On Saturday Nov. 22, a packed Star Indoor Sports in Westerville Ohio marked the return to Columbus for Iron Tiger Fight Series. The promotion which holds events in Toledo, Bellefontaine and Columbus was warmly welcomed with a large and rowdy crowd of MMA fans. Seven total amateur fights took place with six professional bouts finishing off the night. The fight card featured young stars in the sport such as The Ultimate Fighter China cast member Albert Cheng and TUF 19 cast member Dan Spohn.
Joe Pimental vs Floyd Cisco
In the IT Fight Series number one contender bout for the amateur flyweight division, Cisco used his wrestling skills to neutralize Pimental’s submission game. Pimental looked like he was going to finish the fight early by standing guillotine but a thumb injury kept him from completing the choke. The rest of the fight turned into a wrestling match leading to a unanimous decision for Cisco.
Larry Ray vs Caleb Fickert
In the first of six professional fights, welterweights Ray and Fickert brought the fans to their feet with a back and forth first round. Fickert quickly changed that in the second with a big takedown that led to an armbar finish at 1:01.
Eric Attard vs Timmy McCavit
In another welterweight contest, McCavit made quick work of his opponent. McCavit started the fight off with crisp striking which led to Attard trying to take the fight to the ground. McCavit then went for the guillotine which forced Attard to tap after a failed attempt to slam him out of it. The submission came at just :50 of round 1.
Travis Hussey vs Chico Bays
This welterweight fight featured two fighters making their professional debut. Bays came out swinging from the very beginning and Hussey immediately tried to get the fight to the ground. When he finally did, Bays reversed and dropped some big elbows. On Hussey’s second takedown Bays went for the triangle and got the submission at 4:14 of the very first round.
Albert Cheng vs Matt Brown
Cheng, a veteran of TUF China showed his experience against Brown. Cheng earned a quick takedown and landed big elbows resulting in a TKO at 1:25 of round 1.
Mike Velazquez vs Alfred Leisure
In what was arguably fight of the night, featherweights Velazquez and Leisure kept the fight standing for the most part and delivered a Forrest Griffin, Stephan Bonnar type performance. Fans went crazy as both men landed heavy shots. Leisure got the best of the striking exchanges, bloodying Velazquez early on. Though Leisure came out of the fight pretty beat up himself, he did enough to win a unanimous decision.
Michael Cockerham vs Dan Spohn
TUF 19 veteran Dan Spohn did exactly what fans thought he would do. Spohn came out, took Cockerham down and immediately got the head and arm choke at :42 of round 1.
Dan Spohn getting his hand raised after his IT Fight Series 29 victory