Inoue getting what he wanted for his comeback bout
When Egan Inoue decided to make his comeback, he wanted an opponent who was young, exciting and well-rounded.
Ask and you shall receive.
Hans Marrero of Scottsdale, Ariz., was introduced yesterday as Inoue's opponent in the main event of X-1: Legends, May 16 at Blaisdell Arena.
The 23-year-old Marrero, who trains under world-renowned wrestler Mark Kerr, is 15-5, with all of his wins coming by armbar submission.
Marrero said he saw a documentary on Inoue and his brother Enson which inspired him to become a mixed martial artist.
"Egan happens to be one of my heroes growing up," Marrero said.
When contacted by X-1 about a possible fight, Marrero said he specifically asked to take on Inoue without knowing he was planning on making a comeback.
The 42-year-old Inoue said he didn't take it personally.
"I didn't take it as him wanting to beat me down," Inoue said. "I'm honored that he wants to fight me."
Inoue is making his return to the ring after an absence of almost five years.
The final fight card has yet to be released, but the event will include at least three title fights. X-1 lightweight champion Shane Nelson of Hilo will defend his title against the returning Ray "Bradda" Cooper, who hasn't fought in two years.
Welterweight champion Chad Reiner defends his belt against Brandon Wolff and Kana Hyatt will put his featherweight title on the line against Tyson Nam.
Other confirmed fighters on the card include Ron Jhun, Kolo Koka, Michael Brightmon and Sean Sakata.