Ryan Keenan, Pablo Alfonso, David Gomez, and Hayder Hassan made it from the Tampa mixed martial arts (MMA) scene to the big times when they were featured on the undercard of the Strikeforce Miami event at the BankAtlantic Center in Sunrise, Fla. on Jan.30, 2010.
Although the undercard bouts were not aired on PPV, the event still marked a major career milestone for the four fighters.
It was also the very first time the San Jose, Calif. based MMA promotion, Strikeforce, hosted a fight card in Florida and showcased regional talent in the preliminary bouts.
The yet undefeated Ryan Keenan faced fellow Tampa MMA fighter, Hayder Hassan, who was coming off his first loss against Gerardo Julio Gallegos at XFC 9 last September. Apparently, Hassan had no trouble bouncing back from his recent defeat and passing on the buck by handing Keenan his very first career loss via KO at 2:42 in round two.
Pablo Alfonso also made his impressive Strikeforce debut in Miami with the fastest submission of the night after being featured at XFC 9 in Tampa last year. His Strikeforce opponent, Marcos da Matta, did not stand a chance against Alfonso's lightning-fast and vicious armbar which earned Alfonso the win via submission at 1:47 in round one.