Showcase MMA 22 takes place on Saturday, October 9 at the Thomas Creek Brewery in Greenville, South Carolina. One of the professional MMA fights slated to take place on the card is a bantamweight bout between Joel Madak and Jamal Johnson. Check out my complete preview for the fight below here at SpectationSports.
Madak (3-0) is a 26-year-old professional MMA fighter out of Greenville, South Carolina. When he fights this weekend at Showcase MMA 22, Madak will be looking to put on a show in his hometown. After going 7-0 as an amateur MMA fighter from 2017 to 2019, Madak made the jump to the pros in 2020 for Showcase MMA. Since then, Madak has gone 2-0 for Showcase MMA with submission wins over Tyrell Hill and Jesus Villegas. In his last fight, he fought for the XMMA promotion and picked up a submission win over Matthew Coakley.
Madak looks to be a really good prospect at 135lbs and he could be someone who eventually finds his way to the UFC. After finishing six of seven wins as an amateur, he has finished all three of his professional MMA fights and he has looked fantastic in all three of his performances. That being said, his opposition has a combined record of 0-0, so he hasn’t fought anyone with actual pro experience up to this point. That’s why Johnson seems like such an ideal opponent at this point of Madak’s career given that he has eight pro fights and should be able to test Madak.
Johnson (3-5) is a 29-year-old professional MMA fighter fighting out of Baltimore, Maryland. Between 2013 and 2017, Johnson went 6-2 as an amateur before making the leap to the pro ranks. Since then, Johnson has gone 3-5 as a professional fighter while fighting for notable regional organizations such as CFFC and Shogun Fights.
Two of Johnson’s three victories have come by submission, so he prefers to get his opponents to the mat. Once there, he will look to either get on top of them or take their back. Johnson has also shown some decent durability as he went the distance in three of his five losses. That last loss came against Paul Capaldo in August 2020 for CFFC. It was a loss that snapped Johnson’s two-fight win streak and may have proven costly if he had aspirations of joining the UFC. Capaldo ended up getting a shot on Dana White’s Contender Series after that win.
Overall Johnson seems like a decent fighter who could stand to gain some more pro experience and round his game out more.
This is a good piece of matchmaking here from Showcase MMA. Madak is a top prospect at 135lbs but he needs to fight someone with more experience, and Johnson fits the bill. As for Johnson, he does his best work on the ground, too, so he’ll have his chances to pull off the upset in what could be a grappling-based fight. Still, Madak has a much higher ceiling and far more upside, so I have to go with him to collect another victory by submission.