Windsor mixed martial arts fans, prepare for excitement: It's the return of Prospect Fighting Championships.

PFC 12 is set to happen at the St. Denis Centre on Friday night with eleven bouts on the card -- eight of which feature Windsor MMA fighters.

The London-based combat sports organization last brought an event here in June, packing the 2,500-seat St. Denis Centre for thrilling displays of striking, takedown, and grappling skill.

As usual for a local MMA card, Windsor's Maximum Training Centre is fielding the most fighters: Five seasoned competitors seeking fresh glory in the cage.

"I think we give people an opportunity to achieve goals," said MTC owner and manager Rino Belcastro.

"And without a doubt, there's something special about fighting in your hometown."

Two of MTC's standouts, T.J. Laramie and his younger brother Tony Laramie, will wear PFC titles if they emerge victorious on Friday night. But both face tough, older, experienced opponents from far outside the region.

"Their (the Laramies) maturity has come a long way," Belcastro said. "They're both nationally ranked, and it's well-deserved. I just think these two are extremely special."

"We believe in Tony, we know what he's capable of. We've seen him hang in the big gyms with high-end individuals. This is the next step in the right direction for 2020," Belcastro continued.

"And for T.J., it's the same. That's what the sport is all about. It's not about padding records. You've got to face the stiff tasks. You have to be willing to take on opportunity ... We don't look for cake walks."

T.J. "The Truth" Laramie (Windsor) vs. Andrew "Hurricane" Cruz (Boise, Idaho) -- 145 lbs.

The epitome of a prospect, Windsor's T.J. Laramie is riding high on two wins so far this year. His third will earn him the PFC featherweight title. Standing in his way: Andrew Cruz, an Iraq War veteran fighting out of SBG Idaho.

Tony Laramie (Windsor) vs. Claudio Ledesma (Denville, New Jersey) -- 125 lbs.

The younger Laramie brother has his own mission: the PFC flyweight title and his third finish this year. But to accomplish that, he'll have to overcome the very experienced Ledesma, a former Bellator fighter who has competed in pro MMA since 2009.

Elias Theodorou (Toronto) vs. Hernani Perpetuo (Rio de Janeiro, Brazil) -- 185 lbs.

Canadian pro Theodorou -- a veteran of 11 UFC fights -- returns to competition by taking on a Brazilian opponent, Perpetuo, who has travelled all the way from Rio to represent the famous Nova Uniao team.

"Ruthless" Randi Field (Windsor) vs. "Magic" Melissa Karagianis (Toronto) -- 115 lbs.

Windsor's female MMA sensation Field -- who made her pro debut this summer -- looks to add another win by facing Karagianis, a game opponent out of 6IX MMA in Toronto.

Shane "The Irish Hitman" Monaghan (Windsor) vs. Noah "The Natural" Crosswell (Hamilton) -- 135 lbs.

He may be a hitman, but Windsor's Monaghan earned his first pro victory this summer with a submission technique. Can he continue his winning ways against Hamilton's Crosswell?

Manny Alfaro (Windsor) vs. Freddy "Lil Man" Arteaga (Boise, Idaho) -- 135 lbs.

Known for his boxing skills, veteran Windsor fighter Alfaro hopes to showcase his hands this time in the cage. He just might get that chance against "Lil Man" Arteaga, who coaches boxing at SBG Idaho.

Jo Petahtegoose (Windsor) vs. Justin Condie (Lindsay, Ontario) -- 155 lbs.

When Big Country MMA's Justin Condie fought in Windsor this past summer, he defeated Petahtegoose's teammate Justin Taveirne. Now Petahtegoose has a chance to even the score for MTC Windsor.

Megan Owen (Windsor) vs. Ashley LeTourneau (Kingston) -- 115 lbs.

Coming from Windsor's Central Combat Sports, Owen will be out to prove girls can scrap in this match up with LeTourneau, a former bikini fitness competitor from Kingston.

Kris Allard (Stratford) vs. Zach Junkin (Waterloo) -- 170 lbs.

Some interesting grappling could be in store when Allard, who hails from Stratford Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, locks up with Junkin, who hails from Dragan Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Waterloo.

Matt "The Pitbull" Dawson (Chatham) vs. Dylan Lacroix (Corunna, Ontario) -- 125 lbs.

Chatham's "Pitbull" Dawson made his pro debut this September with a TKO win in London. Can he score another W, or will Corunna's Dylan Lacroix make his mark?

Justin Taveirne (Windsor) vs. Jamie Flick (London) -- 155 lbs.

The respectful rivalry between the premier MMA gyms of Windsor and London continues in this bout, with Taveirne representing Windsor's Maximum Training Centre and Flick representing London's Adrenaline Training Center. Who will prevail?

Prospect Fighting Championships 12 happens Friday at the St. Denis Centre (2555 College Ave.).

Doors open 6 p.m., event begins 7 p.m.

Tickets are $55 for regular seats, $65 for premium seats. Purchase tickets online via ticketwindow.ca.

Purchase the live stream for online viewing via prospectfights.com.

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