Ax Fighting Championships 6: Throwdown
AX Fighting Championships 6: Throwdown
Held July 30, 2005
At the Edmonds Community College
By Mike Neva
For years rumors have swirled about the Pride Fighting Championships breaking ground on U.S. soil. The consensus was that the Japanese power house organization would test the waters in either Las Vegas or Los Angles. No one, not even the most intuitive insider, could have foreshadowed that Pride’s first foray into the US would be in the small town of Lynnwood, Washington. Granted, this was not officially a Pride event, but more of a dry run to test an experimental format of amateur Pride rules. However, with Pride CEO, Nobuyuki Sakakibara, and Senior Vice President, Hideki Yamamoto in attendance to witness this historical event, all the young fighters knew that it was a make or break opportunity. Never before had Mr. Sakakibara attended an event outside of the Pride Fighting Championships.
With such high stakes, Team Quest fighter Ian Loveland made a great account of himself by submitting Paul Morris by rear-naked choke in the evening’s main event. With head trainer, Robert Follis, and the self proclaimed “Cat Smasher” Chris Leben in his corner, Loveland made short work of an overwhelmed Morris. In the opening moments, Loveland stunned Morris with a flurry of punches, following it up with double underhooks into a slam takedown. On the mat, Loveland landed some solid punches causing Morris to give up his back for the submission victory only 1:23 into the opening round.
Other standouts included Kale Bradford winning a back and forth battle against the previously undefeated Chris Jensen. Steve Skidds of AMC Pankration also had an impressive showing finishing his opponent with a text book arm triangle choke late in the second round.
After the event, FCF had the chance to catch up with Mr. Sakakibara. Here is what he had to say:
FCF: What were your overall impressions of the event?
FCF: After watching this experimental event, could you foresee working with Matt Hume to promote an official amateur Pride event in Washington State?
FCF: Could any of the fighters you watched tonight eventually work their way up and fight in the Pride Fighting Championships?
FCF: Thank you.
Special thanks to Yukino Kando for the translation.
Submission Wrestling Results
UFCF Pankration Results
Amateur Pride Results
SEGA SAMMY Presents
"PANCRASE 2005 SPIRAL TOUR"
Korakuen Hall (Tokyo,Japan)
Sunday, July 31,2005
Doors Opened: 11:30AM
First Bout Started: 12:00PM
Live Gate: 1,950-
Bout#1 lightweight 2×5 min rounds
KAZUHIRO INOUE (Impress) def. TAKAHITO IIDA (Wajutsu Keishukai A-3) by unfought win
*Iida could not make his weight less than 69kg (152lbs.) up until the designated weigh-ins held in the morning on the event date.
Bout#2 lightweight 2×5 min rounds
Bout#3 featherweight 2×5 min rounds
Bout#4 heavyweight 2×5 min rounds
Bout#5 lightweight 3×5 min rounds
Semifinal featherweight 3×5 min rounds
Main Event featherweight 3×5 min rounds
From the event’s promoter:
DFC 5 "Legends Of the Falls"
The Seven Clans Casino in Thief River Falls, MN is promoting a night of Mixed Martial Arts competition with the Dakota Fighting Championships out of West Fargo, ND on August 13th 2005.
Headlining the event out of Goodridge Minnesota will be Kyle Jensen. Jensen with over 30 fights has fought across the country and overseas in England and has a record of 24-08-01. Most notably he won the International Fighting Championships Welterweight Title on March 26th 2005 in Sault Ste. Marie, MI against Danny Higgins from Australia. Jensen won by knock out in just 1:36 in the first round.
He will face Vern Jefferson out of Tama, Iowa. Jefferson who has over 20 pro bouts is looking to upset Jensen for the DFC Welterweight Title.
For the Lightweight Title, current DFC Champion Saul Mitchell out of Shakopee, MN will rematch Thief River Falls’s own Keith Sogla. In the first title fight Mitchell won a three round decision over Sogla. Mitchell was deducted points for kicking the head of a downed opponent, something which is against the ISKA-MMA rules the DFC follows. The rematch promises to be an all out war.
In the Heavyweight division is the DFC HW Champion Chris Tuchscherer out of Fargo, ND. Tuchscherer who is now 9-0 will face new comer Jim Dobson from Essex Ontario, Can. for the HW Title.
There are 12 bouts scheduled for the event:
The Dakota Fighting Championships is Sanctioned by the ISKA-MMA.
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