Promoter Jeremy Caudill will promote his first event, with matchmaker Scott Corbin working on pairing fights. We were able to confirm the first two pro bouts slated for the event, as Isaiah Chapman (6-3) takes on Josh Robinson (12-12) in a flyweight bout, and Dustin Kempf (7-9) will face Ryan McIntosh (16-27) at featherweight.
Once lauded as a top prospect, Chapman has just one fight since 2014, a bout that earned the 2016 BluegrassMMA Pro Fight of the Year award for his decision loss against Jerrell Hodge at Caged Madness 43 last June. The one-time World Series of Fighting veteran looks to snap a two-fight losing streak, as he dropped a bout against Timur Valiev at WSOF 14 in 2014.
“I feel excited for the match up against Robinson,” Chapman told BluegrassMMA. “He’s an experienced fighter and I am looking forward to the fight. It will be a good test for my first match up at flyweight.”
A former resident of Ohio, Robinson now lives and trains in North Carolina. After turning pro in 2009, he’s stated that this will be his last time competing in MMA, win or lose. He looks to snap a three-fight losing streak and go out on top with a win over Chapman.
“I’m excited for this matchup because it’s back at my weight,” Robinson told BluegrassMMA. “I haven’t fought at 125 for three years now.”
“This is officially my retirement fight,” Robinson continued. “I will not entertain any fight offers after this. It’s time to put a punctuation mark on my MMA career and move forward in life. I teach youth and adults muay Thai and I love it. It makes me happy to watch kids and adults grow physically, mentally, and technically. I’ll continue on my BJJ career as I work for my world’s championship as a brown belt then move on to black belt eventually and do the same as a black belt. So this is the last time I’ll be an active participant in MMA other then a coach and trainer.”
A one-time Bellator veteran, Kempf is just 1-5 in six bouts since 2010. All seven of his wins have come via stoppage, with five via submission. Most recently, he was submitted by Ethan Goss in the first round at Caged Madness 48 in May.
With 43 pro fights, McIntosh is one of the most experienced fighters in the Midwest. Most recently, he was submitted by Joe Lile Jr. at Colosseum Combat XXXIX in June.
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