Walkout FC 9 took place at the Joplin Memorial Hall and LIVE on FloCombat.com. That crowd was absolutely electric. We saw finishes after finishes with only 1 fight going to the judges scorecards!
In the Main Event, Steven "Golden" Graham improved his record to 5-3 and is now on a 4 fight win streak. "Golden" got a quick TKO finish over always tough Andrew "The Flash" Kimzey (3-1), who suffered his first loss as a professional. Steven Graham def. Andrew Kimzey via TKO, Round 1
Max Humphrey and Cody Nieto put on a show in the Co-Main event. Both fighters went for submission after submission and both showed their amazing submission defense. In the end, Max Humphrey was able to get full mount and reigned down heavy punches and elbows forcing Nieto to give up his back and Humphrey sunk in a rear-naked choke. It was not a very long fight but it was a very grueling test for both fighters. Max Humphrey improved to 3-1 and always entertaining Cody Nieto dropped to 2-1 in the Professional Welterweight division. Max Humphrey def. Cody Nieto via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 1
Ryan Erickson improved his professional record to 2-0 with a huge win over previously undefeated John Hambleton (3-1). I predicted we would see some big takedowns and slams and we got just that. John Hambleton got the first takedown and landed some heavy shots on the ground but if you have witnessed Erickson fight before you know you have to finish a guy like that. He's durable!!! Erickson was able to get back to his feet and went for a takedown... this man lifted John Hambleton over his head and slammed him. I believe John Hambleton posted his arm during the slam and was injured, Erickson kept punching and the ref stopped the fight. Ryan Erickson def. John Hambleton via TKO, Round 1
Professional Heavyweights Galen "Big Body" Livingston and Jody "Light Out" Linthicum were pretty content standing and trading big power shots. This fight had the crowd on it's feet and it absolutely delivered, they even had time to give each other a high five during the action just cause you could feel how fun this fight was in the atmosphere. Galen Livingston def. Jody Linthicum via TKO, Round 1 (3-5)
Seth Edwards and Trevor Ollison kicked off the pro card and we got to see another come from behind victory inside the Walkout FC cage. Trevor Ollison showed his much improved ground game in Round 1 and had Edwards in a lot of trouble, the referee almost stepped in but Edwards was able to survive and came back in Round 2 and finished Ollison via submission. Edwards was very emotional and excited to get his first professional win in front of his family and fans. Seth Edwards def. Trevor Ollison via submission (rear-naked choke), Round 2
Amateur Undercard Results
The vacant Walkout FC Welterweight title was up for grabs when Jeff Law and Ryan Wickham faced off in the featured amateur bout of the evening. Jeff Law has not fought since 2011 and it looked like he never left. He is an absolute savage inside the cage. Ryan Wickham stepped up to fight a much more experienced fighter in Law but he didn't have an answer for the dominating striking Law possesses. Jeff Law def. Ryan Wickham via TKO, Round 1
Walkout FC Lightweight Champion Brandon Santana and challenger Kyle Guenther was the only fight to go to the judges scorecards and it was a back and forth affair. Both had dominate positions in the fight and but both fought through it. I was cage side I had no idea who won the fight. In the end, you have to beat the champ to become the champ and the judges scored it for Brandon Santana via split decision. Brandon Santana (champion) def. Kyle Guenther via split decision
Jake Hannaford def. Colton Hill via TKO (slam), Round 3
This was another back and forth fight that ended in one of the most vicious and craziest finishes I have ever witnessed. I had it it scored 19-19 going into Round 3. Coleton Hill had his hooks in on the feet and was riding Hannaford like a backpack when Jake Hannaford threw himself backwards and Hill hit the mat so loud that people backstage heard it. The ref did not get there fast enough and Hannaford finished Hill off with 2 more powerful punches.
Jed Byers def. Chris Salcedo via TKO, Round 1
Carthage High School Senior Jed Byers showed his calm demeanor and experience on the mats in his MMA debut and came out with a TKO victory early into Round 1.
Donnie Smith def. Darrin Bentley via TKO, Round 1
Matthew Strait def. Zac Sweet via TKO, Round 2
Theran Crouch def. Chris Threlkeld via TKO, Round 1
Jacob Edward Heavlin def. Andrew Poblete via TKO, Round 1
Kyle Hofheins def. David Ibarra via TKO, Round 1
The respect that was shown inside that cage last night was incredible and I absolutely love seeing fighters like that!