The Results are In, WAR IV a Success
Southern Alabama's, Warrior Promotions, hosted their latest fight card, WAR IV, at the PCI Wellness Center on the Poarch Creek Indian Reservation, Feb. 9. This event was one of the latest shows sanctioned by The Poarch Band of Creek Indians Athletic Commission. Warrior’s President, Mr. Jim Jernigan and Executive Director, Mr. Craig Hilton brought in fighters from a five state area for this set of fights under the WAR Series.
The main event of the night was a professional fight featuring a pair of highly talented heavy weights; Independent fighter Big John Ivey, a well know power puncher and Dixson’s Dungeon fighter, Lester Blackmore.
At the sound of the starting bell of round one, both fighters came out eyeing one another up and down. Blackmore holding his own, threw a few straight line jabs and hooks against the veteran Ivey when out of nowhere a thunderbolt clocked Blackmore and his world was rocked.
When Ivey hit Blackmore you could actually see Blackmore’s eyes roll back in his head and you heard the clack of thunder in the arena. Blackmore stunned fell back to the cage wall and in seconds Ivey was on him throwing a barrage of punches. Referee, Justin Myers had his hands full as he stepped in and pulled the super heavy weight Ivey away from Blackmore.
Blackmore said after the fight he was ok with the loss and gave much respect to Ivey.
There were many exciting fights including the USCS Fight of The Night between Alex Harrell and Trey Slaton in the 125 pound Division. This was the only fight that went the distance and since this was a title bout fans were treated to five rounds of action. Through the first three rounds it was hard to judge who was ahead at any given time as these two seemed to be matched up perfectly with equal skill sets. The fight ended with in a unanimous decision as Harrell pulled out all the stops going into the 4th and 5ths round giving him the edge.
Three fights were in a close tie for the fastest end to a contest. First, was Josh Crumpton submitting Jarred McConnell at just 31 seconds with unbelievable choke. Second was Josh Haverson hailing from Force One MMA in Wetumpka, Alabama as he took on Kyalo Coleman from Team Titan. Coleman came out exploding and over powered Haverson and in 38 seconds the referee stopped the fight calling an end to the match due to strikes. Lastly, was the fight between another fan favorite Dallas Scruggs from Team Titan taking on Independent, Chris Culbertson. In 34 seconds Scruggs submitted Culbertson via a Von Fluke and the crowd went crazy. The entire house was on their feet screaming and cheering for Scruggs.
Scruggs takes this victory and prepares immediately for his next battle in two weeks for Atlas fights at the I.P. Casino on March 2nd. Scruggs will be taking on Carlos Viera in the 155 division. Make sure you check out Dallas’ video interview with Alabama MMA as well as team mate Justin Ramer’s interview as he will also be featured on Atlas’ next show March 2nd in Biloxi, Miss.
Warrior Promotions – WAR IV
135 Lbs -- Jarred McConell Vs Josh Crumpton -- Crumpton hails from Force One MMA out of Wetumpka, Alabama while McConell comes from Pensacola Boxing Academy (PBA) / DogHouse MMA -- Crumpton wins via Submission due to Choke 31 seconds into Round 2
145 Lbs -- Tyler Dew Vs Nedel Higurera – Higurera comes to us from Rodriguez MMA out of Duluth, GA while Dew is from PBA -- Higurera wins via Verbal Submission due to Strikes at 1:41 of Round 1
125 Lbs -- Craig Roberts Vs Brandon Grooms -- Roberts come to us from Force One MMA while Grooms from Team Underdog hails out of Dothan, AL -- Roberts wins Via Referee Stoppage Due To Strikes in Round 1
145 Lbs -- Justin Haverson Vs Kyalo Coleman -- Haverson, a Independent hails from McLain, Ga., while Coleman comes to us from Team Titan -- Coleman wins via Referee Stoppage Due To Strikes at 38 Seconds into Round 1
SHW -- Dwayne McQueen Vs Lamar Freeman -- McQueen from Mean Green MMA comes to us from Evergreen, Al while his opponent Freeman is from The Academy in Pensacola, FL -- Freeman wins via Referee Stoppage at 2:10 in Round 2
145 Lbs -- Marco Kirts Vs Travis Hill -- Kirts come to us from PBA while Hill is from MMA Unlimited out of Albertville, AL -- Hill wins via TapOut by Choke at 1:32 into Round 1
145 Lbs -- Casey Pollock Vs Matt Cooper -- Pollock hails from EST MMA out of Pensacola while Cooper comes to us from Team Titan -- Cooper wins via KO at 46 seconds into Round 1
185 Lbs -- Quintez Parker Vs Robert Turnquest -- Parker hailing out of Dixson’s Dungeon- Biloxi, MS while Turquest is from Pensacola Academy / Dog House MMA -- Turnquest wins via Submission by Key Lock at 1:14 into Round 1
155 Lbs Title -- Ludger Boswell Vs Rendan Russell – Boswell of 365 MMA hails out of Red level, AL and Russell an Independent is out of Montgomery, Alabama -- Boswell wins via Submission by Arm Choke at 2:17 into Round 2 becoming the new 155 Lb Champion
155 Lbs -- Chris Culbertson Vs Dallas Scruggs – Culbertson is an Independent out of Mobile, AL and Scruggs is from Team Titan -- Scruggs wins via Submission by Von Fluke Choke at 34 seconds into Round 1
125 Lbs Title -- Alex Harrell Vs Trey Slaton – Harrell fight out of Alan Belcher’s MMA Camp in D’lberville, MS while Slaton is from MMA Unlimited out of Albertville, AL -- Harrell wins via Unanimous Decision at the end of 5 rounds becoming the new 125 Lb Champion
HW (Pro) -- Lester Blackmore Vs John Ivey - Blackmore from Dixson’s Dungeon out of Gulfport, MS took on Ivey an Independent from Galletin, TN -- Big John Ivey wins via TKO at 36 seconds into Round 1
* Special thanks to Warrior Promotions’, Jim & Charlotte Jernigan as well as Craig Hilton for sponsoring Alabama MMA and UsCombatSports.Com. Thank you for having us down to cover WAR IV. It was a great honor and pleasure to cover your event. Your dedication to elevating the sport of MMA really shined in the WAR series fight and as we personally witnessed ourselves at WAR IV; from beginning to end the show was top notch all the way. Congrats on another successful show.
Congratulations to all the fighters at WAR IV. Each of you reprsented your camps well and made all your coaches proud. There is a winner in every fight, but rest assured it takes two dedicated opponents to enter the cage, have the door lock behind them and face off against each other. Hats off to all the fighters and their teams for all the time, hard work, training you put in.
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