In a night full of fast paced-action at Halquist Productions’ CageSport XXVI, heavyweight champion Anthony Hamilton stayed the course, ending his fight with Matt Kovacs midway through the first round via TKO. The stoppage followed the pattern of a night that consisted of six first-round TKO finishes and only one fight going the distance. Hamilton retained his CageSport heavyweight title, while further establishing himself as a top heavyweight in the Northwest.
CageSport XXVI featured ten professional MMA bouts that left fans with nothing but an adrenaline rush and anticipation for CageSport XXVII, set for Saturday, October 5th at the Emerald Queen Casino in Tacoma, Wash. Tickets for the next CageSport are available and can be purchased at the Emerald Queen Casino box office and through Ticketmaster.
Much like Hamilton’s last three fights, he wasted no time in pressing the fight. Right when the bell sounded, he squared up with Kovacs and took him to the ground. It didn’t take long to realize who was leaving the cage victorious, as Hamilton immediately took back control and threw a relentless ground and pound attack that Kovacs couldn’t keep up with. At 2:14 into the fight, the referee had seen enough and stepped in to stop the fight, giving Hamilton his first successful CageSport title defense while improving his record to 10-2.
In the semi-main event, Spokane’s Josh Rettinghouse advanced his professional record to 9-2 with a convincing victory over Jeff Hatton. The scrappy bantamweights were the only fighters who took their bout the full distance, leaving the decision in the judge’s hands. After three rounds, all three judges unanimously scored the fight 30-27 for Rettinghouse.
Exciting undercard news happened as Harrison Bevens (6-1) and Justin Harrington (5-0) both left the Emerald Queen Casino victorious, and more importantly, with new contracts. After the semi-main event concluded, it was announced that Bevens and Harrington would meet in the main event of CageSport XXVII in October with the vacant CageSport lightweight title on the line.
Bevens may have had the knockout of the year at CageSport XXVI when he dropped Dave Shepherd cold with a vicious three punch combo that went completely unblocked leaving the packed showroom on their toes and in awe.
CageSport XXVI Results:
-Anthony Hamilton def. Matt Kovacs by TKO (Punches) at 2:14, R1
-Josh Rettinghouse def. Jeff Hatton by Unanimous Decision, R3
-Justin Harrington def. Levi Peaslee by Submission (Arm Triangle Choke) at 1:36, R1
-Harrison Bevens def. Dave Shepherd by KO (Punch) at 0:16, R3
-Ian Williams def. Zach Conn by TKO (Punches) at 4:16, R3
-Eduardo Torres def. Alex Eastman by Submission (Rear Naked Choke) at 3:22, R1
-Jeff Sweeney def. Jacob Solis by TKO (Punches) at 0:30, R1
-Gary Winslow def. Montrez Tinson by TKO (Punches) at 3:21, R1
-Josh Solis def. Lonya Champion by TKO (Punches) at 1:56, R1
-Hector Lopez def. Chris Wheaton by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 2:56, R3