Listen Here: Pro MMA Now Radio - RFA 4 fighters Tyler Perry, Chris Holdsowrth, and Jerry Shapiro discuss their upcoming bouts at RFA 4 on Friday, November 2nd in Las Vegas, Nevada.
7:30 p.m. | Tyler Perry | Perry fights former Olympic wrestler Steve Mocco:
-Tyler Perry (1-0) is a heavyweight prospect with an amazing pedigree.
In collegiate wrestling, he was teammates at the University of Missouri
with two current Bellator champions: Ben Askren (welterweight champ) and
Michael Chandler (lightweight champ). One of Perry's graduate coaches on
the team also happened to be current Strikeforce weltweight
top-contender Tyron Woodley. Perry also competes in college against five
men who have won six of the last seven NCAA Division I heavyweight
national titles in wrestling. He won his first two bouts for the RFA (1
pro and 1 amateur with dominating first round finishes.
-Steve Mocco (0-0) is a former U.S. Olympian and two-time NCAA Division
I national champion wrestler for the University of Iowa and Oklahoma
State University. He is widely considered to be one of the best amateur
wrestlers in U.S. history, which in turn makes him one of the
highest-rated heavyweight prospects to enter MMA in a long time. Mocco
currently trains out of the acclaimed American Top Team gym in Coconut
7:50 p.m. | Chris Holdsworth | Holdsworth fights former Oklahoma State (NCAA Division I) wrestler Tyler Shinn:
-Chris Holdsworth (3-0) is a Black Belt in Jiu-Jitsu under Marc Laimon
and will enjoy the home crowd advantage. Holdsworth now lives in
Sacramento, California as a member of Team Alpha Male, but he lived in
Las Vegas before that. In Las Vegas, Holdsworth earned his Black Belt as
a member of Cobra Kai Jiu-Jitsu and also won all six of his amateur MMA
bouts in Las Vegas. He held titles at 145-pounds and 135-pounds for
-Tyler Shinn (3-0) is a standout wrestler and national qualifier from
the NCAA Division I powerhouse wrestling program at Oklahoma State. At
Oklahoma State, Shinn trained under the legendary John Smith. Smith has
coached many of the world's top wrestlers, including many who eventually
became MMA stars. That would include Randy Couture, Johny Hendricks,
Daniel Cormier, Mark Muñoz, Jake Rosholt, Jared Rosholt, Shane Roller,
Mo Lawal, and RFA fighter Steve Mocco.
8:10 p.m. | Jerry Shapiro | Shapiro fights Jeff Curran protégé and Bellator veteran Cory Galloway:
-Jerry Shapiro is a brown belt in jiu-jitsu under ADCC veterans and
jiu-jitsu black belts Marc Laimon and Sim Go at Cobra Kai in Las Vegas.
He also supplements his grappling background by learning the stand-up
game from one of the best strikers in the world, UFC and PRIDE veteran
Gilbert Yvel. In amateur MMA, Shapiro won the Tuff-N-Uff 4-man
bantamweight tournament and the Tuff-N-Uff bantamweight title.
-Cory Galloway possesses a solid grappling pedigree, as he trains under
jiu-jitsu black belt, former UFC fighter, and ADCC veteran Jeff Curran
in Chicago, Illinois. Galloway is also the bigger and more experienced
fighter being that he is a Bellator veteran and will be coming into this
fight fresh off a submission win that he just earned at XFO this past
summer. Galloway has also shown that he is very comfortable when the
fight is kept standing.