SALT LAKE CITY -- Tonight at the Rail Event Center in Salt Lake City, 185-pound mixed martial arts professional Francisco Alcantara will meet fellow Top of Utahn Cole Rose for the second time this year.
And "Cisco" hopes fight number two will be better than the first.
On June 1, in Farmington, Rose scored a one-punch KO over Alcantara, ending in 68 seconds a highly anticipated bout. The unlikely, abrupt ending of the fight begged a rematch, which heads the SteelFist Fights-promoted card.
In preparation for the rematch, Alcantara is working with heavyweight pro boxer Billy Zumbrun, training at Foley's gym to improve his boxing skills.
"Working with Billy has helped me focus on the little things that we tend to forget in the heat of the battle, like proper footing, head movement and weight, shifting combinations. I've known this guy since I was 14, so we have a great relationship. He knows how to bring the best out of me in every workout," said Alcantara.
As for Rose, who trains in Salt Lake City, he's anticipating a tougher second fight.
"(I'm preparing) even harder. He's got something to prove now and I'm sure he's training extra hard, so he don't walk away with his head down again. My assumption is that it will be a war this time around. I'm ready for it. I've trained hard for this fight and I feel great! I've been working my ground game non-stop. I believe he will try to take it to the ground. Either way, it's gonna be a war and I'm ready for it," said Rose.
The card, at the Rail Event Center, 235 N., 500 West, starts at 7 p.m. There are 17 fights scheduled. Top of Utah fighters competing include amateur Brandon Rease, pro Kaifah DeToles and Brayden Percival.
In other MMA news, two Ogden-area undefeated amateurs, Tyson Rose and Thomas Hughes, will compete in separate bouts Saturday in a card in St. George. The main event matches local 170-pounder Mike Arrant, the Utah champ, against Eddie Jackson.
Also Saturday, in Orem, an MMA card will include former BYU football player Jan Jorgensen, 5-0 as a pro heavyweight.
Update: Kaifah DeToles opponent was a late scratch from card.