Fearless Fighting Championships returns Saturday at Black Bear Casino near Cloquet. And as usual, they're doing it big.
FFC 13 is slated to start at 6 p.m. Saturday, and the card features a whopping 19 fights, including three professional bouts. Fearless FC has gained a reputation for putting on massive fight cards, while building young talent up north.
Saturday is no different. Much of the amateur portion of the card features young, up-and-comers, including many who will be making their cage debuts.
Tickets for FFC 13 are available through ticketmaster.com
The main event will feature a grudge match, one that has boiled over with a war of words. Billy Christianson, fresh off one of the most impressive performances of his career, is set to square off in a 145-pound battle against Wes Ronchi.
Ronchi comes in with a two-fight winning streak that has pushed him above .500 at 14-13-1 (MMA.TV). After his win over Jason Benson last month, Christianson is now 7-3 as a pro.
Christianson looks sharp down at 145 pounds. He accepted the fight against Ronchi after Ronchi called him out publicly.
"There's lots of bad blood here," FFC matchmaker Jayson Myers said. "I am not sure when it all started, but last FFC show Billy came up to me and said he wanted to fight Wes and shut him up. From what Billy has said, Wes decided to put him in his cross hairs and let people know that he could beat Billy in a fight. Billy has been pretty cool about it, but it's to the point where he is pissed and he asked if I could make this happen. Wes was game, though. He wants this fight also.
"As far as whether I think Wes has a chance, first off, I have nothing but respect for ANYONE who has the balls to get into that cage. At the end of the day, it's still a fight and anyone has a chance. There are no gimme fights. That being said, Billy is scary. I have been watching him for a couple years now, and this is the best I have ever seen him, not just physically but mentally. I think if he wins this fight and maybe one more, he should be in line for a title fight for sure. I am just excited to see two guys that actually, truly hate each other locked in the cage settling this."
Garrett Olson will be looking to bounce back after his speedy loss to Chase Waldon last month. Waldon choked out Olson in the opening round in Shakopee.
Olson will take on Matt Thompson at 185 pounds. Thompson also is looking to bounce back after a loss to highly regarded Chris Bachmeier.
"This fight was really interesting to me," Myers said. "Garrett is coming off a loss at Driller's event against a tough Chase Waldon, and that was hard for him. He really wanted to get back into the cage because of it. Matt is also coming off a loss to Chris Bachmeier and wants to put on a show. I stopped into the gym last week and Matt was training like an animal, and I know Garrett is hungry. This fight could show off some fireworks as neither guy wants to start off the year 0-2."
The final pro fight will see the brother of a Minnesota MMA legend stepping into the cage for the first time. Pat Menne, who is the brother of former UFC champ Dave Menne, is set to take on Mike Jue at 185 pounds.
"I was actually approached by Nick Spina about Pat Menne," Myers said. "Of course, everyone knows his older brother Dave Menne, but from what I am being told they have very different styles. When Dave got you on the