IT Fight Series closed out a very strong 2015 campaign with their ninth event of the year, as Veterans Hall in Zanesville, Ohio was the location of IT Fight Series 39. Jerrell Hodge and Andrew Law were the big winners on the night, picking up wins in the two pro bouts.
Fans in attendance were treated to a dozen bouts, including two in the pro ranks. Check out our full recap of the event below:
Performance of the Night: Jerrell Hodge
Fight of the Night: Damonte Robinson vs. Sam Cooper
Submission of the Night: Brandon Odom
Knockout of the Night: Chris Campbell (TKO)
Dollar Beard Club Beard of the Night: Sam Cooper
For full results from IT Fight Series 39, click here.
Andrew Law (6-4) definitely looked like he was in a fight after his first round submission over Timmy McCavit (4-3) in the main event, but he still came out with the win after locking in a rear naked choke to get the tap. Law has now won two in a row after dropping three straight, and the veteran fighter has said that he wants to stay at welterweight in the future after taking off some time to put on size to compete with the larger fighters.
Check out our video interview with Law following his win:
Jerrell Hodge (2-1) put on a dominant showing in his Performance of the Night victory over Tray Taylor (2-5), as both fighters took the fight on short notice and stepped up in the co-main event.
Hodge used his wrestling to completely shut down any offense from Taylor, and the only time that it looked like he was in any danger at all was during a short flurry from Taylor at the beginning of the third. For the other 14 minutes and 30 seconds of the fight, Hodge was in complete control and had Taylor in many dominant positions, including back mount, full mount, and side control. Hodge wasn’t able to sink in the rear naked choke that he was looking for most of the fight, but other than that his performance was solid.
Check out our video interview with Hodge following his win:
It wasn’t easy for Damonte Robinson (4-0), but he earned a lightweight title shot against Jake Miller (4-2) at an upcoming IT Fight Series event in 2016. The Mayanz MMA fighter lost the first round against Sam Cooper (3-1), and one judge even scored it 10-8. But after returning to his corner with Antonio Castillo Jr., he came out looking like a different fighter in the second and third rounds, using his size advantage and some vicious knees to the body to control the rest of the fight.
Robinson vs. Miller should be a fun battle and a great style matchup. Robinson is a big, agressive, athletic fighter while Miller is an underrated athlete with sneaky jiu-jitsu skills.
Isaac Hook (5-2) dispatched of Aaron Garrett (5-9), but it’s clear that his real target is a man who was in Garrett’s corner in Connor Hina (3-2). The two fighters have squared off in the past in a fight that Hina won via decision, but apparently there’s still some bad blood between the two as Hook called Hina into the cage after the fight and the two squared off.
After a busy year, IT Fight Series 40 is already scheduled to go down on Jan. 30 in Bellefontaine, Ohio. We’ll have more info on this event as it becomes available.