HOOKnSHOOT 2015 Hall of Fame Class
History will be made this weekend at the Evansville Coliseum as HOOKnSHOOT celebrates their 20th anniversary. The Evansville, Indiana based promotion held its first ever show in 1995- although the earliest event I could find was an event that took place on May 11, 1996.
Either way, the impressive feat to sustain such a long-running show has not gone unnoticed. In fact, late last year, Jeffrey Osbourne, owner of HOOKnSHOOT, agreed to sell his entire library of fights. With a list of over 500 fighters, including many famous UFC fighters, can now be viewed (the videos are still being processed as of this writing) on UFC Fight Pass.
On Saturday night though, the focus is on three of those individuals who, in some shape or form, put their time, sweat, and energy into the organization’s earlier days. Without further ado, the three individuals getting inducted are Gary Myers, John Renken, and Sean Brockmole.
Here is what Jeffrey Osbourne posted about the three of them:
Pay tribute to three 20-year pioneers of MMA this weekend as we honor the 2015 HOOKnSHOOT HALL OF FAMERS.
“Iron Bear” Gary Myers showed the world that Indiana MMA was legit! He was the first “Indiana guy” to appear on PPV for UFC competitor EXTREME FIGHTING in 1995. A short time later he would headline the very first HOOKnSHOOT event in Boonville, Indiana. In reality… Gary was the first HOOKnSHOOT Heavyweight Champ!
John Renken needs no introduction to HOOKnSHOOT fans. The Reverend and former Army Ranger has fought around the planet and was a HOOKnSHOOT Champion! His feuds with Scott Elzsworth Henze were both controversial and legendary and held the record for the largest coliseum crowd from 2004 to 2009.
Although you may know him as the “ref”, Sean Brockmole was one of the “founding father’s of HnS”. Brockmole, through 2010 held the record the most fights officiated and is considered one of the Top 5 Referee’s in the United States. Before taking this position, Sean also fought in HnS and other promotions.
All three men will receive Hall of Fame Championship Belts for their years of involvement in the MMA community.
John Renken posted the following:
Thanks Jeff I wouldn’t want this to come from anywhere else.
Sean Brockmole posted the following:
Jeffrey Osborne, you have always ran a first-class show so this means a lot!!
Make sure you are on hand at the Evansville Coliseum this weekend to show your appreciation. Even if you don’t know who these three gentlemen are, they are responsible for helping grow the sport in the days when people like Senator John McCain thought MMA as nothing more than “human cockfighting“.