Back In Action, Jenkins vs HalversonPosted by Admin on Jul 20, 2012 in Articles, Featured, News • No comments
Every fighter makes that choice, the one they believe will be the last one of their career. One Midwest fighter put in a lot of hard work and thousands of hours in the gym and would go on to build a 16-7 record. The blood, sweat and tears over the years would eventually drain the fighter and he knew it was time to focus on family and his future after fighting. A hard working family man has many stops during the day and the one that never changed was the gym. Though he wasn’t competing, he still pounded the heavy bag and slapped on vicious triangle chokes when he wasn’t building abs at Spartan Strength.
And then it hit him, John Halverson got the itch. That itch that every fighter seems to get. No one really knows where it comes from or why it happens, but it was there. At an unseasoned age of 39, “The Hurricane” knew his killer cardio and punishing power would allow him to compete in the cage at least one more time.
John has spent the last few years doing commentary side by side with Marcus McIntosh, Rick Tasler and many others. Now, someone else will get to call the shots. August 3rd, Halverson still step into the cage against one of the preeminent fighters out of South Dakota.
The South Dakota citizen is Doug Jenkins and he holds a 7-2 professional record. Unless you are a die-hard MMA fan or were lucky enough to attend MCC 36 or MCC 37, you probably won’t know who he is. Jenkins participated in two of the best fights ever witnessed by MCC fans winning a split decision over fan-favorite and longtime Iowa badass Ronnie Britt and narrowly losing a decision in a bloodbath with Miguel Rios.
When the MCC asked Jenkins if he wanted the fight, he accepted knowing that a win over a two-time UFC veteran would be an excellent way to get some spotlight and push him towards big show. Halverson on the other hand looked at Jenkins as someone that would test him; to see if he still had what it takes. This won’t be an easy fight for either fighter.
Jenkins comes into the fight winning two of his last three and has an array of finishes. With numerous decisions under his belt, cardio will not be an issue for Jenkins though Halverson has not won a fight since 2007. Ring-rust could play a factor in this fight and the later rounds could pose a problem.
Both fighters are going in there to bang in the center of the cage. The ground game will likely be saved for another day as both fighters will attempt to throw bombs until someone says “Goodnight.” I believe that Halverson has to get the fight over early for a best chance to win. Jenkins though, will likely be dripping blood late in the 3rd, still getting punched in the face, yet pumping up the crowd like it’s no big deal.
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