There has been a change to a planned Contender Series bout, as Alton Meeks has replaced Jimmy Lawson against Yorgan de Castro for a fight on June 18.
Yorgan de Castro was originally supposed to take on Jimmy Lawson. It was announced by Nolan King from FloCombat that Lawson would compete on the hit summer show the Contender Series. Lawson a very accomplish Penn State wrestler had no prior MMA experience. He fought for Titan FC 54 on April 26th and would come short as his contract was scrapped. Sources confirm to Cageside Press that de Castro will now take on Alton Meeks on June 18.
Fighting out of Brockton, Massachusetts, de Castro trains out of local gym Regiment Training Center. The 31-year-old began his MMA career as a light heavyweight but has fought recently at heavyweight usually weighing around 245 pounds.
De Castro had a rocky amateur career going 2-4 before making his pro debut in November of 2017. He has the catchweight title for a promotion out of Maine in NEF. De Castro’s other three pro bouts have been for a top regional promotion in CES.
Standing across from De Castro will be 3-0 Alton Meeks. Meeks played Division 1 football for Northern Illinois University as a tight end. After college, he started wrestling again and has since been a university world team alternate in Greco Roman, a top-five finisher at the US Open in Greco Roman, and was ranked on the Olympic ladder.
Meeks went 3-0 as an amateur and won the Combat Night heavyweight champion. He’s now 3-0 as a pro and 25-years-old. Meeks now trains out of Fusion X-Cel with the likes of Jacare Souza and Mike Perry. Fighting at super-heavyweight a few times in his career, Meeks is now staying at heavyweight looking to earn a UFC contract.