In the night’s main event, Rhys Jones replaced Daniel Kim on one weeks notice to face Sean McKinnon for the Journey Fight Series 160lb Tournament's opening round. Jones came out aggressive, but McKinnon did a good job counter fighting and landed solid punches and kicks as Jones pressed the action. McKinnon began to get more aggressive as the fight went on despite success with his counter attacks. In the fourth round it was visible that Jones was starting to fatigue, but he kept on pressing forward. McKinnon took complete control in the fifth round, knocking down Jones with a left hook early in the round Jones answered the referee’s count and went back to trying to press the action, while McKinnon went looking to finish. As the fight approached its final minute, a right hook to the body hurt Jones, who then hunched over as McKinnon unloaded some punches. The referee stepped in and gave Jones a standing eight count. When the action resumed, McKinnon was back on the attack; with less than a minute remaining in the fight, a knee to the body hurt Jones, followed by kicks that had the referee step in to stop the fight.
With the win McKinnon is now set to face Preston Baptiste in the semi-finals of the Journey Fight Series 160lb tournament. The other semi-finals bout will feature Troy Sheridan vs. Shane Campbell. The fights will take place on November 3rd.
In the night’s co-main event Lindsay Ball and Jessica Gladstone fought five tightly contested rounds. After a feeling out process in the first round the pace picked up and continued to do so with each passing round. Both ladies used their hands and kicks well. Neither was willing to back down and in the end the judges declared the winner Lindsay Ball by split decision.
In the night’s first pro bout Nate Smandych and Sean Kearney fought a close technical affair for five rounds. Both fighters exchanged strikes all five rounds making it a difficult one to score. Kearney was able to connect with more elbows and seemed to control the clinch more, while Smandych pushed the paced and was able to connect with his hands more. The fight was ruled a split decision in favor of Kearney by the judges.
Sean McKinnon def. Rhys Jones via (T)KO at 2:18 of Rd. 5
Lindsay Ball def. Jessica Gladstone via Split Decision
Sean Kearney def. Nate Smandych via Split Decision
Chris McMillan def. Mike Stripling via Unanimous Decision
Luke Theriault def. Mike Wright via Unanimous Decision
Jake Peacock def. Chris Rockwell via Unanimous Decision
Kelsey Andries def. Jamie Droseke via Unanimous Decision
Zach Darling def. Jason Diep via Split Decision