12-bout lineup set for Hardrock MMA 92 in Shepherdsville

Hardrock MMA 92

Hardrock MMA 92

Hardrock MMA 92 is set to go down at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville, Kentucky on Saturday night, and a 12-bout card is set for the event.

In the headliner, Lance Lawrence (3-0) will look to keep his perfect record intact when he faces Marc McDonald (3-3) in a featherweight bout.

The 24-year-old has yet to taste defeat in his MMA career, as he was 8-0 as an amateur and is now 3-0 in his young pro career. All three of his wins as a pro have come in the first round, with the longest lasting just 2:11 in his last outing against David Bernas at Hardrock MMA 86 in February. He’s already ranked as the No. 2 pro featherweight in Kentucky by Tapology.

G-Force’s McDonald has had an up-and-down pro career after posting an impressive 11-3 record as an amateur. He has alternated wins and losses through his first six bouts, with his most recent outing being a loss against Nathan Maness at Premier MMA Championship 3 in May. He’s ranked as the No. 14 pro featherweight in Ohio by Tapology.

The co-feature will be a featherweight bout between AFS Academy’s Ruben Warr (7-8) and unbeaten Tennessee native Jacob Kilburn (3-0).

Warr has seen a resurgence to his career, winning three straight bouts under the Hardrock MMA banner over Charlie Stanford, Ian Lawler, and Braedon Ward over the past year. He’s ranked as the No. 6 pro featherweight in Kentucky by Tapology.

Kilburn is unbeaten in three fights after making his pro debut in November. All three wins have come via stoppage, including a submission over Elliott Blair at Hardrock MMA 87, and a submission over Anthony Lorenzo at Night of Explosion 2 in May. He’s ranked as the No. 7 pro featherweight in Tennessee and No. 4 in Kentucky by Tapology.

The third pro offering will feature a previously scheduled bout between Ian Lawler (3-3) and Branden Bishop (2-3).

The two were originally scheduled to headline Hardrock MMA 90 in Louisville in July, but the bout was one of a handful that were cancelled when the event was stopped after the passing of amateur fighter Donshay White, as well as an injury to Kalen Ray, forcing the medical staff to leave the venue.

Lawler is the owner of Adversity Training Center in Somerset, Kentucky. He admitted that he thought about retirement following his loss to Ruben Warr earlier this year, but he is now recommitted to fighting and looking forward to the bout against Bishop.

Bishop will compete for the first time since 2012, as an injury knocked him out of competition and forced  him to rethink fighting as well.

Two amateur titles will also be up for grabs, as the Agnew brothers both look to walk away at the end of the night with gold.

Kegan Agnew (9-3) looks to defend his lightweight title in a rematch against Nick Maupin (5-5). Agnew (#3 am FW, KY) topped Maupin (#21 am LW, KY) via decision to win the title at Hardrock MMA 80 last June.

In another rematch, Gavin Agnew (8-4) will look for retribution against Alex Hacker (4-2) with the welterweight title on the line. Hacker (#11 am WW, KY) handed Agnew (#15 am WW, KY) his first loss at Hardrock MMA 77 last year. Agnew went on to win gold for the C4FC promotion, while Hacker was the Hardrock MMA welterweight champion before dropping the title against Nikolos Hoobler-Scherff earlier this year.

The doors open at 6p.m. on Saturday, with the first fight beginning at 7?30p.m. Check out the full card below.

Hardrock MMA 92 card

Pro Bouts:
Marc McDonald vs. Lance Lawrence
Jacob Kilburn vs. Ruben Warr
Ian Lawler vs. Branden Bishop

Amateur Bouts:
Nick Maupin vs. Kegan Agnew (c) – Lightweight Title
Gavin Agnew vs. Alex Hacker – Welterweight Title
Cody Sheroan vs. Will Myers
Blayne Hodges vs. Tre Harbin
Ethan McGee vs. Alvin Miller
Nick Jewell vs. Nathan Pierce
Eli Mefford vs. Josh Rivera
Jared Morris vs. Devin Seebold
Elias Kelly vs. Aaron Gabbard

*subject to change

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