The Edmond Sun

January 3, 2014

Edmond’s Harkins to square off with Parker

6 other Edmond fighters go toe-to-toe in amateur ranks

The Edmond Sun

OKLA. CITY — Edmond’s Brad Harkins will fight in a mixed martial arts bout Jan. 10 preceding the Rage in the Cage’s main event at the Oklahoma City Farmer’s Market. Doors open at 6:30, competition will start at 8 p.m.

Harkins, a 185-pounder, will battle with Art “The Shark” Parker from Weatherford with the main event immediately following at 190 pounds in Las Vegas’ Bill Smallwood against Hobart’s Lamont “Ko-Kid” Stafford.

The amateur ranks are Edmond-filled, as all local fighters are going head-to-head:

• 170 pounds — Derick Atkins vs. Jeremy Morton

• 170 — Kevin Goodin vs. Julian Learned

• 145 — Carlos Garcia vs. Eric Torres

Brad Harkins was born and raised in Edmond and graduated from Edmond Memorial High School in 1998. He attended Western State College in Gunnison, Colo.  

Shortly after the events of 9-11, he joined the United States Army, where he became a tanker. He served his country from 2002-2006 including a tour in Iraq from 2003-2005. He was awarded the Army Commendation Medal with Valor, Army Achievement Medal, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Iraq Campaign Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Presidential Unit Citation, Army Superior Unit Award and Expert Marksman Award.

On Dec. 20, 2004 Brad married his high school sweetheart, Lacey Redfearn-Harkins, while home on leave. After being honorably discharged as a tank commander in 2006, he came home to Edmond and began his civilian life. Brad and his father, Bruce, started Harkins Sales Group. They have built a successful sales business and are living out his father’s dream of working everyday beside his son.

Brad and Lacey have two children, Gunner Madox, 6, and daughter, Glee Matilda, 2. Brad coached Gunner’s soccer team and assists in training Gunner’s wrestling team, The Edmond Generals.

Upon returning from Iraq, Harkins also began training in Mixed Martial Arts. He now trains at Oklahoma Wrestling Academy and specializes in a combination of kickboxing, wrestling, and jujitsu.

THE OKLAHOMA CITY FARMER’S MARKET is located at 311 S. Klein Ave. General admission tickets are $25; premium $25 and VIP table $50. Tickets can be purchased at