By Gary Thomas
Turf Wars 17
For the first time in the company’s short history, Turf Wars will travel away from Turfway Park to host their 17th event tomorrow night in Louisville. The card features four professional fights , amateur title fights and a deep undercard of talent. Turf Wars 16 was a solid event that had to overcome adversity but so far things are looking good for their Louisville debut.
Charles Stanford and Brandon Sandefur are two super talented bantamweights coming off losses who have something to prove. Sandefur lost to unbeaten Nathan Maness earlier this year while Stanford put on a gritty performance against Isaiah Chapman at Driven MMA. The Derby City fighter Sandefur is slick with his submissions while Stanford is a fast paced guy who can put the pressure on early. This is a solid main event that should prove to be a great fight for both men.
James Douglas is a true veteran in this area. His first fight came back in 2008, when his opponent Chris Nelson was only 15. He suffered a loss in his professional debut as both men will look for their first professional win. Nelson was scheduled to fight at Turf Wars 16 but his opponent showed up grossly overweight so the fight was canceled. He comes into the fight after winning the Turf Wars flyweight title back in January.
Dusty Stengel and Rob Covington will meet for the third time but first as professionals. Stengel was victorious in their first meeting with Covington taking the rematch. This fight should settle things for both fighters. Stengel is 1-0 as a professional and this will be the Reaction MMA lightweight’s debut. If this fight was like the first two, it should play out nicely.
New belts will be handed out to two fighters as the featherweight and light heavyweight amateur titles are on the line. My fight of the night pick goes to Jamal Mohammed and Blayne Hodges. These guys are two of the most well respected fighters in my book and their skills speak for themselves. They both sit atop the 145 pound division in the area and one will take the lead and maybe think about a professional career after this one is decided.
A fight to take notice of also will be the MMA debut of Chad “The Beast” Hardy of Derby City MMA. The 19 year old jiu jitsu phenom will be fighting Nate Byrd. Hardy has a huge presence in the BJJ community and will bring a legion of supporters. This is one kid to keep your eye on.
The action goes down tomorrow night at The Triple Crown Pavilion in Louisville. Our partners over at “The Knockout Hour” will air a special episode live on 1450 AM prior to the event. If you can’t make it out, you can watch it live on stream through LiveSportscaster.com with Kelly Patrick and Gina Begley working the microphone. We will be on hand to bring you all of the results and news of the night so stay close to BluegrassMMA (www.bluegrassmma.com).
Here is a look at the card as it stands (subject to change)
- Charles Stanford vs Brandon Sandefur
- James Douglas vs Christopher Nelson
- Robert Covington, IV vs Dusty Stengel
- Jeffery Alexander vs Matthew Egner
- Blayne Hodges vs Jamal Mohammed
- David Smith, Jr. vs Keith Gillyard, Jr.
- Nate Byrd vs Chad Hardy
- Cameron Cain vs Thomas Agrue
- Jangis Johnson vs William Vincent
- Gregory Hulse vs Dylan Osterman
- Adam Martin vs Barron Combs
- Zachary White vs Daiib Radwan
- Mathew Sumner vs Keyahnu Sparks
- Richard Condon vs Corbin Little
- Joe Lazzaratto vs William Calhoun, III
- Nick Carter vs Dustin Mattingly
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