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MMA Fight at North Middle School “A Smash Hit”

ufadsc_0017Bunny Hawkersmith, owner of Bunny’s MMA and president of the United Fighters Alliance who promoted the MMA Mixed Martial Arts event at North Middle School in Decherd on Saturday night, Nov. 7, said the event was a “smash hit.”

“We had a full crowd of people that were more than satisfied,” Hawkersmith said. “Everyone was congratulating me on how well organized and professionally run the show was. I’ve had call after call and people coming up to me everywhere I go, wanting to know when the next event is to be held. I am so pleased how well the show went.

People from all over the nation, as far away as California, competed. One competitor was an NFL football player with the Redskins, and Ray Mercer of the Boston Celtics was sitting in the crowd as well as the other five stars that were on the special guest appearance list.

Hawkersmith also said this event has led to other competitions for his fighters.

A promoter from Illinois, who promotes fights for Harrah’s casinos in Las Vegas asked Hawkersmith about adding one of his fighters to his Vegas fight card at the beginning of the year.

“I was flattered to get such an offer,” Hawkersmith said. “[The promoter] said our fighters were very professional, and he was really impressed for a show in such a small town to be as good as the other shows he has attended. I give all the credit to the vendors, photographers and video crews, my fighters, our sponsors, volunteers and the people of this county who came out and supported this event to make it a smash hit.”

Hawkersmith said due to the success of Saturday’s event he plans on hosting another fight sometime in the near future.


(Elizabethtown, KY) – After putting on an exciting night of fights in front of the largest crowd in Hardrock MMA history at Hardrock MMA 12: Night of Champions, Hardrock MMA will make history again as it hosts the first women’s professional MMA fight in Kentucky at Hardrock MMA 13: The Girls Are Back.

The main event will feature a rematch between Hardrock MMA promoter and professional fighter Vanessa Bohleber-Higdon vs. Heather Corder. The pair’s first match, as amateurs, ended with Vanessa scoring a win via referee stoppage due to ground and pound just 32 seconds into the first round.

Featured on the women’s MMA reality series Fight Life, and training under Josh Johnson out of Etown BJJ and Judo, Bohleber-Higdon pulls double duty as both a promoter and professional fighter. “It’s nice to be in the first women’s professional fight in Kentucky,” said Bohleber-Higdon. “I think it’s great we’re hosting the first women’s professional fight. We’ve had a lot of pro fights on our cards lately and it puts us above the average promotion that puts on amateur fights here and there. I’m not taking Heather lightly. I’m prepared for anything, and even though I won the first one early, I’m not taking her lightly because it could go any way.”

Sponsored by Heart Fight Gear, Heather Corder is looking forward to the rematch. “I think it’s great being part of the first women’s pro fight in Kentucky,” said Corder. “I think if you have the chance, everybody should do it [fight MMA]. Women are just as tough as men. I like Vanessa, but once we get in the cage it’s a different story. I have been hitting the gym everyday, twice a day, and my game has tightened up a lot.” Read the rest of this entry »

World Championship Fighting today announced more fights for their September 26th show at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass.
Local 7 Iron Worker, and frequent WCF Fighter John Benoit takes yet another tough fight when he takes on American Top Team’s Hitalo Machado. Benoit was very impressive in his recent win at WCF 7 over Damien Trites, and he looks to keep the train rolling against Machado. Machado makes his WCF debut, but is no stranger to the local fans. He’s a Brazilian jiu-jitsu brown belt, and is also an accomplished striker. This highly anticipated fight is sure to please.

Damien Trites will make his return to WCF after his war with John Benoit when he takes on Noah Weisman. Noah was impressive in his pro debut with WCF, beating Steve Beck by submission in the first round. Trites will be a big step up in competition for him, but Weisman is looking to get in there with the very best fighters the WCF can give him. Trites is looking for a rematch with Benoit, and a win here could set that fight up.

Two WCF newcomers are set to face off at WCF 8 when Jonathan Sola takes on Jeremy Ross. Both have fought some of the best 155ers in New England, and win here could propel them into the top 10. Both fighters are well rounded, but their strength is their jiu-jitsu. A slick submission is to be expected in this one.

In what could be the fight of the night, Luis Felix takes on Chris Foster. Felix has great wrestling and heavy hands, and Foster is one of the best boxers in local MMA. Both fighters will look to win by knock out, and no matter who wins, this fight will be action backed from the opening bell.

What is MMA?

Mixed martial arts (MMA) is a full contact combat sport that allows a wide variety of fighting techniques, from a mixture of martial arts traditions and non-traditions, to be used in competitions. The rules allow the use of striking and grappling techniques, both while standing and on the ground. Such competitions allow martial artists of different backgrounds to compete.

Modern mixed martial arts competition emerged in American popular culture in 1993 with the founding of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, and enhanced by Japanese with their Pride Fighting Championships, from 1997 to 2006, exposing the world of MMA to the world. Originally organized with the intention of finding the most effective martial arts for real unarmed combat situations, competitors of various arts were pitted against one another with minimal rules for safety. In the following decade, MMA promoters adopted many additional rules aimed at increasing safety for competitors and to promote mainstream acceptance of the sport. The name mixed martial arts was coined by one of the developers of these rules, Jeff Blatnick, a former Greco-Roman wrestler and Olympic gold medalist. Following these changes, the sport has seen increased popularity with pay per view reach rivaling boxing and professional wrestling. Read the rest of this entry »