FORT WORTH, TX, November 4, 2011 – Tomorrow night in Moline, Illinois, another Texas-based fighter will get his shot at upsetting a famous name for the first time since Lee Higgins battled against Randy’s son Ryan Couture at Strikeforce Challengers earlier this year. This time around, it will be Evan Cutts (2-0) of Fort Worth, TX taking on BJ’s brother Reagan Penn (1-0) in a welterweight matchup on the ProElite II: Big Guns card set for LIVE broadcast on HDNet.
Training alongside current Ultimate Fighter contender “Brutal” Johnny Bedford at the Fitness Fight Factory, the lanky 20 year old Evan has been able to secure a submission win in his first two fights as a pro after an amateur career that saw him go 4-1 with his only loss being to 8-2 Oklahoman Bogie Blunt. Now set to face the biggest fight of his career in only his third fight in, Cutts is looking to make the most out of an opportunity that doesn’t come around this early for most fighters.
“I know I’m blessed to train and do this sport for a living,” Evan mentioned. “I try to see it as a privelege and that makes every opportunity a big one.”
Heading into Saturday night, Evan realizes opportunities at this stage don’t get much bigger than taking on Reagan Penn, a Brazilian Jiu Jitsu black and a fighter with a lot of eyes watching his every move. As talented as his opponent is, Evan is undeterred and knows that beating him at this point could mean a lot for his career. “I’m excited to show what I can do,” he says about the fight.
ProElite II: Big Guns – Seven Fights to Air on HDNet
The latest reincarntion of Pro Elite since they ran events under the Elite XC banner will feature 11 fights on the evening in their second event.
Aside from Evan Cutts vs. Reagan Penn, the card also features 2 former UFC heavyweight champions in Andrei Arlovski (16-9) and Tim Sylvia (29-7). These two will be taking on Travis Fulton (247-48-10) and Andreas Kraniotakes (12-4) respectively while the quarterfinals of ProElite’s 8-man heavyweight tournament rounds out the card.
Main Bouts: (HDNet 9PM ET/6PM PT)
• Reagan Penn vs. Evan Cutts
• Andrei Arlovski vs. Travis Fulton
• Tim Sylvia vs. Andreas Kraniotakes
• Mark Ellis vs. Ryan Martinez (heavyweight tournament quarterfinal)
• Jason Bosler vs. Richard Odoms (heavyweight tournament quarterfinal)
• Chris Birchler vs. Jake Heun (heavyweight tournament quarterfinal)
• Walter Harris vs. Esteves Jones (heavyweight tournament quarterfinal)
Preliminary Bouts (Untelevised)
• Kelly Skeffington vs. Jonathon Thomson (Amateur)
• Daniel DeCamp vs. Nick McClean (Amateur)
• Richard McCraw vs. Todd Monaghan (HW Tourney Reserve Bout)
• Waylon Lowe vs. Floyd Hodges
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