Louisville MMA’s Ron “The Monster” Sparks (8-1) sat the 2012 campaign out. Following a loss to Eric Prindle and an odd incident with a blood pressure cuff, Sparks has been out of More »
After a whirlwind weekend of fights we return tonight with more great interviews. If you tuned in to XFC 24 from Tampa on AXS TV you watched the best product that John More »
Jesseray Childrey (7-0) rolled into Florence packing his perfect record in tow. A champion for two different promotions already, a win against Bobbie Stacker (5-2) would put catapult him to the top of More »
In what many feel including us to be the best XFC event to date, the lightweights came to shine and shine they did. It has been pretty amazing to watch the rise More »
Louisville MMA’s Ron “The Monster” Sparks (8-1) sat the 2012 campaign out. Following a loss to Eric Prindle and an odd incident with a blood pressure cuff, Sparks has been out of the picture. That is until now. Bellator kicks off their summer series tonight in Oklahoma and Sparks will once again have his shot at at making it to the heavyweight crown. First he will have to dispatch undefeated Vitaly Minakov (10-0).
Vitaly Minakov not only comes into the bout with an unblemished MMA record but a resume that is a bit overwhelming. Minakov is a four time World Sambo champion as well as a seven time champion inside of Russia. He is also a Junior National Judo champion and was even considering entering the 2012 Olympic games. He made his Bellator debut last November with a second round TKO win.
After a whirlwind weekend of fights we return tonight with more great interviews. If you tuned in to XFC 24 from Tampa on AXS TV you watched the best product that John Prisco and company have put out to date. From the opening fight until the closing bell the men and women on the card were looking to prove a point. Some did and some did not. Ricky Rainey did. Making the move to middleweight paid off as he put away Reggie Pena in an impressive performance. Rainey returns to the show tonight to talk about the win and what he feels should be next for the rising star.
We get to follow the careers of many fighters but few have been as enjoyable to watch as Scott Holtzman. In just over a year Scott has went from making his professional debut to winning the belt. Friday night he put away veteran John Mahlow in the second round. The new champ will join us to talk about the build up and the climax of his experience tonight.
When the dust settled at XFC 22 in Charlotte, Scott Holtzman knew he would be fighting for the lightweight title. A decision over then undefeated Jason Hicks put him in the driver’s seat to meet Nick Newell. We know the story. Newell was stripped of the title, released from the contract and signs with another company. That left Holtzman with no one to fight and title hopes looking dismal. Eager to get back what was once his, John Mahlow stepped up in a big way. Mahlow brought much more experience to the table but would have to overcome a surging Holtzman. The two met last Friday in Tampa with the belt to be decided.
Watch Holtzman win the title at XFC 24 and listen in as he joins us tonight for BluegrassMMA Live!
Jesseray Childrey (7-0) rolled into Florence packing his perfect record in tow. A champion for two different promotions already, a win against Bobbie Stacker (5-2) would put catapult him to the top of they heavyweight division and secure a match up with current champ Josh Snow. It didn’t take long for Childrey to do what he does best and that is submit his opponents. After about a minute of working his position he was able to lock in a rear naked choke that forced Stacker to submit.
Childrey’s arm was raised in victory and then the current champion Josh Snow(6-0) stepped into the cage for a staredown. Snow is was victorious over James Lester at Universal Cage Combat just a week prior. The match up is expected to take place in August at Turf Wars 13. For the first time in recent memory we will see the best two heavyweights currently in the area go toe to toe. With four amateur titles between them at some point one would imagine they would have to meet. Now they are and the winner secures their spot as the elite heavyweight in the Ohio Valley region.
The setting last night at Turf Wars 12 was phenomenal. The event took place outdoors at the Paddock Patio at Turfway Park with an incredible view of the horse track as the backdrop. With this event the promotion now has twelve events under their belt with each one getting better than the previous one. All of the fighters that competed last night showcased their great skill including the stand-out title fight between Cody Gableman and John Walton.
The “Fight of the Night” bout between the two flyweights was contested entirely on the ground. The technical showcase from both fighters was well deserving of the award as they kept the fans excited throughout the 9-minute bout. Jesseray Childrey went on to stop Bobbie Stacker with a first round submission to earn himself a title shot at the next event.
The main event between Hunter Joffre and Jesse Parker for the flyweight title ended in a split decision. After reading comments from fans in attendance there were apparently many illegal strikes (head-butts and knees) thrown. To top things off was after the fight was over there was a “brawl” right outside the cage between the two camps of the fighters.
Other then that little mishap the night went off without a hitch and the fans got to experience another great event. Although BluegrassMMA was not in the house for the action we do have the results for you below.
Team BluegrassMMA is on hand for Turfwars 12 at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky. The event will be take place outdoors in the beautiful Paddock Area inside the park. Featured tonight on the pro/am card will be seventeen fights headlined by unbeaten Robert White (2-0) and Eugene Perrin (2-0). The two will lightweight stars have already been featured on Bellator and XFC. Tonight one of them will remain undefeated while the other will taste defeat for the first time.
Also featured tonight are many other stars including Jesseray Childrey, Cody Gableman, Jerrick Boykin and many more. We will have all of the results from tonight’s event as it goes down. The doors open at 06:30pm ET with the first fight scheduled to go down at 08:00pm ET. Tickets are available at the gate.
If you were looking to attend Kombat Zone 39 but are unable to do not worry as we have you covered. The fine folks at Kombat Zone will be streaming the event live for those not able to come out to the Pierre Center for the show. The best part about it we have it for you right here on BluegrassMMA.com.
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