On Tap: RFS Returns to Winchester August 9th

Revolution Fight Series returns to Winchester, with its’ ninth installment in the popular, fast growing series.  The all-amateur fight promotion has 16 bouts scheduled and will be a mix of Muay Thai and MMA matches.  Within those 16 fights will be 5 title bouts, 2 in Muay Thai and 3 in their MMA ranks.

Highlighting the card will be the RFS Featherweight title match between Champion,Cory Shannon, who will have his hometown fans behind him, versus Mike Lawrence, the Richmond, VA native.  Shannon, who captured the Featherweight belt, back in March, will look to maintain it by mixing up his ever-evolving striking game with his sound grappling skills. Shannon’s 5 victories have been a combination of different methods, but the majority have come via decision.  In his two losses, the Champ has been susceptible to early submissions.  This will be Shannon’s fifth title fight, but the Winchester native will be at an experience disadvantage to the 14-fight veteran, Lawrence.   Lawrence, will look to add another title belt to his collection, in this, his 8th title bout.  The MMA Institute Featherweighthas alternated wins and losses, dating back to 2013, but will look to make this his second win in a row.  The Muay Thai fighter, who also has 17 kickboxing fights on his resume, will attempt to marry those standup skills with a solid ground game and leave Winchester with some gold around his waist.   The two fighters have combined to go the distance in 12 fights, between them, so cardio won’t be an issue for this scrap.

The Co-Main Event will be a Muay Thai title bout, in the RFS Welterweight Division.  Defending his title and representing House of Muay Thai will be Jake Chamberlain.  Chamberlain, the more polished of the two strikers, could look to use his footwork and sharp combinations to combat the power of his opponent, Kevin Flinchbaugh.  Flinchbaugh is an in your face fighter with massive knockout power and also possesses respectable footwork.  Flinchbaugh, who trains out of Hanover Boxing Club, will likely use his aggressive style to push the pace of the fight, looking to test the granite chin of Chamberlain.  Should Chamberlain decide to stand and trade with Flinchbaugh, the Winchester faithful will be in for a treat.

There will also be a battle for the RFS Women’s Strawweight title as Tech Top Teams’ Theresa Blaz takes on the Champion, Roya Darvishian, of Team Lloyd Irvin.  Darvishian, who has dropped two of her last three fights, outside of RFS, will look to come back strong and defend her title.  Strong is a word that very aptly describes the powerhouse wrestler, Darvishian, who some might describe as a “gym rat”, as her dedication to training and improving her overall game cannot be questioned.   A grinder, Darvishian has gone to decision in her last six fights, but also has a win via TKO and a submission.  So, she can excel, wherever the fight may go.  Blaz’ strategy could be to use Roya’s aggressive style against her by working good counter strikes or looking for a submission off of a takedown.   Both these fighters fight much larger than their 115 lb. frames would suggest.

Additional bouts include:

Title Bouts:

Muay Thai Super-Heavyweight Title:  Josh Thompson v. Jeff Blachly

MMA Welterweight Title:  Colton Desjardins v. Bruce Abramski

Non-Title Bouts:

Jeanette Barker v. Jenn Martin

William Jernigan v. Anthony Jackson

Jason Harris v. Donaven McCoy

Will Wilson v. Matt Able

Robert Smith v. Donte Stith

Larry Hensely v. Damien Smith

Chris Paul v. Jordan Fields

Max Schopp v. Sam Winn

Desmond Joyner v. Derrick Borlie

Edwin Gonzalez v. Scott Cash

Juan Cruz v. Terry Bartholemew

Revolution Fight Series 9 will be held August 9, 2014 at South End Fire Hall, 17 W. Monmouth St., Winchester, VA.  Doors open to VIP guests at 5:00 PM and additional guests at 6:00 PM.  The fights will begin, promptly, at 7:00 PM.  For additional information and/or tickets, visitwww.revolutionfights.com or on the RFS Facebook page at www.facebook.com/RevoFights.