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Collins wins MMA debut

TUCSON, Arizona — Magoffin County native Austin Collins defeated Matthew Hastings via unanimous decision at Rise of the Prospects Cage Series IV on Saturday, April 8 and will be looking to return to the cage for his next fight in July.

Collins, who fights out of Rise Combat Sports in Tucson, Arizona, won in his mixed martial arts (MMA) debut. The Magoffin County native performed well throughout his debut. Collins competes in the flyweight division.

The Rise Combat Sports fight team posted a 3-1 record at Rise of the Prospects Cage Series IV.

Rise Combat Sports is owned and operated by UFC veteran and former title contender Chris Cariaso. As a professional fighter, Cariaso competed as a flyweight in the Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC).

Following the unanimous decision win in his debut, Collins continues to train. Collins is looking to compete in four fights per year. His next fight will be announced at a later time.

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