O’Sullivan and Jordan headline MMA card on Saturday | Sports


Dylan O’Sullivan is undefeated after four meets, but the Johnson City fighter achieves a major milestone when he takes on the more experienced Clarence Jordan in the main event of Saturday’s Showcase MMA 26 card at Kingsport’s MeadowView Convention Center.

The fight will be for the Showcase Pro Middleweight (185 lbs) title. O’Sullivan, 27, is ranked second among all Tennessee State middleweights. He has yet to go the distance in any fight.

He won his pro debut by first-round submission and the last three by first-round knockout.

Jordan, a 33-year-old fighter from Iowa with an 11-7-1 record, is the 23rd middleweight in the Midwest. He is ranked No. 3 in Hawkeye State, known for its championship fight, dating back to the days of two-time NCAA champion and Olympic gold medalist Dan Gable.

However, O’Sullivan is no stranger to hard work on the court, easily winning 7-0 over Knoxville’s Chris Bond in a submission grappling match at January’s Showcase 23 event.

Randall Austin Jr., another Johnson City fighter with a 4-0 record, will take on Georgia fighter Shamel Findley (3-1) in a co-main event at 125 pounds.

Findley is a big puncher with knockouts in his last three fights. But, Austin is a well-rounded fighter. He showed good boxing skills to complement his background in wrestling, judo and jiu-jitsu.

Additionally, fans get the chance to meet and talk to Chandler Cole, who was recently featured in The Ultimate Fighter Season 30.

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There are eight pro fights in total, including Kingsport’s Dalton Goins against Kiara West at 135 pounds.

Other contests include: Jesse Romans vs. Anthony Wilson at 205lbs and Parker Wadman of Knoxville vs. Tony “The Snake” Rogers at 155lbs.

There’s another Tony Rogers, this one dubbed “The Tyrant,” against Garrett Sharp at 145 pounds. Dr. Miley, known for her flashy trunks and quick punches, will take on “Little Big Man” Marcus Levester at 140.

There’s also a women’s pro bout with Whittany Pyles of Christiansburg, Va., facing Knoxville fighter Christina Adcock.

Three more amateur MMA fights dot the card, along with a heavyweight kickboxing bout between Zach Mannon of Jonesville, Va. and Dale Dodds of Greeneville.

It was a rematch of their fight at Showcase MMA 11 which Mannon won by strikes in the second round.

Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first fight is scheduled for 6 p.m.

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