By Juan Valle
Turf Wars invaded Louisville for the first time this past weekend as they brought their show to the Triple Crown Pavilion. The Pro/AM card featured 15 bouts with two titles on the line in the amateur ranks. In the main event, which happened during the final moments of the UK/Wisconsin game, was just as exciting if not more than the game itself.
Charlie Stanford defeated Brandon Sandefur in less than two minutes of the opening round. Featured in the co-main event of the night we saw witnessed a third meeting between Rob Covington and Dusty Stengel. In their most recent outing, Covington was able to get a unanimous decision win over Stengel. This time, the Reaction MMA fighter submitted Stengel very late in the first round. The armbar that Covington used was locked on good as Stengel was seen after the event still holding it.
View the rest of the winners and losers from Turf Wars 17 as well as our customary “of the Night” awards brought to you by Intimidation Clothing below.
“of the Night” Awards presented by Intimidation Clothing
Submission of the Night: Rob Covington
Knockout of the Night: William Vincent
Fight of the Night: Jeffery Alexander and Matt Egner
Performance of the Night: James Douglas
Turf Wars 17 Quick Results
William Calhoun def Joe Lazzaratto at 02:32 of Round 1 by Submission (Verbal)
Richard Condon def Corbin Little at 01:11 of Round 3 by Submission (Darce Choke)
Daiib Radwan def Zach White at 00:39 of Round 1 by Submission (Cobra Choke)
Barron Combs def Adam Martin by Unanimous Decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Greg Hulse def Dylan Osterman by Unanimous Decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
William Vincent def Jangis Johnson at 02:38 of Round 1 by KO
Nick Carter def Dustin Mattingly at 02:54 of Round 3 by Submission (RNC)
Cameron Cain def Thomas Agrue at 01:20 of Round 2 by Submission (Leg Triangle)
Chad Hardy def Nate Byrd at 01:06 of Round 1 by Submission (RNC)
Jamal Mohammed def Blayne Hodges at 02:02 of Round 1 by Submission (Leg Triangle)
Keith Gillyard def David Smith at 00:40 of Round 1 by TKO (Strikes)
James Douglas def Chris Nelson at 04:42 of Round 1 by Submission (Armbar)
Jeffery Alexander def Matthew Egner at 01:42 of Round 3 by Submission (RNC)
Rob Covington def Dusty Stengel at 04:40 of Round 1 by Submission (Armbar)
Charles Stanford def Brandon Sandefur at 01:47 of Round 1 by Submission (Knee Strikes)
Fight of the Night
Jeffery Alexander returned to action for the first time in five years. From an outside perspective, it did not look good for the “G.I.” Granted Egner heading into this fight was on a slight losing streak. Once the first bell sounded all of that nonsense went out the window as the two ended up putting on the best bout of the evening.
Alexander was able to score multiple takedowns, placing Egner is some very dangerous situations. Egner was determined not to give up as he was composed during various tight spots to eventually make it to the final round. The offensive attack of Alexander proved to be too much, as he was able to wear him down long enough to lock on a rear-naked choke. Moments later we saw Egner tap out and the crowd erupted in celebration as the hometown fighter was victorious in his return.
The New Champion
Keith Gillyard squared off against David Smith for the promotion’s vacant light heavyweight title. It was over before it even started it seemed as Gillyard was able to finish Smith in less than a minute in the opening round. Smith emerged as the crowd favorite when he made his way to the cage; the fans at the venue screamed, cheering him on. Gillyard was able to keep the pressure tight on Smith as soon as the bell rang, landing some devastating strikes.
He landed enough of them to drop Smith down to the ground, where he was able to connect with a few more before the referee jumped in calling the fight. This was the second time that Gillyard was in a title fight, his first time winning. He becomes the new Turf Wars light-heavyweight champion.
On The Horizon
Turf Wars seems to have their hands full. As soon as the event was over, the officials started working on their next event. The organization will be returning to their home venue, Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky, on May 17. As of this writing not much has been announced but some rumors have been circulating. We will keep you informed with the latest information as it becomes available.
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