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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Tyler Kapella of Kapella's Fight Team of northwest Tennessee, mounted on top, works over Marcus Lentz of Team Beatdown in Springfield.
CAPE GIRARDEAU -- Sikeston mixed martial arts fighters had a rough time in the latest Absolute Fighting Challenge held Saturday at the Osage Community Centre.

The night started out with a lightweight match between Joe Davis of Miletich Fighting Systems of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston and Josh Williams of Kapeller's Fight Team from northwest Tennessee.

Davis started out well in the first round, slapping some hard kicks into Williams' legs and landing a couple good punches to the head, one of which caused a nose bleed.

Williams soon took the match to the ground in the second round, however. While Davis initially started out on top, Williams was able to reverse positions and rained a brutal barrage of punches down on Davis from the mount position.

In what appeared to be an effort to get away from the ground-and-pound, Davis gave up his back to Williams who capitalized on the position and forced a submission from Davis with a rear naked choke.

Joe Davis of Miletich Fighting Systems of Southeast Missouri in Sikeston, pictured on his back, attempts to get Josh Williams of Kapeller's Fight Team, to submit.
Welterweights Chris Hulsey of Baker's Karate in Cape Girardeau and Chance Burk of Kapeller's Fight Team took the ring next. Hulsey looked to have the advantage when he worked into a mounted position but Burk was looking for an armbar and soon found it, forcing a submission from Hulsey in the first round for the win.

Coty Kellison of Cape Girardeau next scored a win over a last-minute substitute fighter filling in for a no-show by forcing a submission with a rear naked choke in a lightweight match.

In the longest and arguably the best fight of the night, a welterweight matchup, Jeremy Larkin of St. Louis won by decision over Zac Underwood of Kapeller's Fight Team after a three-round war that included a mix of standup fighting and ground battles.

In addition to winning the match, Larkin was also awarded the trophy for the being the best fighter of the night.

The second match of the evening to end with a submission by armbar came next when Matt Hardin of Baker's Karate secured the technique on Jherrit Griffin of MFS SEMO with only 10 seconds left in the first round of their featherweight fight.

Heavyweights Dustin Brown of Team Kaos and Richard Zimmer of Cape Girardeau fought next. Brown scored the victory by forcing Zimmer to submit with a rear naked choke two minutes into the first round.

The middleweight match between Marcus Lentz of Team Beatdown in Springfield and Tyler Kapeller of KFT had a five-minute break in the action after the first round to allow Lentz time to recover from an accidental poke to the eye. Kapeller then ended the match in the second round by forcing Lentz to submit with an armbar.

Sikeston's next fighter to step into the ring, light heavyweight Tommy Reynolds, succumbed to a rear naked choke in the first round to give Jeremy Jarrell of Team Kaos the win.

Jake Underwood of KFT then ended his lightweight match against Joey Tinsley of MFS SEMO after just over a minute in the first round. Tinsley had jumped up in the air -- perhaps setting up for a jump kick -- when Underwood caught him with a knockout punch to send him back down to the mat.

The match between welterweights Josh Weston and Adrian Porter was stopped by the referee after just over a minute in the second round after Porter was mounted by Weston, rolled to his stomach, and failed to defend himself from Weston's barrage of punches. Weston was awarded the win.

The last undercard fight of the night was a super heavyweight match between Eric White of Team Evolution and Thomas Forcythe of Illinois. White scored the victory with a knockout punch in the first round.

Team Evolution's fighter was also victorious in the co-main event which followed when light heavyweight Matt Lewis was awarded the win over Jim Robertson of Armstrong's Martial Arts in Sikeston. The referee ended the fight when Lewis mounted the face-down Robertson in the second round and landed a barrage of punches without any apparent attempt from his opponent to defend himself.

A barrage of punches also ended the main event of the night when the referee stopped the light heavyweight match between winner Brant Bristow of Team Beatdown and Brad Miller of MFS SEMO in the first round.