Two title fights headline Hard Rock MMA 40 this Saturday in Shepherdsville, Ky.

Hard Rock MMA 40 will take place this Saturday, Sept. 3, at the Paroquet Springs Conference Center in Shepherdsville, Ky. Twenty-two professional and amateur mixed martial arts fights are currently scheduled for the card featuring some of the best up-and-comers and most respected gyms in the area. Doors open at 6 p.m. and the fights start at 7:30 p.m.

Headlining Hard Rock MMA 40 will be two title fights, including a welterweight title bout between current 170-pound champ Michael Seals, fighting out of Four Seasons MMA in Lexington, taking on Andy Burgess, representing United Martial Arts.

The second title fight on the card is for the vacant Hard Rock MMA super heavyweight championship. Team Oxendine’s John Hernholm will take on Baddog MMA’s Chris Boyd. Both these big boys are undefeated and one of them is going to walk out as the biggest and baddest man in the Bluegrass State.

The main event will be a light heavyweight bout between Chad Deener, making his pro debut and fighting out of E-Town Beatdown, taking on Josh “The Pitbull” Blanchard, fighting out of Baddog MMA. Blanchard is undefeated at 2-0 and is coming off a first round knockout over Justin Gamble back in February.

Baddog MMA, E-Town Beatdown, Performance Edge and many more gyms have funnelled their fighters into this event for a showcase of talent. The festivities kick off Friday night with the weigh-in show at Sports and Social Club located on 4th Street in Louisville. The after party will be held at the same location immediately following the event Saturday night.

Those planning to attend Hard Rock MMA 40 can go to for discounted tickets and VIP Tables.

The Hard Rock MMA 40 fight card is as follows:

  • 1. Trent Murphy(Columbia MMA)(1-2) vs Tony Watkins(Team SC)(0-1) 155
  • 2. Brandon Cothern(Victory MMA)(9-4) vs Montez Jordan(Bronx Hill MMA)(3-3) 135
  • 3. Wes Compton(Columbia MMA)(0-1) vs Billy Smith(Bad Boy MMA)(1-0) 135
  • 4. Tony Bryant(Outkast MMA)(1-0) vs Mark Coleman(Performance Edge)(0-0) 150
  • 5. Justin Cook(High Intensity)(1-0) vs Brian “Milk” Gates(Baddog MMA)(2-1) 170
  • 6. Brian Kerr(Columbia MMA)(5-8) vs Steven Hewitt(Middlesboro MMA)(6-4) 155
  • 7. Jeff Johnson(Team SC)(0-0) vs George Campoamor(Bad Boy MMA)(0-3) 145
  • 8. Antonio Rodriguez(Rodriguez Brothers MMA)(0-2) vs Branon Hurst(Baddog MMA)(1-2) 170
  • 9. Justin Collett(Middlesboro MMA)(10-21) vs Brandon Martin(Bad Boy MMA)(1-2) 205
  • 10. Derik Otterson(ColumbiA MMA)(0-1) vs Terry Coulter(Baddog MMA)(1-2) 145
  • 11. Micheal Gay(Slaughterhouse MMA)(11-20) vs Martin McShane(Madman MMA)(1-0) 205
  • 12. Cody Martin(UMA)(0-0) vs Mike Hardin(AAMMA)(0-0) 170
  • 13. Josh “OC” Reid(Bad Boy MMA)(0-0) vs Dusty Stengel(Baddog MMA)(0-1) 155
  • 14. Chris Hansford(Outkast MMA)(2-1) vs Ricky Jones Junior(Etown Beatdown)(2-0) 150
  • 15. Genaro Santiago(Outkast MMA)(1-0) vs George Skaer(Baddog MMA)(2-0) 170
  • 16. Andre Rodriguez(Rodriguez Brothers MMA)(0-2) vs AJ Sherrard(Baddog MMA)(2-0) 185
  • 17. Brad Hutcheison(Monster Factory)(4-2) vs Deon Spalding(Louisville MMA)(5-2) 205
  • 18. JR “the Dragon” Hines(Grand Champion MMA) vs Brandon Bishop(Louisville MMA) 155
  • 19. Jeremy Philpot(Middlesboro MMA)(20-23) vs Isaiah Ferguson(AAMMA)(4-0) 145
  • 20. (170 Title) Andy Burgess(UMA)(3-0) vs Michael Seals(4 Seasons)(5-0)(CHAMP)
  • 21. (Super Heavy Title) John Hernholm(Team Oxendine)(2-0) vs Chris Boyd(Baddog MMA)(2-0)
  • 22. Chad Deener(Etown Beatdown)(Pro Debut) vs Josh Blanchard(Baddog MMA)(2-0) 205

Fight card is subject to change without notice.

Bluegrass MMA writer Gary Thomas will be bringing all the results and highlights to as part of a recent collaborative effort.

If that is not enough Bluegrass MMA Live will be doing commentary and results as they happen following the last intermission of the evening so tune in on for Fat Steve and Gary’s analysis of Hard Rock MMA 40.

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