The dust has settled in Kokomo after a big weekend of fights at Colosseum Combat XLIV. A new lightweight champion was crowned, some upsets were to be had and 11 action filled fights.
Thomas Gifford and Cameron VanCamp served as the night’s main event with the vacant lightweight title hanging in the balance. This would be VanCamp’s fourth straight title fight. Gifford had won three fights in a row but didn’t waste any time as he found the guillotine within the first minute of the fight. He locked it in and proclaimed to the referee that he was going to submit. VanCamp didn’t tap, however he did go to sleep. A bit of confusion left the unconscious fighter alone in the cage, a scary sight.
On paper this fight was as evenly matched as they get. Mark Slater booked a great one as Parks and Highbaugh are both top welterweights in the Ohio Valley. As both fighters were coming off losses it was a bit of a must win for each. Parks was able to pepper Highbaugh early in the first before the fight hit the mat. The Reaction MMA fighter stayed heavy on top and eventually was able to get the ground and pound victory to put him back in the win column.
James Shaffer is the epitome of a game opponent. He took his last fight on less than a days notice and returned with a full camp to meet Malik Lawrence. The fight was back and forth with both fighters swinging away, something that excited the Kokomo crowd. A kick from Shaffer opened up a huge cut to Lawrence while Lawrence was downed. Shaffer was disqualified and Lawrence leaves with the belt but not after a gutsy performance.