Josh Haynes throws a left hand against Michael Bisping at The Ultimate Fighter 3 Finale. Photo property of the Ultimate Fighting Championship.
Local Indiana product William Horne remained undefeated with an unanimous decision win over Josh Haynes, a former cast member on the third season of “The Ultimate Fighter”, at the latest edition of MMA Big Show at the Belterra Casino Resort & Spa Saturday night.
After stuffing an early takedown attempt from Horne, Haynes swept his opponent to the mat and began to work some ground-and-pound from top position. Moments later, a scramble led to Horne taking Haynes’ back, forcing the UFC veteran to fight off several rear naked choke attempts until the final minute of the round. Both fighters returned to their feet, but Horne muscled Haynes to the canvas and took his back once again as time expired.
Horne nearly finished the fight early in the second round, dropping Haynes with a right hand seconds into the stanza. Haynes staggered to his feet but was subsequently caught by a knee and more punches. A failed takedown attempt forced Haynes to exchange with Horne on the feet but a body shot stunned Horne long enough to allow Haynes to take the fight to the ground and allow him time to recover.
The end of the second was a mirror image of the first. Horne was able to reverse position and takes Haynes’ back once again, attempting chokes from behind until the end of the round. The final five minutes of the fight featured an exchange on the feet followed by Horne once again putting Haynes in danger from his back.
Although Horne was unable to submit Haynes, he visibly did enough to earn the decision on the judge’s scorecards. An angered Haynes berated the referee after the fight for not standing the fight back up during non-active moments on the ground but his argument went on deaf ears.
Complete results (professional fights) from the event courtesy of Fighters.com:
William Horne def. Josh Haynes - Unanimous Decision
Dustin Winterhalt def. Nicco Boscarino - TKO (Strikes)
Brian Heden def. Rod Housley - KO (Punches)
Chad Hinton def. Mick Berwanger - TKO (Strikes)