UFC vet Adam "El Natural" Cella (7-8) headlines the Shamrock FC 301 fight card, AXS has learned. Shamrock FC Director of Public Relations Jeremy Johnson spilled the beans that the hard-hitting "TUF" alum collides with former Strikeforce star Coltin Cole (4-5) in the main event of the Jan. 20 show, which emanates live from Ameristar Casino in St. Charles, Mo.
Once primarily known as the guy who got his head nearly kicked off by Uriah Hall, the 32-year-old Cella is now recognized more for being on the right side of highlight-reel finishes. In his most recent start, the St. Louis native finished Eddie Larrea via TKO in the first round of action, for his first official victory in three years. The win snapped a six-fight losing skid.
A well-rounded MMA fighter, Cella has four wins by way of knockout and three via submission. For "El Natural," a rematch with Cole is a chance for redemption -- an opportunity to wipe away a controversial recent loss on his resume.
The men first collided at Shamrock 286 and there was plenty of controversy. "El Natural" was disqualified in the first round because the ref ruled that he delivered illegal strikes to the back of the head of Cole. Losing in such controversial fashion left Cella with a bad taste in his mouth, and he has been waiting for close to a year to avenge the defeat.
Shamrock FC 301 will be the promotion's inaugural show at the Ameristar in St. Charles. According to Shamrock FC President Jesse Finney, less than 100 tickets are left for this event. More fights for Shamrock FC 301 will be announced in the days and weeks ahead.