Honor Fighting Championship debuted at the Summit County Fairgrounds in Tallmadge, Ohio on Saturday night, as Honor FC 4 featured eight total bouts.
De Jesus used pinpoint striking to keep Rohler at bay, including a straight left hand that found its target throughout the fight. He also mixed in a healthy dose of kicks, including multiple head kicks that landed. Rohler attempted to bully his way inside to earn the takedown, and he was successful on multiple attempts, but “El Platano” continually made his way back to his feet.
In the end, The Academy MMA product earned a unanimous decision, his fourth win in five outings. He accredited the turnaround in his career to joining the Pittsburgh gym, giving credit to his coaches and teammates in his post fight interview.
The loss for Evolve MMA’s Rohler snaps a four fight winning streak.
In the co-main event and only other pro bout, Kaleb Raymond (1-0) made a successful debut with a kimura submission victory over Eddy Faison (0-2). The super heavyweight admitted after the fight that it was the first time that he had hit the submission off of his back.
Despite giving up more than 100 pounds in the fight, the wrestler tried to get the fight to the ground early on. When he attempted a takedown, Faison landed on top and looked to work ground and pound. But “The Beast” was able to lock in the submission from the bottom and force the tap in the first round.
The amateur main event featured another product of The Academy MMA, as Justin Patton (4-3) returned from a layoff of nearly two years to submit Justin Meese (3-4) with a D’arce choke just 25 seconds in the first round. After landing and early combination to drop Meese, the purple belt locked in the choke, and forced the tap after adjusting to make it tighter.
Performance of the Night: Kaleb Raymond
Fight of the Night: John De Jesus vs. Josh Rohler
Submission of the Night: Justin Patton
Knockout of the Night: Tyrann Reid (TKO)
For full results from Honor FC 4, click here.