Roger Carroll (7-4-0) will face former UFC fighter Nissen Osternek (7-3-0) this Saturday night, July 24th, in Myrtle Beach, SC. The bout will serve as the main event of Fight #2 of the Sunfest Fight Series put on by Carolina Fight Promotions. The event will take place at the Myrtle Beach Convention Center and doors open at 5 p.m. EST with the fights scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EST. The fight card includes eleven amateur bouts and four pro fights, including Carroll vs. Osternak.
MMA For Real has Osternak and Carroll ranked as the #1 and #2 middleweights in NC, respectively. Saturday night's bout will not only detemine the state's top dog at 185 pounds; the winner will also emerge as the new CFP middleweight titleholder.
Carroll fights for Team Superior out of Superior Martial Arts Academy in Conover, NC. Carroll not only toils away as a pro fighter, but also serves as a coach to other area MMA competitors. He was cageside for Team Superior's Jeff Piercy last Saturday night for the fighter's bout at EpiCentre Cage Fights IV. His younger brother, Joe Carroll, is also a pro fighter with Team Superior.
The local product will face stiff competition this weekend in Osternek, a WEC and UFC veteran. Though he only enjoyed brief stays in the promotions, he faced quality opponents. At WEC 36 he lost via TKO to wrestler Jake Rosholt. Subsequently he dropped a split decision to Jorge Rivera at "UFC Fight Night: Condit vs. Kampmann."
"He's (Osternek) a really big deal, he's been in the UFC, the WEC, you know, really a legit fighter," Carroll told the Charlotte MMA Examiner. "I know that he's really good and I look forward to fighting him. I think it's going to be a really good fight. It's a good challenge for me now. I'm ready to step up to higher level fights."
When asked about how's he trained for the upcoming bout, Carroll responded that he's been mixing it up in a variety of ways.
"Just training with different styles and body types," he said, "just training with different types of people, going to other camps, stepping out of my comfort zone. You know, I'm trying to spike my game."
Carroll also noted that he would like to fight in the Queen City at some point.
"Eventually I might actually get to fight in Charlotte... one day. Fifteen fights in and still haven't gotten to."
Tickets for Fight #2 of the Sunfest Fight Series are available through the official Carolina Fight Promotions website. Stadium seats start as low as $25, while premium reserved seating reach as high as $50.