Parkersburg’s Ryan Carroll is set to compete against Chris Fasnact during Saturday’s Southside Rumble 2 at the National Guard Armory in a 5-minute Brazilian Jiu Jitsu first submission wins match.
PARKERSBURG — Ryan Carroll, a Parkersburg High graduate, has been around the fight scene for a long time.
Suffice it to say, he’s going to be quite busy come 7:30 p.m. Saturday inside the National Guard Armory when the Southside Rumble 2 gets underway.
Mike Sheppard of Dawghouse Promotions currently has a single front row table left ($450) which seats nine as well as a few second row tables ($315). General admission tickets are still on sale for $25 with gates set to open an hour prior to the first fight.
Although there are currently six amateur boxing matches on tap, two pro boxing showdowns along with five Mixed Martial Arts fights and two amateur kickboxing matches, Carroll is going to be occupied on a couple of different fronts.
Not only will he be in the corner aiding fighters he helps train at Parkersburg’s Dawghouse Gym, but he’s also competing against Chris Fasnact in a 5-minute Brazilian Jiu Jitsu match with the first submission earning the victory.
“It’s a submission only match,” noted Carroll, who offers his vast expertise in group classes or private lessons. “We do a lot of those kinds of fights. I had one just recently in Pittsburgh a couple months ago. About two or three weeks ago I was in Cincinnati as well.”
Carroll said he knows “a lot about him (Fasnact). I’ve went against him a couple times. I don’t have any hard malice with him or anything. Everybody (in Jiu Jitsu) is pretty much family, per se. We all look after one another. That’s the great thing about Jiu Jitsu.”
The ex-Big Red said he started off with karate and boxing around the age of 10. After UFC first got going, “Royce Gracie used to do seminars and I’d train with him back in 1995.
“I was in the military and on the boxing team in Korea and I had a bunch of pro fights in Texas. I guess you could say I’ve been around Mike and all the other fighters for the past 20 years.”
A huge proponent of anti-bullying, Carroll believes parents should get their children involved in either self defense classes or in mixed martial arts.
“When I was a kid, I was bullied, beat up and shoved around and stuff. I preach a lot to anti-bullying because that hits home with me,” Carroll added. “We just try to address whatever the needs are. I would tell everybody and anybody to bring your kids out and get them involved in martial arts.
“I think, especially with the area we are in with very little things to do, it’s good to find some kind of an outlet other than computerized electronics. Choosing a martial arts over that is really better. Just the discipline that’s instilled and it’s not just our gym. There are other gyms that do different things.”
With lots of area fighters expected to put it all on the line come Saturday night, Carroll is hoping the community will come out and show their support.
“A lot of people don’t pay attention or realize the time and dedication that is put into putting on a good show from the fighters,” he said. “None of the fighters hardly get paid, unless you are a pro fighter and it’s not much.
“We may work 10, 12-hour jobs and then spend another hour or two in the gym. It takes a lot of time and effort. I want people to know to come out and pay homage to them.”
Tenative bout sheet for Saturday’s Southside
Rumble 2 at National Guard Armory
WV Polo Club Red Corner/Marion Tennant Preowned Auto Blue Corner
MMA: Johnny McAllister vs. Tyler Farley
KB (A): Jason Pritt vs. Justin Milam
AB: Austin Weis vs. Jeremy Beach
MMA: Tony Roderick vs. Ronnie Crawford
MMA: Clint Vernieu vs. Tyler Richards
PB: Hasaan Haggler vs. John Colvin
MMA: Victor Jarvis vs. Nick Johnson
AB: Megan Emmet vs. Michelle McCrady Stover
*BJJ: Chris Fasnact vs. Ryan Carroll
AB: Harley Watson vs. George Brown
AB: Devron Ford vs. James Cooper
KB (A): Billy Thurmer vs. Josh Patterson
AB: Trey Craycraft vs. James Rivera
MMA: Noah Sias vs. Matt Tennant
AB: Cody Dingey vs. Clayton Jackson
PB: Justin Novaria vs. Andrew Satterfield
*Denotes Brazilian Jiu Jitsu 5-minute grappling match, first submission wins
Notes: All fights subject to change. General admission tickets are $25. Front row tables are $450 and second row tables are $315. Gates open at 6:30 p.m. and fights start at 7:30 p.m.