Fighters and their respective gyms often remain attached at the hip as a sense of familiar comfort even after they spread their wings on a larger stage. In today’s episode of Across The Pond, you will meet an obliviating coal busting stick of smithereens hitting the golden road as the Midwest’s latest conductor in buckeye blasting. A professional mixed martial artist since June 2023 and representing Demolition Fight Team under head coach Gary Young, Mataeo Garner holds a 2-0 record comprised of one knockout and one submission. He has fought for several organizations during his time in the professional ranks including Legacy Fighting Alliance. Garner has never gone to the scorecards at any point over the course of his career as a professional MMA fighter with a 100 percent finish rate to show for it. He has one second-round finish under his belt to go along with a single third-round finish through two appearances as a professional mixed martial artist so far. Both of Garner’s victories during his professional career have been inside the distance. Garner’s entire career has been spent across the Midwest in Kentucky and Ohio earning one finish in each state thus far with times of 48 seconds and two minutes and 43 seconds respectively.
In his MMA debut on the preliminary card of LFA 160 in the promotion’s debut in the Bluegrass state, he faced Trent Nott and defeated him via technical knockout in the second round to earn his first knockout win as a professional. Then at 247 Fighting Championships 513 fight night, Garner submitted Quentin Campbell in round three via neck crank. The victory earned Garner the first submission win of his professional career in addition to back-to-back finishes in the process. At 2-0, Garner’s professional beginning is proving to be around the region grand slam every trip to the plate with a batter’s eye that is sky high!