On paper it appeared that Louisville MMA’s John Troyer (13-6) should have an easy tune up before beginning a career with India’s Super Fight League. This was to be his going away party so to speak in his city. Dan Bolden (8-13) had other plans though.
Bolden came into the fight winning only one of his last 5 fights. Fighting out of Lakeland Florida Dan has been a road warrior throughout his career. Troyer had not been beaten in his last four outings including a win over Josh Clark inside the Bellator cage.
Bolden was smothering. He was able to get Troyer down and when he did he worked from top position. Bolden was able to sneak in elbow shots as well as work the body. Troyer had to expend a considerable amount of energy in his attempts to escape. Bolden was relentless though.
For three rounds Bolden took advantage of positions and grinded his way to the final bell. The crowd was deflated after the first round. To Troyer’s credit he was always trying to escape to mount some sort of offense but Bolden was too much. All three judges scored the fight 30-27 in favor of Bolden.
It was a shocker to say the least. Troyer has a great camp with him though and will no doubt bounce back. It would be nice to see Bolden come back and scrap with some of Kentucky’s other middleweights in the future.