At 35-years-of-age perennial heavyweight MMA journeyman Johnathan Ivey, at one time or another, has fought just about every big name fighter over 205 pounds you have ever heard of, and many more you have not.
This past Saturday night at Gameness Fighting Championships 10 in Nashville, Tenn., Ivey took on Strikeforce veteran Dustin West, a 32-year-old former Marine who trains out of Nashville MMA and who normally fights at… wait for it… welterweight — that’s right, 170 pounds.
The match-up was even more unusual considering Ivey, who has been fighting professionally since 1998, is a veteran of over 80 professional bouts, while West had exactly 8 pro fights coming into the bout. Despite the differences in weight and experience, West’s speed and power proved the deciding factor.
There is some disagreement as to the exact time the fight ended; some say 9 seconds, others say 14 seconds. But regardless of the exact amount of time it took, the result was the same. West connected with a big left hand that sent Ivey face first and unconscious to the canvas for the first time in over 13 years of fighting…
And did I mention West is a welterweight?