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Next Level MMA Fighters Get Chance to go to the Next Level

By:
Daniel Duncan
Date:
08 July 2011
Hernandez pictured standing far right and Dawson Standing Far Left

Tucked away in Ardmore, Oklahoma you probably wouldn’t be able to find Next Level MMA unless you knew what you were looking for. There,  a small gym of dedicated fighters  train in their local community center under Coach Jimmy Tynes.  And so far they have been able to go undefeated as a gym.

Later this month, Next Level MMA will get the opportunity to send two of their heavyweight fighters, Jesse Hernandez and Nigel Dawson,  into the cage. Both will be making their professional debuts at Titan Fighting Championships (Titan FC) 19 in Kansas City, Mo. Some might remember Titan FC as being the promotion in which Tim Sylvia was KO’d in just 32 seconds!

Hernandez and Dawson are both former college football players who made the transition to mixed martial arts. Not originally residents of the Ardmore area, both fighters made the move in order to train with and fight for Coach Tynes. While neither fighter has been with Tynes long, both fighters have gone 2-0 as amateurs. Both of Hernandez’s fights have finished in the first round whereas Dawson’s fights have successfully gone the distance.

While Hernandez and Dawson are still waiting on their contracts to finalize their bouts, Hernandez is unofficially expected to step in to face Alex Huddleston while Dawson’s opponent is uncertain. Huddleston was considered by some to be the number one ranked Heavyweight amateur. However, the slate will be whipped clean as both Hernandez and Huddleston make their professional debut.

These fights will be a big opportunity for the guys of Next Level MMA to gain some experience. They have been hard at work trying to stay busy finding opportunities to showcase their abilities. While right now they have to travel a good distance to fight at any event, their hope is that soon that will all change.Tynes and company have been working to put together a local fight event that has been tentatively slated for August 20. The idea, according to Hernandez is “to get a fight fan base in Ardmore big enough to have fight cards put on every three months or so.”

Next Level MMA represents just another example of how even the small gyms are doing their part to contribute to an already bustling Oklahoma fight scene. It is always encouraging to see how both schools and fighters are taking the initiative to gain invaluable experience and take Mixed Martial Arts to the next level on the local scene.

Last Modified:
26 July 2011

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