Nico Echeverry (11-4) shared on Instagram today that his fight with Canadian Anthony “The Genius” Romero (9-1) at Fury FC 54 should be for the promotion’s vacant lightweight title. The social media post was aimed at Fury Fighting Championship CEO Eric Garcia.
“I heard y’all are in search of a new 155 champ. You got the best two fighters in the division about to duke it out on Sunday, so why not make this official”.
Trey Ogden (15-4) picked up the title this past weekend at Fury FC 53: Lookin’ for a Fight when he bested JJ Okanovich (8-3) with a submission in Round 2. UFC president Dana White, who was in attendance at the event, offered Ogden a UFC contract after his win, leaving the title vacant.
A Battle Between Lightweights
The bout between the two lightweights is scheduled for November 21 in Houston, Texas. Romero is coming off a close split decision loss against JJ Okanovich (7-3) at Fury FC 50 in September and a split decision win against Zach “The Juice” Juusola (12-8) at LFA 96 last December.
In 2020, the Niagara Top Team/Aegis MMA athlete put on a dominant performance on Season 4 Week 4 of Dana White’s Contender Series. Romero took the unanimous decision to win over Mike Breeden (10-4), striking “Money” with leg kicks until he could barely stand. Many viewers were surprised when Romero did not walk away with a UFC contract.
Echeverry has back-to-back unanimous decision wins against Kenneth “Backfire” Glen (10-8) at Fury FC 47 in June and Eddie Hoch (11-5) at Fury FC 52 on October 17. The 30-year-old has been fighting for the Fury FC promotion since 2017. The 11 wins on his pro record include five decisions, three submissions, and 3 TKOs.
Fury FC is one of the most popular promotions in Texas and has been used as a stepping stone to the UFC for many fighters, including Mana Martinez (9-2) and Fernando Padilla (14-4). The event is a stacked card finishing with the main event heavyweight championship bout between Juan Adams (8-3) and Austen Lane (9-3).
Fury FC 54 Overview
Note: The order of bouts can change, and fights may fall off or get added to the card.
Amateur Heavyweight bout: James Ford vs Kevin Clark
Amateur Bantamweight bout: Oliver Jiminez vs Thomas Muniz
Amateur Lightweight bout: Jonathan King vs Keaton Standradige
FFC Amateur Featherweight Championship bout: Christopher Tovar vs. Geno Morelli
FFC Amateur Welterweight Championship bout: Keith Ford vs Kody Steele
FFC Amateur Middleweight Championship bout: Felipe Rocha vs Zachary Borrego
Flyweight bout: Victor Gonzalez vs David Waters
Lightweight bout: Edmilson Freitas vs Joel Bauman
Bantamweight bout: Stephen Perez vs Evers Anderson
Flyweight Bout: Joshua Thawng vs Chase Eastham
Lightweight bout: Taylor Hickman vs. Raymond Cardenas
Featherweight bout: Frank Meno vs Lorram Esteves
Featherweight bout: Jake Heffernan vs Dimitre Ivy
Featherweight bout: Charles Cheeks III vs Josh Visel
Women’s Strawweight bout: Itzel Esquivel vs Celine Haga
Lightweight bout: Anthony Romero vs Nico Echeverry
FFC Heavyweight Championship bout: Juan Adams vs Austen Lane
Fury FC 54 is available on UFC Fight Pass.
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