This past Saturday Mike Menninger and I attended the ICF: Balance of Power event in Lawrenceburg, Indiana. The ICF's second event in Indiana, this 14-fight card saw only one fight go out of the first round and featured a number of extremely quick KOs and some exciting finishes, in addition to a huge crowd.
Here are the event results and my picks for Night Honors:
Keith Wilson vs. Doug Stergil - Wilson wins via submission (arm triangle choke) at :35 of Round 1.
Ronnie Hughes vs. Joe Maiani - Maiani wins via submission (RNC) at 1:09 in Round 1.
Nick Burress vs. George Whitehead - Burress wins via KO at 2:13 of Round 1.
Eric Adams vs. Bret Lowery - Lowery wins via submission (RNC) at :39 of Round 1.
James Lowe vs. Chris Schwab - Schwab wins via KO at :12 of Round 1.
Matt Nedds vs. Wes Barrentine - Barrentine wins via KO at :12 of Round 1.
James Zerous vs. Brian Kinamore - Brian Kinamore wins via TKO (strikes) at :16 of Round 1.
Chris Perkins vs. Jeremy Myers - Perkins wins via submission (RNC) at :56 of Round 1.
Mike Combs vs. Jerry Huber - Combs wins via TKO (strikes) at 2:25 of Round 1.
Tyler Witte vs. Brandon Sober - Sober wins via TKO (knee) at 2:47 of Round 1.
Chris Meyers vs. John Knox - Knox wins via KO at :29 of Round 1.
AJ Post vs. J.P. - Post wins via submission (choke) at :34 of Round 1.
Justin Burris vs. Dahei Haile - Haile wins via Split Decision (29-28 Haile, 29-28 Haile, 29-28 Burris).
Larry Shelton vs. Eric Deters - Larry Shelton wins via submission (strikes) at 1:55 of Round 1.
KO of the Night (TIE) - Chris Schwab over James Lowe and Wes Barrentine over Matt Nedds.
Both Schwab and Barrentine won their fights with 12 second KOs. Both guys clearly landed hard shots, and trying to pick which one was better than the other was tough, so I am awarding it to both. Great performances by both guys.
Submission of the Night - Joe Maiani vs. Ronnie Hughes
Maiani overcame an RNC attempt by Hughes before finishing the fight with an RNC of his own. Maiani showed good poise under pressure and remained calm to secure the submission win at 1:09 of the first round.
Fight of the Night - Justin Burris vs. Dahei Haile
One might think that this fight won fight of the night simply because it was the only one to make it out of the first round, but that is not the case. Although both guys slowed down a little bit in the third round, they had some solid exchanges in the first and second, with Haile ultimately winning a split decision victory.
I also had a chance to catch up with ICF promoter Steve Stanton after the event to talk to him about this record-breaking crowd for an ICF event and his thoughts on the event as a whole. That interview will be posted soon.