Hard Knocks is back and bigger than ever with its second event of the 2017 season. The undisputed bantamweight king Jesse Arnett returns, as he looks to push his win streak to nine straight and claim a spot on the UFC roster. In other exciting action we have three fighters training out of Conor McGregor’s Straight Blast Gym Ireland (SBG), who look to match up against some of Canada’s best in a war of countries. It’s going to epic, and it all goes down on Ireland’s favourite saints day, St. Patrick’s. Wear your colours, show your pride, and come represent and show the world why Hard Knocks Fighting has some of the best fans in the world. Let’s show them how Canada gets down! Hard Knocks 54 is waiting for you.
Jesse Arnett submits Mike Hernandez by Arm-Triangle Choke in Round 1, 4:42 at HK 50 to Retain Bantamweight Title – Watch the Fights on GFL.Tv
Jesse Arnett vs. Mike Hernandez – CLICK HERE TO SEE THE FIGHTS
Bantamweight Title Fight
Round 1: Hernandez immediately with a combo that misses the mark. Arnett lands a solid left and catches a kick but can’t get him to the mat. A high kick from Arnett is blocked but still manages to knock Hernandez off-balance. Arnett lands a shot and gets side control. Hernandez with little elbows from the bottom before Arnett postures and drops one of his own. Arnett controlling the top position and has a little cut beside his left eye. Arnett still on top but unable to mount any significant offense. Hernandez gets his guard back and Arnett is able to land a few. Full mount now for Arnett and sinks the arm triangle and forces the quick tap making it 8 straight victories and 7 straight finishes.
Jesse Arnett submits Mike Hernandez by Arm-Triangle Choke in Round 1, 4:42
Leo Pla is a professional MMA fighter with a second degree black belt in American Ju Jitsu and a third degree black belt in Goju Karate. He fights out of Kansas City, Missouri and has a record of 10-5 but has not fought since 2013. He is back and feels that he has taken his skills to the next level over his break in fighting. He battles Miles Armstead 7-1-0 out of Edmonton Alberta. Miles Anstead is the 14th ranked of 110 active Western CA Pro Welterweights. Also ranked at: Middleweight (6th) Canada and the 15th ranked of 159 active Canada Pro Welterweights.
Also ranked at: Middleweight (8th).
HK 50 Main Event Ranks as One of Best Fights to Watch This Weekend (MMAmania.com) – Watch the Fights Live on GFL.Tv
Jesse Arnett vs. Mike Hernandez
Hard Knocks 50 – CLICK HERE TO WATCH LIVE
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The main event for HK 50 may be the talk of the weekend.
These two fighters match up evenly well against each other. Jesse Arnett has been shaking the landscape through its core, winning his last five bouts in stellar fashion. Arnett is currently 10-4 and desperately trying to keep competitors away from his priceless possession, which is his Bantamweight title. It’s safe to say that the Canadian native has been quite impressive up to this point, but has he met his match?
Mike Hernandez is Arnett exact doppelganger. Hernandez has also won on a warpath winning his last five fights in KO fashion. While Arnett may be looking to end this bout in a submission form, Hernandez will be looking for the kill. Hernandez has nothing to lose, but everything to gain this weekend.
Because this match will be held in Alberta, Canada, Arnett will be the hometown favorite. I wonder if Hernandez will be able to handle the adversity well this weekend.
Represent the USA proudly Hernandez, we’re rooting for you!
Watch Svetislav Nikolajev take on Peter Grajcar at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship’s HK50 – Live on GFL.Tv
Svetislav Nikolajev has no desire to strive for the UFC, get famous, or any other goals that typical fighters have. Svetislav Nikolajev works, trains, sweats and bleeds just because he wants to fight. Nikolajev began martial arts when he was a young child, before most people knew what martial arts were. At the age of six, he started learning Japanese Jiu Jitsu, later moving on to kick boxing and Muay Thai. From there, he began his fighting career.
Svetislav competed in more than 30 kick boxing fights. He only started fighting in mixed martial arts because he saw a commercial for a reality show called Ring of Fire, similar to The Ultimate Fighter. He applied for the show, made it and made it all the way to the final. He lost only in the final fight to Bojan “Serbian Steel” Velickovic who is now fighting in the UFC.
Svetislav’s professional MMA record is 3-3. He is 32 years old and has been a professional fighter for more than ten years. The age of 32 would seem old compared to many of the new fighters rising in MMA, but he is just as dangerous.
Svetislav has knocked out half of his opponents because of his incredible striking skill and power, and years of professional kick boxing experience. One of his MMA losses was a decision and the other two were submissions, which the Serbian attributes to the scarcity of training available to him in his home country.
Svetislav puts hours of blood, sweat and tears into MMA because he wants to fight. Not because he wants to make a career, become famous or any other typical goal of today’s MMA fighters; his desire to challenge himself is enough to motivate him through all of his hours of training and hard work.
The Co-main event fights are:
Watch T.J. Laramie take on Brad Katona at Hard Knocks Fighting Championship HK50 on Friday, June 10 at 6:30PM MDT – LIVE on GFL.TV
T.J. Laramie has fought more than 150 times in his life. And he’s just 18. T.J.’s dad casually put him into martial arts classes when he was 13, at Maximum Training Centre in Ontario. Six months later, T.J. won his first match at a grappling tournament and he was hooked
A few years later, when he could find someone to fight him, he racked up an impressive amateur kickboxing record of 11-0-1.
His obsession with winning and training like a maniac put him into constant grappling tournaments, kickboxing fights, boxing matches over the course of five years. His experience has put him on another level, he says. T.J. is able to dominate in the cage because no one can beat his amount of experience. After years of obsessive competing, his opponents may have more matches on their pro MMA record, but T.J. has the edge over them.
Laramie walked into the cage at 17 years old as a professional, in Japan. He went to Japan because he couldn’t get licensed as a professional in north America until he was 18, and he couldn’t wait to start. His obsession with winning and burning desire for competition led him to accept a fight against a professional MMA veteran with a record of 11-13, at a weight class ten pounds heavier than he was supposed to be.
T.J. won the fight with a TKO in the first round. Laramie went on to fight two more times at a heavier weight class and he defeated both opponents. In his next bout at HK50 on June 17 he will face Brad Katona and finally compete in his desired weight class at 135 pounds. Katona, T.J. says, is not ready.
And he has a message for Katona, “Taking this fight was the wrong idea.”
Laramie does not like to be called a prospect. He has decided that he is going to create a legacy to the point where his name will be mentioned whenever someone talks about MMA, when they bring up the “greats” of the sport. He is all in, one hundred percent, to becoming a mixed martial arts legend. He has no backup plan and doesn’t need one.
The 2 co-main events are: