NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Some of the area’s top fighters will compete tonight at the Rivergate Silverado’s as part of the Gameness Fight Series. The doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the action starts at 8:00 p.m. Headlining the card will be Strikeforce veteran Dustin Ortiz, who fights out of Ed Clay’s Nashville MMA, taking on the mega-experienced Matt “Horn-Dog” Horning, representing Team Criis out of Ohio.
Ortiz is coming off a big win against Justin Pennington at “Strikeforce: Nashville” last month. For someone so young into their professional career, Ortiz had a great showing fighting for the first time on a major card. He dominated the bout and ended up sinking in a rear-naked choke submission with about 30 seconds left in the first round.
Tonight though, Ortiz is going to face an entirely different kind of fighter. Horning will be the most experienced fighter Ortiz has ever faced. With over 20 victories on his professional record, not a single one of those victories went to a decision. He is a type of fighter, win or lose, who will lay it all on the line.
Horning has lost his last few bouts, so he will likely be very hungry for the win. And at 33-years-old and fighting professionally since 2003, he is going to be an interesting test for local favorite Ortiz. For more information on the Gameness Fight Series which takes place on the third Thursday of each month, check out www.nashvillecagefights.com or their Facebook page.
Amateur MMA & Muay Thai bouts:
- 170 – (Muay Thai) Ronnie Matz (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Jordan Balcazar (Tiger King Muay Thai-Nashville, TN)
- Hvy – Rudy Colonello (Titan MMA-Nashville, TN) vs Tyler Kingsbury (Team Wildside-Clarksville, TN)
- 185 – (Muay Thai) Justin Diggers (Las Vegas KO-Las Vegas, NV) vs Marcus Mayes (Team Haycraft-Louisville, KY)
- 150 – David Pavon (Tiger King Muay Thai-Nashville, TN) vs John Soto (American Mayhem-Goodlettsville, TN)
- 165 – Ben Atchley (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Gomer Alonzo (Titan MMA-Nashville, TN)
- 150 – (Muay Thai) Mao Shinoda (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Kevin Hawkins (Tiger King Muay Thai-Nashville, TN)
- 170 – Dave Cook (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Joe Copeland (Independent-Clarksville, TN)
- 160 – (Muay Thai) Ross Fults (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs D.J. Miller (Tiger King Muay Thai-Nashville, TN)
- 135 – Allen Carver (IMA-Lebanon, TN) vs Kurt Gibson (Team Sturgis-Huntsville, AL)
- 180 – Brandon King (Shamrock Boxing-Newport, KY) vs Charles Clark (Tiger King Muay Thai-Nashville, TN)
Professional MMA bouts:
- 135 – Spencer Scrivner (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Lucas Thomas (Rock Star MMA-White House, TN)
- 170 – Gerric Hayes (Bonafyde MMA-Nashville, TN) vs Marcus Fletcher (Team Country-Cleveland, GA)
- 140 – Dustin Ortiz (NMMA-Nashville, TN) vs Matt Horning (Team Criis-Washington Courthouse, OH)