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Showtime FC 1 Main Event Preview and Breakdown

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Whenever a novel concept, such as a brand-new MMA promotion, comes along, it can be an exciting thing– and this is what Anthony Pettis brings to UFC Fight Pass this Friday night from the RP Funding Center in Lakeland, FL.

A New Era Dawns With Showtime FC 1 and Showtime FC 1 Main Event

Friday, Pettis’ Showtime Fighting Championship (hereafter referred to as Showtime FC) begins a new and exciting era in MMA when, after an aborted launch last October, Showtime FC 1 takes place on Fight Pass.

Live coverage from Lakeland on Fight Pass begins at 9 pm ET and will feature (at most) seven MMA fights, culminating in the Showtime FC 1 main event to close out the promotion’s maiden voyage.

Lucas Alexander (6-2 MMA) will square off against Jacob Kilburn (8-5 MMA) in the Showtime FC 1 main event this Friday night, a three-round fight at five minutes per round at featherweight to end the evening.

Showtime FC 1 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Heading into Friday night’s Showtime FC 1 main event, Lucas Alexander stands as the taller man at 5-foot-11, compared to the 5-foot-9 frame of Jacob Kilburn, a veteran of the PFL and the UFC.

In addition, Jacob Kilburn owns a 72-inch reach, with no such information accessible online for Lucas Alexander going into the Showtime FC 1 main event this Friday night on UFC Fight Pass.

Lucas Alexander Looks to Extend Winning Streak to Five in a Row in Showtime FC 1 Main Event

Lucas Alexander enters the Showtime FC 1 main event on Friday night having posted a 4-1 record in his last five MMA appearances and has won four fights in a row.

Most recently, he scored a second-round knockout against Ty Kalista (Ty Johnson) during Combat Night Pro 22 on June 5 last year.

Given his recent hot streak, it stands to reason that Alexander could very well be on the fast track to a deal in a major MMA promotion, such as the UFC or Bellator MMA, after the Showtime FC 1 main event this coming weekend, especially if he emerges victorious from his next conquest.

If it’s the same Lucas Alexander who has won four fights in succession on the regional circuit, he’ll have as good of a chance as anybody on this card Friday night to get a shot at the big show.

His opponent, Jacob Kilburn, has already had a taste at big-league MMA, and he’s using the Showtime FC 1 main event as a possible springboard to get back to prominence.

Jacob Kilburn Looks to Shake Off Demons of Three-Fight Losing Streak in Showtime FC 1 Main Event Friday Night

In the other corner, Jacob Kilburn has gone 2-3 in his last five MMA appearances and is currently on a three-fight losing streak heading into the Showtime FC 1 main event on Friday night, getting knocked out by a switch flying knee in round one of his last bout, a showcase contest versus Brandon Jenkins (himself a UFC fighter) last August during PFL 9‘s opening bout on ESPN+.

Prior to that, he dropped two consecutive UFC fights, including a unanimous decision to Austin Lingo in January of last year during UFC on ABC 1 from Fight Island in Abu Dhabi, resulting in Kilburn being cut from the promotion after that fight.

Much like Lucas Alexander, a key storyline for Jacob Kilburn and his camp is going to be a question of which version of him and their fighter is going to show up in the Showtime FC 1 main event this weekend.

If the version of Jacob Kilburn that shows up on Friday night is the version of Jacob Kilburn that’s dropped three fights in a row, he’s in bad trouble.

However, if the version of Jacob Kilburn that shows up on Friday night is the version of Jacob Kilburn that scored a first-round knockout of Javanis J. Ross directly before he joined the UFC, Lucas Alexander could very well have a rough night.

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

Stylistically, the Showtime FC 1 main event on Friday night looks to favor Jacob Kilburn, who holds black belts in judo, jiu-jitsu, and karate, along with a purple belt in Brazilian jiu-jitsu.

Lucas Alexander Can be Vicious with Punches

In examining the videotape of Lucas Alexander’s fight against Reggie Mack, he can turn it on with his punches if needed.

During the third round of that night’s headlining bout, Alexander immediately countered a Mack punch with a flying knee to send him backwards, opening Mack up with punches and landing a knee to the face, culminating with a flurry of unanswered strikes as Mack was against the cage fence– leaving the referee no choice but to call a stop right then and there.

If Lucas Alexander is able to land a flying knee to send him flying backwards, it could be the opening he needs to come away victorious in the Showtime FC 1 main event on Friday night.

Jacob Kilburn Can Use Clinch to Set Up Knockout

In the other corner, one aspect of Jacob Kilburn’s fight game that stands out on tape is the use of the clinch to try and set up a knockout, as he did versus Javanis J. Ross in October of 2019.

During the first round of the Island Fights 60 main event on UFC Fight Pass, Kilburn was able to transition out of a takedown attempt into a clinch, and although Ross was able to move around the ring, Kilburn proved to be the better man in this exchange, as he scored with some punches coming out of the clinch.

Kilburn later backed Ross up with a flurry of right hands, with Ross countering by landing a jumping knee– but it proved to be inconsequential on the grand scale of the fight, as Kilburn landed a right hand to the body before ending the show with a left-handed shot to send him down and out on the canvas to score the knockout.

If Jacob Kilburn is able to use the clinch effectively, the Showtime FC 1 main event could very well be a quick night at the office for him.

Final Thoughts

At the core, Showtime FC 1 is worth checking out for two reasons, the fact that it’s the debut of an all-new promotion and the fact that the main event could prove to be exciting.

Check it out on Friday night

Prediction: Jacob Kilburn by First-Round Knockout.

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Drew Zuhosky has been writing about MMA since the spring of 2018. A graduate of Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, Drew enjoys a good game and an even better fight. When he's not writing, you can find him playing video games and listening to music.