Colorado MMA - Eliot Marshall On Road Back
Colorado fighter Eliot "The Fire" Marshall isn't taking the easy road on his journey back to the UFC roster.
After having problems finding a game opponent, Marshall will now be facing two within a short timeframe. First it will be the always tough Josh Haynes at Ring Of Fire-Summerbrawl on August 27th as Marshall returns to the promotion that launched his UFC run.
Getting back in the cage after a short layoff on September 11th, Marshall will be facing a dangerous fighter in Brazilian Adriano Camose for the new "Bring The Thunder MMA" promotion. This will be the promotions first event, organized by CSU-Pueblo wrestling coach and fight promoter Dax Charles and matchmaker Leister Bowling. Proceeds will benefit the CSU-Pueblo athletics programs.
And they get things started with a stacked card including a main event of Shane Roller vs. Cameron Dollar, although the Marshall vs. Camolese will likely provide the most great "fight moments" of the night.
Marshall's release from the UFC after posting a respectable 3-1 record never set good with him or his fans.
"I guess most of the guys that get kicked out of the UFC get their ass kicked on the way out. Well, I didn’t get my ass kicked by anybody," said Marshall. "I think the general consensus is I got screwed. They're like, 'that's not the best fight, you went 3-1 and lost a split decision' to I don't know, I'd say Vladdy's top 15, some people have him top 10."
Josh Haynes is a dangerous opponent to start a comeback with considering his "go for broke" style. Mix that with a renewed sense of urgency, and it makes for an interesting matchup as both fighters come out with there backs against the wall.
Haynes realizes the opportunity, but knows Marshall is dangerous in his own right.
"This is a great fight. I am very excited for the opportunity to face an opponent of Eliot’s caliber. This is one of those style match ups that is very dependent on who can impose their game and dictate the flow of the fight. I have been on a bit of a break from the game and this is a hell of a fight to come back to.
"Eliot is a legit fighter who has had a fair amount of success. He offers a challenge in his fighting style that I am very interested in figuring out. I have respect for the man and when it is all over I’ll be the first to buy him a drink.
"I think he would agree though, when that cage door closes it’s time to whoop some ass, and it just so happens that whooping ass is something I’m pretty good at."
I see this one ending in the second with Eliot coming out on top after securing the 6th submission of his career.
The real test will come the night of September 11th, only 2 weeks after Ring Of Fire.
Normally Eliot has the BJJ advantage in his fights, but in this case the 7 year black belt and multiple time world champion Camolese, will hold the slight edge on paper as he tries to win his 3rd fight in a row in his professional career.
Not to mention the fact that Camolese is dubbed as "the primary sparring partner for Anderson Silva", making interesting headlines and media clips if nothing else.
Marshall has a couple of his own top level sparring partners in Shane Carwin and Brendan Schaub.
If Marshall is able to pull off the huge wins back to back, similar to what fans were witness to with Chris Leben on July 3rd, he will no doubt be that much closer to the bright lights of the UFC.
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