After announcing its Women’s Featherweight Division on Fusion ALPHA yesterday, MLW confirmed TJP vs. Alex Shelley and Matt Cross vs. Calvin Tankman in Opera Cup opening round bouts for MLW Fightland on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia and airing nationally on a later date. The company previously announced Bobby Fish vs Lee Moriarty and Tom Lawlor vs Davey Richards earlier this week.
The fighting artist Alex Shelley looks to showcase his exceptional technical talents when he meets TJP in the opening round of the Opera Cup. TJP, coming off of a classic clash with Davey Richards on this week’s FUSION, looks to stain Shelley’s MLW debut by eliminating him from the Opera Cup tournament.
Matt Cross has demanded opportunities in MLW and matchmaker Cesar Duran has granted him his wish with the international competitor officially set to compete in the 2021 Opera Cup. However, the Cleveland hybrid wrestler will be tasked with overcoming the momentum of the “Heavyweight Hustle” Calvin Tankman. Tankman, who rumbled up the rankings in 2020-21, with an impressive half-year winning streak looks to crush the competition and make history in his first outing in the Opera Cup. A major player in the making, Tankman has been training in his Indianapolis fight camp for the gruelling grappling tournament as he readies to make history.
MLW FIGHTLAND CARD
- TITLE FOR TITLE – WORLD HEAVYWEIGHT CHAMPION VS. NATIONAL OPENWEIGHT CHAMPION
JACOB FATU VS. ALEX HAMMERSTONE
- 4-WAY FOR WORLD MIDDLEWEIGHT CHAMPIONSHIP: Myron Reed (C) vs. TAJIRI vs. Aramis vs. Arez
- WOMEN’S FEATHERWEIGHT BOUT: Nicole Savoy vs. Holidead
- Opera Cup opening and semi-final rounds
OPERA CUP OPENING ROUND:
Davey Richards vs. “Filthy” Tom Lawlor • Bobby Fish vs. Lee Moriarty • Alex Shelley vs. TJP • Matt Cross vs Calvin Tankman
- Additional athletes and talent signed to compete and to appear: CONTRA Unit • Caribbean Champion Richard Holliday • World Middleweight Champion Myron Reed • King Muertes • Cesar Duran • Alicia Atout • EJ Nduka • Calvin Tankman • 5150 plus more to be announced.
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