Hardrock MMA 101 marked the promotion’s debut in Ohio, as the event went down at the Dayton Convention Center in Dayton on Saturday night.
Jeremy Pender (15-14) has had a long road during his mixed martial arts career, fighting for over a decade. He competed at Hardrock MMA 1 as an amateur all the way back in 2008, and finally claimed the promotion’s bantamweight title 100 events later with a submission victory over flyweight champion Rob Walker (6-7) in the main event. After the bout, Pender said that it’s time for him to hang up his gloves, retiring to focus on training the next crop of fighters at Vision MMA in Cincinnati. Along the way, “Pony Boy” produced 15 stoppage wins, including 13 submissions. If this is it for his career, it was an honor to watch him fight.
One fighter who isn’t ready to hang them up just yet to start coaching is Charlie Stanford (7-10), who got a much needed TKO win over Van Vo (3-10) to snap a five fight losing streak. Stanford made the decision to move to Drive MMA with Scot Wegman before this fight, and getting to focus on his own training for this camp was evident. He looked like a different and renewed fighter, going on the offensive for the entire fight before stopping Vo via TKO.
TJ Rigel (2-0) got his second pro win, but he didn’t leave unwounded against Warren Roberds (1-3). Rigel spent most of the fight using his wrestling and nasty ground and pound, but Roberds landed a couple of clean body shots, inlcuding one in the third round that injured his rib. Rigel asked for opponents in his natural weight class after the fight, preferring to move back down to lightweight for his next bout.
18-year-old Michael Arrieta (3-0) is an amateur to watch out for, as the Grove City BJJ product looked great in getting a first round submission via triangle in a minute.
Cody Black (1-0) vs. Kasey Beaucamp (0-1) was one of the bloodiest fights I’ve ever seen, and I’m not sure how Beaucamp stayed on his feet for so long, even getting in some solid shots of his own while taking a lot of punishment from Black.
It’s probably time for Paul Schommer (7-4) to go pro. After four straight wins there aren’t many tests left for him in the amateur ranks.
Check out the full result below.
Aaron Adair (1-0) def. Stephen Hale (0-2) via Submission (guillotine) – Round 2, 1:28
Cody Black (1-0) def. Kasey Beaucamp (0-1) via TKO (strikes) – Round 2, 1:17
Paul Schommer (7-4) def. Jimmy Sandlin (3-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27, 29-28, 30-27)
David Schwab (3-1) def. Ricky Roseberry (2-1) via Unanimous Decision (29-28 x3)
Kenneth Strickland (1-0) def. Markus Davis (0-1) via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 1:22
Michael Arrieta (3-0) def. Daniel Bays (4-4) via Submission (triangle) – Round 1, 1:00
TJ Rigel (2-0) def. Warren Roberds (1-3) via Unanimous Decision (30-27 x3)
Charlie Stanford (7-10) def. Van Vo (3-10) via TKO (strikes) – Round 1, 2:51
Jeremy Pender (15-14) def. Rob Walker (6-7) via Submission (rear naked choke) – Round 1, 3:57 – Bantamweight Title