Former WEC light heavyweight champion Doug Marshall (7-3) -- who just lost his 205-pound belt to Brian Stann at WEC 33 via technical knockout in March -- will return to action since on July 19.
The only difference is that he will now compete under the Palace Fighting Championship (PFC) banner, taking on Phil Collins. No, not the musician, but a worthy fighter who sports a 6-3 record. In fact, he relinquished his opportunity for the organization's middleweight title to take on the "Rhino."
Collins on taking the fight against Marshall:
"No disrespect to Nate, as he’s a great fighter. Nate’s already beat me, but if he’s walking around the Palace nobody knows who he is. If you see the ‘Rhino’, you know it’s the ‘Rhino’. Doug has been at the higher level and that’s what I want to get to. If I can beat him, then I think I can get there, too."
Marshall, on the other hand, signed a one-fight deal with the orgainization to get back on track since losing to Stann last March. It's more than likely after this fight that Marshall will return to the WEC and look to avenge his loss to "The All American."
Marshall on fighting for PFC:
"I wanted to fight back at the Palace because of the Central Valley fans. I love watching the PFC. There’s a lot of young hungry fighters and I love the blackjack table. The fans can expect the same thing they can always expect from me and that’s to serve up a Central Valley ass whopping."
Marshall will look to get back on the winning track at the Tachi Palace Hotel and Casino in Lemoore, Calif., on July Friday, 18. A win here and it will be the first step toward getting back in the WEC light heavyweight title picture.