Undefeated Phil Hawes added to WSOF 31
By Edward Carbajal
From the famed Jackson-Winklejohn camp in Albuquerque, N.M. Former Junior College National Wrestling Champ , 6-foot, 27-year-old Phil Hawes who hails from Little Ferry, New Jersey, will make his promotional debut against Joshua “The Prince of MMA” Key (6-11, 2 NC) on the live, five-bout NBCSN telecast (9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT) of WSOF31: Ivanov vs. Copeland, at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Conn. on Friday, June 17.
Hawes is 3-0 and fights at middleweight (185 pounds) he has been described as having “limitless potential” by Jon Jones. Hawes has had three straight victories since making his debut in 2014, the first two by way of TKO and the third – a first round victory over Brandon Collins on October 18 – by way of arm bar submission. WSOF 31 will be his first match since his busy 2014.
He joins the main event card of the live NBCSN telecast; reigning world heavyweight champion Blagoy Ivanov (13-1) will risk his title against Josh “Cuddly Bear” Copeland (13-1). In the lightweight (155 pounds) co-main event, superstars Jason “The Kansas City Bandit” High (19-5) and Mike “The Martian” Ricci (11-4) will square off with their division’s number one contender ranking at stake.
Edward Carbajal is a contributing writer for MMA at Page2sports.com and Frontproof Media. You can follow Edward on Twitter @Carbazel or at his website TheBlogBoardJungle.com. Check out his podcast on Spreaker.