Hardrock MMA returns to Florence, KY next month for the first time since 2010 and brings with it a stellar professional card which is being bolstered by a women’s bantamweight fight between Marissa Caldwell and Gina Begley.
Caldwell will be returning to action after five years. She made her professional debut back in 2009 and fought a who’s who of fighters including UFC bantamweight Jessica Eye and Strikeforce alum Jan Finney. She has shown she can go the distance with some tough competition and both of her professional wins have come by submission. That shouldn’t be a surprise coming from a Vision MMA fighter.
Begley will make her first appearance in Kentucky since turning pro in 2015. Gina made her debut for Invicta FC back in 2015 on short notice. Prior to that she had fought in Ohio, Colorado, Missouri and here in Kentucky. Her last amateur fight was in 2014 under the Hardrock MMA banner in Somerset where she got the decision win over Ashley Rickard. She made her professional boxing debut earlier this year in Colorado and fought to a four round draw.
This is a great fight to showcase professional women’s MMA here in the Ohio Valley. These women have dedicated a good portion of their life to martial arts and both are great role models for aspiring fighters.
This is the fourth professional bout added to the card which takes place on July 16th at Turfway Park. For ticket information go to HardrockMMA.com and stay close to BluegrassMMA for more on this event.
Here is a look at the professional fights so far, subject to change.