Hardrock MMA 97 marks the promotion’s return to Heritage Hall tonight in Lexington, Kentucky and the 14-bout card features a pair of pro bouts, including a main event pitting Jamal Mohammed (2-0) and Ken Beverly (5-3).
Mohammed has been perfect throughout his amateur and pro MMA career, boasting an overall record of 11-0. He’s won his first two pro bouts via first round stoppage, including a knockout over James Adcock at Hardrock MMA 91 that earned him the 2017 BluegrassMMA Pro Knockout of the Year award. He’s ranked as the No. 6 pro featherweight in Kentucky by Tapology.
After eight pro bouts in less than two years, Beverly drops to featherweight for the first time to face Mohammed. He posted a 2-1 record in 2017, with his last outing coming in a loss against Nick Gehrts at Bellator MMA Fight Series in Bristol in August. He’s ranked as the No. 4 pro lightweight in Kentucky.
Dunn won the first meeting between the two, topping Hunsucker via submission due to strikes at a Kentucky Fighting Challenge event in 2010. After starting off his pro career with a 2-2 record including a pair of knockout wins, Dunn has dropped three straight. This will be his first time in action since 2015, when he dropped a TKO against Strikeforce veteran Jason Riley at IT Fight Series 34.
Hunsucker has alternated wins and losses in his four pro bouts, with all ending inside the first round. Most recently, he topped Raleigh Abbott via submission due to strikes at Hardrock MMA 93 in October. He’s ranked as the No. 7 pro heavyweight in Kentucky by Tapology.
Johnston makes her amateur debut in a prime spot on the card as she makes the trek down from Cincinnati to face Harris.
Harris came up short in her debut at Hardrock MMA 95 in December, as she dropped a decision against Morgan Cranford at the event.
Campbell won the Hardrock MMA bantamweight title by topping Justin Thompson via submission in his last outing at Hardrock MMA 87, but he vacated the title to remain closer to his natural flyweight class. He’s posted all five of his wins via stoppage, including four via submission. He’s ranked as the No. 5 amateur bantamweight in Kentucky.
McGar takes a step up in competition to face Campbell after a pair of first round TKO wins in his first two outings. Most recently, he stopped Paul Schneider in the first round at Hardrock MMA 96 in February. He’s ranked as the No. 9 amateur bantamweight in Kentucky.
Check out the full results below.
Paul Schneider (1-1) def. Cameron Taylor (1-7) via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:45 – Bantamweight
Gavin Hernandez (2-0) def. James Spencer (0-1) via KO (punch) – Round 1, 0:16 – Heavyweight
Kyler Johnson (1-0) def. Markus Davis (0-1) via Submission (standing guillotine) – Round 1, 2:27 – 165 lbs Catchweight
Lucy Johnston (1-0) def. Dani Harris (0-2) via TKO (punches) – Round 3, 0:12 – Bantamweight
Jesse Romans (3-4) def. Jonathan Fugate (0-2) via KO (punches) – Round 2, 0:56 – Heavyweight
Nick Wells (3-2) def. Eli Mefford (2-3) via Split Decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28) – Lightweight
Cory Holbrook (2-0) def. Trent Nott (0-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3) – Middleweight
Brandon Campbell (6-1) def. Bradley McGar (2-1) via Submission (arm triangle) – Round 2, 1:15 – 130 lbs Catchweight
Harry Hunsucker (3-2) def. Tim Dunn (2-6) via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 3:56- Heavyweight
Ken Beverly (6-3) def. Jamal Mohammed (2-1) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28) – Featherweight