OSU Wrestler Gets Title Shot

Jan 12, 2007

Former Ohio State University wrestler Tony Sylvester has been unstoppable since he started competing in the Fightfest mixed martial arts (MMA) promotion last year. He will get his shot at the heavyweight title on Feb. 3 at the Canton Civic Center.

Also, the hard rock band Drowning Pool will perform before fights, which will be taped to air on SportsTime Ohio. Drowning Pool is best known for its song “Let the Bodies Hit the Floor.”

Sylvester recently scored a TKO victory over Wisconsin veteran Demian “The Coroner” Decorah. Sylvester overwhelmed his opponent with punches in the second round, and Decorah had no choice but to tap out (give up).

In Canton, Sylvester (7-1) will battle Jason Godsey (Pictures) for the title. Godsey, known as “The Indianderthal,” is an expert in jiu-jitsu, sambo and catch wrestling. Godsey competed twice for Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) in 1999.

Nineteen fights are scheduled for the event, including Johnny Bedford vs. Arman Loktev (145 pounds); Prince McLean vs. Jason Freeman (205); and the conclusion of the three-fight series at 155 pounds between Mike Nesto and John “The Mongoose” Myers.

Other local favorites on the card include Zach Sutek, Terry Blackwell, Brian Rogers and Brian Hensley.

Fightfest airs on Fridays at 7:30 p.m. on SportsTime Ohio. Replays air on Sundays at 10:30 p.m. and Mondays at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at the Civic Center box office and through Ticketmaster.
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