247 Fighting Championships hosted a day-night double header for the first time, as the promotion held Brawl in the Burgh 6 and Brawl in the Burgh 7 at the Monroeville Convention Center in Monroeville, Pennsylvania on May 22.
The events seemed to be a tale of two types of fights, as half of the bouts on the early card went to the judges, while all seven bouts on the evening card were finished.
In the main event of the Brawl in the Burgh 6 matinee, Ethan Goss rebounded from a two-fight losing streak, as the Bellator veteran submitted former Wisconsin state wrestling champion Matt Gaffney with a standing guillotine early in the first round.
The victory was sweet for Goss, who was submitted with the same move in his bout against Ethan Hayes at Brawl in the Burgh 5 in November. “I was just on tonight and felt it the moment I woke up this morning,” Goss said after the bout.
With the win, Goss evened his pro record at 6-6, with five stoppage wins. Gaffney falls to 4-8 as he dropped his fourth straight.
The evening wasn’t as positive for Goss’s most recent opponent, as Ethan Hayes was handed the first loss of his career in his Brawl in the Burgh 7 main event against John Ramirez. Ramirez came out aggressive early in the fight landing strikes, and Hayes took the fight to the ground.
It appeared that Hayes was going to finish a rear naked choke midway through the second round, but Ramirez survived and eventually locked in a rear naked choke of his own to force the tap. Hayes drops to 3-1 on his career while Ramirez snaps a four-fight losing streak to even his pro record at 5-5.
Perhaps the most anticipated bout of the entire day came on the early card, as Cameron Allgeier topped Justin Patton to take home the inaugural 247 FC amateur bantamweight title. The bout was more than a year in the making, and Allgeier came out with a clear game plan to use his wrestling. Patton attempted to stay active off of his back with submission attempts, but in the end the wrestling of Allgeier was too much, as he claimed the title and advanced his record to 5-0. Patton falls to 5-4 in his first bout in more than two years.
It was a good day for The Mat Factory, as the gym posted a 5-0 record across the two events. In the Brawl in the Burgh 7 co-main event, former Division III All-American wrestler Jacob Lowry was successful in his long-awaited pro debut, as he stopped American Kickboxing Academy product Tony Charles via ground and pound TKO. Lowry opened the bout with a big head kick to drop Charles, and he remained aggressive as the fight went to the ground. Eventually, the unanswered blows were too many and referee Chip Snider stopped the bout.
In the early event co-feature, Trenton Zdarko posted his second career win, as he stopped Michigan’s Ken Hunt via TKO in the second round.
They’ve clearly been working on upper-body submissions at The Mat Factory, as their three amateurs all forced taps to kick off the Brawl in the Burgh 7 card.
Justin Pippens rebounded from a disappointing draw in his amateur debut, as he submitted David Krouse with an arm triangle in the third round.
Former West Virginia University football player looked impressive in his amateur debut, as it took just 1:16 for the 37-year-old to lock in an arm triangle of his own.
Cody Gamble was not to be outdone, as the 21-year-old rebounded from the first loss of his career to submit Tim McFarland with an Americana in jus 38 seconds.
The events also featured a pair of highlight reel knockouts.
Chaka Worthy got the timing of Mike Johnson down in the second round, as he used impressive footwork to land a clean right hand for a faceplant knockout to make the crowd go wild.
Not to be outdone, Steven Lakes absolutely pasted Mante’ Barnes with an overhand right at Brawl in the Burgh 6 earlier in the day to earn an impressive one-punch knockout of his own.
In perhaps the best fight of the entire day, Juan Avila and Edwin Vera put on an entertaining back-and-forth bout, but the timely takedowns and aggressive striking from Avila were just too much in the end as he took home the decision win.
The quickest win of the day came from Damon Morosko, who blitzed Marcus Williamson to earn a TKO stoppage in just 10 seconds.
Former Division I wrestler Taylor Cahill made his debut as well, and he used his grappling to take home a clear-cut decision over Gabriel Tellez.
Noted striker and former collegiate sprinter Jay Manning made his amateur debut, as he showed off his well-rounded game to top Mike Kocjancic in a standup battle.
And last but not least, 20-year-old Teixeira MMA product Julian Reza showed that he’s a name to remember in the day’s first bout, as he put on an impressive showing by stopping Josh Olsen with a body kick followed up by punches to earn a TKO victory.
Complete Brawl in the Burgh 7 results below:
Main Event – 150-pound pro fight – John Ramirez defeated Ethan Hayes via submission (rear naked choke) – Round 2, 4:46
Co-Main Event – 185-pound pro fight – Jacob Lowry defeated Tony Charles via TKO – Round 1, 3:40
140-pound pro fight – Chaka Worthy defeated Mike Johnson via KO (punch) – Round 2, 2:10
175-pound fight – Damon Morosko defeated Marcus Williamson via TKO – Round 1, 0:10
Heavyweight fight – Cody Gamble defeated Tim McFarland via submission (Americana) – Round 1, 0:38
200-pound fight – Jermaine Moye defeated Terell Brittingham via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 1, 1:16
Heavyweight fight – Justin Pippens defeated David Krouse via submission (arm triangle choke) – Round 3, 0:37
Complete Brawl in the Burgh 6 results below:
Main Event – 150-pound pro fight – Ethan Goss defeated Matt Gaffney via submission (standing guillotine) – Round 1, 1:15
Co-Main Event – 175-pound pro fight – Trenton Zdarko defeated Ken Hunt via TKO – Round 2, 2:11
135-pound title fight – Cameron Allgeier defeated Justin Patton via Unanimous Decision
145-pound fight – Juan Avila defeated Edwin Vera via Unanimous Decision
185-pound fight – Jay Manning defeated Mike Kocjancic via Unanimous Decision
170-pound fight – Steven Lakes defeated Mante’ Barnes via KO (overhand right) – Round 3, 0:32
165-pound fight – Taylor Cahill defeated Gabriel Tellez via Unanimous Decision
170-pound fight – Julian Reza defeated Josh Olsen via TKO (body kick and punches) – Round 3, 0:16
David McKinney has covered MMA since he was in high school in 2008. A former co-owner of BluegrassMMA, he currently hosts the Beers and Beards and Brewery Adventures podcasts. He covers regional MMA in the Midwest with a focus on Ohio.