Belts of Honorious returned to Austin, TX for BOH 9. Taking place at the Austin Roller Rink, the event had 11 fights, and showcased debut fighters, as well as amateur veterans.
The evening started off with Levi Millhollon taking on Lorne Washington. Washington came out aggressive, landing strikes and getting takedowns, and Millhollon controlled the pace and clench, and landed his own strikes. Two of the three judges gave the fight to Millhollon, and scored the split decision. The next fight had some cup check action. In the first round of Dominic Peterson and Charles Spencer, Peterson was controlling the pace and position of the fight, until a small mistake allowed Spencer to take dominant control to end the round. In the second round, Peterson would land an inadvertent kick to Spencer’s bits and pieces, which he didn’t seem to recover from. Peterson would earn the win via submission, rear-naked choke.
The third fight saw Erick Montejano control Steve Cordell Jr. for the majority of the fight. Cordell Jr. had no answer for Montejano on the feet, and couldn’t get him to the ground. Montejano earned the decision, and Cordell Jr. announced his retirement from competition. The following four fights would end via stoppage. Sean Clements dominate Steve Ward from the opening bell, until the ref stopped the fight a minute or so in, because of ground strikes. Then, Devin Miller controlled the fight, and then in the second round, he was able to mount Nolasco and finishes him with punches. Dillion Estes came out like a firecracker against Joshua Easterly, throwing everything, including the kitchen sink. Estes threw Easterly into the cage head first and eventually finished with strikes on the ground. The next fight’s walkout lasted longer than the fight itself. Joseph Karnavas came out on Cesar Garcia, secured the takedown, took the back, and then looked in the rear-naked choke.
In the eight fight of the night the fans saw the fight of the night. Branden Little and Manuel Corral came out looking to get the striking advantage, but it was Corral who would seems to slow first, while Little kept the constant pace and pressure, and impressive muay thai. Little was able to land shots at will, but seemed a little hesitant after feeling Corral’s power early on; Little would earn the decision. In the following fight, Matthew Pena was able to get Kyle Neal to the ground quickly, and submit him via rear-naked choke.
The co-main was a grudge match between Dezmond Moore and Waylon Bronstrup. In their first match up, Moore would submit Bronstrup via triangle choke. In this fight, the result would be the same, this time though, it would go to a decision. Bronstrup seemed to fight with emotion this go round, while Moore was cool at weigh-ins, till the end of the fight. Moore was able to use his reach to pick apart Bronstrup, extremely damaging his eye in the process. Bronstrup would taunt Moore, but it had no effect. Moore would earn the unanimous decision.
The main event had Dallas’ William Boone Blair face off against Austin’s Jon Leal. After a brief exchange, Leal shot in for a takedown, but Blair was able to defend and eventually take mount. After a few transitions to back then to mount, Blair would lock in the armbar and get the submission win.
Fight Night Awards
Fight of the Night: Branden Little vs. Manuel Corral
T(KO) of the Night: Sean Clements
Submission of the Night: William Boone Blair