It was an eventful night in Deep Ellum, one of DFW’s most hip neighborhoods, with only the main event going the distance and a group of exciting prospects advancing careers.
The main event saw Dana White Tuesday Night Contender Series alum and former US Marine Kyle Stewart (8-0) edge out Jaleel Willis (8-1) to win a close unanimous decision. It was a tough close fight but in the third round, Stewart managed to get on top and do enough damage to sway the judges. Stewart looks as UFC ready as can be.
Another DWTNCS alum, Alonzo Menifeld (5-0) notched the first submission victory of his career, choking out Brice Ritani-Coe (4-5) in the first round. UFC vet Damon Jackson needed only thirty-eight seconds to choke out Chris Pecero (14-8) with an arm triangle. Jackson has won three in a row and five of his last six, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he gets another call to the big show. Meanwhile, nineteen-year-old strawweight prospect Maycee Barber (3-0) stayed undefeated, choking out Kaila Thompson with a RNC in Round One. Meanwhile, Ramiz Brahimaj (6-0) kicked off the night of chokes, when he finished off Bilal Williams in the first round with a RNC. Ramiz looks like a serious prospect.
Meanwhile, Kevin Wirth (5-0) cemented himself as a cult hero for a long time, in a fight where he was struggling, knocking out Isaiah Gutierrez (4-1) with a SUPERKICK! Yes, a legitimate Shawn Michaels/Young Bucks superkick. 3:33 of the third.
Former Dallas Cowboy and domestic violence perpetrator Greg Hardy needed only fourteen seconds to KO Ryan Chester, an out of shape dude who looked much smaller. Hardy caught him coming in with an uppercut and followed up with GNP to get the stoppage. With three amateur wins, he will probably turn pro soon…