(Elizabethtown, KY) – After putting on an exciting night of fights in front of the largest crowd in Hardrock MMA history at Hardrock MMA 12: Night of Champions, Hardrock MMA will make history again as it hosts the first women’s professional MMA fight in Kentucky at Hardrock MMA 13: The Girls Are Back.
The main event will feature a rematch between Hardrock MMA promoter and professional fighter Vanessa Bohleber-Higdon vs. Heather Corder. The pair’s first match, as amateurs, ended with Vanessa scoring a win via referee stoppage due to ground and pound just 32 seconds into the first round.
Featured on the women’s MMA reality series Fight Life, and training under Josh Johnson out of Etown BJJ and Judo, Bohleber-Higdon pulls double duty as both a promoter and professional fighter. “It’s nice to be in the first women’s professional fight in Kentucky,” said Bohleber-Higdon. “I think it’s great we’re hosting the first women’s professional fight. We’ve had a lot of pro fights on our cards lately and it puts us above the average promotion that puts on amateur fights here and there. I’m not taking Heather lightly. I’m prepared for anything, and even though I won the first one early, I’m not taking her lightly because it could go any way.”
Sponsored by Heart Fight Gear, Heather Corder is looking forward to the rematch. “I think it’s great being part of the first women’s pro fight in Kentucky,” said Corder. “I think if you have the chance, everybody should do it [fight MMA]. Women are just as tough as men. I like Vanessa, but once we get in the cage it’s a different story. I have been hitting the gym everyday, twice a day, and my game has tightened up a lot.”
In addition to the main event, the card will feature two other professional fights and fifteen amateur fights showcasing some of the best talent the area has to offer with fighters from Etown Beatdown, 4 Seasons, Team Warhammer, Team Animal, Team No Mercy, Hayse Team Extreme and several others.
Hardrock MMA 13: The Girls Are Back will happen Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Elizabethtown National Guard Armory. Discounted advanced tickets are on sale through www.HardRockFight.com and Hero’s Sports Cards. VIP tickets are also still available. Doors open at 6:30 PM and the bouts start at 8:00 PM.
Sponsorships are still available for some of the professional fighters competing that night, as well as for the Hardrock MMA promotion. For sponsorship inquiries, questions, or to order VIP tickets, contact Brandon Higdon at 270-307-7312 or visit www.HardRockFight.com.
The Fight Card
1) Steven Drake vs Ricky Rye
2) Jason Clack vs Scott Roberts
3) Nathan Boatman or Wesley Stanley vs Carl Sandlin
4) James Douglass vs Steven Jenkins
5) Jeremy Philpot vs Doug Ballinger
6) Justin Collett vs Brian Tipton or David Willoughby
7) David Ward vs Jeff Brewster
8 ) James Benton vs Josh Smith
9) Michael Smith vs Jason Langley
10) Tyler Davis vs Keith Goggins
11) William Sandlin vs Andrew Terry
12) Brian Smith vs Ben Smith or Todd Stricklin
13) Joshua Franklin vs Andrew Becker
14) Justin Higdon vs “Razor” Rob Thompson
15) Cody Bruce vs Brandon DeWitt
16) Donnie Wallace vs Brandon Howard (PRO)
17) Jerry Burns vs Bo Huitt (PRO)
18) Heather Corder vs Vanessa Bohleber (PRO)
About Hardrock MMA
Hardrock Promotions LLC puts on shows as one of Kentucky’s fasting growing MMA promotions – Hardrock MMA. Showcasing professional and amateurs fighters from around the country, Hardrock MMA works hard to provide MMA fans with the best regional fights available. Run by Promoter and Women’s MMA fighter Vanessa Bohleber-Higdon, and Fight Matchmaker Brandon “Hardrock” Higdon, Hardrock MMA has close ties with some of the best fighters and fight teams around the state.