If you’ve never seen a V3Fights event, you’re missing out.
If you have seen a V3Fights event, you can imagine the violence that ensued this past Saturday night at V3Fights 74.
The evening of fights took place at the Fitz Casino Tunica in Tunica, Mississippi, airing live and exclusively on FloCombat.
Madness struck the main event when a relative unknown took out a former major promotion title challenger in the first round.
Former WSOF light heavyweight title contender Teddy Holder returned to the cage for the first time since March of 2018. Holder, the heavy favorite, faced off against underdog (and relative-unknown) Pete Pirtle.
Pirtle, 36, had not competed in professional mixed martial arts since November of 2016. “Yella Hammer” entered the bout with only two fights worth of pro MMA experience, and a .500 record.
Despite the odds being stacked against him on paper, Pirtle proved all of his doubters wrong. From the opening hell, Pirtle found success both on the ground and on the feet with Holder. Holder was able to land big shots while exchanging but was taken down every time he got going.
After an errant slip by Holder on a flying knee attempt, Pirtle swarmed. Pirtle grabbed a hold of Holder’s neck, dragging the fight to the ground. “Yella Hammer” angled his arm under Holder’s chin, locking in the rear naked choke submission.
Teddy Holder wasn’t the only major name on Saturday night’s card. UFC veteran Nick Roehrick also returned to action in Tunica.
The former UFC light heavyweight was released from the promotion after failing a USADA drug test during his one-fight stint.
While he hadn’t competed since July of 2017, Roehrick didn’t appear to have skipped a beat. From the opening bell, the 31-year-old big man dominated his opponent Langford Battee. After eating some big shots on the ground, Battee decided he had had enough, verbally submitting to Roehrick.
While the two professional light heavyweight bouts thrilled the live crowd and those watching on FloCombat, an entire undercard of amateur MMA action delivered as well.
V3Fights 74 Results:
Pro Light Heavyweight Bout: Peter Pirtle def. Teddy Holder by submission (rear naked choke) at 4:46 of Round 1
Pro Light Heavyweight Bout: Nick Roehrick def. Langford Battee by submission (verbal) at 3:29 of Round 1
Amateur Featherweight Bout: Tyler Stevens def. Chase Smith by unanimous decision
Amateur Flyweight Bout: Joseph Tran def. Trinity Swint by submission (armbar) at 1:33 of Round 1
Amateur Bantamweight Bout: Hunter Alan Hamilton def. Mohammad Ihmoud by split decision
Amateur Women’s Bantamweight Bout: Shay Holland def. Mary Rosenback by unanimous decision
Amateur Lightweight Bout: Nathan Mitchell def. Corre Jerome Bentley by unanimous decision