Prospect of the Month: Issac Hardman

Nickname- “Headsplitter” | Age- 23
Height- 6’0″ | Fighting out of- Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
Training out of- Integrated Martial Arts Academy | Record- 9-0
Methods- 7 KO/TKO| Combined opponents record- 50-25-2
Best win- Kieran Joblin (20-8)| Fastest finish- 0:11
Weightclass- Lightweight | Current Australian FC  and XFC champion |
2-0 Boxing | Signed with- Free Agent

Pro debut: David Lescai (2-0)-
Offense
Knockdowns- One (Left-right)
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. David Lescai via TKO (Punches) at 0:11 of round 1.
Highlight: There isn’t any footage available but the finish is shown on a highlight video of his. The combination was set up with a beautiful feint with the right hook to come in and land with a straight left and a right over the top dropping Lescai putting him away with ground and pound.

2nd pro fight: George Ryan (0-0)-
Offense
Knockdowns- One (Straight right)
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- Seven
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. George Ryan via TKO (Punches) at 3:52 of round 1.
Highlight: 
The whole fight was basically Hardman walking Ryan down sticking him with strikes on the outside. Ryan had zero intention striking with Hardman forcing him to shoot sloppy takedowns from too far being very easy for Hardman to defend. Hardman would eventually drop Ryan with a right hand and the extra punches on the mat sent the ref in.

3rd pro fight: Kaan Ofli (3-1-1)-
Offense
Knockdowns- Two (Right hand)
Takedowns- One (Outside trip)
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended- One (Armbar)
Takedowns defended- One
Defense
Knocked down- One (Right hand)
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. Kaan Ofli via Decision (Unanimous)
Highlight: 
For a large majority of the fight Hardman had Ofli against the cage stalking his and cutting his off with solid footwork. Hardman really would perry the jab and would land at range well. Hardman was briefly dropped for the first time in his career which was very briefly with a right hand in an exchange but it took no time for Hardman to recover. “Headsplitter” also would score knockdowns of his own really putting Ofli in danger in the last 30 seconds of round one landing a right hand stunning Ofli and would capitalize on another right hand this time dropping Ofli and if there was maybe 20 seconds left he would have maybe finished the fight. Shortly after Ofli dropped Hardman, Hardman would land a crisper and cleaner laser right hand dropping Ofli. Overall he showed a good laser right hand, solid cardio, and excellent composure. 

4th pro fight: Glen Pettigrew (1-0)-
Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- Seven
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down- Four
Takedowns failed- Two
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. Glenn Pettigrew via Decision (Unanimous)
Highlight: 
This was by far the toughest test in the career of Hardman at this point. Pettigrew was very aggressive and had success putting Hardman against the cage and controlling posture. Pettigrew was able to get Hardman down a few times but to Hardman’s credit he got back to his feet quickly every time and did defend many deep attempts. Round 2 and 3 Hardman turned up the pace as Pettigrew did slow a bit. The right straight and right uppercut was always there for Hardman as he landed it over in over.

5th pro fight: Sean Le Gourrierec (2-1)-
Offense
Knockdowns- Two (Right hand)
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. Sean Le Gourrierec via Knockout (Punches) at 2:22 of round 1.
Highlight: 
Hardman took control early as he would dictate the pace and work on the outside of Sean. Hardman would use a lot of very good feints and use his jab and come hot with the right hand. Hardman would land a perfect right hand on the chin putting Sean down briefly only to go right back down with another right to the jaw. As Sean was getting to his feet his defense wasn’t in mind as Hardman rained down right hands putting him out cold.

6th pro fight: Pumau Campbell (4-5)-
Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- Three
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. Pumau Campbell via TKO (Punches) at 3:37 of round 3
Highlight: 
This was an excellent performance from Hardman as he defended all the takedowns and was really able to show off his striking. Hardman quickly frustrated Campbell using an effective jab and landing crosses while moving in and out perfectly now allowing Campbell to close the distance mainly the whole fight. Hardman was very calm and technical in his approach but in round three he started to let his hands go and he would put Campbell in survivor mode but the pace and accuracy sent the ref in to stop the fight.

7th pro fight: James Bishop (4-1)-
Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- Four
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down- One
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. James Bishop via TKO (Punches) at 
Highlight: 
Bishop was very aggressive going right after Hardman attacking the takedown relentlessly. As he did complete one, Hardman got right back to his feet and he showed excellent takedown defense throughout. Hardman did show a wonderful jab and excellent movement circling away from Bishop. In the closing seconds of round 2, Hardman landed to razor elbows causing a cut on the forehead of Bishop where the doctor would stop the fight in between rounds.

8th pro fight: Kieran Joblin (20-8)-
Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns- One (Reversed)
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended- Six
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down- One
Takedowns failed-
Official Result-  Issac Hardman def. Kieran Joblin via TKO (Cut) at 4:06 of round 4
Highlight: 
This was a very technical fight from Hardman. He would stay in front of Joblin and would slip punches and land with his crisp boxing. Hardman was very active with his striking that would cause a cut over the eye and the ref would stop the fight in round 4. This 

9th pro fight: Rob Hill (14-9-1)-
Offense
Knockdowns-
Takedowns-
Submission attempts-
Submissions defended-
Takedowns defended-
Defense
Knocked down-
Taken down-
Takedowns failed-
Official Result- Issac Hardman def. Rob Hill via KO (Punch) at 2:00 of round 2
Highlight: 
The full fight isn’t available but from the highlights, Hill was very aggressive and mixed in strikes and takedowns well but Hardman defended well. Hardman remained composed and would land a nasty right hand off a lazy kick from Hill and it would shut the lights out in brutal fashion.

Overall Assessment:

Hardman is solely a striker with only a few takedown attempts and only two secured takedowns. The Aussie is an excellent striker in all areas and being already so good at only 23-years-old is insane. Hardman is comfortable in the pocket or sitting on the outside with his striking. Hardman has a fantastic jab he usually sets up and his right cross is always laser-point accurate while in the pocket he does a great job slipping punches and returning with constant output of his own. He has been taken down a few times in his career which could be his possible weakness but to his credit, his get-up ability is always very good and does defend the takedowns most of the time. The composure of Hardman is amazing in such a young fighter as he is never bothered with pressure and always fights better when pressured. The nickname is the “Headsplitter” and he holds true to the nickname as he’s drawled blood from many of his opponents and has two finishes via a doctor’s stoppage due to a cut and his laser straights and damaging elbows play a factor. Hardman has gone the distance twice and to the championship rounds once and did not once show a bit of fatigue but instead, he gets better as the fight goes and that’s just an amazing factor for a fighter to have. Australia has been rising in the ranks in the bigger promotions and the regional shows and Hardman is really the future.

Top three finishes:

  • 3.
    Animated GIF
  • 2.
    Animated GIF
  • 1.
    Animated GIF
Facebook Comments
Categories
europeFeaturedMMANewsProspects

RELATED BY