Lima, Ohio – We are live inside the UAW Hall, where IT Fight Series 31 will take place tonight. The event will feature twelve fights including three professional bouts.
Headlining the show tonight is a catchweight bout (150lbs) between Matthew Montalvo (6-11) and Sean Barnett (4-8). Both fighters are looking to walk away victorious as each of them are coming off losses.
In the co-main event, we will see TUF: China veteran Albert Cheng (3-3) take on Matt Egner (4-5). Winning his last two fights, Egner is looking to stop the momentum that Cheng is riding as he looks to turn his career around with a victory tonight. Meanwhile, Cheng has his sites on one thing, and one thing only, a return to the Octagon. The only thing standing between him and the eight-sided cage is Egner. Expect this fight to end before the first round is over.
Originally, a female strawweight title fight was scheduled between Chelsea Herring (3-1) and Anna Abrams (5-1). In an unfortunate turn of events, Abrams was forced to withdraw herself from the fight as she was cutting the last few pounds. All of this occurred yesterday so unfortunately it looks like Herring will not be competing in tonight’s event.
Tonight’s action is sanctioned by the Ohio Athletic Commission under the supervisor of Bernie Profato. We will be bringing you all of the coverage as it goes down courtesy of our great sponsors, UR Fight Gear. Be sure to check them out and tell them BluegrassMMA sent you.
Tyler Long (0-0) vs. Tommy Turbeville (0-0) – Middleweight
Winner: Tommy Turbeville def Tyler Long by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Robert Potts (1-2) vs. Cory Lininger (0-0) – Featherweight
Winner: Robert Potts def Cory Lininger by Split Decision (29-28L, 29-28P, 29-28P)
Selo Ramjattan (0-0) vs. Ron Brown (0-0) – Lightweight
Winner: Selo Ramjattan def Ron Brown by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27)
Alex Bowen (0-1) vs. Alex Vera (0-0) – Super Heavyweight
Winner: Alex Bowen def Alex Vera by Submission (Arm/Neck Triangle), 2:56 of Rd 1
Tim Halfacre (1-0) vs. Brent Bacon (0-0) – Welterweight
Winner: Tim Halfacre def Brent Bacon by KO, 0:22 of Rd 1
Zac Utterbeck (0-3) vs. Tim Eley (1-2) – Featherweight
Winner: Tim Eley def Zac Utterbeck by TKO (Strikes), 0:47 of Rd 1
Sarim Rahim (1-0) vs. Nicholas Pauff (0-0) – Lightweight
Winner: Fight Scratched (Sarim unable to make weight)
Hayden Ring (0-0) vs. Quinn Staugler (0-0)– Lightweight
Winner: Quinn Staugler def Hayden Ring by Submission (RNC), 0:54 of Rd 1
Cody Herbert (3-5) vs. Bret Martin (0-0) – Welterweight
Winner: Cody Herbert def Bret Martin by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
Tray Taylor (0-3) vs. Curtis Doner (1-1) – Featherweight
Winner: Tray Taylor def Curtis Doner by TKO (Strikes), 3:58 of Rd 3
Matthew Egner (4-5) vs. Albert Cheng (3-3) – Lightweight
Winner: Albert Cheng def Matthew Egner by Submission (Kimura), 1:10 of Rd 2
Matthew Montalvo (6-11) vs. Sean Barnett (4-8) – Catchweight (150lbs)
Winner: Matthew Montalvo def Sean Barnett by Submission (Guillotine), 0:41 of Rd 1