Ogden pros Neal, Reeves fight in dueling MMA cards

Aug 9 2013 - 12:11am

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OGDEN -- Tonight, two mixed martial arts fight cards will compete for attention in the Top of Utah.

In Ogden, veteran Pat Reeves, a Utah champion, will headline a card at the Weber County Fair, meeting David Burgara in the main event at the Golden Spike Events Center arena.

And in Salt Lake City at the Rail Event Center, Ogden's Jon Neal (5-0) faces his toughest test, meeting Utah veteran Scottie Casey (14-2) in a five-round bout for the Utah Lightweight Championship.

For Neal, a graduate of Ogden High School, the Casey fight is definitely his biggest test.

"I don't know much about him or his style but that he trains at the Muai Thai institute. I'm comfortable either standing or grappling but wherever it ends up I intend to make it a physical grind," said Neal.

In MMA, five-round fights that can go 25 minutes are the championship rounds. Neal has trained for that distance.

"I do lots of trail running. I practice six days a week while working full time throwing freight," he added.

On the same SteelFist card with Neal is an intriguing bout that matches two tough 170-pounders, Mike Crisman and Jared Hatch.

In Ogden, Reeves tangles with another prospect in Burgara, who owns a win over tough veteran Gabe Pelayo. "I hope to put on a great show and I figure this guy is going to come out aggressive and fast. I want to set myself and set my place. I'll take whatever gets thrown at me," says Reeves.

Reeves fought at the Weber County Fair a while back and enjoyed the experience.

"It's awesome to be part of the fair. It's my home town, my home crowd. I fought last time they were at the fair and I really enjoyed it," he adds.

Also on the card is undefeated amateur 170-pounder Ryan Lund of Ogden, who faces undefeated Raleigh Roberts. No fighter has lasted a round with Lund in his four fights.

"A year from now I'd like to be fighting as a pro at 170," says Lund.

The Neal-Casey card is promoted by SteelFist. The Rail Event Center is at 235 N., 500 West in SLC. The bouts start at 7.

The Ogden card is promoted by Jeremy Horn's Elite Fight Night. It starts at 8. The Golden Spike Arena is at 1000 N., 1200 West in Ogden.

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