RFO Big Guns 12
RFO Big Guns 12 featured some pretty big names in the sport of MMA including Dustin Neace, Cody Stevens and Julian Lane. While only one of those three came out with a win, the fights definitely proved to be fast paced and action packed. The event which was held in Mansfield Ohio featured three professional and eight amateur fights. The amateur fights definitely stole the show but the pro ones wrapped up the event nicely, sending fans home feeling like they had got their money’s worth.
Josh Longood after his successful title defense
Darnell Pettis vs. Jake Hedrick
This amateur bantamweight fight was among the best of the night. The crowd went crazy several times throughout the fight after multiple exchanges, submission attempts and takedowns. With successful takedowns earned by both fighters in the first two rounds, Pettis gained an edge in the fight purely on his superior striking. Pettis won a unanimous decision (29-28 X3).
Brian Haubiel vs. James Pfeiffer
You could immediately tell that these two amateur lightweights wanted the title that was on the line. Pfeiffer came out fast but Haubiel took the fight to the ground and threatened with submissions. After getting out of the first round, Pfeiffer stuck to striking where he landed a few devastating shots to end the fight. Pfeiffer won the belt by TKO in the second round.
AJ Dobson vs. John Gunther
It was clear to see that Dobson wanted to earn his first ever amateur belt at welterweight. He came out guns blazing which resulted in a nasty cut for Gunther. Gunther was tough as nails but the doctor stopped the fight making Dobson the winner at the end of the first round via TKO.
Chris McKinney vs. Josh Longood
The main event for the amateur fighters saw two featherweights who were willing to stand and trade. Longood got the best of the exchanges earning the first round win due to McKinney tapping to strikes. Longood remained featherweight champion.
Elonzo Harvey vs. Mike Williams
It was a big night for featherweight Mike Williams. He earned an early trip takedown and proceeded to take Harvey’s back. Not only did he get his first professional win via guillotine in the first round, but he also proposed to his girlfriend after the fight. She said yes!
Rocky Edwards vs. Julian Lane
The co-main event saw TUF veteran Julian Lane fight to the finish with Rocky Edwards at a catch weight. Edwards stepped up after Lane’s opponent dropped out of the fight. The fight consisted of slow stand up exchanges and a handful of takedowns by both fighters. The key was a point deduction Lane suffered after delivering multiple shots to the back of Edwards head in the second round. This later led to a draw (29-28, 28-28, 28-29). It was a rather disappointing fight with a non-eventful finish.
Dustin Neace vs. Cody Stevens
The main event featured two well-known featherweight fighters who went to war on the ground. Neace, another veteran of TUF, arguably out grappled Stevens in the first. Stevens was having none of it in rounds two and three. He showed his own grappling skills, taking Neace down over and over and threatening with submission attempt after submission attempt. Somehow the fight made it to a decision which favored Stevens (29-28, 29-28, 30-27).