V3 FIGHTS: LAWRENCE VS. LUA took place Saturday night at Marathon Music Works in downtown Nashville, Tenn. It was the Memphis-based mixed martial arts promotion's second visit to Music City this year and once again V3 Fights assembled a card stacked with top amateur talent from Middle Tennessee and the surrounding regions.
In the main event V3 Fights bantamweight champion Ronnie Lawrence (12-1) of Nemesis MMA in Murfreesboro successfully defended his title with a third round TKO stoppage over the more experienced Sammy "The Baby Dragon" Lua (17-3) who fights out of Global Hit Squad in Louisiana.
Lua started out strong, dropping Lawrence in the first round with a spinning backfist. Lawrence rallied in the second, wearing Lua down with his grappling and several submission attempts and then stopped Lua in the third with an early takedown followed by heavy ground and pound.
In the co-headliner Eryk Anders (12-2) of Champions MMA needed only 43 seconds to get the job done and take home the V3 Fights light heavyweight title with a first round TKO win over Josh Senkbeil (6-4) representing The Shed MMA.
And in the lone women’s MMA bout on the card, Hannah Rogers (4-0) of TNBJJ kept her undefeated record in tact by stopping GFA's Shanna Young (17-3) via TKO just 11-seconds into the first round. The bout was originally for the V3 Fights women's bantamweight title, but Rogers declined it because she failed to make weight. Classy.
The complete V3 FIGHTS: LAWRENCE VS. LUA fight card results include:
- Lightweight: Manny Trujillo (4-0, Gravity MMA) def. Langston Stevenson (3-1, Nashville MMA) by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (:44)
- Middleweight: Montreal Grant (3-1, Team Mid-South) def. Carey Perkins (4-1, AJJ) by unanimous decision
- Welterweight: Justin Hartley (3-1, Nashville MMA) def. Kenny Gray (3-0, B2G) by unanimous decision
- Middleweight: Mike Hackney (7-1, Nemesis) def. Linc Battee (13-12, Redline MMA) by submission (triangle choke) Rd 1 (1:00)
- Lightweight: Charlie Alexander (7-3, Nashville MMA) def. Jacob Davis (3-1, LMS) by unanimous decision
- Welterweight: Irvin Jones (4-2, Bonafyde MMA) def. Geoff Crenshaw (4-0, Gravity MMA) vs. by unanimous decision
- Heavyweight: Brian Meeks (10-2, Copeland MMA) def. Pete Pirtle (2-1, AJJ) by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (:29)
- Featherweight: Zack Hicks (15-4 SSF) def. Brandon Pemberton (9-2, Pound4Pound) by unanimous decision
- Lightweight: Jorge Medina (4-0, Nashville MMA) def. Adam Nash (4-2, Alan Belcher’s MMA) by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:17)
- Women’s Bantamweight Title: Hannah Rogers (4-0, TNBJJ) def. Shanna Young (4-2, TOT) by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (:11) - Rogers declined title due to missing weight
- Light Heavyweight Title: Eryk Anders (12-2, Champions MMA) def. Josh Senkbeil (6-4, The Shed MMA) by TKO (strikes) Rd 1 (:43)
- Bantamweight Title: Ronnie Lawrence (12-1, Nemesis) def. Sammy Lua (17-3, GFA) by TKO (strikes) Rd 3 (1:00)