Two Berlin Brothersvalley graduates are ready to brawl in the Burgh.
Taylor Cahill will make his mixed martial arts amateur debut at Brawl in the Burgh 6 on Saturday afternoon, while David Krouse will enter the cage for the first time a few hours later at Brawl in the Burgh 7. Both events will take place in Monroeville. Congress Palace.
Tickets for each event are still available and a live stream of the fights can be purchased at https://www.247fighting.com/ppv.
Krouse, 25, was an outstanding nose guard on the Mountaineers football team, while Cahill, 24, placed third in the PIAA wrestling tournament before moving on to a wrestling career in Division I.
They train together at The Shop in Berlin.
Cahill will face Gabriel Tellez of Illinois at 165 pounds around 1:15 p.m. Saturday.
“I’m pretty excited, but I’m keeping a low profile,” Cahill said Thursday. “I have a lot of people to come.”
Cahill is convinced that his wrestling background gives him a distinct advantage over Tellez.
“I dictate where the fight takes place,” Cahill said. “Being a top level wrestler, it’s my decision if we stay standing or if we go to the floor. … I would say my strong point is in the field, but I have been boxing competitively for five to six years. I hit hard and I’m not left out either.
Cahill’s older brother Tanner was a college wrestler and their younger brother Toby is a heavyweight at the University of Buffalo. They grew up watching MMA fights, and Tanner plans to make his amateur debut later this year.
“This is what we wanted to do and what we wanted to continue,” said Taylor Cahill. “I think a lot of it has to do with how our dad (Steve) was and how he raised us.
Although known for his skills on the wrestling mat, Taylor Cahill boxed and competed in jiujitsu.
“Even when I was wrestling, I added to my arsenal,” he said. “I’m pretty well balanced for my first amateur fight.”
Krouse thinks he is too. The 235-pounder will face Justin “Jay” Pippens, a former semi-pro football player with Pittsburgh Pride, in the 7 pm card opener.
“I think I’m in much better shape than him,” Krouse said. “I think I’ll wear him out and knock him out in the second round. He gassed quite quickly. He has a fight, which was a draw, and he gassed.
After high school, Krouse got into powerlifting, but always kept an eye on the Octagon.
“I’ve always been in MMA,” he says. “I’ve always been a huge fan of MMA and wrestling. I didn’t struggle – except when I was very young – but I grew up around her. The Cahill boys and I got really close about a year and a half ago. I fell in love with them and have been riding with them ever since.
Krouse and Taylor Cahill each won titles at the Fuji BJJ tournament in Frederick, Maryland, in March, and Krouse won another championship in West Virginia. He believes the experience of combat sport, combined with a solid game plan, will help him not to get too excited for his first MMA fight.
“I focused hard enough to make sure I didn’t get adrenaline rushes,” he said. “We’re going to fight pretty hard up front and blow that away.”