Ohio’s newest mixed martial arts promotion will debut this weekend in Akron, as Honor Fighting Championship 1 goes down at Chapparells Community Center on Saturday night.
A total of 13 bouts are set for the event, including three in the pro ranks. In the main event, Isaiah Chapman (6-3) will face Robert Walker III (5-4) at flyweight, while other pro bouts feature featherweights Ryan McIntosh (16-27) vs. Dustin Kempf (7-9), and Carlos Yanez (1-2) vs. Tobiaus Taylor (0-2.
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,” 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.”
Walker will compete for just the second time since 2012. In his most recent bout, he submitted Joe Pegg in the main event at IT Fight Series 45 last July. He was slated to take on Donnie Ballou at this past weekend’s IT Fight Series 76, but that bout fell through. Three of his five wins have come via submission.
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.
Indiana’s Yanez looks to snap a two fight losing streak, as he has dropped bouts against Tray Taylor and Dru Schottenheimer after winning his pro debut.
Taylor posted a 6-1 record as an amateur, but he has yet to pick up a win as a pro as he competes for the first time since a loss against Patrick Mix last May.
Check out the full lineup for Honor FC 1 below.
*subject to change