Professional Lightweight (155 lbs) Bout
Cage Wars 58 / Rivers Casino
June 3, 2023 / Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania’s GUNNER “The Real McCoy” SPAIN set to face New York’s COREY BUTTS in Pro Lightweight Action
By: T. Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)

CAGE WARS 58 is set for June 3, 2023 at Rivers Casino in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.  Just one of many exciting bouts scheduled includes GUNNER “The Real McCoy” SPAIN versus COREY BUTTS, a pro lightweight fight that very well could turn into one of the most entertaining matchups of the night. This looks to be a competitively matched pro lightweight contest.

GUNNER SPAIN is a colorful and charismatic fighter who is carrying the momentum of a seven fight win streak.  He fights out of Pennsylvania and hosts a (1-0) MMA record as a professional. Spain made his amateur MMA debut back in December of 2019.  He went (6-0) winning the Maverick MMA welterweight championship title on two occasions and the Dead Serious MMA welterweight championship title as an amateur before making his professional debut in March of this year (2023) at Ring of Combat 79. Gunner managed to grind out a split decision win over Chris Guariglia (1-1) in his pro debut.  Spain has the energy in his corner coming off a win and having never been defeated inside the cage.  “I’m feeling great! Went back to the workshop after my last fight and worked on some things and I’m ready to get back in there,” explained Gunner Spain. Gunner brings a strong wrestling background and at only twenty-one years of age he also brings youth.  Corey Butts is a solid challenge for Spain’s second pro fight.  A win over Butts would up Spain’s young pro record to an undefeated (2-0) and extend his winning streak to eight. 

COREY BUTTS fights out of New York.  He is a veteran of the Cage Wars promotion having fought six times under the promotional banner as an amateur.  Corey has built a (7-3) amateur MMA record.  He demonstrated considerable success as an amateur capturing two Cage Wars championship titles and two Glauis Fights championship titles. June 3rd at Cage Wars 58 the thirty-three year old Butts will be making his pro debut.  He will be entering the cage as a pro after a five year amateur run.  Corey is tough, durable, and scrappy.  He always brings a hard fight and is always ready to leave it all inside the cage.  The New York Lightweight is a seasoned competitor with an accomplished amateur career, but to walk away with the ‘W’ he will need to bring his ‘A’ game into the cage against Spain. To be successful Corey will need to find a way to control Spain’s wrestling game.  If Butts can neutralize Spain’s ground game the opportunity for victory could become more visible.  A win over Spain would give Butts a big ‘W’ over a rising young professional prospect and generate a strong start to his pro career. 

As always the number one rule will be to avoid making mistakes.  With two colliding warriors both extremely early in their pro careers chances of critical mistakes could be high.  The fighter who can take maximum advantage of their opponent’s mistakes could dictate the direction of the fight and perhaps decide the outcome. Corey Butts faced ten opponents as an amateur with a combined total of sixty-seven bouts of experience between them.  Gunner Spain faced six opponents as an amateur with a combined total of thirteen bouts of experience between them. I asked Spain if this could give Butts the edge in experience.  “I started training to fight when I was four years old.  I’m twenty-one now that’s’ seventeen years of experience I have.  I am not worried about it. I have trained with many fighters with many more years of experience than myself and they fight at the highest levels.  I will be prepared,” responded Spain.  The Pennsylvania based fighter is confident and will most likely have the crowd in his favor. Spain brings an arsenal that includes wrestling and jiu jitsu.  Spain believes these weapons will produce big dividends and be a major factor throughout the fight.  Spain is quick to remind everyone he brings a striking game as well and is always expanding his well rounded fight tool box. 


It will be interesting to see which of the two combatants will gain the edge in strength.  All things considered I see Spain coming in as the favorite, however do not drop your guard on Butts.  The New York fighter has what it takes if he can muster up, use his experience, and take it to the next level.  Corey Butts and Gunner Spain make for a good regional pro lightweight bout. Age versus youth, this battle has the fixings to be a hard fought pro lightweight fight that the fans will definitely enjoy.

By: Tommy Vickers (Combat Sports Journalist)


Cover Photo Credit – Cage Wars MMA

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