Combat Sports

APFC 2 Main Event Breakdown: Aguirre vs. DeHaven

|
Image for APFC 2 Main Event Breakdown: Aguirre vs. DeHaven

Ordinarily, when somebody goes to a baseball game and sees a fight, it has one of two outcomes: It’s either a fight between someone in the stands and those spectators spend a night in jail, or it’s a fight between players and the umpire, with the end result being an ejection.

On Friday night, however, at Milwaukee’s Franklin Field, this won’t be the case, as the home ballpark of the Milwaukee Milkmen of the American Association of Professional Baseball plays host to a different kind of fight.

MMA will take over the stadium when Anthony Pettis Fighting Championship (previously known as Showtime Fighting Championship) holds APFC 2, its Midwest Invitational, and the APFC 2 main event.

With this card being an outdoor show, those who hold tickets to APFC 2 on Friday are advised to monitor the weather forecast in Milwaukee and watch for any news of a rain out on social media.

APFC 2 will be streamed online across two platforms this Friday night, beginning with the amateur undercard at 5:30 pm ET/ 2:30 pm PT on Facebook, followed at 7 pm ET/ 4 pm PT with the pro prelims.

Friday’s main card will be streamed at 9 pm ET/ 6 pm PT on UFC Fight Pass.

Bantamweight Showcase for APFC 2 Main Event

Barring any cancellations, APFC 2 will be a 10-fight card, capped by a bantamweight contest in the APFC 2 main event.

Undefeated Nick Aguirre (5-0 MMA, APFC promotional debut) will battle Tyler DeHaven (2-1 MMA, 1-0 APFC) in the headliner.

No championship will be at stake in the APFC 2 main event, so it’ll be a three-round fight at five minutes per round to close this very unique night at the ballpark.

APFC 2 Main Event Fighter Comparison

Going into the headliner on Friday, Tyler DeHaven stands as the taller man at 5-foot-10, compared to the 5-foot-9 frame of Nick Aguirre.

No reach advantage information could be found on the Internet for this fight.

Nick Aguirre Seeks to Run Winning Streak to a Dozen in APFC 2 Main Event

Nick Aguirre enters the APFC 2 main event on Friday night unbeaten thus far in his professional MMA career.

In fact, he has yet to lose period in MMA, having emerged victorious from 11 consecutive bouts dating back to his amateur days.

Most recently, he scored a first-round knockout due to unanswered strikes against Thomas DeLeon (0-1 MMA) on June 4 during Elite Fight Night 3 in Gary, IN at RailCats Stadium, making the APFC 2 main event his second consecutive fight taking place inside a baseball stadium.

Prior to turning to MMA, Aguirre competed on the wrestling team at McKendree University in Lebanon, IL, posting a 9-7 record in the 2015-16 season.

Upon graduating with a Bachelors’ Degree in Sociology, he began his career in the cage and he’s been undefeated ever since.

Can the former collegiate wrestler win his 12th fight in a row?

Tune into the APFC 2 main event and find out.

Tyler DeHaven Looks to Bounce Back in APFC 2 Main Event

In the other corner, Tyler DeHaven has gone 4-1 in his last five fights, most recently seeing a four-fight winning streak snapped on the night of June 25 against Zakariya Camara (1-0 MMA) during B2 Fighting Series 168 in Louisville.

Prior to that fight, he appeared during APFC 1 on Feb. 11 in Lakeland, FL, besting Akeem Bashir (2-1 MMA) by unanimous decision after three rounds.

The defeat by DeHaven was his first across all competitions dating back to the start of his amateur career in August of 2019.

He’s had a meteoric rise through the ranks up to this point in the sport, although his momentum was slowed by the recent loss, but can he bounce back with a victory on Friday?

Analysis, Film Study, and Prediction

The APFC 2 main event on Friday night looks to be a toss-up as both of these men have been known to score the victory by stoppage.

Furthermore, both Nick Aguirre and Tyler DeHaven are former high school wrestlers.

Nick Aguirre Can Be Vicious With Punches

One aspect of Nick Aguirre’s fight game that’s showed up on video is his ability to score the knockout, as he did against Dru Davis-Henry in October from last year.

This one was violent for as long as it lasted.

Right from the command to fight in the opening round, Nick Aguirre threw feints before Henry attempted a jumping knee.

Aguirre stuffed a Henry takedown and was able to get his opponent into an anaconda choke attempt before jettisoning the effort in favor of a sweep, using his wrestling to eventually get to the top mount, landing ground and pound shots to soften Henry up.

The punches only got heavier and more brutal from there, as Aguirre unloaded with intense elbow shots to score the knockout in under 90 seconds.

If Nick Aguirre pours it on with strikes, the main event will be his.

Tyler DeHaven Can End The Fight Quickly

In the other corner, fans of Tyler DeHaven can’t afford to blink during the APFC 2 main event on Friday, as they might miss a fight-ending sequence.

He can end a fight in a hurry, as he did against Caleb Gall in May of last year.

DeHaven came out like a house on fire in round one, landing two kicks in 13 seconds, including a kick to the head of Gall, to send him down and out, successfully defending the Caged Aggression Amateur Bantamweight Championship in the process.

If Tyler DeHaven’s kicks are on-point, the APFC 2 main event will be a very short fight on Friday.

Final Thoughts

Don’t look away from the screen during the APFC 2 main event.

Usually, at this point in the article, we’d say “Pay the pizza guy before the fight starts,” but since this card takes place at a baseball stadium, have your nachos and salsa ready before the fight starts.

You’ll be sorry if you don’t.

Prediction: Nick Aguirre by First-Round TKO

Featured image credits to Anthony Pettis Fighting Championship on Facebook

Share this article

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.