Battlegrounds MMA, a promotion headed by Olympic Gold Medalist Kenny Monday, is bringing back an old school format of competition in MMA. The one-night 8-man winner take all welterweight tournament is set to take place as part of the aptly named BattleGrounds O.N.E. (One Night Elimination) event at the BOK Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma on June 27th.
The 8-man welterweight field, all vying for a grand prize of $50,000, consists of:
- Dennis Hallman (53-14-2, 1 NC)
- Cody McKenzie (15-4)
- Chris Honeycutt (4-0)
- Luigi Fioravanti (24-11)
- David Mitchell (14-4)
- Josh Bryant (14-4)
- Roan Carneiro (16-9)
- Brock Larson (37-8)
If all these names look and sound familiar, it’s because you’ve most likely seen them compete at one point or another inside the UFC—with the exception of Chris Honeycutt.
Dennis Hallman (38), the most experienced fighter in the field, with 70-fights to his record, he comes into this tournament on a 3-fight win streak. His impressive resume of opponents are topped by 2 wins over former UFC welterweight champion, Matt Hughes. “Superman” has 41 wins coming by way of submission, and incredibly has never been submitted in his career. Hallman won an 8-man tournament in 1998, defeating Matt Hughes in the finals of Extreme Challenge 21.
Cody McKenzie (26) was released by the UFC after a 4 year, 7-fight stint, going 3-4, but bounced back with a recent victory over Mark Dobie at Battle for the Border 3 in April. McKenzie is most known for his signature guillotine choke, named the ‘McKenzietine”, having won 11 times of his 13 submissions with that choke.
Chris Honeycutt (25) is the youngest and most inexperienced fighter in the field, undefeated competing in all 4 bouts (2 TKO, 1 submission) with UPC Unlimited–including capturing the UPC Middleweight championship. Honeycutt is a former 2012 NCAA National Wrestling Championship runner-up out of Edinboro University. And is a training partner of Josh Koscheck.
Luigi Fioravanti (33) bounced back from a recent 3-fight losing streak by winning his last two fights defeating Edwin Aguilar and Joshua Thorpe inside the distance. “The Italian Tank” has finishes in 15 of his 24 wins (10 tko/ko, 5 submissions).
David Mitchell (34) was previous undefeated heading into the UFC, where he went 1-4 before being released. Since then, Mitchell has reeled off back to back wins inside WFC. The Team Alpha Male member, has career victories over Bobby Green, Poppies Martinez, and War Machine. 10 of Mitchell’s 14 wins are by way of submission, and he too has never been submitted in his career.
Josh Bryant’s (34) last victory came in 2012 against Shonie Carter at KOTC, since then Bryant has gone winless over his next 3 fights against competition outside of the welterweight class, losing to Sean Strickland, Jason Brilz, and Joe Yager—all by decision. “The Beast” has only been finished once in his career—by Kyle Noke in his lone UFC fight—and has won by stoppage 9 of his 14 wins.
Roan Carneiro (35), the former Pan-Am BJJ Champion, has won 4 of his last 5 fights, including wins over Luis Ramos and Brazilian legend, Jorge Patino. But has only competed once each year dating back to 2009. Training out of American Top Team, “Jucao” has half of his career victories (8) come by way of submission.
Brock Larson (36) is no stranger to one-night tournaments, having won a 4-man tournament in 2004 at International Cage Combat. And later in 2005, winning an 8-man tournament at Extreme Challenge 63–defeating DaMarques Johnson, Ryan Jansen, and Ryan McGivern, all by submission. Larson recently competed for the One FC Welterweight title, but came up short against Nobutatsu Suzuki, losing a decision. Larson has 26 career submission wins, and has only gone to the distance 8 times in his 45-fight career.
More information can be found on the Battlegrounds website: http://www.battlegroundsone.com/