According to a Feb. 3 report from Bluegrass MMA, hard-hitting Kentucky phenom Emily "Bombs Away" Bartee (1-0) earned her first MMA victory by tapping out fast-rising striker Amy Holland (1-3) in the opening round of their featherweight clash at Hardrock MMA 60 in Shepherdsville, Kentucky.
Bartee, who trains at Scott Elliott’s AFS Academy/10th Planet Jiu Jitsu gym in Richmond, pushed the action from the get-go, landing crisp left-right combinations to her opponent's face early in the opening stanza.
There wasn't much of a feeling out process, as Bartee found her range by peppering away at Holland's head and body with a stiff jab.
The action hit the mat just past the one-minute mark of the opening frame, and Bartee skillfully locked in an armbar to earn the finish.
Holland tapped at the 1:48 mark of the first round, giving Bartee her first taste of victory in the MMA realm.
"Going into the fight, Amy had quite a bit more experience than what I had," Bartee said on the Feb. 3 episode of ProWMMA Now! "Although her record was upside down, she still had six MMA fights and I had zero. But as soon as I got to the venue and I saw her, it was kind of like my confidence shot through the roof."
Bartee said her confidence skyrocketed not because of Holland's body type, but because her opponent didn't appear to be very motivated for the fight.
"The bell rang and we went at it and my plan was to kind of move in and out, not get caught in a clinch and keep her out of my range," Bartee said. "As soon as the fight started and I hit her, she kept on backing up."
Bartee said she believes she broke Holland's nose at some point during the bout. However, she was pleased to finish the fight with a submission.
"There was a lot of blood," she said. "But I wound up getting an armbar and it was the best feeling in the world."