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Shoaff and Tweedy Put on Best Fight in Hoosier Fight Club History

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HFC: Shoaff vs. Tweedy

by Greg Harrison & Matt Lo Cascio

Evolution MMA’s Tom Shoaff and Austin Tweedy put on a fight for the ages Saturday night at HFC 19, with promoter Paul Vale calling it the best fight in Hoosier Fight Club history. The lightweight battle might have given new meaning to ‘main event.’

Tweedy was aggressive early and got a takedown, but Shoaff weathered the early storm and picked apart Tweedy with a series of kicks and devastating shots, knocking Tweedy against the cage. Tweedy appeared hurt by Shoaff’s explosive punches, but was able to survive the round.

The second round was a huge back and forth battle both standing and on the ground, a round that two judges gave to Tweedy and one gave to Shoaff.

Shoaff went off in the final round, displaying a relentless attack of speed and power. He started by cutting Tweedy’s nose open with devastating knees and continued to punish him throughout the round.  Tweedy showed a huge amount of heart, but Shoaff dominated. The final horn sounded with Tweedy appearing to have a broken nose and the cage canvas splattered with blood. Shoaff won via unanimous decision, 30-27, 29-28 and 29-28.

After the fight ended, Paul Vale made an announcement proclaiming it the best fight in the history of Hoosier Fight Club.

“It was an honor fighting Austin and receiving greatest fight in HFC history. I’ll remember last night for the rest of my life. I wouldn’t change a thing. We put on a beautiful show and I was able to walk away, barely, victorious,” Shoaff told Chicago’s MMA.

The card at the Porter County Expo Center featured a total of eight professional fights and five amateur bouts, including the first-ever women’s atomweight title fight.

Lightweights kicked off the professional portion of the card with James Mogollon facing John Dutton. Mogollon landed a flush right kick that floored Dutton in the first round, and he would make quick work after the knockdown getting submission by guillotine choke at 1:02 of the first round.

Gilbert Grappling fighter Justin Hughes made his pro debut against Michael Jordan in a bantamweight battle. Hughes managed to floor Jordan early with a strong overhand right. As Hughes went in for a finish, Jordan recovered and seemed to be active on the top position. Hughes looked to escape and got a reverse. Hughes tried to get busy on top but was caught in triangle choke by Jordan, forced to tap at the 4:08 mark of the opening round.

In other fights:

  • Dustin Pape scored a unanimous decision victory over Yousef Al-Ghoul.
  • Booby Moffat survived an early slam from Terry House to win by D’Arce choke in round one.
  • Gilbert Grappling’s Rob Caulfield won via unanimous decision over Erick Lozano.
  • Matt Henry proved to be too fast for Zach Harvey, stunning him early then sinking in a fight-ending guillotine choke at 2:45 of the first round
  • Veterans Kevin Nowaczyk and Shamar Bailey fought to the final horn, with Nowaczyk’s wrestling and cage control the difference in a unanimous decision win.

HFC 19 Quick Results
Tom Shoaff defeated Austin Tweedy by unanimous decision
Kevin Nowaczyk defeated Shamar Bailey by unanimous decision
Matt Henry defeated Zach Harvey – submission by guillotine choke at 2:45 of round 1
Rob Caulfield defeated Erick Lozano by unanimous decision
Bobby Moffatt defeated Terry House – submission by D’Arce choke at 3:25 of round 1
Michael Jordan defeated Justin Hughes – submission by guillotine choke 4:08 of round 1
James Mogollon defeated John Dutton – submission by guillotine choke at 1:02 of round 1
Dustin Pape defeated Yousef Al-Ghoul by unanimous decision

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