Havoc at the Civic Center
Conflict MMA Promotions made its debut on GFL with Havoc, a 14-bout card, emanating from the Civic Center in Savannah, Georgia. Havoc tore the house down as an assortment of interesting and skilled characters all squared off in the ring looking to do damage and impress the raucous crowd.
In the main event, Nick Smiley (6-2) defeated Joseph Ray (2-1) for the Conflict MMA Heavyweight Championship. Both Smiley and Ray started off aggressive in the beginning with Smiley getting the better of the exchanges including head kicks and knees from the clinch ending with Smiley landing a series of crisp punches and finally getting the KO in the first round of a barnburner. Smiley is on a 4-fight winning streak, all by first round stoppage, as his stock continues to rise on the regional scene. Standing at 6'5", Smiley towers over most opponents and he showed in this fight that he knows how to use his size and length to his advantage as he landed several devastating strikes that culminated with a knockout. Expect big things from this big man of the South.
In more action, Lindsay Rowse (2-2) defeated Jeremy Wallace (3-2) in a 195 lb catchweight bout via first round heel hook. Rowse is a fast starter and is always in attack mode as he is constantly looking for a KO or submission if the fight hits the mat. Rowse stayed true to form by submitting Wallace seconds into the bout as the hometown kid made good in front of his Savannah fans.
In other action in the pro ranks, Adrian "A Train" Henderson (1-0) defeated Pharaoh Joe Council (0-1) via submission in the first round. This was a highly anticipated bout with both fighters looking to prove themselves in the heavyweight ranks. To start the fight, Henderson landed a nice judo throw to get the fight to the mat, showing off his technical grappling. Henderson moved to side control and then Council unexpectedly tapped out. It appeared Council injured his ribs during the aforementioned throw by Henderson with a possible cartilage tear or broken ribs.
Conflict MMA Promotions debuted with epic fighting in front of a worldwide audience courtesy of the GFL Combat Sports Network. Watch Havoc anytime and own it for life by ordering the event now on video on demand, exclusively at GFL.tv.