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On Satuday, August 31, Iron Tiger Fight Series lands in Findlay, Ohio, for a full night of amateur and professional mixed martial arts.
The 16-fight event will feature some of the brightest amateur prospects in the Ohio area and will be capped off with two professional bouts.
In the amateur main event, which precedes two pro fights, Andre Small (7-6) will challenge former Iron Tiger Fight Series amateur lightweight champion Ryan Santana (5-2) for the vacant IT FS amateur featherweight title.
Small, 29, successfully began his amateur career with a decision win in 2014. Three straight losses (one TKO, one submission, and one decision) quickly spoiled Small’s record, but he was able to right the ship soon after.
Small racked up four-straight wins from 2015 to 2016, scoring one TKO and one submission on that run. He would then lose four-straight combat sports matches (3 MMA fights and a kickboxing bout), bringing his amateur record to a lopsided 5-6.
In his next two fights, however, Small would get back on track, adding two decision wins to his record on Ohio’s regional circuit. He will look to add another win, and a shiny Iron Tiger belt, to his record on August 31.
Standing in Small’s way will be the former champion, Ryan Santana.
Santana, 24, captured the Iron Tiger title back in July of 2018 before dropping his next fight to two-weight Iron Tiger FS amateur champion and undefeated star Michael Arrieta (6-0).
Following the loss, Santana dropped to featherweight and capture the Premiere MMA amateur featherweight title in May. In his return to Iron Tiger, Santana will look to mirror that feat in the promotion in which he got his start.
In the co-main event and the first pro bout of the night, Marquis Allen (1-4, 1 NC) will face Iron Tiger staple Caleb Fickert (2-3).
Allen, 27, is a two-fight veteran of New England powerhouse CES MMA. Following his winning pro debut in 2016, Allen has gone winless inside the cage.
The heavyweight fighter has lost four fights and suffered a No Contest due to an incidental eye poke prior to his two most recent losses.
Allen’s opponent, Caleb Fickert, has also lost his last two fights. From his 2014 pro debut, Fickert alternated wins and losses before dropping his most recent bout.
While Allen has not been knocked out in his brief career, Fickert, a professional boxer (1-0, 1 KO), will look to change that on August 31.
In the main event of Iron Tiger FS, two of the most high-profile fighters, Travis Hussey (4-5) and Damonte Robinson (4-1-1) will square off in Findlay, Ohio.
Hussey, 32, was a NCAA Division I wrestler at Ohio’s Bowling Green University. He made his MMA debut in 2014, dropping his first two fights on the Ohio regional scene.
He then rattled off three-straight wins, bringing his record to 3-2. A loss to Bellator vet PJ Cajigas (7-9) punctuated his streak, but Hussey would score another win upon his return to Iron Tiger.
Hussey was submitted in his last two fights, but he will look to get back on track against Iron Tiger’s own Damonte Robinson.
Robinson, 24, was an amateur standout in the Iron Tiger ranks. Robinson won all five of his amateur bouts, including an amateur lightweight title-clinching victory in his final bout before beginning his professional career.
Robinson continued his winning ways as a professional, racking up four-straight wins - including two submissions and a knockout. The lone loss on Robinson’s record came courtesy of Devonte Smith, who now resides in the UFC as one of the lightweight division’s brightest prospects.
A draw to Aaron Mitchell brought Robinson’s record to 4-1-1 back in 2017, which is when the Iron Tiger standout’s last fight took place.
He will end his two-year hiatus and aim to return to his winning ways against Hussey in the main event of Iron Tiger Fight Series 89, live from Findlay, Ohio, and on FloCombat.