) and ATT product Sabah Homasi (4-2) and a women’s bantamweight match-up between Kim “Sugar Free” Couture (3-5) and ATT instructor Suzie Montero (0-0). Rounding out the show will be welterweight Tom “The Bomb” Waters (4-1) taking on Alan Arzeno (4-4), lightweight Bellator vet JP Reese (3-1) versus Taylor Callens (3-0), welterweight Strikeforce vet Nathan Coy (8-4) versus Anderson Melo (5-5), middleweight Bellator vet Frank Carrillo (4-2) versus Joe Watson (4-1) and a middleweight scrap between Bruno Reis Da Maria (1-0-1) and Kenny Moss (3-2).
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Bank United Center
University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida
Jeff Monson (42-12) vs. Gabriel Gonzaga (11-6)
Valdir Araujo (8-2) vs. Mike Bernhard (9-2)
John Manley (6-1) vs. Sabah Homasi (4-2)
Kim Couture (3-5) vs. Suzie Montero (0-0)
Tom Waters (4-1) vs. Alan Arzeno (4-4)
JP Reese (3-1) vs. Taylor Callens (3-0)
Nathan Coy (8-4) vs. Anderson Melo (5-5)
Frank Carrillo (4-2) vs. Joe Watson (4-1)
Bruno Reis Da Maria (1-0-1) and Kenny Moss (3-2)