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Shamrock FC: 301 - Preview

By Matt Frazier | Knuckle Junkies

In 1803 Lewis and Clark took their expedition west from their base camp in St. Louis looking for new opportunities in the west. Using poles and long boats they stayed upstream on the Missouri River as they pushed north along the river in unfamiliar territory. In January, Shamrock FC will make a similar journey it sets up shop along the banks of the Missouri at the Ameristar Casino, its first time venturing into St. Charles County.

Fresh off his victory at Shamrock FC 300, Adam Cella (7-8) will headline the event and with an opportunity to run it back against Coltin Cole. The two met this past spring in a bout that ended when Cole was hit with an illegal elbow behind the head and could not continue. It was a DQ loss for Cella and part of his six-fight losing skid, which he recently snapped with his dominating performance over Eddie Larrea at SFC 300. The former Hit Squad member Cole (5-6) is was newly married, has been on the shelf since March and will be back training at Arnold BJJ for this fight.

Making his SFC promotional debut, Adam Osmoe returns to action to take on professional strongman Shaun Scott. Scott - the charismatic pacifist - evened his record to 1-1 in Kansas City in November with an impressive submission victory over Anthony Goldfield.

Osmoe (4-1) has been out of action since RFA 44 in September 2016, when he suffered his first pro loss against Zach Fears. Osmoe has kept busy with cross-fit training and by the looks of things, in the best shape of his career. Known for his wrestling, Osmoe uses his size and speed in combination to bully his opponents into submission, having finished three of his four professional wins in the first round. It won't be an easy task against Scott who is a physical specimen himself and can turn this bout into a stand-up fight.

Back from an extended stay at American Top Team, Dustin Lampros will make his professional debut against Joe Roye. Roye (0-4) is a tough, experienced fighter who's struggled to transition his success from an amateur to the pros.

The colorful and outspoken "Johnny Irish" will be back at home at the Ameristar Casino. Six of O'Connor's pro fights have come at the friendly confines of Ameristar where he's won four and only lost two. O'Connor (7-6) will take on the always dangerous Dillon Tolbert in a flyweight match-up. It'll be over a year and a half since we last saw O'Connor and be interesting to see what amount of ring rust he brings with him to the cage. Tolbert, the more active of the two, lost to Jordan Collins in July, his most recent bout to date.

Rounding out the main card is Tanner Kasey taking on Joe Freeman

A whopper of an amateur bout headlines the all-amateur undercard as Luis Felipe takes on Evan Elder in a lightweight bout. Elder has moved out to Stockton, CA to train with the Diaz Brothers Fight Team and has some of the nastiest stand-up we've seen from an amateur fighter. Felipe fights with a style that's heavily influenced by his Muay Thai training but is also an exceptional grappler. Felipe trains alongside teammate and Shamrock FC's No. 1 amateur lightweight, Colin Parr at Watson Martial Arts.

Also on the undercard, Wolves' Den grappler Ryan Daschenzo faces Osar Ahuatzi, Patrick Sparks and Cody Nauke will tangle, and part-time boxer, full-time firefighter Jimmy D'Angelo meets Nick Broussard.

Tickets for the event can be obtained from the Shamrock FC store.

Full card: (Card subject to change)

Adam Cella vs Coltin Cole
Adam Osmoe vs Shaun Scott
Dustin Lampros vs Joe Roye
Dan O'Connor vs Dillon Tolbert
Tanner Kasey vs Joe Freeman

Luis Felipe vs Evan Elder
Ryan Dascenzo vs Oscar Ahuatzi
Freddy Kostjerevac vs Arvin Mills
Justin Lankford vs TBD
Patrick Sparks vs Cody Naucke
Paul Ivie vs Mark Perkins - Kickboxing
Jeff Rittenhouse vs Devin Roach
John Kelly vs Chris Wetherington
Nick Broussard vs Jimmy D'Angelo
Matt Engelbart vs Matt JaGosh

Shamrock FC 301
Saturday, January 20th
Amersitar Casino, St. Charles, MO

UFC Fight Night 124 | Sun, January 14th
Scottrade Center, St. Louis, MO

Gateway FS (MMA) | Fri, January 19th
Lamborghini Gold Coast Center, St. Charles, MO

Shamrock FC 301 | Sat, January 20th
Ameristar Casino, St. Charles, MO

Shamrock FC 302 | Sat, February 3rd
Ameristar Casino, Kansas City, MO