OGDEN -- It's been a good year for Davis County mixed martial arts professional Sean Powers. The tall, lean Powers (6-3), scored a big win on Feb. 21 over fellow Utahn Dave Allred (10-5), stopping his opponent in the third round.
In that fight, promoted by Bellator, one of the elite names in MMA, Powers used his 6-foot, 2-inch 160-pound frame well, dominating in boxing as well as on the ground, and ending the match with a rear naked choke hold.
This Saturday, at Ogden's Lindquist Field, Powers hopes to continue his success, meeting Gabe Francis (6-4), a veteran Ogden MMA pro whose career includes a win over tough competitor Patrick Reeves.
Saturday's card, which includes professional and amateur bouts, is promoted by Total Mayhem. It will be Total Mayhem's second trip to the home of the Ogden Raptors for an MMA card. Last year's June 30 card at Lindquist, which included a win by Francis, boasted a big crowd to the ballpark.
"I am a black or white type of guy, meaning if I'm going to do something it's everything I've got," said Powers, who added that he's overwhelmed with all the support he's received for his MMA career from sponsors and others.
With a win on a Bellator card already in his career, if Powers continues to succeed the possibility exists that he may soon be tapped by Bellator or another top MMA organization. Recently, Top of Utah fighter Rad Martinez competed in a Bellator television tournament, lasting until the finals.
A typical training day for Powers includes "driving to the (Pit Elevated) in the afternoon for pro practice and then night practice with Frankie Lopez, who does all my pad work for me," said Powers, who is 23. He trains with an elite group of Utah MMA professionals, including Josh Burkman, Martinez, Dave Castillo, Court McGee, Ramsey Nijem, Clay Collard, Lucus Montoya, and others.
Powers is confident he'll get past Francis.
"No matter where this fight goes I can win. ... I'm trained in every aspect of martial arts and literally have hundred ways I can win. Gabe just has to choose how he'd like to lose," adds Powers, who has a website, seanpowersmma.com, and a business website, insparationsfloatspa.com.
There are 12 MMA fights scheduled at Lindquist Field, 2330 Lincoln Ave. The fights start at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at SmithTix.
The event, titled Raptors -- Rage in the Cage 2, also includes an effort with the Tenley Foundation: Helping Kids Beat Cancer, to raise money to combat cancer.
One amateur bouts includes undefeated Top of Utah heavyweight Eti Palu, who has ended all his fights very early. Other bouts include Fabio Serreo versus Kevin Hamby, Riley Earl versus Andrew Shiozaki, Matt Buck versus Lee Tibbetts, Shaun Vanderheiden versus Fernando Corona, Sergio Archuleta meets Eric Iman, Carson Gregory meets Thomas Hughes, Dominic Gero versus Dakota Groth, Joel Haro meets Michael Jamison, Geovanni Gavilanez versus Cameron Clanton and Alejandro Archuleta versus Joe Gutierrez.