In MMA, you must learn to weather the storm even when the times get tough. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet two lone star diamonds whose devastating arsenals and Texas grit have them poised to be the UFC‘S next breakout pair of prospects.
A professional since April 2009 and representing Fortis MMA, Charles Byrd owns a 10-4 record in 14 career bouts consisting of five submissions, three knockouts and two decisions. Byrd secured a UFC contract in week six of season one of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. He is also a Legacy Fighting Championship veteran. At KOK 7 Judgement Day, Byrd defeated Chris Trammel via TKO in the first round. Next, he submitted Gabriel Vasquez in the first round via neck crank. Byrd defeated his next two opponents in Ira Boyd and Robert Agee. At Legacy Fighting Championship 24, he defeated Mike Jasper via split decision. Byrd defeated Evan Thompson via TKO in the first round at Legacy Fighting Championship 38. In his final Legacy FC appearance, he defeated Quentin Henry via TKO in the first round at Legacy Fighting Championship 57. At Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 1, Byrd submitted Jamie Pickett in the first round via arm triangle choke. In the main event of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 6, he tapped out Randall Wallace in the second round via rear naked choke and punched his ticket to the UFC in the process. For his UFC debut at UFN 127 in London, Byrd faced John Philips and submitted him in round one via rear naked choke to earn his fourth straight victory. The man they call ”Kid Dynamite” is set to shake the scene up at 185 pounds!
A professional since June 2011 and representing Fortis MMA, Rashad Coulter owns an 8-3 record in 11 career bouts with all eight of his victories coming via knockout. In his MMA debut, he knocked out Manuel Rodriguez in the second round. Coulter defeated his next two opponents in Chase Watson and Alfredo Ayala. Next, he defeated Alex Madrid via TKO in the first round at Xtreme Knockout 23. Coulter also defeated Jeremiah O’ Neal via TKO in round one at Bellator 135. He knocked out Allen Nelson in the first round at Xtreme Knockout 30. Coulter knocked out his next two opponents in Larry Hopkins and Jeremy Hardy. For his third UFC outing at UFC 225 on June 9, Coulter will slug it out with Allen Crowder in a heavyweight affair. Good luck Rashad!
Charles’s second-round submission of Randall Wallace in the main event of Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series 6