Venator Fight Night 2 and the clash of two of Europe’s top 115lb prospects
Venator is back in action this weekend with a stacked card headlined by two up and coming 115lb prospects. The main event is between Roberta Zocco and Karolina Wójcik, Zocco is entering the bout riding a two fight win streak while her opponent is coming off a big win in EFC which saw her be crowned the 115lb champion. Although this bout is not for a belt, I personally believe it would be the perfect fight to put the belt on the line.
For the purpose of this article I brought in Italian MMA expert and journalist @Phre (Twitter handle) to go through the Italian side of the main event and a brief look at the main card.
For the Polish side of the main event, I think Wójcik is a legit prospect that arguably won that one loss on her record which came via split decision. 2018 was a big year for he, all her pro experience is within that year and in that time picked up a major title. Training out Reps MMA in the UK, Wójcik’s striking is probably her strongest tool and always has been since she’s been an amateur.
Considering how active she’s been active for the entire year, Wójcik has got a lot of momentum on her side. She’s tough and durable as well, something that Zocco can match. Personally I see her taking this fight but not easily, a decision being the most likely outcome as I struggle see Zocco getting finished.
For the Italian half of the main event, @Phre is slightly conflicting in his prediction for this as he sees Zocco taking this one.
@Phre: “I’m gonna make my prediction for Venator Fight Night 2’s main event with what Venator’s new matchmaker Pietro Orante told me on the phone a couple of days ago: “Yeah, I know neither of you are putting their two cents on Roberta [Zocco], but I’ll surprise all of you guys once again”. Well, he actually used some profanities here and there, but we don’t want to be censored, right?”
“Anyway, you know what? I trust him. Zocco is a tough girl and I think she had Wójcik’s number. Her record could may be tricky, but she only loss her pro debut and a controversial decision against Giulia Chinello, who recently competed in Cage Warriors. Plus, her gym, Wolf Temple, is piling win after win and it’s building a good reputation over here.”
“A good friend of mine, Greg, last week told me that Cory McKenna is the human WMMA Italian ranker, since she already fought three female Italian athletes. Well, Karolina Wójcik could easily be another one now that she’s locking horns against her third Belpaese’s fighters. So now we’ll see where Roberta belongs.”
For the main card the Tapology editor for Italy noted some key fighters to keep an eye one.
“Speaking of the main card, there are some really interesting prospects you don’t want to sleep on, but if I have to pick one single fighter to recommend to my fellow overseas friends, I’m going with Michelangelo Colangelo, He’s unbeaten in all of his amateur and pro bouts, but the most interesting part is that he viciously KO’d one of the most strong and respected Italian fighters of all time, Gianni Melillo, a man with victories in ACB and Cage Warriors under his belts. I’m being full honest, I would never have put my two cents on Michelangelo ahead of their fights, but here I am, making amends and tell you to not sleep on this guy.”
This card is a major one for Venator as they highlight the strength of Italian MMA, with Bellator returning in October it would not be a surprise to see some of these get signed up if successful. The winner of the main event will be pushing to be a contender at 115 around Europe and could be a good match for someone like the aforementioned Cory McKenna.
pic: Studio BernardIntrozzi Fotografia/Venator FC