Midwest Fight Series XV takes place at Hoosier Park
One month ago at Midwest Fight Series XIV, we saw Bryant Whitaker (8-2) go three rounds with Thomas Gifford (9-7) to earn the unanimous decision. In a little over two weeks from now, the promotion is set to return to the Hoosier Park Racing Casino.
The organization recently released the professional side of the card which is set to feature seven bouts. Headlining Midwest Fight Series XV will be a lightweight title fight between The Ultimate Fighter Season 12 Alum Dan Head (12-11) and Austin Tweedy (8-1).
Austin Tweedy vs. Daniel Head
Making his organizational debut when he enters into the cage on March 19, Head brings with him nearly ten years of experience that he will attempt o use to his advantage against Tweedy. The always outgoing and positive Head had this to say about this upcoming match-up, “This is the guy that’s coming to kill me, and I plan on smiling thru whatever blood and punches come my way!”
After putting on a stellar performance two weeks ago, Head came up on the losing end of a decision against undefeated Jameson Sharp. Before that loss, Head was able to earn a first round submission win over Pierce Overton.
For the past several years Austin Tweedy as been at the forefront of MMA in the Hoosier state. With only one blemish on his record, Tweedy has finished all but one of his opponents in the first round. The loss came against Tom Shoaff when the two of them went to war with each other for three rounds. That fight would later be nominated for fight of the year.
Currently riding a five-fight winning streak that includes a dominant 0:40 win over Jason Gilliam at the promotion’s last event, Tweedy is nearing the break he deserves. Stopping the TUF alum could be exactly what he needs on his fight resume to earn his shot.
Chico Bays vs. Dustin Parrish
Also fighting on this card is an exciting match-up between two undefeated fighters in Chico Bays (2-0) and Dustin Parrish (4-0-1). This bout can easily be described as the most anticipated fight of the night. These two well-respected fighters are at pivotal points in their career and to be taking a fight this tough just goes to show you how much each one wants to be the best.
With only two fights in the last two years, Bays is determined to make it all the way to the top of the sport. “My goal is the UFC or Bellator,” Bays told us after his last fight. “I feel like my striking is where it needs to be. I need a little more work on the ground, though.”
In his last fight, Bays stopped Tony DiPiero in the opening round when the referee was forced to stop the fight. After that fight, the Columbus, Ohio native decided to try out his boxing skills against fellow MMA fighter, Tyler Combs. Each one was competing in their first boxing bout; the two went to a decision where Bays picked up the win.
In a somewhat uncharacteristic move, Dustin Parrish took his last fight on just 3-days notice. Not only was the fight last minute, but his opponent was Bellator, UFC, and Strikeforce veteran Eric Wisely. “The draw isn’t what I wanted but it’s time to heal up and get back to the drawing board,” Parrish told everyone after the fight.
Before that match-up, the ATT Indianapolis fighter stopped three of his last four opponents by way of submission. In his professional debut, he went the distance, earning the unanimous decision over Frank Sloan at Midwest Fight Series VIII.
Below is a look at the rest of the fight card scheduled for Midwest Fight Series XV:
Official Midwest Fight Series XV Fight Card
Austin Tweedy (8-1) vs. Dan Head (12-11) – Lightweight Title Fight
Chris Tanner (1-3) vs. Kevin Schmidt (0-2) – Bantamweight
Shawn Bottoms (2-2) vs. Renaldo Weekly (0-0) – Lightweight
Nolan McCray (2-2) vs. Aaron Highbaugh (1-0) – Welterweight
Andrew Law (6-4) vs. Sean Fallon (3-4) – Welterweight
Lloyd Thornton (3-3) vs. Dru Schottenheimer (0-0) – Lightweight
Dustin Parrish (4-0-1) vs. Chico Bays (2-0) – Welterweight
Stay tuned to BluegrassMMA.com for more information leading up to Midwest Fight Series XV that is set to take place at the Hoosier Park Racing Casino on March 19 in Anderson, Indiana.