The cage is tucked away for a few months, the lights have went out and the dust is starting to settle on Hardrock MMMA 85. The fans witnessed 17 fights that were for the most part entertaining and showcased some solid talent.
Can we talk about the pink elephant in the room? The women’s strawweight title fight as originally supposed to be Allanah Arnett but she was forced off the card and replaced by an 0-0 Suprena Anderson. Anderson’s background may have been exaggerated to the matchmaker and her lack of skill was exposed quickly by the well trained Jennifer Clausius. It took less than a minute for Clausius to finish the fight. Brandon Higdon reflected on it after.
Her coach had contacted another cornerman to help corner his student so I was trying not to judge a book by its cover but this girl obviously needed some time in a gym. I knew it was a tough first fight but her coach had tried to get her on my Turfway Park event last month so I assumed she had been training during that time. Suprena was a nice girl, she did her part. She got blood work and she came to fight but she obviously needed more training.
The finishes were aplenty. Hybrid MMA has really emerged as a team to watch going into the new year. Justin Thompson remained unbeaten as he pulled off an inverted triangle. Kellen VanCamp has shown why he sits atop our rankings as he finished off 9-1 Brandon Debandi with a slick arm bar. Dylan Osterman kept his title has he took advantage of a slip from Donny Korbel to set up a tight rear naked choke. Jeremy Damron rolled in to the second fight of the night and locked in a vicious guillotine that put Anthony Warren to sleep before he could tap.
The pro fights were evenly matched but it was Braedon Ward and Cameron VanCamp who shined. VanCamp was brutal in his attack on Randy Jones, landing elbow after elbow forcing referee Chris Kinman to stop the fight. Ward looked to be in some trouble early as Brian Kerr came out fast but the pace slowed dramatically as two low blows from Ward caused a 10 minute pause in the action. Kerr survived the first round but was lit up in the second before Ward was able to lock in a choke to seal the deal.
Fight of the Night
Submission of the Night
Knockout of the Night
Jeremy Craig def. Jonathan Franklin by Submission (Tap to Strikes) at 00:37 Rd 2
Jeremy Damron def. Anthony Warren by Technical Submission at 00:28 Rd 1
Dalton Coleman def. Brian Hooper by Submission (Verbal) at 2:57 Rd 1