Hard Knocks 40 Play-by-Play

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Hard Knocks FightingHard Knocks hits the big 4-0 today and celebrates with another pro-am card in Calgary, Alberta. The main event features Clay Davidson taking on UFC veteran Rodney Wallace.

Also on the card, on the same evening that the UFC will crown their first ever Women’s Strawweight Champion will be a pair of Strawweight fights. Kara Kirsh takes on Katie Howard and Stephanie Essensa meets Lindsay Garbatt as all four of these women look to start their journey to the Octagon.

If you’re in Calgary, tickets are still available HERE or if you are not within driving distance you can still catch the entire card live on Go Fight Live HERE. As always Top MMA News will have all your results, just hit Refresh on this post.

Top MMA News Awards

  • Fight of the Night – Stephanie Essensa vs Lindsay Garbatt
  • Submission of the Night – Zac Chalmers
  • KO of the Night – Sam Franchi

Here is the Play-by-Play:

Pro MMA

Clay Davidson vs Rodney Wallace
Round 1
Rodney lands a double jab right cross which stumbles Clay. Clay clinches and Rodney takes him to the mat in side control. Rodney lands some elbows from the top opening up some cuts on Clay’s face. Rodney maintains top control, Clay does his best to best to defend. Rodney moves to side control but Clay regains half guard as Rodney continues to land elbows. Clay gets back to his feet and the fighters exchange knees in the clinch as the bell goes.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Rodney Wallace

Round 2
The fighters exchange leg kicks. Clay shoots and locks his arms around his opponent and drags him to the canvas. Clay works for his opponent’s back but Rodney shrugs him off and takes top position in half guard. Clay gets a sweep then drops for a guillotine from half guard. Rodney escapes and uses his dominant position to rain down strikes from the top until the end of the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Rodney Wallace

Round 3
Clay shoots for a long double but Rodney evades him. Clay lands some hard body shots and uses his clinch to score a take down in the center of the cage. Rodney works hard from the bottom and is
able to sweep Clay and get mount. Rodney goes for an arm bar but Clay pulls his arm out ant regains top position. Clay throws up a guillotine but Rodney escapes and take dominant position. Clay
manages to sneak out the back door and finishes the fight in top position.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Rodney Wallace
Rodney Wallace defeats Clay Davidson by unanimous decision.

Josh Griffin vs Jarid Bussemakers
Round 1
The fighters tie up and fall to the mat, Josh ends up on top but Jarid gets up immediately. Jarid shoots a double but falls backward to guard. Josh moves to half guard and postures up. Jarid grabs an ankle and sweeps, taking top position from where he lands some hard hammer fists. Jarid passes to half guard then side mount and north south where he briefly goes for a kimura. He then works to mount where he displays more ground and pound. Josh establishes butterfly guard then starts attaching from bottom.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Jarid Bussemakers

Round 2
Josh comes out kicking but Jarid evades and lands a spinning back fist. The fighters tie up and fall to the mat Josh takes top position. Jarid establishes his guard and attacks with a triangle but
Josh manages to escape and takes mount position. Josh scores from the top but Jarid reverses sweeps and takes top position. Utilizing ground strikes he makesit to side mount then north south.
Josh regains guard from bottom.Jarid maintains top position and continues to grind Josh. But Josh is a gamer and manages a sweep from bottom. Jarid quickly attacks with a kimaura and uses the submission attempt to retake top position. Josh attacks back with a triangle but the round end interrupts the action.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Jarid Bussemakers

Round 3
Josh lands first with a hard leg kick. Jarid responds with a right hook to the body and uses his forward momentum to score a tripping take down.Jarid takes top position and postures up to work some ground and pound. Josh holds a tight guard and stalls Jarid out as best as he can. Josh manages to kick his opponent off but Jarid quickly reestablishes top control, eventually taking mount. From mount he begins raining down elbows and body shots. Jarid starts for an arm attack but then abandons it and finishes the fight throwing strikes from the top.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Jarid Bussemakers
Jarid Bussemakers defeats Josh Griffin by unanimous decision.

Zac Chalmers vs Trenton Rowell
Round 1
Trenton ducks under for a take down but Zac immediately goes for the standing guillotine and chokes his opponent unconscious.
Zac Chalmers submits Trenton Rowell by technical submission (standing guillotine) in Round 1, 0:22

Kara Kirsh vs Katie Howard
Round 1
Katie lands first with a leg kick then the fighters trade hooks. Kara clinches and presses Katie into the the cage. Katie turns her opponent and the fighters exchange in dirty boxing. The ref separates the action Katie lands a spinning back kick then a jab, strait. Kara ties her up but Katie scores a triping take down against the fence. Kara gets back to her feet but Katie trips her back down to the mat. Kara attacks from the bottom the ref stands the fighters up and they keep their distance landing with kicks and long punches.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Katie Howard

Round 2
Kara lands a hard head kick fainting low to create the opening. Kara presses Katie up against the cage but Katie reverses and presses Kara against the cage. The action stalls again and the ref separates the fighters but again they meet at the fence. Katie lands some knees and Kara responds with some right hands. The referee separates the fighters and Katie lands with a left. Kara ties her up and presses her against the cage but Katie reverses and lands some elbows.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Katie Howard

Round 3
Kara opens with a flurry but Katie ties her up and scores some elbows and knees. Katie turns her opponent. Katie lands a kneed to the head not noticing Kara had one of her hands on the mat. The referee stops the action and deducts one point from Katie the fighters briefly exchange then tie up at the fence again. Katie works to take Kara’s back but Kara shakes her off. Kara gets a hard slamming trip take down and starts to work some ground and pound Katie ties her up but Kara ends the round on top.
Top MMA News scores the round 10-8 Kara Kirsh
Kara Kirsh and Katie Howard end in a majority draw.

Louie Grover vs Julian Villanova
Round 1
Louie presses Julian up to the cage but Julian gets the take down. Louie gets back to his feet Louie lands a hard head kick and Julian responds like wise. Louie throws a high kick to a spinning round house but catches Julian low as he is moving in the. The ref stops the action. Louie throws another high kick but catches Julian’s counter low and the ref again stops the fighters. Julian catches Louie moving in and drops him. Julian takes Louie’s back and tries to open up his choke defense with strikes from the top, Louie defends but eventually Julian manages to sink in the choke and Louie is forced to to tap.
Julian Villanova submits Louie Grover by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 3:12

Stephanie Essensa vs Lindsay Garbatt
Round 1
Both fighters work to establish range. Lindsay lands a hard right first countering her opponents low kick. Stephanie shoots and pushes her opponent to the cage, working some clinching knees and elbows. Lindsay lands a short shot to the body then knees and gets out . Lindsay lands some crisp shots but Stephanie stays in the pocket retaliating with some punches of her own. Lindsay lands a smacking inside leg kick followed by a right hand. Stephanie is game and fakes the shot and lands over the top backing her opponent the the cage a right hand catches Lindsay moving in and she drops. Stephanie follows her down with strikes but Lindsay reverses her and takes top position. Working her ground and pound. Stephanie works her way back to her feet and presses her opponent to the cage. The fighters exchange some dirty boxing Lindsay scores some elbows and Stephanie abandons the take down attempt the the fighters square off again trading shots till the end of the bell.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Stephanie Essensa

Round 2
The fighters move around throwing and countering trading and retaliating. Lindsay lands a leg kick moving in and the fighters traded short punches until Lindsay presses her opponent to the cage, eventually scoring a take down. Stephanine lands some hard elbows to the body and works back to her feet. Lindsay stays on her and scores another take down but Setph lands an up kick and makes it back to her feet. The fighters scramble and Lindsay ends up taking Stephanie’s back. She works in her
hooks bud Stephanie defends the choke. Lindsay works unique variation of the RNC holding her gable grip at her opponents throat and using her chin to put the back pressure on the hold. Stephanie is game however despite visible reddening she refuses to tap
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Lindsay Garbatt

Round 3
Lindsay lands with a right stephanine counters with a left then a body shot. The fighters trade kicks then Stephanie lands high with a head kick. Lindsay responds with some crisp jabs then goes down to the body. Lindsay lands three shots to the body then Steph lands with a hard left hook. both fighters stand toe to toe then collide with the cage and Lindsay works her opponent to the mat. Stephanie gets her feet under her and drives Lindsay across the mat scoring a double Lindsay makes it back to her feet and drives Stephanie in the the cage Stephanie quickly takes her back but Lindsay shrugs her off and presses her back into the cage. Stephanie works her way to top position and uses the final seconds of the match to score some elbows and punches.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Stephanie Essensa
Lindsay Garbatt defeats Stephanie Essensa by Unanimous Decision in an early fight of the night contender


Amateur MMA

Sam Franchi vs Binderpaul Nanara
*** Hard Knocks Amateur Flyweight Title ***

Round 1
Binder lands first with a leg kick then throws a body kick that is immediately caught and Sam slams him to the mat, Binder escapes the Darce and gets back to his feet. Sam stays on him holding his legs. Eventually Sam manages to pick up his opponent, carries him across the ring and bring him to the mat right next to his coaches. Sam gets mount and isolates an arm, Binder counters, but Sam sees it coming and takes his back, landing shots and working his arm under his chin until the bell.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Sam Franchi

Round 2
Sam lands first with a leg kick then a hard left as binder moves in to retaliate. Sam again gets a double picks his opponent up, carries him off the cage, and slams him in the center of the ring. Sam works to set up submissions but Binder is game and works an impeccable defense. Sam works his way to knee on belly then north south. Binder briefly shrugs Sam off but Sam quickly scrambles, takes Binder’s back,slaps on a body lock and works for the choke. Binder escapes and the fighters trade kicks but the bell goes before they can reset.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Sam Franchi

Round 3
Sam scores with a front leg kick. Binder moves in to counter but Sam ducks under and goes for a double. Binder counter attacks with a guillotine, Sam slows his take down clears his neck then takes his opponent to the mat. Sam goes for an arm bar transfers to an omoplata but Binder escapes. Sam again goes for an arm bar, binder pulls out and takes top position. Binder lands from the top but Sam works his guard, sweeps, returns the body shots and takes side control until the end of the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Sam Franchi

Round 4
Sam lands with a strait right hand and a teep Binder counters with a hard right hook but Sam ties him up and takes him down. Binder pulls full guard Sam starts to work the body. Sam lands a hard right to the body and creates some separation bit binder goes for an ankle, Sam drops back down to his opponent and eventually works his way to Binders back then full mount where he postures up and drives hard shots straight down into Binders chest.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Sam Franchi

Round 5
Both fighters look well conditioned and apear very fast at the beginning of the final round. They set the distance and circle in the center. Sam lands clean sending binder back against the cage. Sam moves in with a flurry of hard punches can be herd cracking on Binders head. But Binder is made of iron and his legs hold out. Sam Says on him giving everything he has for the finish. Eventually Binder’s arms drop and after a clean shot on an undefended fighter the ref moves in to protect.
Sam Franchi defeats Binderpaul Nanara by TKO (Strikes) in Round 5, 0:20
Sam Franchi is awarded the Hard Knocks Amateur Flyweight championship belt.

Mac Laursen vs Troy Dunne
Round 1
Mac lands first opening a cut around Troy’s eye. Troy slips moving in and the fighters clinch and trade knees. Troy lands an upper cut and the fighters keep working their clinch game. Troy drops for a double but Mac defends. Mac shrugs his opponent off, separates and lands some clean punches Troy ducks under and goes for a take down but Mac hits a reversal, takes his back, and quickly works in a rear naked choke. Troy holds on but is eventually is forced to tap.
Mac Laursen submits Troy Dunne by Rear Naked Choke in Round 1, 2:35

Evan Anderson vs John Nguyen
Round 1
Evan immediately starts to push for a take down. John defends with a wisor, Evan lands a knee to the thigh. John replys with some knees to the body. Evan is relentless but and eventually he is able to elevate his opponent and scores a slamming single leg. Evan achieves side control then circles to north south. Evan postures up an lands some brutal body shots until the end of the round.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Evan Anderson

Round 2
Even lands some clean jabs but Evan is ties him up. John escapes and keeps working his striking. John is quick in and out landing some quick combos and evading Evans counters. John scores a leg kick Evan ties him up but John escapes. John lands a cracking right hand, Evan falls to the mat. The Ref steps is to protect the fighter, but Evan is still in the fight. The ref stands him up but in seconds John knocks him back to the mat and the ref stops the fight.
John Nguyen defeats Evan Anderson by knockout in Round 2, 2:53

Parviz Afzaly vs Jordan Seim
Round 1
Parviz lands first wtih a hard slapping leg kick, Jordan counters but Parviz stuffs him with a teep. Jordan presses Parviz up angainst the cage grabs his leg and slams him down to the mat. Jordan lands some knees to the body and works to maintain top control. Jordan takes mount and throws body shots from the top, steps over for the arm bar but Parviz stacks Jordan and escapes, taking top position in the process. Praviz lands some brutal leg kicks as Jordan stands up. Both fighters trade low kicks Parviz counters with a kook. Jordan keeps pressing forward and drives Parviz to the cage as the bell goes.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Parviz Afzaly

Round 2
Jordan throws a low kick but Parviz catches and trips him. Jordan gets back to his feet and scores a circling single leg take down. He moves to North south position and locks his legs around Parviz head. Parviz pulls his head out but takes some body shots in the process. Jordan attacks with an arm bar it looks deep but Parviz escapes.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Jordan Seim

Round 3
Praviz again lands a crushing leg kick, and a other but the third is caught by Jordan and he scores a take down. Parviz throws a guillotine from the bottom but Jordan escapes, movers to half guard and starts working the body. Jordan tries to go for a reverse choke from top but Parviz just responds by throwing leather from the bottom. The 10s slapper goes, Jordan abandons his arm bar set up and bother fighters trade body shots until the bell.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Jordan Seim
Jordan Seim defeats Parviz Afzaly by Split Decision

Chris Smeltzer vs Tyson Oler  
Round 1
The bell goes both fighters trade simultaneous low kicks. Chris lands a clean right hook but Tyson counters likewise.i Tyson keeps pressing him walking forward with strikes Chris slips while throwing a kick and Tyson puts him in a guillotine.  Chris escapes and the fighters return to the canter .  Chris throws left and tight combos.  But Tyson stays right in the pocket doing his best to inflict damage.  Tyson clinches and presses him against the cage . Chris escapes. Tyson’s pressers him back and gets a take down but Chris reverses and lands in mount.   He starts to work the body with continuous right hooks he spins for and arm but Tyson escapes as the bell goes.
Top MMA News scores the round 10:9 Chris Smeltzer

Round 2
The ref pulls the fighters to a neutral corner to get the doctors approval on Chris cut, the fight resumes

Tyson throws a low kick jab and clean right cross. Chirs is sent back stumbling till his back hits the cage.  Tyson smells blood and floods Chris with strong hooking punches.  Chris stays in as best as he can trying to regain his composure but Tyson is relentless.  Chris clinches and pushes Tyson against the cage put Tyson pulls guard and locks in a guillotine.
Tyson Oler submits Chris Smeltzer by Guillotine Choke in Round 2, 0:53
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Pro Fights:
205lbs- Clay Davidson (204) vs. Rodney Wallace (207.5)***
185lbs- Jarid Bussemakers (185) vs. Josh Griffin (185.5)

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