Battleground Championship Weekend

Battleground at the Indianapolis Armory

Story and video by Fightjunky

Fresh on the heels of its successful 20th show in Indianapolis, Battleground staged the first night of its two-part championship weekend in Indianapolis on Friday night, before heading south to Madison on June 27th for the second night of this event. An enthusiastic crowd took in 14 MMA fights and two grappling fights at Indianapolis’s National Guard Armory in an evening that culminated in the dethroning of Battleground’s reigning 145 lb champion.

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In the main event of the evening, up-and-comer Casey Dyer (10-1) took on veteran cage fighter and reigning Battleground champion Jeremiah Davenport. The fight opened with Davenport charging in fast and furious and pressing the action against the cage. Dyer coolly weathered the storm and eventually pulled Davenport into guard. From there, Davenport looked to land strikes from within guard, and Dyer looked to capitalize on a mistake and set up an armbar. When the fight returned to standing, Davenport pulled guard after a wild exchange and worked unsuccessfully for a guillotine. Dyer passed to side control, and then full mount, and rained down strikes as the first round ended. In the second, both fighters came out swinging, and just seconds later Dyer landed a devastating knee that immediately floored Davenport, giving Dyer a TKO victory and giving Battleground a new 145 lb champion.


Shane O, Bruce Pettis, and Casey Dyer

In undercard action:

The only women’s fight of the night saw Chrystal Newman make short work of cage neophyte Samantha Walker, as Newman swarmed Walker right out of the gate and quickly finished her overmatched foe by TKO just 0:23 into the first round.


Samantha Walker after her debut loss

Battleground veteran Gabe Holmes absolutely demolished Jesse Atwood (7-3) by KTFO from strikes within guard just 0:39 into the first round. Atwood was unconscious for a long time after they finally pried Holmes off of him.

Matthew Perry survived an unintentional groin shot from his opponent, Mark Neville, in the first round, ultimately to prevail in a tough contest by TKO (strikes from the mount) 1:20 into the third round.

Although James Graham largely got the better of the action in the first round against Justin Reid, Graham succumbed to a rear naked choke just 0:49 into the second round, giving Reid a hard-fought come-from-behind victory.

Evan Beck landed a giant slam off a double-leg takedown to open the second round, which broke Mike Huser’s ribs and rendered Huser unable to continue a fight he was losing anyway.

After some opening grappling for position and a brief exchange, Ben Kelso got back control when the fight went to the ground and secured a rear naked choke against Kurtis Finley just 1:18 into the first round.

Erick Jones dominated the first round and a half against Mike Townsend, coming close to securing a rear naked choke in both rounds. However, Townsend worked well out of the submission attempt in the second round and worked a full guard for the remainder of the round. Somehow, Jones was hurt during the process, as Jones was unable to answer the bell for the start of the third round.


Rob Snodgrass announcing the next fight

Adam Decker submitted Jason Majors just 0:38 into their fight with what looked like some kind of weird leg scissor choke.

Tommy Dade took Andre Tompkins’ back a little over a minute into their fight and eventually secured a rear naked choke for the submission victory.

Russell Stinson forced Scott Dockery to submit to a rear naked choke just 0:41 into the first round of their fight.

Josh Johnson absolutely crumpled Kenneth Thompson with knees to the body to earn a first round TKO victory.

Jeremy Jackson eked out the narrowest of split decisions against Guy Brown, prevailing 29-28, 28-29,29-28 on the judges’ cards.

In the opening MMA fight of the night, Dwayne Bolton and Troy Reed swung wildly for the fences, connecting on little but gassing themselves About midway through the second round, Reed just quit from exhaustion.

In two grappling matches held intermittently over the course of the evening, Devin Jones submitted Jeremy Shiney in the second round with a rear naked choke, only to come back later in the night and lose the second grappling match to Bryan Neville via first-round rear naked choke.


Devin Jones sinks the rear naked choke

The second part of Battleground’s championship weekend will be held on Saturday night, June 27th, in Madison, Indiana. For more information on this event, check out Cage Craze or