Due to a series of circumstances, the Branson Fight Club’s Ty Curbow and Yerrick White have never trained together and haven’t even seen much of each other. But they’ll get to know a whole lot more about each other on March 3, as they meet in a historical clash at Shofight XVI.
It will be the first-ever BFC versus BFC fight.
The matchup was announced this past weekend and came about largely because Curbow (3-1), the Shofight featherweight champion, and White (1-1) have had bad luck with would-be opponents withdrawing from fights or failing to show. White has had four opponents back out.
In addition, the No. 1 contender for the Shofight featherweight belt, Ryan Keli, declined the chance to fight Curbow.
Thus, BFC coach and Shofight owner J.T. Tilley reluctantly concluded the best chance to get Curbow and White cage time was to pit them against each other.
“I know Ty will show and I know Yerrick will show,” Tilley said. “It’s a weird fight for me. They’re both like sons to me, so I’m going to remove myself from the situation. Regardless, I’m going to win that fight and lose that fight. I’ll probably go to the parking lot and have somebody text me when it’s over.
“It’s been a balancing act. We’re having them train at different times of the day. I don’t know if we will have any (BFC fighters or coaches) corner either one of them. None of them want to corner against one of our own guys. We may have to bring in some of the guys we train with to corner them.”
Curbow will be fighting for the first time since suffering ligament damage in his thumb in a loss to Kyle Cason for the Shofight lightweight belt at Shofight XII last October.
Curbow is 100 percent again and anxious to return to the octagon.
“I hope (White) will be ready, because I’ll be ready,” Curbow said. “I think it will be one of the better fights (on the card).”
Other BFC fighters on the card will be Shofight middleweight champion Rance Foust, welterweight DiMarcco Hutchinson, lightweight Ross Campbell, and bantamweight Danny Paxton.
Foust will face Shofight light-heavyweight champion Brandese Powell at catchweight in the main event.
Hutchinson will meet Cori Hancock in a battle of unbeatens.
Campbell will fight Alex Mercer and Paxton will face Phillip Snow.
Former BFC heavyweight Steve Myers will meet Herbert Morgan.
BFC pro lightweight Chris McDaniel will be in action on Saturday at Neosho. McDaniel (18-13) will fight Joe Groce.
- BFC SCOOP: Former Shofight welterweight champion Blake Robbins has returned to BFC’s training room in anticipation of a return to the cage.