Local fighters flourish at Bellator 30 [Sports]

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By Josh Cook

Thursday night was a good one for Louisville-area fighters at Bellator 30.

Four won matches during the Bellator Fighting Championships, a mixed-martial arts organization, night of fights at Fourth Street Live!

In one of the four main-card matches Louisville’s Brent Weedman (17-5-1) beat Justin “Tick Tock” McClintock in a first-round technical knockout (3 minutes, 5 seconds into the match) in a Bellator Season 4 welterweight qualifying match.

Several other Louisville-area fighters were featured in matches on the local card.

In one of those, Ron “The Monster” Sparks won a battle of Louisville undefeated heavyweight, defeating Greg Maynard in a knockout 50 seconds into the match.

Louisville’s Mike O’Donnell defeated Stoney “The Skuller” Hale by armbar submission (50 seconds into Round 2) in a middleweight match-up. In two other middleweight fights Louisville’s John Troyer defeated Josh Clark by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27), while Jeremiah Riggs defeated Louisville’s Mike “The Crazii Cajun” Fleniken by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28).

In another fight featuring a pair of Louisvillians, B.J. Ferguson defeated Thomas “TJ” Barber in the featherweight division via an arm-bar in the second round.

In the night’s special feature fight Bryan “The Beast” Baker, who is currently battling cancer, defeated Jeremy Horn in a unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28).

Meanwhile in the Bellator Season 3 bantamweight semifinals Zach Makovsky defeated Bryan Goldsby by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28) and Ed West beat Jose Vega by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).