In the life of a mixed martial artist, travel and stepping outside of the comforts of home and the things that make you the most at ease will forge an unbreakable spirit of determination that can often lift you from the dark veil of despair whenever you experience a bump in the road professionally or personal hardship. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will be introduced to a diamond of the Carolinas whose shimmer and shine seem to glow even brighter under the lights of many of the sport’s leading regional stages. A professional since March 2016 and representing Team ROC, Da’Mon Blackshear owns a 7-3 record in 10 professional bouts comprised of four submissions, two decisions and one knockout. Blackshear has competed on various regional promotions throughout the United States including CFFC and CES MMA and has gone on to earn a finish in five of his seven professional victories.
In his MMA debut at Battle in the South 12, he faced Kenny Hill and went on to submit him via triangle choke in the second round. Blackshear also tapped out James Brown in round two via rear-naked choke at Battle in the South 13 Summer Stunner. Then at Warfare MMA 15, he defeated Jeremiah Scott via unanimous decision. Blackshear also defeated Arlon Cruz via rear-naked choke in the fourth round at Conflict MMA 43. At NEF 34 Home of the Brave, he faced Aaron Lacey and defeated him via unanimous decision. Blackshear defeated Chris Wright at Next Level Fight Club 9 via TKO in the second round to pick up his sole knockout win as a professional.
In his second appearance with CES MMA at CES MMA 59, he faced fellow submission specialist Kody Nordby and tapped him out via arm-triangle choke in the second round to earn win number one with CES MMA. The win also earned Blackshear the fourth submission victory of his professional career. No amount of pressure can dull the lustre and shine of this Carolina diamond!