GARDEN CITY — Great Bend natives Jeremy Hamby and Jordan Daniels competed in Fury Promotion’s Chaos in the Cage V last Saturday.
Hamby, a greenbelt, won the lightweight championship bout against Garden City’s Cesar Carbajal.
“Oh, upper echelons of greatness,” Hamby said of his feelings after the fight. “It totally blew my mind. I couldn’t keep it in. If you watch the video, I just collapse right there. All the hard work coming together. It was just amazing.”
Hamby said that he was nervous before the fight, but he became focused when he stepped into the cage.
“It was pure zen, man,” Hamby said. “I was nervous at first of course, but once I was out there it was like everything just fell together. Just a pure state of nirvana. It was really crazy.”
Hamby, who has been training off and on for six years, made short work of Carbajal, ending the bout one minute, 28 seconds into the first round. With the victory, Hamby’s record is 4-1 as an amateur.
“Hamby did excellent,” Iron Cobra Martial Arts coach Doug Parks said. “He won by submission due to strikes. Hamby just followed the game plan perfectly. He got in a double-leg takedown and just overwhelmed the guy.”
Daniels squared off with Jesus Escarsega.
Escarsega capitalized on an opening in the second round, placing Daniels in a rear naked choke.
Daniels submitted 27 seconds into Round 2.
“In the first round, Jordan exchanged blows with the guy,” Parks said. “Jordan had a couple takedowns, but the guy reversed him. In the second round, Jordan tried a takedown, and the guy reversed him again. Jordan turned the wrong way and the guy was able to get him in a choke.”
Both Hamby and Daniels fight for Brutal MMA and train at Iron Cobra Martial Arts in Great Bend with coaches Ed Bowman, Ben Shumate and Parks.
The gym teaches a variety of fighting styles, and offers strength and conditioning courses on weeknights, starting at 8:30.
The fighters from Iron Cobra Martial Arts plan to compete at the Conflict at the Cotillion II promoted by United Fighting Federation. The competition will be held on Saturday, June 23.
— Kevin Price