Historical past of MMA in the USA: Indiana
Jon Fitch celebrates defeating Brian Foster (not pictured) in the Welterweight Main Event during the Professional Fighters League: Daytona at Daytona International Speedway on June 30, 2017 in Daytona Beach, Florida.
This is the 14th in a 50-part series documenting the history and current state of MMA for each of the 50 states in the United States of America. Each part will chronicle the history of MMA as well as several notable fighters and camps in each state. The states are filled out in alphabetical order. This is the Indiana MMA story. Be sure to check out the previous part Illinois.
Indiana MMA story
Indiana, the 19th state to join the union, has contributed a solid group of fighters to the sport of MMA. Some of these fighters still compete in the largest organizations in the world today Bellator and the UFC. Indiana is the 16th most populous state and has a larger than average population that is home to many former, current, and emerging stars.
Indiana Gaming Commission
The Indiana Gaming Commission-Athletic Division is responsible for sanctioning MMA events within the state. The commission consists of seven members. An interesting rule for the Commission is that no more than four members can belong to the same political party. The commission must also consist of a law enforcement officer, a CPA and an attorney. Indiana was the 33rd state to legislate to regulate MMA. The bill was drafted by Senator Dennis Kruse and came into force on July 1, 2009.
Notable MMA events in Indiana
The UFC made two visits to Hoosier State, along with Bellator three visits. The last Elite Challenger series Event under the Elite XC Banner took place in Hammond, Indiana.
UFC visits to Hoosier State
UFC 119The event, held at Conseco Fieldhouse in Indianapolis on September 25, 2010, marked the UFC’s first visit to Indiana. The almost 16,000 fans in attendance experienced a knockout of the main event as Frank Mir defeated Mirko Cro Cop in the third round. Ryan Bader defeated Antonio Rogerio Nogueira by unanimous decision. Hometown fighter Chris Lytle defeated Matt Serra by unanimous decision. CB Dollaway took Submission of the Night home with his guillotine on the first round Joe Doerksen.
The last visit to Indiana was this UFC Fight Night: Condit against Kampmann 2 from Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis. The smaller crowd of more than 6,400 viewers saw the rematch from Carlos Condit adoption Martin Kampmann. The first match went Kampmann’s way by separate decision. It was also Condit’s UFC debut. Condit would win the rematch against Kampmann in the fourth round. Former UFC Middleweight Champion, Robert Whittaker, actually suffered a shared decision loss on the main card too Court McGee in welterweight.
Bellator takes over Indiana
Bellator 60, held in Hammond, Indiana on March 9, 2012, was the first state visit. The main event consisted of a featherweight championship game Pat Curran Knockout the champion Joe Warren in the first round. The event also included four featherweight quarterfinal matchups.
Bellator 84 was Bellator’s last visit to Indiana. The event took place on December 14, 2012 at the Horseshoe Casino in Hammond. The event should be the final of the heavyweight and light heavyweight tournaments. The light heavyweight final was canceled by the Indiana Gaming Commission because finalist, Marcin hero, was 20 years old and you must be 21 years old to enter a casino. The heavyweight final went according to plan Alexander Volkov take victory Richard Haleand also claims the vacant heavyweight title.
Fighters and Camps in / from Indiana
Indiana is home to many great heavyweight competitors. Bellator Heavyweight Grand Prix semi-finalist Matt Mitrione made Indiana after his home Purdue University Football days. Todd Duffee, Jake O’Brien, and Dave Herman are other heavyweights with ties to Hoosier State.
Many will agree that Bellator welterweight, Jon Fitchis the greatest fighter that comes out of the state. The four-year-old Purdue University postman was born in Fort Wayne. Fitch also served as the team captain in his senior year as a boiler maker. So far, Fitch has fought 40 fights in his professional career. He has won 31 along with one tie and one without competition. He made a name for himself in the UFC and made his debut at UFC Fight Night 2. Fitch set an 8-0 record before scoring his shot on Georges St. Pierre for the welterweight title. Fitch would make it a decision UFC 87 but would lose the fight. Fitch later switched to the World Series of Fighting where he went 5-2 before being renamed as PFL. He would defend the welterweight title for his second defense against Brian Foster at the PFL: Daytona before you vacate the title and sign with Bellator.
Indiana is on the rise
Indiana raised and 3-0 pro Lance Wright is one of the newcomers and comers from the state. Wright has cut the past year and a half due to injuries and problems booking venues. He is ready for a career revival when he joins the Elevation Fight Team in Denver, Colorado. “In my experience, Indiana fans have always been the best. The phrase “die-hard fans” doesn’t give them the justice they deserve, “Wright said MMASucka. “When you go to a smaller show, you usually know at least one of the fighters who sold you a ticket. On my pro debut, a group of my fans rushed to the cage and were almost kicked out of the venue. Meanwhile, each of them changes: “Lance, Lance, Lance.” This is how crazy it can get with loud fans from home town. “
Part 15 of the 50-state series will be the state of Iowa. Check out MMASucka to keep up with the series.
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