To be completely transparent, I was the only BluegrassMMA attendee at Hardrock MMA 100, I am also the media director for Hardrock MMA but I have been a fan of the promotion for the lifespan of this website. If this seems bias, well it might be a little.
Out of all the events I have been to this will go down as my favorite to date. There are a ton of reasons but seeing your friends reach such a milestone and doing it the right way is exciting. The MMA family is just that, we all see the same people each and every event so over time you naturally bond with everyone. Brandon Higdon is an elite matchmaker who consistently books great fights. Vanessa is the lesser known of the power couple but is as business savvy as they come in terms of a promoter. Mix all of that with the people who put up the cage, volunteer and take time out of their life to contribute it makes for one powerful company.
The event though right? If you were there, comment below and tell us what you thought. It was one of the biggest and most overwhelming crowds I’ve ever seen. The production from Matt and Tim with LiveSportsCaster was amazing. The fights, well they delivered too.
The main event featured two top prospects in the featherweight division. Ken Beverly at 21 years old has already been through some big fights and Isaiah Ferguson possesses some of the best raw talent that the state has seen. Ferguson started the fight strong. In the first round he was in dominant position working for submissions. He was controlling the pace and keeping Beverly on the defense. Beverly was able to slip out of several chokes and at one point I was sure his arm was about to break. It didn’t. Beverly controlled much of the second and third round to pull out the decision win.
Randy Jones got the second knockout of his career Saturday night. Ian Lawler came out aggressive but Jones was able to use that to his advantage. Jones connected and dropped Lawler face first to the canvas and was able to quickly jump in and finish things off. Jones notched his fourth professional win in front of a crowd of his peers.
Gavin Agnew and Genia Goodin both came out on top in their respective championship bouts. Agnew bested Nathan Pierce as referee Rob Mooney stopped the fight in the fourth round. Goodin topped Kelsey Hildal by unanimous decision to keep her record perfect as well as retaining her title.
The full event is still available for purchase on LivesSportsCaster.com. Hardrock MMA 101 is up next and will take place on September 1st at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton, OH.