Tyrell Fortune (Photo/Bellator)
Former collegiate wrestling champ Tyrell Fortune hopes to build on his flawless pro MMA record as he faces an opponent with the same perfect record at Bellator 225 later this month.
Fortune, 6-0, will take on fellow undefeated heavyweight (265-pound) Rudy Schaffroth on the main event portion of the card at Bellator 225 on Saturday, Aug. 24 at Webster Bank Arena in Bridgeport, Conn.
Since launching his pro MMA career in November 2016, Fortune has six fights under his belt ... with four of those victories by TKO. The 29-year-old Portland, Oregon native has fought exclusively for the Bellator promotion.
Schaffroth shares the same home state as Fortune … and the same perfect 6-0 record in his pro career. (Prior to going pro in Oct. 2016, Schaffroth was 5-2 in three-and-a-half years as an amateur.) One difference: none of Schaffroth's pro bouts went past the first round ... while Fortune had two bouts go the distance.
Fortune vs. Schaffroth is the fourth heavyweight battle currently scheduled for Bellator 225. The top-of-the-card bout also features big men: Matt Mitrione vs. Sergei Kharitonov.
Prior to signing with Bellator four years ago this month, Tyrell Fortune had built a successful amateur wrestling career. Fortune was a three-time finalist -- and two-time state champ -- for Lake Ridge High School. Fortune then launched his collegiate career at Clackamas Community College in Oregon, where he won two NJCAA (National Junior College Athletic Association) heavyweight titles. Back in 2010, Fortune had accepted an offer to wrestle at Ohio State, but instead chose Grand Canyon University in Arizona, where he was crowned heavyweight titlist at the 2013 NCAA Division II championships and was also named Division II Wrestler of the Year. Beyond folkstyle success, Fortune had won six national freestyle and Greco-Roman titles.