JCD Senior To Defend Bluegrass MMA Heavyweight Title May 13
By Travis Thayer
Jac-Cen-Del High School senior Tyler Shipp (center) won the Bluegrass MMA heavyweight title belt in a championship fight on February 4. He poses with trainers Kevin Rinear of Hybrid Gym in Osgood and Andrew Wood of Team Demon. Photo provided.
Update published May 3:
According to his father, Tyler Shipp’s fight to defend his title on May 13 has been cancelled due to his opponent getting injured. They will not be able to find him another fight for Hardrock MMA 89 at Turfway Park.
Tyler’s brother, Randy Shipp, will still be competing on May 13 in the heavyweight division for Team Shippwreck.
Original story published April 19:
(Florence, Ky.) – A Jac-Cen-Del High School senior has quickly become one of the top mixed martial artists in the region.
Tyler Shipp is ranked 4th out of 330 heavyweights in the U.S. southeast, and is currently the Bluegrass MMA Heavyweight Champion.
Shipp, 18, will defend his title at Hardrock MMA 89 on Saturday, May 13 at Turfway Park in Florence, Kentucky.
Doors open at 6:00 p.m. Fights begin at 7:30.
Tyler’s older brother, Randy, will also be stepping into the ring in the heavyweight division. Both will be representing Team Shippwreck, in addition to Hybrid Gym and Team Demon.
For tickets and VIP tables call (270) 307-6442 or visit www.HardRockMMA.com.
Local MMA fans can keep up with Tyler Shipp’s story on his official Facebook page.