This Saturday former XFC promoter John Prisco will bring professional mixed martial arts back to the Gulf Coast of Florida in the form of V3Fights 61 at the Tampa Convention Center! Based in Memphis, Tennessee, V3Fights is quickly becoming the household name in the South for regional MMA promotions. With a main event featuring Billy Quarantillo and Eric “It’s A Wrap” Reynolds, both hailing from the Tampa area, spectators can expect a strong card with plenty of homegrown talent as well as fighters on the rise!
MAIN EVENT: BILLY QUARANTILLO (9-2) VS. ERIC REYNOLDS (17-9) - Lightweight
Fighting out of Gracie Tampa South, the 28-year-old Billy Quarantillo looks to win his third in a row when he matches up with Bellator veteran Eric "It’s A Wrap” Reynolds in a Lightweight bout this Saturday. Quarantillo gained large-scale exposure when he competed on The Ultimate Fighter: Team McGregor vs. Team Faber (also known as The Ultimate Fighter 22), eventually falling in the Elimination round to Saul “Tha Hangman” Rogers (12-2). Quarantillo has finished off opponents with two TKOs and four submissions.
Reynolds, a Gracie Bradenton product, will bring more than a decade of experience as he returns to the cage for the first time in almost two years due to injury. Beginning his career when he was just 19 years old, Reynolds has competed all around the world with promotions such as Bellator and XFC. The 31-year-old has collected eight wins by KO/TKO and eight more by submission.
RASHAUN SPENCER (8-10) VS. REGGIE PEÑA (13-6) - Middleweight
Standing at 6’2” with a 75.0” reach, Rashaun Spencer will attempt to right his ship after two consecutive losses by decision in 2016. The 27-year-old Middleweight fighter trains with Hardcore MMA and is based out of Lake City, Florida.
In the opposing corner, Reggie “The Regulator” Peña stands two inches shorter than Spencer but boasts a respectable reach of 74.0”. The 34-year-old Floridian and member of Champions MMA is eyeing his fourth consecutive win following a TKO and two wins by submission.
SEBASTIAN ANGEL (3-2) VS. ABDIEL VELAZQUEZ (7-4) - Bantamweight
Next up, Sebastian Angel, who has collected all three of his wins by submission, will look to build upon his triumph via armbar over Mark Fisk in the first round of a bout in April. The 29-year-old allied with Highlander MMA will be competing at the Bantamweight class but has also weighed in as a catchweight in the past.
Abdiel “The Nightmare” Velazquez of Team Assassin MMA has prepared to rebound after two losses in 2016. The 24-year-old Floridian, who stands at only 5’4”, will be moving up from Flyweight, where he has weighed in for his past five fights.
DAVID MUNDELL (6-3) VS. MIKE LOMBARDO (3-0) - Middleweight
Gracie Clearwater will send David “Redneck” Mundell into the cage for a Middleweight bout as the 26-year-old plans to end a losing streak of two matches. Mundell has picked up two wins by KO/TKO and can reach 75.0” with his 5’9” frame.
Michael Lombardo will present a tough challenger as he has already racked up two wins in 2017 while cruising through his first three professional fights. The 27-year-old also posted a 3-0 record in his amateur career before turning pro in 2016.
SMITH AMISIAL (0-3) VS. FRANKLIN CISNEROS (DEBUT) - Welterweight
In the opening fight of the main card, Smith “The American Dream” Amisial and Franklin Cisneros will both be squaring off in a battle that will end in someone’s first professional victory. A lot will be on the line for both competitors who hail from Florida and are over 30 years old.
UNDERCARD: DANNY DURNAVICH (6-1) VS. RAHEAM FOREST (4-4) - Welterweight
Danny "Dirty" Durnavich will make his final amateur start before the highly-touted, young fighter moves on the next level of MMA. A Chicago-native who finds himself fighting with Highlander MMA in Florida, Durnavich is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and has previously trained in Los Angeles with the prestigious Black House (Casa Preta) team, which has housed notable standouts such as Anderson Silva, Junior dos Santos, and José Aldo.
Raheam “Rambo” Forest will have his work cut out for him as he tries to rebound from two straight losses in the Welterweight class. Unlike his opponent, Forest has experience fighting inside the V3 cage a total of five times.
Below is the full V3Fights 61 card: