Jay Hieron. Photo courtesy of the International Fight League.
Following a reported positive test for marijuana, Bryson Kamaka has been taken off from tonight’s “Night of Combat II” card, which is being promoted by Kim Couture’s KC Concepts and Scott Kelp’s Superfights MMA and will take place at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas. The news comes from a report by Five Ounces of Pain.
MMA on Tap has since been able to confirm through the management team of former IFL welterweight champion Jay Hieron, who was Kamaka’s original opponent, that he will now face local product Chris Kennedy at the event.
Kennedy, who currently fights out of Las Vegas, has won his last three fights, most recently earning a third-round submission of Mike Arranz at Jeremy Horn’s Elite Fight Night on July 12. Kennedy has also gone the distance with fellow welterweight prospect Josh Williams and “Ultimate Fighter” cast member Joe Duarte during his brief career.
Hieron has not competed since successfully defending his IFL belt against former U.S. Marine Mark Miller in April. He became the IFL’s first-ever welterweight champion after defeating Donnie Liles and Delson Heleno in consecutive fights. The Long Island native is currently keeping in shape by training at Xtreme Couture. He was originally slated to take on Drew Fickett on October 11 at Affliction’s “Day of Reckoning” show before it was postponed until early next year.
“Night of Combat II” will also feature a trio of bouts between notable veterans: Longtime veteran Brian Gassaway will take on Mike Pyle; John Alessio will meet fellow UFC veteran Gideon Ray, and Josh Haynes will meet Sean Salmon in a catch-weight bout. The event will be headlined by legendary kickboxer Rick Roufus going up against Hector Ramirez.
Complete weigh-in results for the event are below. All fighters successfully made weight.
Hector Ramirez (205 lbs) vs. Rick Roufus (203 lbs)
Jay Hieron (170 lbs) vs. Chris Kennedy*
John Alessio (167 lbs) vs. Gideon Ray (167 lbs)
Brian Gassaway (170 lbs) vs. Mike Pyle (169 lbs)
Josh Haynes (190 lbs) vs. Sean Salmon (189 lbs)**
John Halverson (155 lbs) vs. Jonathan Mix (155 lbs)
Stephanie Palmer (116 lbs) vs. Elena Reid (115 lbs)
Shawn David (145 lbs) vs. Kui Gonsalves-Kanoho (149 lbs)
* - Chris Kennedy will fill as in a replacement for Bryson Kamaka against Jay Hieron. Kamaka has reportedly tested for positive for marijuana under the watch of the Nevada State Athletic Commission and will not be permitted to fight.
** - Josh Haynes and Sean Salmon will be fighting at a catch-weight of 190 lbs.
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