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Quarantillo coming home for 'King of the Cage' fight

Sat, Jan 26th 2019 07:00 am

Ransomville’s Billy Quarantillo will step into the cage Saturday, Feb. 23, as he returns to the Seneca Niagara Casino, hoping to improve his record to 3-0 as a professional mixed martial artist for “King of The Cage.”

Quarantillo made his “King of the Cage” debut in 2016, winning a unanimous decision over Matthew DiMarcantonio. Six months later, Quarantillo captured the KOTC Lightweight belt when he dominated Ryan Fillingame, forcing him to retire after two rounds. It was a fight Quarantillo fought for almost 10 minutes with a broken hand.

Quarantillo continued his win streak in August of 2017 with a first-round TKO over veteran fighter Eric Reynolds. However, a devastating injury to his knee in December forced him to take almost a year off.

“At first I was devastated by the injury,” Quarantillo said. “The thought of being out for an entire year crushed me, but I had no choice, I’m a fighter. This is what I love to do. I told myself I’m gonna come back from this faster and stronger than I was before. This won’t break me.”

Quarantillo took a professional boxing match in October of 2018 and won a unanimous decision.

“My off time was spent boxing. Essentially I took six months off from MMA completely and just boxed while I rehabbed my leg. That could be the factor in this fight. My hands are on a new level.”

Quarantillo will be in for a fight – one that might be the most important of his career – when he faces Adrian Vilaca (8-2).

“It’s nothing personal and not about my opponent,” he said. “It’s about overcoming this injury and coming back better from it in a fraction of the standard time. I’m here to prove I’m one of the best featherweights in the world.”

Quarantillo is anticipating a sold-out venue and said he looks forward to showing his hometown and the rest of the country that he can fight for the top organizations in the world – and be successful in doing so.

For ticket information, contact Quarantillo on social media @billyqmma.

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