Professional Debut for Three MMA Fighters at Midtown Throwdown III

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Colby Covington, former Thurston wrestler, two-time Pac-10 Wrestling Champion at Oregon State University and NCAA All-American is coming home to Lane County February 11th to kick off his professional career in mixed martial arts. Colby’s pro debut against Chris Ensley will take place at Midtown Throwdown III in front of friends and fans who remember his superb wrestling at Thurston High and Oregon State.

Colby Covington, former Thurston wrestler, two-time Pac-10 Wrestling Champion at Oregon State University and NCAA All-American is coming home to Lane County February 11th to kick off his professional career in mixed martial arts. Colby’s pro debut against Chris Ensley will take place at Midtown Throwdown III in front of friends and fans who remember his superb wrestling at Thurston High and Oregon State. The Oregon State Athletic Commission sanctioned event will be held at the Lane County Fairgrounds Event Center in Eugene featuring Midtown’s 24’ event series octagon.

Colby is currently living in Coconut Creek, Florida where he trains with American Top Team a premier training facility for UFC fighters.

Chris Ensley, a freelance fighter from Lebanon, OR has more than 20 professional fights under his belt and this experience makes him a formidable opponent for the youngster, Covington.

Midtown Throwdown III will be headlined by a profession bout between Corey “Agnarr” Wyatt with amateur record of 14-2 and Darrio Mobley with professional record of 4-3. This will also be the professional debut for Corey whose amateur career has been nothing short of amazing. Fighting out of Midtown MMA, Corey has won six amateur belts and is currently the nationally ranked #1 amateur middleweight in the Nation by ISCF. Wyatt’s opponent, Darrio Mobley, fights for No Pain Just Glory and has also trained with team Sharp Nux. A 2009 graduate of Crater High School in Central Point, OR, where he was a stand-out in wrestling and football, Darrio was named Defensive Player of the Year in the Southern Sky Conference his senior year. He was chosen to 2nd team All-State and 1st Team All-League as a linebacker. On the wrestling mat, Darrio is a 3-time All District Champion and placed 4th in State in 2009.

Amateur fighters from the Pacific Northwest will be participating in the event as well. Included are numerous popular local fighters and an exciting heavyweight tournament between as 265 lb monsters Jimmy Jennett facing Anthony “the Joker” McDonald and Tyrell Bosen fighting Jason Begley. The fight card currently has 15 matches scheduled in several weight classes. All of the contestants are athletic, explosive and unpredictable with varying degrees of experience.

Under the close supervision of the Oregon State Athletic Commission, the fights are conducted with the safety of the participants foremost. Judges, referees, medical personnel and observers from OSAC are required to be in attendance and carefully monitor the matches. All sanctioned Oregon matches are approved in advance by officials at OSAC to make sure fighters are not scheduled in a bout that is potentially lopsided.

Midtown Throwdown III doors will open at 6pm and the fights start at 7:30pm. Admission ranges from $25 - $65 with 1st row seats at $65, 2nd row seats at $55, third row seats at $45 and rows 4-6 at $35. General admission tickets are $25.

Tickets are available on-line at MidtownMMA.com and the Midtown MMA and Family Fitness gym located at 2600 Main St. in Springfield. 541-505-8388

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