Brian Imes is The Human Cockfighter

Truth has a funny perspective. Whereas the worker understands process, the collector must keep quota. The demand from the top has slowed production and unnecessarily complicated procedure.

No longer are people free to produce per demand, but mandated to serve per normalcy. Production in a fight can only be regulated by the producer. He who produces most efficiently will earn.

I will leave my home on Friday morning, headed for Branson, Missouri. A four o’clock weigh-in awaits me and my friends at The Hilton Convention Center. For the first time in over two years I will step on the scales above 200 pounds.

My opponent will be 25-fight veteran, Brandon Gaines. Several Bellator veterans along with local fighters will fill a pro/am card that includes Jeri Sitzes, Kim Couture and the Pint Sized Brawlers. It is a fantastic show in the heartland on the night before Easter.

Last Friday evening I had the pleasure to corner for David Hammons at Blue Corner Battles in Kansas City, Missouri. David won the Amateur Heavyweight Belt via a 3-round decision over Garrin Johnson, from Topeka.

David also holds the Super Heavyweight Belt for this promotion, holding its events at Voodoo Lounge inside Harrah’s. He will travel with me this weekend to serve as sales representative for Hillbilly Fight Wear. Hammons, now 14-4, holds several local amateur titles.

Chris Page will make the trip as well, serving as corner man for my encounter. Page is coming off an early first round finish of Doug Edwards in Wichita, Kansas. Steve Devenney, 5-0 amateur, will travel from Columbia to corner as well. Steve was a standout high school wrestler who competed for the University of Nebraska. I hope to not need to wrestle. All three of these men wear Hillbilly Fight Wear in the cage.

Last Saturday I made a short trek to Saint Joseph for Blackout Fighting Championships at the National Guard Armory. Fighter and promoter, Travis Courter, served as host for a 10-fight amateur card. Men and women from all over northwest Missouri entertained their neighbors.

The fight of the night was undoubtedly between Ben Ridgely and John Woodland. A regulatory judgement ended the fight as a draw, leaving further evidence of failed intervention. I had the pleasure to wrap Ridgley’s hands before the bout. He and I had a nice hillbilly banter.

I remember what is possible for humanity this Easter weekend. No obstacle is too great and no predestination awaits any. Make life your canvas and its paint will enlighten your neighbor. I am proud to see the good doctor gaining steam all over our great country. Perhaps the people will stand for themselves once again. He who walks with faith can move boulders. Thump a stranger.

Editor’s Note: Brian Imes won his fight Saturday night via second round submission.

Brian Imes’ “The Human Cockfighter Blog” takes readers inside the mind and life of a pro mixed martial arts fighter. It is part of’s ongoing series of content written by individuals involved in the MMA industry. Follow Brian online at Twitter @HillbillyFightW and on Facebook at

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