The 5th year anniversary for STFC will be headlined by a highly anticipated fight that pits champion vs champion. The Gracie Barra McAllen product, STFC middleweight kingpin Frank Treviño (9-0) has dropped down to welterweight and will attempt to add another STFC title to his collection. To secure that welterweight crown, he’s going to have to rip it away from Cinco MMA’s Joseph Patrick Daily (6-3)*.
To STFC fans, Daily might be remembered most for his trilogy with Abram Torres. The three fights took place at STFC 3 (August 2008), STFC 9 (November 2009), and STFC 11 (May 2010). Daily, an impressive wrestler and submission grappler, tapped Torres twice via guillotine choke in the bookends of the trilogy. If you’re fighting Daily, it’s highly suggested you work on your grappling defense. After completing his series with Torres, Daily lost a split decision at STFC 15 (April 2011) to the Valley’s submission sensation – Carlos Diego Ferreira. Daily can at least proudly claim the fact that he’s the only fighter at this point that has not been submitted by the BJJ ace from Manaus, Brazil. Daily recovered from that loss by defeating Alejandro Siller at Border Fightfest 4 (December 2011) via rear-naked choke submission. Unfortunately in his next fight, Daily would miss weight and lose an entertaining tilt with Sean Spencer at Bellator 62 (March 2012). This is Daily’s chance to prove his critics wrong and remind everyone why he is one of the best fighters of the area.
Treviño is on a legitimate hot streak in the Valley. The dangerous striker from Edinburg won the middleweight championship by defeating Larry Hopkins via kneebar at STFC 8 (August 2009). With four submissions and four KO’s, Treviño is a natural finisher with an impressive 88% finish ratio. Perhaps his finest hour came at STFC 16 (August 2011), a fight in which Treviño broke down the much larger Andrew Garza with a panoply of strikes. While Treviño was ahead on the scorecards, winning the fight with his slick muay thai skills, he wasn’t content with just a decision win. In the third frame, he put the finishing touches on Garza in a highly memorable onslaught. After that fight, Treviño would go on to defeat Jorge Cortez at STFC 19 (March 2012) in his lone decision victory. To the fans that wanted to see a finish, they got one of the best finishes in STFC history in Treviño’s next fight. At STFC 21 (July 2012), Treviño unleashed genuinely horrifying elbows on Corey Bellino in a scene that can only be described as pure violence.
Some people will look at their records or remember Treviño’s vicious style and assume that this is an easy fight for the graduate of Edinburg High School. It’s true that one solid strike from Treviño can change the course of any fight. However, styles make fights. Daily is a young, hungry fighter with a strong grappling base. Another thing to consider is that this is Treviño first fight at 170 lbs. Can Daily use his grappling and experience at welterweight to his advantage? Will Treviño give us another highlight reel finish? On Friday night at the McAllen Convention Center, our questions will be answered at STFC 24 and only one man will walk away with the victory. This will be a clash of champions to remember.
*Sherdog.com lists Daily as 4-3. The website failed to take into account the first fight with Torres and his debut fight against Isaac Eubank at STFL 2. Daily defeated Isaac Eubank’s via TKO in the first stanza. So I accurately listed Daily as being 6-3 in this article.