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Shoaff and Ferguson to fight at CutThroat's Invasion 4

November 29th, 2011


Carlson Gracie Team MMA fights at Invasion 4

Aurora, Illinois (IL) -- This Friday night at La Sierra in Aurora, Instructor Tom Shoaff and Sam Ferguson both enter the cage at CutThroat MMA's Invasion 4 looking to add victories to their impressive resumes as they progress toward promising professional careers.


Instructor Tom Shoaff, who is undefeated, has been impressive in finishing his last three fights by winning with two slick arm bar submissions and a highlight reel head-kick knockout. However, his success has made him a prime target for other up and comers looking to make a name off his resume and prestigious status as a Carlson Gracie Team MMA Instructor. Brandon Priest, who fights out of the rival Chicago Unified Mixed Martial Arts Training Academy of in Elgin (CUMMATA), is that up and comer who thinks he has what it takes to defeat Tom in his own back yard.


'Tom is one of the best strikers in the gym' said Coach Jeff Neal proudly. 'We have also put a lot of work into his ground game, and he has become a really dominant fighter anywhere in the cage. I am confident we will see another explosive performance from him Friday night regardless of the type of fight it turns out to be.'


Many fighters say that they will take a fight anywhere at anytime. Sam Ferguson has done more than talk the talk. This Friday night will be Sam's fifth competition in a grueling eight week stretch. He has already logged two grappling tournaments, a Muay Thai match, and a war of a 185lb title fight which went a full three rounds. He has done so while living over 100 miles away from the gym he calls home! Standing across from him will be a back-to-the wall nothing to lose brawler by the name of Andrew West who is coming off a recent knock out victory. West is currently ranked #9 in the CutThroat 185 division and Sam is ranked #2. Andrew West would love nothing better to prove he his a title contender by catching Sam at a vulnerable time.


Coach Jason Sullins remarked, 'Sam Ferguson does not have a weak area in his game. He is a top prospect fighter that I expect to go very far in his career. That being said it has still been unbelievably tough for him to compete at this level with the lack of access to gyms and training partners.'


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