Last night was a rather rough evening for three local fighters. UFC veterans and Kentucky nativesJosh “The Hillbilly Heartthrob” Clark (9-3), Jessamyn “The Gun” Duke (3-5), and Tennessee native Amberlynn “ALO” Orr (0-1) came up short in their matches.
The ladies, both Duke and Orr, competed at Invicta 18 which took place at the Scottish Rite Temple in Kansas City, Mo. The event was headlined by Alexa Grasso and Jodie Esquibel and streamed live on UFC Fight Pass.
Amberlynn Orr was making her professional debut as well as promotional debut last night. She fought Team Lloyd Irvin’s Mixed Martial Arts Academy fighter Sijara Eubanks (2-1). The loss is one that Orr would like to distance herself from. It is her first loss since her amateur debut more nearly five years ago.
After the match was over, ALO took to Facebook to post the following message:
Theres alot that could be said but I still give the glory to god. It wasnt his will for me to get the W last night, but instead he gave me a better blessing in disguise.
The path that paved my ammy career was a first “loss” on my record, my debut fight.
From then on I went to wreck havoc in 2 divisions and finished my ammy career with an 11-1 record.
This is no where near the end, but only the beginning.
This is the first time I have actually LOST , & mark my words I WILL COME BACK WITH A VENGEANCE!
Winner: Sijara Eubanks defeats Amberlynn Orr via TKO (strikes), 4:41 of Round 1
Jessamyn returned to the Invicta cage for the second time since her stint in the UFC. Unfortunately for Duke, things did not go her way during the fight with Cindy Dandois. In just under two minutes of the opening round, Dandois was able to submit Duke.
The loss is now the fifth straight defeat for “The Gun” after winning her first three fights.
Winner: Cindy Dandois defeats Jessamyn Duke via Submission (armbar), 1:33 of Round 1
RFA 41 started off great for “The Hillbilly Heartthrob.” The Kentucky native was headlining the event against undefeated Trevin Giles (7-0). Clark was looking to make a statement against Giles as he had big plans for his future.
The fight seemed to be going his way throughout the first round. Then in the second round, Giles was able to gain his composure landing a huge uppercut that set-up the eventual choke that would end the fight. The loss is definitely a setback for Clark as he was eyeing a return to the Octagon.
Below is a highlight video of RFA 41 which features the bout between Clark and Giles.
Winner: Trevin Giles defeats Josh Clark via Submission (rear-naked choke), 1:10 of Round 2