On the evening of Friday, October 6th, 2023, Independence, Missouri, played host to an exhilarating night of mixed martial arts action at the Cable Dahmer Arena. Fighting Alliance Championship 21 (FAC 21) lived up to its promise, delivering intense battles, stunning upsets, and unforgettable moments for MMA fans in attendance and those tuning into MMAFutures.live.
The event began with a bang as Eli Copeland opened the night with a Unanimous Decision victory in the first fight of #FAC21. Copeland showcased his striking skills, landing some significant shots en route to his win, setting the tone for the rest of the evening.
Making his MMA debut, Jackson Hemauer impressed everyone with a first-round TKO, marking a successful start to his professional journey.
The amateur ranks saw a great battle between two young prospects as Antwine Williams earned a hard-fought decision win, proving that youth can bring incredible talent to the cage.
Torry Moore was another standout of the night, securing victory with a devastating first-round knockout, providing fans with a highlight-reel finish.
Brody Atchison, at just 17 years old, showed immense promise in his Kickboxing debut, winning via Unanimous Decision.
Donte Boose made a significant statement, earning his first MMA victory with a first-round guillotine submission.
Bryan Herrera continued his winning streak, making it four in a row and improving his overall record to 4-1, demonstrating his potential for future success in the sport.
Lindsay Hughes didn’t waste any time, achieving victory in the very first round via TKO, much to the crowd’s delight.
The amateur portion of the event concluded with TUNA, who secured victory with a first-round Kimura, further emphasizing the depth of talent showcased at FAC 21.
The professional card kicked off with Alejandro Gomez proving once again that he’s a top prospect, improving to 2-0 with two first-round finishes. This time, he defeated Thomas Vievering with a first-round rear-naked choke (RNC).
Davi Young continued the trend of quick finishes, winning in the first round with an armbar and notching his third professional victory.
However, the highlight of the night came in the main event. Jose Hernandez shocked the home crowd and the MMA world by becoming the new FAC 135lb Champion. In a fight that was nothing short of a classic, Hernandez delivered an impressive performance. He defeated his Alan Olivas in an upset that marked a turning point in his career. With this win, Hernandez improved his professional record to 5-1 and celebrated the biggest victory of his MMA journey.
Fighting Alliance Championship 21 will be remembered as a night filled with incredible moments, showcasing the diversity of talents in the MMA world. From newcomers making their mark to established fighters cementing their legacy, FAC 21 provided a thrilling and unforgettable night of action. MMA fans can eagerly anticipate what the future holds for these fighters and look forward to more action-packed events in the world of mixed martial arts.