This Saturday CFX will hold its 36th mixed martial arts event. One of the main attractions will feature 17-4 Bellator veteran Travis “The Hurricane” Reddinger as he looks to earn his way back into the big leagues. He faces a tough opponent in Justin Morrison of Adel, Iowa. This is a great opportunity for Morrison to compete against one of the top bantamweights from the Midwest. Reddinger is a finisher and a submission specialist with an ever-improving stand-up game. (If you haven’t seen his switch-kick to the liver against Floyd Hodges – check the 45 second mark here.) His time at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy is clearly paying dividends and an impressive win over Morrison this Saturday night may be just what “The Hurricane” needs to get his shot in the UFC.
The evening’s main event will see UFC veteran and grappling powerhouse Brock Larson take on the massive Marcus Sursa in a middleweight bout. Sursa, a Bellator and Shark Fights veteran, has faced six UFC vets in the past (Alan Belcher, Stefan Struve, Elliot Marshall, Trevor Prangley, Eddie Sanchez, and Logan Clark) but has come up short in each of those bouts. This fight will give him one more chance to prove he can beat a high level fighter.
Larson has a few things to prove himself. He opened his career with 15 consecutive victories (14 coming by stoppage). Then he got the call from the UFC and squared off against Jon Fitch, who was also making his UFC debut. Fitch won a unanimous decision and went on to steamroll the welterweight division en route to a title shot.
Larson was released but went on to win 6 straight fights outside of the promotion and returned to fight Keita Nakamura at UFC Fight Night 7. This time the decision went his way and Brock picked up his 22nd win in 23 bouts.
Instead of staying in the UFC, Larson wound up in Zuffa’s newly acquired WEC organization. There he posted back-to-back stoppage victories over Erik Apple and Kevin Knabjian before falling to the defending welterweight champion Carlos Condit. (Check the video highlights here to watch Brock in Beast Mode).
He finished out his WEC tenure with two more victories, including a highlight-reel knockout over Carlo Prater in just 37 seconds. Soon after, the WEC’s welterweight division was absorbed into the UFC and Larson came back to the octagon in top form, submitting Jesse Sanders and Mike Pyle – both in the first round.
Of course Larson is no longer with the UFC but a comeback has to be on his mind. With a booming overhand left and world-class grappling skills to his credit, Larson’s road back to the UFC could begin with a win over the always-game Marcus Sursa.