After months of rescheduling issues, the two finally met this past August, but an unfortunate injury just prior to the end of the first round cost Hobar the match.
“Four minutes into the first round, he pressured into me and I threw a looping overhand left punch and it kind of landed on top of his shoulder and my elbow actually popped out of its socket and landed outside of the joint,” Hobar said to MMAWeekly.com.
Luckily Hobar’s dislocation was a clean one, and two months later he was ready to fight again, so Legacy signed the rematch for its most recent event on Dec. 14.
“The first fight I was planning on taking him down and beat him up from the top position and just control him on the ground,” said Hobar. “We kind of went into this fight a little bit, but after the first round I was winning the stand-up pretty heavily, so my coaches decided to change the plan and not go to the ground because every time we went there he would get extremely squirrely and hyperactive looking for arm bars and guillotines, so we didn’t want to risk getting caught.
“I knew my stand-up was way better than his, because he doesn’t have very good or proper technique standing-up. He throws for one-shot knockout punches and never really throws combos or anything like that, so I was pretty confident I could pick him off standing up.”
Hobar managed to control much of the fight standing and earned a majority decision.
For the normally ground-based Hobar, winning a fight without having to take it down is a big step forward for him in the evolution of his fight game.
“This is the first fight I stood all three rounds and banged with the guy,” said Hobar. “I’m a wrestler, so I’m always taking it to the ground and trying to get a submission or control the whole fight on the ground. I actually controlled the whole fight from my feet, so I’m very happy with that.”
The win gets Hobar back on track, and with a 6-1 record, possibly into title contention.
“I’d like to fight for the bantamweight championship for Legacy and if Mick (Maynard, MFC Promoter) found that appealing, that’d be great,” said Hobar. “I also know that you have to make those fights happen, so I’m going to take things one fight at a time and look for good match-ups that are entertaining that bring in the fans.”
(Photo courtesy of Matt Hobar)