“The SSF Invitational: Darkness” took place on Sat., Aug. 22, 2009 at Appleton’s Harley Davidson in Clarksville, Tenn. It was a great afternoon of fights held outdoors underneath a cloudy sky and PRO MMA (promma.info) was there to take in all the action. The fights had to be stopped a couple of times due to a light sprinkle, but the officials would spread a tarp over the surface of the cage to keep it dry, and everything worked out fine.
In addition to the fights, SSF Submission Academy’s pole dancing workout class put on a great performance, and the metal band “Infinitus” rocked the crowd before the fights and during intermission.
Two titles were on the line in the main and co-main events. Joel Cooper out of the Bull Pit in Jackson, Tenn. took home the welterweight title with a first round submission and Thomas Campbell won the featherweight title with a third round TKO.
On the undercard, local favorite Zack Hicks dropped a first round submission loss to Bobby Oliver in a lightweight showdown.
- (170 lbs.) Isaac Ware def. Brandon Sherrill by KO (punch) Rd1
- (135 lbs.) Nathan Noble def. Brandon Dinkle by submission (kneebar) Rd1
- (155 lbs.) Joe Rybolt def. Kody McGregor by submission (triangle choke) Rd1
- (145 lbs.) Mike Manly def. Clay Cotton by TKO (strikes) Rd1
- (170 lbs.) Craig Craddock def. Thomas Olive by submission Rd1
- (145 lbs.) Nate Holton def. Jordan Murphey by TKO (strikes) Rd2
- (155 lbs.) Charles Rybolt def. Sam Grace by submission Rd2
- (144 lbs.) David Oliver def. Josh Mubarak by submission (triangle choke) Rd1
- (170 lbs.) Sam Hebda def. Joey Ramsey by unanimous decision
- (145 lbs.) Jarrett Weston def. Adam Smothers by submission Rd1
- (155 lbs.) Bobby Oliver def. Zack Hicks by submission Rd1
- Welterweight Title Fight
- (170 lbs.) Joel Cooper def. John Belcher by submission (triangle choke) Rd1
- Featherweight Title Fight
- (145 lbs.) Thomas Campbell def Seth Basler by TKO (strikes) Rd3
Be sure to check out all of our photos from the event.