A sibling rivalry will spill into the cage this summer, as adopted brothers Ben "Phoenix Jones" Fodor and Caros Fodor have agreed to fight at a 162-pound catchweight on June 30 in the co-main event of World Series of Fighting 32. Yahoo Sports first reported news of the booking on Tuesday.
The bout is expected to take place at XFINITY Arena in Everett, Washington. While it is not the first case of two brothers fighting in mixed martial arts, it is the first to take place under the banner of a major organization. Both men appear to have seen it coming for some time, as tensions have slowly risen between the two over the past several years.
"It's going to make our Mom cry," Ben Fodor told Yahoo. "That's a guarantee. But we've been circling each other for years. This was inevitable."
Ben Fodor (6-1), at 27 years old, is the younger and less experienced of the two siblings. He drew widespread attention last year for his background as a self-styled crime-fighter who roams the streets of Seattle and goes by the name "Phoenix Jones." After signing with WSOF, Fodor suffered his first career defeat, losing a listless decision to Emmanuel Walo. He went on to rebound last September, submitting Roberto Yong with a modified scissor choke.
Likewise, Caros Fodor (10-5) suffered a similar setback in his WSOF debut this past January at WSOF 27 when he dropped a unanimous decision to Luiz Firmino. Prior to that, the 32-year-old Fodor competed for a string of major promotions. His best run came from 2010 to 2011 when he racked five straight wins in Strikeforce. He then parlayed that success into fights with the UFC and ONE Fighting Championship.
Almeida (18-5) won a controversial decision over Palmer (10-2) in December to capture the WSOF featherweight strap.
The victory moved the 27-year-old Almeida to 2-0 inside the WSOF cage, and snapped a three-fight win streak for Palmer that saw the Team Alpha Male product submit Nick LoBosco, Rick Glenn, and Chris Horodecki.