Hannah Guy wins Amateur Strawweight Title – V3Fights 62
“If someone would’ve told me last year that I’d be cage fighting I would have laughed in their face.” – Hannah Guy
By: Thomas Vickers (MMA – Journalist)
(QUEEN MMA MEDIA)
(Memphis, Tennessee) – On September 2, 2017 Hannah Guy squared off against Angie Hoaglin for the vacant V3Fights Amateur Strawweight Title. The title match was a scheduled part of V3Fights – 62 held at the Minglewood Hall in Memphis, Tennessee.
“Hannah started training with us back about a year and a half ago with no intention of being a fighter,” explained Hannah Guy’s coach and manager Jacob Taylor Reeves of Relentless Mixed Martial Arts to Queen MMA Media. “As she progressed she came to me with a desire to possibly fight. And that is when I stepped in and started managing and coaching her.” Hannah took her first amateur mixed martial arts bout in February of 2017, less then a year ago and has won every fight since. She trains in Muay Thai and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu with a mix of boxing and wrestling.
The twenty-two year old Hannah told Queen MMA Media she is gaining confidence with each amateur victory. “I realize the importance of confidence and calm composure going into a fight. Like my coach always tells me ‘If you think you’re going to lose, you will, so I always stay confident.” Hannah feels she has worked hard for her victories, but gives a tremendous amount of credit to her coach Jacob Taylor Reeves. She believes Reeves and Relentless Mixed Martial Arts are the reason she is where she is today. She is thankful for her team and how they never let her quit. How they are always pushing her to grow as a fighter.
It is in the amateur promotions a fighter can gather real first hand knowledge of the sport. The amateur level is a place for sharpening skills and learning from mistakes. An amateur career can provide a strong foundation for an MMA athlete. It is not uncommon for fighters with little and sometimes no amateur experience to enter the professional level and suddenly realize they are not prepared. Hannah and her team seem to understand the importance of gaining quality amateur experience. Guy is currently a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and won first place in the purple belt division at NAGA Nationals in Orange Beach.
Hannah fights out of Columbus, Mississippi and came into the amateur strawweight title fight at V3Fights — 62 with an undefeated 2 – 0 amateur record. The thirty-six year old Angie Hoaglin hailed from Hot Springs, Arkansas and came into the contest with a 3 – 0 amateur record. Hannah Guy demonstrated tenacity and fought her way to a win over Hoaglin capturing the vacant V3Fights amateur strawweight title belt. The Mississippi native edged out Hoaglin in a close first round and convincingly won the third and final round producing a unanimous decision in her favor from the judges.
The decision over Angie Hoaglin was Hannah’s third win, keeping her undefeated as an amateur. Hannah’s coach was pleased that she executed the game plan perfectly in the V3Fights title fight. “We definitely see some things to work on as well, but Hoaglin was a very tough, gamey opponent, and we knew it would be a good fight. Hannah gave it 100 percent and I’m always proud of her for that!” Reeves told Queen MMA Media.
Hannah’s coach is proud of how far she has come in such a short period of time. He is quick to point out her tremendous improvement in just the last three months. “She has worked so hard to improve on her defense and clean up her striking. Her work ethic is incredible,” he explained. Hannah’s next fight has already been lined up and is set to take place October 14, 2017 in Jackson, Mississippi against Crystal Clark for the Summit Fighting Championships 115 pound title belt.
With Hannah focusing on a second amateur title belt, her coach understands the importance of respecting every opponent and always being prepared. “Crystal is by far the most seasoned fighter we have had, and is out of a super tough camp. This will be Hannah’s toughest opponent, but she has trained super hard and will be ready,” explained Reeves.
Hannah Guy (Amateur MMA Record)
Angie Hoaglin September 2, 2017 Win (3 – Round Unanimous Decision) V3Fights – 62 (Strawweight Title)
Deidra Whitfield April 1, 2017 Win (3 – Round Unanimous Decision) Strike Hard Promotions – 46 (Flyweight)
Olivia Fisher February 4, 2017 Win (3 – Round Unanimous Decision) V3Fights – 57 (Catchweight 130 lbs)
Hannah Guy is continuing to progress and has already proven she has a lot of grit and a big heart in the cage.
“No matter what, I put it all out there in the cage.” – Hannah Guy (V3Fights Strawweight Champion)
(QUEEN MMA MEDIA)