Clark Captures Title In ‘nightmare’ Extreme Challenge
From the event’s promoter:
Clark captures title in ‘Nightmare’ Extreme Challenge
LAKEMOOR, Ill. — It took four years, but LaVerne Clark finally won an Extreme Challenge tournament… and the welterweight title that goes with it.
"I’ve waited a long time for this belt," said a smiling Clark. "I had my chance before and didn’t get the job done. This time, I wanted to make sure I did whatever I needed to do to win it all."
Clark scored action-packed decision victories over Mac Danzig in the first round and Rafal Piszczak in the final of a 4-man tourney at Extreme Challenge 54. Clark controlled the standup in both bouts and threw in a few body-slams for good measure. Both opponents were close to submissions, but Clark used his strength and wrestling ability to escape. Piszczak advanced to the final by scoring what many would call an upset by tapping Jay Buck with a heel hook only seconds before the end of the first round. Buck had dominated the early minutes.
The event turned out to be a promoter’s nightmare when it had to be moved from St. Charles to Lakemoor and from Saturday to Sunday due to building code problems. Fans who couldn’t make the switch and still need refunds should contact Jeff Curran at 815 403-6696.
The last time Clark competed in an Extreme Challenge tournament was in November of 1999 when he lost to Matt Hughes in the finals of a star-studded 8-man tourney that also featured Dave Menne, Joe Doerksen, Chris Lytle and Dave Strasser.
"Wow… what a mess this turned out to be," said EC promoter Monte Cox. "I’d really like to thank the fighters and fans who hung in there for this event after all the BS that happened on Saturday. We’re just fortunate that the whole show didn’t get cancelled."
St. Charles firefighters showed up on the day of the show and said the SportsPlex was only zoned for 200 spectators. The last EC event at the smae place drew 1,700.
"It was obvious they didn’t want us to have the show," Cox said. "The fact that all this happened on the day of the show was BS. They basically set us up and waited until there was little we could do about it. They could have done the same thing a month earlier and saved a lot of people some headaches."
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The next Extreme Challenge is scheduled back in Lakemoor on Dec. 5.