Ruben Warr (9-8) picked up a fifth straight win at Hardrock MMA 96. He went the distance with local fan favorite and Ultimate Fighter alum, BJ Ferguson (11-6) to capture the promotion’s professional featherweight title.
The two had some bad blood leading up to their main event match. Warr called Ferguson out claiming he wanted to fight the best that Kentucky had to offer him. For three rounds, Warr was able to utilize his wrestling to get Ferguson to the ground. This game plan almost cost him the fight as Ferguson was able to lock in a guillotine on several occasions when Warr shot in for the takedown.
In the third round, it seemed like Warr was close to tapping out from one of the guillotine choke attempts. However, Warr was able to keep his composure in the worrisome position. He eventually maneuvered his way out of the submission attempt to regain control.
When the final bell sounded, and the ring announcer read the scores, Warr captured the unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) win over Ferguson.
During the post-fight interview, Warr got on the microphone to address the crowd. He apologized to Ferguson for the comments made during the lead-up to the fight. “It was strictly business,” Warr stated. The fighter who went from being homeless in California to training at AFS Academy won his first professional title.
“Thank you for all the support and the positive feed back it was a honor to put a show in front of you guys,” said Warr. The last two years have been a turning point in his fighting career. The “Bad Boy” has made his way up the ranks, ranked #3 in the lightweight division by Tapology. With the win over Ferguson, he should climb up a spot or two.
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