Harry Hunsucker vs Jordan Mitchell for Heavyweight Title at HRMMA 115
HRMMA Heavyweight Champion Harry Hunsucker will fight challenger Jordan Mitchell to defend his belt at HRMMA 115 on Saturday night. The event will take place at the Sloan Convention Center in Bowling Green, Kentucky. However, limited seats are already sold out.
HRMMA Champ Harry Hunsucker
The reigning heavyweight champion, Hunsucker, enters into the cage with a professional MMA record of 5-2. Following some initial adversity in his pro career, Hunsucker is on a four fight winning streak. He won the HRMMA heavyweight belt by defeating Tony Parker by Americana submission at 3:58 of round one.
Hunsucker’s first title defense was originally scheduled for May 23, 2020, but it was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. So this will be the champ’s first time back in the cage since winning the title on October 12, 2020, and it will be his first title defense.
According to tapology.com, Harry Hunsucker is ranked 3rd out of 9 active heavyweights in Kentucky. Tapology also has Hunsucker ranked 21st in the Southeast, and 87th out of 404 active pro heavy weights in the US.
Challenger Jordan Mitchell
Challenger Jordan Mitchell comes to the fight with a deceptive 9-14 professional MMA record. Tapology has Mitchell ranked much higher than Hunsucker, as the 22nd best heavyweight mixed martial artist in the US. In his last outing, back in February, he scored a 9 second KO victory over Cory Moon, the 67th ranked heavyweight in the US.
All of Mitchell’s victories have come by KO or TKO. Meanwhile, he’s suffered a handful or unanimous decision losses. His two most recent losses came on the ground. So look for Mitchell to try to keep the fight standing.
It will be very interesting to see where the champ wants to take the fight. He has three wins by submission and two by KO/TKO. Wherever the fight ends up, expect fireworks. There is a lot on the line on Saturday night.
In addition to the HRMMA strap, both heavyweights are expected to have the eyes of the MMA world on them, especially since the fight will be on PPV, and especially given the circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020.
The Future of MMA
In a recent column on ESPN.com, MMA writer Marc Raimondi made a compelling case that this year’s shutdown off MMA gyms, boxing gyms, and jiu-jitsu gyms, as well as the cancellation of regional shows, will create a long-term shortage of experienced mixed martial artists capable of competing at the elite level.
Whether or not Raimondi’s prediction plays out on the stage of MMA biggest promotions like Bellator and the UFC, remains to be seen. What’s clear is that, if he is right, then Hunsucker and Mitchell have more on the line than the belt on Saturday night.
If Raimondi is right, then I like the chances of seeing the winner of Saturday night’s HRMMA heavyweight title fight inside the UFC octagon or the Bellator cage in their next fight. But first, one of them will have to win, and win convincingly on Saturday night if they want to take it to the next level.
We wish both fighters the best of luck on Saturday night. But we think that the Champ Hunsucker has a superior ground game, which allows for him to be fearless in his striking. We look for the Champ to successfully defend his belt in Bowling Green on Saturday night. Expect a war, but expect Hunsucker to end Mitchell’s night via submission in the second round.
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