Matrix Fights (www.MatrixFights.com) announced Wednesday that Philadelphia native Anthony “Cheesesteak” Morrison, a current World Extreme Cage Fighting competitor, will be fighting in his home town for the first-time ever this Friday night at The Arena (formerly the ECW Arena).
“Just like our first show in February when we added Cole Konrad to the fight card as a late addition, we spent a great deal of energy trying to come up with a last-minute surprise for Matrix II on June 11,” said Matrix President Jimmy Binns Jr. “When we found out that the WEC was allowing Anthony to take a fight outside of the organization, we seized the opportunity to add him to the card.”
Morrison, 14-9, is looking to return to his winning ways in hopes of making his return to a WEC event sooner rather than later. However, he will be taking a great risk on Friday night in Philadelphia when he squares off against Nick “The Ghost” Gonzalez, 15-9, a competitor who is no stranger to having competed on major shows following stints in EliteXC, Strikeforce, and the Bellator Fighting Championships.
“We didn’t just want to put Anthony on the card for the sake of having him on the card. We wanted a high-caliber fight,” said Matrix promoter Phil Migliarese. “Nick and Anthony are very similar. Their records are almost identical; both are hungry for a shot to return to the national stage; and both like to stand and bang. It’s going to be a war.”
The Morrison vs. Gonzalez bout further bolsters a pro card that includes rising middleweight prospect Tim Williams (302 BJJ/Balance Studios) taking on striking specialist Tiawan Howard (a late replacement for Woody Weatherby); undefeated light heavyweight Tim Carpenter (Balance Studios) going against Team Bombsquad member Guybson Sa; Bellator Fighting Championships veteran Brylan Van Artsdalen (Daddis Fight Camps) vs. Shane Hutchison of Team Devastation; and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu black belt Alexandre “Popo” Bezerra (Roberto Godoi)vs. Brett Roth.
In addition to the five scheduled pro fights, Matrix Fights II will also feature of the strongest amateur cards in Pennsylvania since the state first legalized mixed martial arts in 2008.
The event will feature the mixed martial arts debut of highly decorated grappler Azunna “Zu” Anyanwu (BJJ United) of Ben Salem, PA; the return of 2007 WKA amateur Muay Thai champion Andria Caplan (Daddis Fight Camps); former United States Marine Luis Vazquez; and undefeated bantamweight Matt Freideborn (Daddis Fight Camps).
Tickets to Friday’s event are still on sale and can be purchased via MatrixFights.com.