Hoosier FC 28 Features Middleweight Title Fight Between KO Specialists Nick “Ye Daddy” Kraus v Andrew Kapel
MIDDLEWEIGHT TITLE ON THE LINE AT HFC 28
Hammond– A title fight between reigning HFC middleweight champion Nick “Ye Daddy” Kraus and challenger Andrew Kapel headlines HFC 28 at the Horseshoe Casino Hammond on Saturday, April 30. This marks the third time HFC has held an event at the Northwest Indiana casino.
The main event features 28 year-old champion Kraus (10-3, fighting out of Rolling Prairie, Ind.) defending his 185-pound strap against Kapel (9-5, fighting out of Minneapolis, Minn.)
“Ye Daddy” is coming off a submission win at HFC 26 last November where he submitted Muhammad Abdullah in dramatic fashion with a crafty toehold. He also is a winner in 4 of his last 5 contests with 80% of his career wins coming by way of knockout or submission as he makes his fifth appearance under the HFC banner.
In addition to competing in MMA, Kapel, 30, possesses a 12-5 professional kickboxing record to his credit with 10 of those wins coming by knockout. The Minneapolis product has previously trained at the home of Muay Thai in Bangkok, Thailand and has a purple belt in Brazilian jiuitsu under Greg Nelson, who also coached now retired UFC superstar Brock Lesnar. He will be making his HFC debut when he steps into the cage on April 30, with all 9 of his wins coming by way of knockout or submission.
With Kraus having a strong wrestling game as he battles a kickboxing master in Kapel, this 5-round title bout is the classic “striker vs. grappler” matchup MMA fans crave.
Women’s strawweight fighters will take the stage in the co-main event as Pearl Gonzalez (5-1, fighting out of Cicero, Ill.) fights Katie Casimir (2-3, fighting out of Las Vegas, Nev.).
Gonzalez is highly regarded in the MMA community as one of the top up and coming prospects in the ever-growing landscape that is the 115-pound women’s division. Riding a 5-fight winning streak, she will look to continue her momentum with another dominant win in Hammond.
Looking to derail Gonzalez’s ascension all the way from Las Vegas is Casimir, who is making her return to the cage after a 19 month layoff from competition due to a bicycling accident in which she sustained serious injuries. While coming back to fight is a victory in itself, Casimir will surely aim to get back on track with a win over a tough prospect.
Another bout on the card showcases 135-pound bantamweight warriors Matt Hemry (5-2, fighting out of Portage, Ind.) and Dennis Dombrow (6-5, fighting out of Streamwood, Ill.). Hemry brings in a wealth of experience on the wrestling mat as he competed for the Purdue University Boilermakers from 2007-2010 in the 141-pound weight class. However, the region native will have his hands full with Dombrow, who spent a majority of his camp training in Washington-state with top-10 UFC lightweight Michael Chiesa.