The main event on Saturday’s Prime FS Surrender was a battle for the unified title in the 155 amateur division between Derek Clardy and Montrell James. These two familiar faces on the regional scene exchanged blows on a night where there was more at play than what even promoter Shane Rice could provide. Scheduled to compete for the evening's “opposition”, the Prime FS crew raised money for fallen fighter Levi Rose. While there is a gofundme.com link to raise money for Rose’s family, the promotion donated a portion of their proceeds to the cause as well. It’s something we have come to expect from the upstart promotion which is understanding there is more to life out there than just fighting.
The set up for Prime FS Surrender was a little condensed as opposed to the previous event. This actually worked well as they still packed the place and provided a better lighting and presence. This was great to see as it shows growth in the promotion as they try and figure out their place in the insane world that is mixed martial arts.
As mentioned earlier, the headline event was a good back and forth fight between Clardy and James with Derek getting the decision. He dictated the pace for most of the fight even though Montrell would not go out easy. We scored the first round for James as it seemed as if he did a little more than Derek at the start. That quickly changed as the stamina of Derek took over and he won the second and start of the third rounds convincingly. James revved it up towards the end of the third and gave a valiant effort but it was a tad bit too late as Clardy pulls out the unanimous decision.
The co-main event was a short lived affair as Montuelle Prater made quick work of Buddy McGinnis. It was clear from the start that this fight had no chance of going all three rounds and after a timely take down, Prater laid out some vicious hammer fist that caused the referee to stop the fight. Buddy went for an armbar but being unable to capitalize is what left him open for the assault.
The feature bout was a spectacle between Aushton Dickerson and Jake Wyler. Wyler came out as the aggressor while Dickerson patiently waited for his moment. It was clear that Jake was winning the fight at first but it’s never over until it’s over in the fight world. During a scramble on the mat, Aushton was able to find the back of Wyler and pull off a smooth rear naked choke to finish him. It was a good performance by a fighter with a good upside in Dickerson.
The main card started off with a bulldog choke finish by Ace Anderson over Mike Hulsey. Hulsey is a very confident young man and was winning the stand up at some point. The over exuberance was his undoing as Ace took control and went to work with a myriad of different attacks. He pulled off the submission with not much time left in the round to bring home the victory.
It was another full night of entertainment for the Prime FS promotion. It was nice to see the inclusion of Muay Thai tournament and live performances by some of the finest acts out of St. Louis. Up next for Prime FS is the Fighting for Autism card on August 8th. There will be an event beforehand hosted by Prime FS, Fight Hard MMA and No Remorse Apparel on July 25th. It’s called Shooting for Autism which is a BBQ and photography event at the Busch Wildlife In St. Charles Mo from 12pm-4pm; the event is free to the public. If you would like to donate to the gofundme fundraiser for Levi Rose please do so by visting here: http://www.gofundme.com/vz78q4.