Mixed martial arts returned to Johnstown, Pennsylvania for the first time since 2015, as 247 FC held “Flood City Fight Night” at 1st Summit Arena at Cambria County War Memorial on Saturday.
The event featured multiple big show veterans, including a main event that pitted former Pitt-Johnstown wrestler and UFC/Bellator veteran Chris Dempsey against WSOF and PFL veteran Rex Harris.
It was unfortunately a rough homecoming for Dempsey, as Harris knocked him out with a flurry of punches just under two minutes into the first round. The win snapped a two fight losing streak for Harris, who was fighting for the first time since 2018. Dempsey has now lost five fights in a row since earning his lone UFC win over Eddie Gordon in 2015.
In the co-main event, a pair of Bellator veterans squared off, as Ethan Goss topped Schyler Sootho via split decision in a battle that was the clear fight of the night. The win was the second in a row for Goss, who submitted Matt Gaffney in the first round at 247 FC: Brawl in the Burgh 6 in May. Sootho has now dropped two in a row for the first two losses of his pro career.
Trenton Zdarko picked up his second win of the year in the night’s third and final pro bout, as he earned a unanimous decision over the debuting Justin Dorsey.
On the amateur side of the card, multiple hometown fighters earned their first wins, including The Shop’s David Krouse, Tanner Cahill, and Cory Berchick. Cahill and Berchick wrestled collegiately at Pitt-Johnstown as well.
Also victorious in his amateur debut was former Clarion University wrestler Evan DeLong, who topped Tenarious Dooley via decision.
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.