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MGM Park will host Atlas Fights 26

SUN HERALD FILE 
 Former Featherweight champion Matt McCook will fight for the vacant Atlas Fights lightweight championship on Saturday at MGM Park.
SUN HERALD FILE Former Featherweight champion Matt McCook will fight for the vacant Atlas Fights lightweight championship on Saturday at MGM Park.

Four championship Mixed Martial Arts bouts highlight Atlas Fights 26 at 7 p.m. Saturday at MGM Park.

Brawl at the Ballpark features Atlas Fights title bouts at welterweight, bantamweight, lightweight and flyweight weight classes.

The Main Event is a rematch between welterweight champion Rance Jones Jr. (5-1) and Robert Turnquest (5-1). Jones won by decision several months ago.

"I asked for this rematch," Turnquest said. "It was something I had to push for, it wasn't something that Jones was willing to accept or wanted. I had to take things into my own hands so I went to social media to get a reaction out of him. I got the reaction I wanted."

Jones likes his chances of a second victory over Turnquest.

"I'm not going to lie, this is like a territorial fight," Jones said. "He won the first two rounds last time, I'll give him that. But it won't happen again. It won't go the distance this time."

Bantamweight Champion, Aaron Williams (28-19), will defend his title against Jonathan Mackles, a last-minute replacement.

"I am going in there to win no matter who it is," Williams said. "If he doesn't have the potential to beat me, we shouldn't be fighting."

Matt McCook (9-7) and Will Crutherds (7-6), an instructor at Alan Belcher MMA Club, will fight for the vacant lightweight title.

"I am happy to have the opportunity for a title shot," Crutherds said. "I've been fighting for years and I have had a lot of setbacks and injuries. It will be nice to get a strap."

The other championship fight is Chad Boudoin facing Corey Samuels for the Atlas Fights' Amateur Featherweight Title.

Atlas Fights President Glenn Mattina expects a huge crowd and said ticket sales are going great.

"The anticipation of the fight card along with the new unique venue has fight fans anxiously anticipating this hyped up event," Mattina said. "Ticket sales are higher than any other Atlas event that we have hosted. We have so many more sponsors wanting to be involved in this event."

The weigh-in will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at MGM Park.

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