The 20-year-old Beverly came in as an underdog in the eyes of many against the hometown favorite Mohammed, but he kept pressure throughout the fight and fended off multiple submission attempts to take home judges’ scores of 30-27, 30-27, and 29-28.
It appeared as though Beverly had the fight won in the first round, as he locked in a deep rear naked choke that had Mohammed fighting to survive. But the jiu-jitsu black belt Mohammed eventually fought his way out of the choke, only to attempt a heel hook of his own.
Beverly fought off the heel hook, as well as multiple leg attacks throughout the fight. In his first fight at featherweight, he used his size advantage to keep pressure on Mohammed and maintain top control for a good portion of the fight.
In the co-main event, Harry Hunsucker (3-2) avenged a loss against Tim Dunn (2-6) dating back to both fighters’ amateur days in 2010. Hunsucker put pressure on Dunn early, hoping to use leg kicks to chop down the big heavyweight.
A big knee caused Dunn to drop to the mat, where Hunsucker pounced and bloodied Tim with strikes until the referee pulled him off at 3:56 into the first round. It’s the second straight win for Hunsucker, who said after the fight that he plans to take some time off before returning later this year.
After the event, Dunn told BluegrassMMA that this will be his last mixed martial arts bout and that he’s officially retired.
McGar appeared to be game early in the fight, but once the fight hit the mat the grappling experience of Campbell showed as he was able to lock in an arm triangle to force the tap at 1:15 in the second round.
Performance of the Night: Ken Beverly
Fight of the Night: Nick Wells vs. Eli Mefford
Submission of the Night: Brandon Campbell
Knockout of the Night: Gavin Hernandez
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