Terror returns to the cage on Aug. 24

Travis “The Terror” Clark’s mixed martial arts career has come full circle.

After wearing the North American Allies Fight Series’ 185-pound championship belt for a little over a year, the Union Local graduate has a shot of retaining the coveted title.

The Morristown native, who fights out of Strong Style in Cleveland, will meet Elias Theodorou in a co-main event at Rock ‘N Roll Rumble 7 inside Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland on Saturday, Aug. 24. The bout is scheduled for five rounds, and gates open at 7 p.m.

“This is one of the most important fights of my life,” Clark said Wednesday afternoon. “I’ve got to get the (title) belt back.”

Clark hasn’t fought since claiming two victories ( one MMA, one pro boxing) in a one-week span earlier this year. “The Terror” terrorized Dominique Steele for 1:10 in a cage fight on March 30 in Canton. A week later, he dispatched Martez Williamson in 1:39 on a boxing card inside ‘The Harv” at Mountaineer Casino, Racetrack and Resort.

“I’ve been out of the cage for a couple of months, but that doesn’t mean I’ve stopped training,” Clark advised. “I’ve really been working hard and I want to win this fight really bad.”

“The Terror” was scheduled to fight on a card in July at the James E. Carnes Center in St. Clairsville, but the card had to be canceled.

“The promoter couldn’t find enough lodging for the fighters and his crew,” Clark allowed. “A lot of the rooms were booked by the Oil and Gas people and Jamboree in the Hills was coming up.”

Originally, Clark was supposed to fight Mojo Horn, but he sustained an injury and had to withdraw.

“I felt really comfortable against Horn,” Clark allowed. “But I’ve gotten over that.

“Theodorou is 7-0 and is highly sought after by the UFC. He’s a standup guy with a lot of kickboxing experience. He’s a solid opponent.”

Hawk Seeks Repeat Victory

The other co-main event will be a pro series title fight between current champion Josh “Sandman” Stansbury (4-2) against former NAAFS heavyweight champ, “Big” John Hawk (8-4), who is a stablemate of Clark’s. The two heavy-handed warriors will collide in one of the years most anticipated NAAFS fights.

These two NAAFS legends have met before, with Hawk coming out the victor in June of 2009 by submission. Since then, both fighters have pounded their way into the spotlight and is each riding an impressive win streak.

Stansbury is on a four-fight run that includes a win over Dan Spohn at Bellator 71. Hawk, meanwhile, will be looking for his third straight win that includes a win over Marcus Vanittenen at Bellator 66.

Will Hawk repeat history and once again reign as NAAFS champion? Or will Stansbury defend his crown and establish himself as the man to beat in the Midwest at 205 lbs?

Only time will tell!

Bevan to Make Ring Return

Bridgeport’s Todd Bevan will get back in the ring after an absence of six months.

However, the layoff wasn’t his fault as no one would sign a contract to fight the undefeated 155-pounder. He is 2-0 a pro and was 8-0 as an amateur.

“It’s been a tough time because not too many guys want to get into the ring with a guy like me that likes to grind things out,” he explained Wednesday afternoon prior to working out at the Bullpen Fight Club in Wheeling.

Bevan will collide with Jason “The Whip” Willets (3-2) in a 150-pound fight inside Pisa Pub in Cheswick, Pa. at Gladiators of the Cage: Road to Glory 5 on Saturday, Sept. 7.

“I’ve wanted this matchup for a long time,” Bevan admitted. “He came out of nowhere and got three wins early. I saw a tape of him and said ‘I can beat this guy up.’

“He’s supposed to be a tough guy and claims to be a Jiu Jitsu fighter which plays right into my strategy,” Bevan said.

“Jiu Jiu” last fought in February when he earned a three-round unanimous decision over Rocky Edwards at Ohio Fighting Championship XV: Super Brawl II in Hilliard, Ohio.

“The time off really doesn’t bother me because anybody who knows me knows I don’t take a day off,” he stressed. “I’m always finding ways to get better.”

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com