Promotion Name: Hometown Throwdown
Event Name: Hometown Throwdown 6
Date: March 29th, 2014
Location: Ionia Theatre – Ionia
Promoter: Dru Gardner
Event Coordinator: Ashley Fisk
Timekeeper: Tayvon “Not-So-Lil’” Soldier Gardner
Medics: Rob Fisk
Announcer: Michael “Skipnosis” Gorham
Honorable Mention: Dru Gardner – for being dedicated to the sport, for being a fair and experienced professional matchmaker who knows and researches his matchups, for promoting the safest events possible and for promoting small town local business and growth. Also, HTTD 6 Official Ring Girl Desirae Lahr, Aggressive Productions and Izzy’z Barber Shop for all of your hairstyle needs.
The Hometown Throwdown – Ionia’s ONLY MMA Supershow – filled the Ionia Theatre with energy and action with the SIXTH in the series of events that are geared toward supporting small town local fighters and businesses. Promoter, professional matchmaker and MMA aficionado Dru Gardner prides himself on promoting the safest and most well-matched events out there today. This event was proof-positive that Dru means business when it comes to mixed martial art promotion.
The second bout on this exciting card ended with the fan’s fave finish – a KNOCKOUT! Heavyweight bad boys Josh Page and Jordan HolaKo King stepped into the cage to do business and wasted NO time getting to work. No groundwork to be found here – this one was pretty Cheap NFL Authentic Jerseys much all leather, with each man looking to finish the fight with each shot. Josh Page was the one to place said shot, bringing Jordan King to the canvas and the fans to their feet.
The fight immediately following featured a well-known cage veteran, a super-talented up-and-comer, and yes, another KNOCKOUT when Parker Martial Arts’ Cliffy Creech met in the center of the cage to face Dustin Dann. The uber-experienced Creech was looking to add another W, while Dann was intent on adding one more victory to his solid 5-0-1 record. After a quick and entertaining opening the fight ended up on the mat. Dann got the mount right away, and as Creech tried to turn over to regain position, Dann quickly took the back, and instead of seeking a choke, decided to rain leather. Creech defended a few, but at only 40 seconds into the round, the punches penetrated his defenses and put him under, adding another crowd-pleasing win to Dann’s credit.
Number five on cheap jerseys wholesale the night was a lightweight barn-burner featuring two very adept and cheap fake oakleys smooth strikers. When Eric Lyon squared off against Alliance AZO‘s David Kubacki, a striking clinic was fully expected. And that is precisely how things started. But Kubacki had a plan…he switched his attack from all Muay Thai to a takedown attempt. He landed the takedown after some effort was expended, which Lyon simply wasn’t expecting from the predominantly Thai fighter. The approach worked masterfully, with Kubacki cinching an RNC win late in the first (and last) round.
Next up were big boys with some bad blood and a lot to prove. Heavyweight warriors Esteban Rodriguez and Andrew Fernelius put on an absolute standup WAR that kept fans screaming through the ENTIRE fight. It was an impressive display of heart, cheap jerseys fortitude and punching power that culminated in Rodriguez (A.K.A. Mohawk) dealing out some BRUTAL punishment that put an end to this exciting fight late in the second round.
The headliner of the card was a well-matched title fight featuring an Ionia local favorite and legend – Justin Shattuck versus Target Martial Arts’ Cody Richards. The feeling out process was short, with Shattuck looking to put on a show for his home crowd. But Cody was well-prepared for this fight, and used finesse over raw aggression. Despite an awesome performance by Shattuck, Cody’s technical approach paid dividends midway through the second round as he got position and slid in a rear naked choke for the win and the HTTD Middleweight gold.
With yet another successful event in the books, it would seem that promoter Dru Gardner may be switching focus to promoting professional MMA in the near future, so this may be the last amateur HTTD we see, but rest assured Dru will be around working on something awesome…like the fight card that he assembled for Total Warrior Combat on April 26th at the Best Western Plus in Lansing! Stay tuned for up-to-date info on that and all of Dru’s other future endeavors. ‘Til then, here are your results…
Fight #1 – Lightweight (155lbs.)
Max Gutierrez (0-0) vs Dominic Billingsly
Winner: Dominic Billingsly at 2:04 in round 3 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.
Fight #7 – HTTD Middleweight TITLE FIGHT
Justin Shattuck vs Cody Richards
Winner and NEW CHAMPION: Cody Richards at 1:32 in round 2 by tap out due to rear naked choke.