Matt Phinney will take his first step into pro MMA on June 18, when
the two-time Golden Gloves winner competes at
World Championship Fighting 11.
Phinney is likely best known by fans as Jorge
Rivera's boxing coach and the man who impersonated Michael
Bisping in a series of popular viral videos produced prior to
Rivera's UFC 127 clash with the Brit. Phinney will meet Mike Mason,
who will also make his pro debut at the show.
"I've been trying to take an MMA fight for a while now, but there
aren't many guys looking to take a fight with a first timer with a
strong boxing background," said Phinney. "I've had several
opponents back out on me, and I'm thankful that a guy like Mike
Mason was willing to step up and take the fight. He comes from a
really tough team, and I'm excited we can both go in there and get
some experience together."
Headlined by a lightweight title clash between UFC veteran Dan Lauzon
and once-beaten Noah
Weisman, WCF 11 will emanate from Aleppo Shriners Auditorium in
Wilmington, Mass. Also featured on the card will be
WEC veteran Anthony
Leone, as he locks horns with Bill Jones in
a featherweight confrontation.