The Ohio Combat League era is upon us.
Friday night, Ohio’s newest promotion held their inaugural event, Ohio Combat League 1, at Express Live! in Columbus. The event streamed live in its entirety on FloCombat.
What. An Event.
An outside observer would think Ohio Combat League has been putting on shows for years. The talent, the pacing, the production, and the commentary team were all on point. From the first amateur bout, to the main event, the promotion showed that they are here to stay.
The evening of face-punching was topped by a middleweight clash between Travis Davis and Tavae Lewis. An unfortunate injury caused a halt to the contest in between the first and second round, and Davis was deemed the victor.
While it was unclear from an outsider’s perspective exactly what the injury, the ringside physician waived off the bout prior to the start of Round 2.
In the post-fight interview, Davis said he believed he felt something give when he had Phillips in the clinch. In the broadcast wrap-up, the announce team stated Phillips was having chest pain, possibly stemming from a panic attack.
Ohio Combat League’s next event is this August, and Davis stated he’s open to rematching Phillips and settling things once and for all.
In the co-main event, Ricco Ralston and Lance Phillips battled it out in a gritty three-round fight. While both men showed they are talented pros, it was the body shots of Ralston that proved to be the difference. Front kick after front kick landed to the body of Phillips, who showed an uber amount of physical and mental toughness.
The headliner of the amateur portion of the card saw Skyler Bray demolish Cody Kessinger in just 32 seconds. Simply outmuscling his opponent, Bray brought the fight to the ground before landing vicious strikes to the noggin of Kessinger. With the victory, Bray advances to 5-2 in his amateur MMA career.
Check out the entire Ohio Combat League results below:
Pro: Travis Davis def. Tavae Lewis by TKO (injury) at 5:00 of Round 1
Pro: Ricco Ralston def. Lance Phillips by unanimous decision
Pro: James Pfeiffer def. Carlos Garnett Jr. by unanimous decision
Amateur: Skyler Bray def. Cody Kessinger by TKO (strikes) at 0:32 of Round 1
Amateur: Isaiah Margheim def. Taylor Adair by unanimous decision
Amateur: Tad Vela def. Cameron Sullivan by unanimous decision
Amateur: Hank Keighly def. Quinten Deal by TKO (punches) at 0:21 in Round 1
Amateur: Cameron Kinzig def. Isaiah Brewer by TKO (ground and pound) at 2:29 in Round 2
Amateur: Timmy Miller def. Greg Johnson by TKO (strikes) at 2:05 in Round 1