Hardrock MMA is set to make their debut in Ohio this weekend, as Hardrock MMA 101 will go down at the Dayton Convention Center on Saturday night.
The card is anchored by three pro bouts, including a headliner for the bantamweight crown. Flyweight champion Rob Walker (6-6) will move up in weight looking for a second title as he faces veteran Jeremy Pender (14-14).
Walker hails from Dayton, as he looks to build on his victory over Donnie Ballou at Hardrock MMA 99 in June where he won the promotion’s flyweight title. Four of his six pro wins have come via submission, including a heel hook over Ballou. He’s ranked as the No. 4 pro flyweight in Ohio by Tapology.
Vision MMA’s Pender has hinted that this could be his last pro MMA bout, as he makes the trek up from Cincinnati. He has alternated wins and losses in his last six bouts dating to 2016, including a win over Charlie Stanford at Hardrock MMA 91 last year. His most recent outing was last December, when he was submitted by Will Martinez Jr. at an event in Pennsylvania. He’s ranked as the No. 10 pro featherweight in Kentucky.
Drive MMA’s Stanford looks to snap a five-fight losing streak, with his last win coming via TKO over James Ballinger in 2015. After starting his career 5-2, he’s just 1-8 in his last nine bouts, beginning with a loss to Cody Garbrandt in 2014.
After starting his career 1-9, Vo has won back to back fights in the first round, including a knockout of Kellen VanCamp and a submission over Blayze Rodgers under the Colosseum Combat banner.
Rigel, who trains with UFC welterweight Matt Brown, looks for his second pro win after earning a decision over James Sanchez under the New League Fights banner in February.
Roberds looks for his first win since his pro debut in 2012, as he’s come up short against Josh Fremd and Travis Hussey under the IT Fight Series banner over the past 13 months.
Check out the full lineup below.
Jeremy Pender vs. Rob Walker – Bantamweight Title
Charlie Stanford vs. Van Vo
TJ Rigel vs. Warren Roberds
David Schwab vs. Ricky Roseberry
Jimmy Sandlin vs. Paul Schommer
Daniel Bays vs. Michael Arrieta
Kasey Beaucamp vs. Cody Black
Kenneth Strickland vs. Markus Davis
Aaron Adair vs. Stephen Hale
*subject to change