PROVIDENCE, R.I. (July 24th, 2012) – Scott Rehm knows what he’s up
He knows he’ll be a heavy underdog when he faces former Ultimate
Fighting Championships (UFC) veteran John “Doomsday” Howard
on Friday, Aug. 3, 2012 at Twin River Casino. He also knows he’s got
the sport’s greatest equalizer, a secret weapon tucked away behind two
“Anything can happen if you put your hands on somebody in the right
spot,” Rehm said. “On any given night, right?”
At 44 years old, Rehm (6-6, 6 KOs) has a puncher’s chance, a chance
few thought he had in September when he knocked out 30-year-old
challenger Steve Skrzat in just 29 seconds. Years of training in both law
enforcement and martial arts, including the Israeli self-defense technique
Krav Maga, have given Rehm the “heavy hands” Howard (16-7, 5 KOs)
will fear most when the two Boston natives face one another next week in
the three-round main event of Jimmy Burchfield’s Classic Entertainment &
Sports’ “Far Beyond Driven” card.
“He comes to bang, and he knocks a lot of people out. He’s a little
unorthodox, and he will hit you and put you out if you give him the
chance, but I think me being younger and more experienced will work
Rehm is as relaxed as ever entering next week’s fight; facing Howard is
an opportunity of a lifetime. A win would be the signature moment of his
career, and, perhaps, the perfect sendoff if he decides to walk away once
the fight ends.
“There’s no difference in this camp,” Rehm said. “There are bumps and
bruises like there are in every camp, but they seem to be piling up more
this time around. It’s not that I’m necessarily training harder. Like my
doctor says, the engine looks good, the transmission is in great shape,
and there’s not a scratch on it, but I’m still 44 years old. These things will
For “Doomsday,” the stakes are much higher; a loss could be the death
sentence – or, at best, a temporary derailment – in his quest to return
to the UFC, a goal he’s worked toward feverishly since the promotion
released him in July of 2011 following three consecutive losses. Having
been there before, Howard feels more internal pressure to beat Rehm than
he does to get back to the sport’s biggest stage.
“Honestly, I’m not in a rush,” he said, “because I’ve already proven I
belong there. I went to Miami [in October] and beat Dennis Olson, who
was one of the top-ranked welterweights. I came [to Rhode Island] and
beat Todd Chattelle, who was No. 1 in New England. Part of me not being
in the UFC is a case of bad luck. Everyone goes through it. Marcus Davis
[released from the UFC in January of 2011] went through it – we’ve all
gone through it.
“With this fight, I’m once again in a lose-lose situation because if I beat
him, then I was supposed to beat him, but if I lose … He has nothing to
lose and everything to gain, whereas I have everything to lose and nothing
The only hiccup in putting this fight together was the fact Rehm and
Howard are close friends who’ve trained and worked with one another
through the years, so Rehm sent Howard a text message shortly after the
fight was proposed.
“Let’s go have some fun,” he said.
At heart, Rehm is a realist who knows he’s not competing for a spot in the
UFC, nor would he dodge anyone to avoid putting an unnecessary blemish
on his record.
“I’ve never looked at those things,” he said. “I didn’t get into this sport
expecting to go to the UFC, but I’m still going to challenge myself, and
John is a phenomenal challenge.
“I guess we all want to see where we stand. The type of fighter I am is
someone who goes out and challenges himself. I’m fighting for the love of
it and to see where I stand in the grand scheme. This is clearly the biggest
challenge ever put in front of me.
“I bet no one has me at even money.”
Howard isn’t nearly as quick to dismiss his opponent. He respects Rehm’s
power and is entering this fight unsure of what to expect, similar to his last
bout against Chattelle in which he needed at least one round to figure out
the game plan.
“I think Scott will take his time,” Howard said. “He’s a smart man, but I
honestly don’t know how he’ll fight me. He might try to throw a curveball
and take me down.
“I don’t go into a fight expecting it to be a certain way. If he just comes at
me with his hands, then so be it, but if he wants to take me down, I’ll be
prepared for that, too. It depends on how he comes at me. I’ve got a Plan
A, B, C, D and E.”
Aside from his own punching power, which he used to dispose of Chattelle
shortly before the end of the second round in their five-round title bout
in April, Howard is also relying on his experience in big fights to push him
over the top.
“Fighting Top 10 guys and training with Top 10 guys, you know what
to expect when you get on that big stage,” Howard said. “It’s a totally
different mindset. I’ve fought some of the best guys in the world, so I
know what it takes to be there.
“You could see the difference in experience against [Chattelle]. I knew
what to do, and how to pace myself. Everyone thought I’d take him down
immediately, but people forget I’m a striker. I took my time to see what he
would do. All he was thinking of doing was knocking me out. Knowing his
game plan made it easier for me.”
Though he tries to eliminate any thoughts of a potential return to the UFC
should he win this fight, Howard admits there’s been some “buzz” recently
about what the future holds. The only question is whether or not he’d
continue fighting at 185 pounds, or if he’ll return to welterweight, where
he spent the bulk of his UFC career.
“I want to make sure I’m really ready,” Howard said. “Most guys who get
kicked out and come back only come back once. I don’t want to have to
go through that again.”
Until then, Howard’s main focus is on facing Rehm, who could be the
roadblock in his path back to the top. Rehm, after all, has nothing to lose
on Aug. 3, a stark contrast to the pressure Howard will face next Friday at
“No one is ever going to turn around when I’m done and say I wasn’t
legit,” Rehm said. “I didn’t just get in on some small level to see if I could
do it; I’ve only fought one fighter who had a losing record going into the
fight and he beat me [Elias Rivera in 2009].
“In my mind, I’m constantly looking to see who’s out there and where I
stand. I know my hands are full. I know I’m swimming in the deep end of
the water. Look, John is the real deal. He’s 29 years old. He’s been to the
UFC, and he’s fought nothing but animals there. I know what I’m getting
into, but when it’s all said and done, regardless of the outcome, I know I’ll
have fought the tough fights.”
Tickets for “Far Beyond Driven” are $35.00, $55.00, $100.00 and $125.00
and can be purchased by calling CES at 401.724.2253/2254, online at
www.cesmma.com or www.twinriver.com, at the Players Club booth at
Twin River, or through any TicketMaster location. Doors open 6 p.m. with
the first bout scheduled for 7.
The undercard features a lightweight showdown between Providence’s
Mike “The Beast” Campbell (10-4, 7 KOs) and Bombsquad veteran
Don Carlo-Clauss (9-6, 3 KOs) of Ithaca, N.Y., in addition to a light
heavyweight battle between Greg Rebello (13-4, 7 KOs), also of
Providence, and Carlos Cline (3-3, 1 KO) of Queens.
Lightweight Ruben Rey (5-3, 5 KOs) of Providence will face Sergio
Moran Cabrera (1-0) of Boston; Hector Sanchez (0-3) of Woonsocket,
R.I., will battle newcomer Dave Maggiore of Framingham, Mass., in a
welterweight bout; and Johnston, R.I., light heavyweight Joe Pingitore
(1-0, 1 KO) will face newcomer Ahsan Abdullah of Cortland, N.Y. Also
on the undercard, Tyson Chartier (2-2) of Waltham, Mass., will face
Wakefield, R.I., welterweight Tim O’Connell (4-4); welterweight Chris
Cole (2-1) of Attleboro, Mass., will battle Robbie Leroux (3-1, 1 KO)
of Fall River, Mass.; and Dinis Paiva Jr. (1-3) of East Providence, R.I.,
will face Framingham’s Gilvan Santos (1-3) in a welterweight bout.
Providence middleweight Brennan Ward (2-0, 1 KO) will also be featured
in a separate three-round bout. All fights and fighters are subject to
(Twin River has waived its 18+ rule for “Far Beyond Driven.”
Anybody under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult
and must enter through the West entrance).
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