Knoxville’s Jason King (5-3) kicked off the year in his hometown with a brutal first round knockout win over Steven Haag (3-3) that could be a knockout of the year contender. The welterweight bout headlined Valor Fights 47, which took place at the Knoxville Civic Coliseum on Saturday night.
The classic striker vs. grappler matchup came to a head early on, with King looking to find his range on his feet while Haag tried to get the fight to the ground. When Haag attempted to pull guard, King was able to stay on his feet. They eventually became locked in a clench against the cage, and King fired off two short range right hands that knocked out Haag for the win.
King now has four of his five career wins via knockout or TKO, and the victory over Haag was his second win in his last three outings. For Haag, he’s now dropped two straight.
You can watch the knockout win here on FloCombat (subscription required).
Shamir Peshewa (1-0) and James Conway (1-0) were also victorious in their respective pro debuts, while Shonte Barnes (2-1) moved his record above .500 with a first round TKO win. You can watch Peshewa’s win over Natalie King in the fight of the night for free here.
Check out the full results from Valor Fights 47 below.
Jason King (5-3) def. Steven Haag (3-3) via KO (punches) – Rd 1
Keith Olson (1-0) def. Alex Riggs (1-1) via submission (armbar) – Rd 1
Shamir Peshewa (1-0) def. Natalie King (1-1) via unanimous decision
James Conway (1-0) def. Jordan Weeks (0-1) via TKO (doctor stoppage) – Rd 1
Shonte Barnes (2-1) def. Roy Sanders (1-13) via TKO (strikes) Rd 1
Len Cook def. John Henning via unanimous decision^
Olivia Parker (5-0) def. Erica Camp (0-1) via TKO (punches) – Rd 1
Yeinssy Alcantara (1-0) def. Fotini Kandris (4-6) via submission (armbar) – Rd 1
Tevin Brown (2-1) def. Jonathan Blackwell (1-2) via TKO (punches) – Rd 1
Shay Holland (1-1) def. Emily Andzulis (0-1) via unanimous decision
CJ Baker (1-0) def. Ricky Jones (0-2) via TKO (punches) Rd 1
Corey Austin (1-0) def. Gabe Tayara (0-1) via TKO (punches) Rd 2
Nick Jewell def. Wes Monarch via KO (kick) Rd 2^
Steven Tanner def Rodrigo Gonzalez via unanimous decision^
Randall Austin (2-1) def. Jay Vernon (0-2) via submission (guillotine) – Rd 1
Nick Hampton def. Cephus Hewitt via KO (kick) Rd 1^
^Muay Thai bout