Unique middleweight Matt Horwich will put his grappling skills to the test next month against BJJ artist Giva Santana at a MEZ Sports show featuring both boxing and MMA set for February 26 in Riverside, California. Though “Suave” scored a TKO victory over Jake Rosholt this past November, twenty of his twenty-six total victories have come by way of submission. In addition to Rosholt he holds past wins over notable names like Thales Leites, Jason Lambert, Mike Pyle, Benji Radach, and Krzysztof Soszynski.
Five Ounces of Pain has confirmed the match-up with officials from the promotion as well as sources attached to the former IFL 185-pound champion’s camp.
Matching Horwich’s mastery on the mat, Santana has earned thirteen of his fifteen wins by way of tap-out including twelve armbars hence his nickname “The Arm Collector”. His only loss is the result of a split decision against Jamie Jara at a ShoXC event in 2008.
Read below for a full rundown of the MMA portion of the 2/26 card:
Peter Baltimore vs. Hugo Sandoval
Adam Rothweilder vs. Thomas Casarez
Richard Schiller vs. Tyler Weathers
Aaron Wetherspoon vs. TBA
Brent Cooper vs. Hector Carillo
Christophe Saunders vs. Joe Nicholas*
Lorenz Larkin vs. Richard Hales*
Giva Santana vs. Matt Horwich*
* – Title Fight