Hoffman Steals The Showat Extreme Challenge 36
From the event’s promoter:
Hoffman steals the show
at Extreme Challenge 36
DAVENPORT, Iowa — There were many highlights at the most recent edition of the Extreme Challenge… a 5-second knockout, some solid submissions, and a couple solid ground-and-pound wars.
However, when Bobby Hoffman unleashes his fury, everything else seems tame by comparison.
Hoffman, the Extreme Challenge heavyweight champion, made his fourth and final defense of his title a memorable one. He delivered a powerful and dominating performance in beating Greg Wikan in the main event of Extreme Challenge XXXVI outside at John O’Donnell Stadium. The intensity of the victory left the crowd stunned and stadium officials had to twice ask spectators to please exit the area as the show was over.
Wikan, who recently fared well in the RINGS USA show in Orem, Utah, was able to avoid Hoffman’s powerful standup attack, but found himself helpless as Hoffman took him to the ground, passed the guard and began landing HUGE knees to the head from the side… it brought back memories of the Severn-Taktarov bout except Hoffman’s knees were mostly to the back of the head.
When Wikan finally tapped, Hoffman leaped up and quickly got into a heated exchange with Wikan’s cornerman… Hoffman, in his usual wild style, repeatedly offered the cornerman a chance to come into the cage and avenge his fighter… right then and there. Cooler heads prevailed and the show ended with fans showing a look of amazement at what had just happened.
"I don’t know what it is… sometimes I just can’t turn the emotion off," Hoffman said. "I get so keyed up for the fight that I can’t just stop… I know I’m a little crazy, but it’s all part of the way I fight."
The official time was 3:43.
Hoffman must relinquish his title when he competes Sept. 22 against Maurice Smith in the UFC. Extreme Challenge rules provide that only up-and-coming fighters who compete in the event regularly be ranked and hold titles. Once a fighter reaches the UFC level, he gives up his spot so that other fighters can compete for the ranking or title.
Although it was the high note, Hoffman’s win was far from the only bright spot of the event, which was held near the backstop of the 10,000-seat stadium used by the Class A Quad City River Bandits.
Extreme veteran Dennis Reed caught everybody by surprise when he took two steps and landed a perfect straight right hand that KO’d James Terrill of Dayton, Ohio, in an amazing 5 seconds! It was the quickest win in EC history, eclipsing the 9-second KO of Shonie Carter by LaVerne Clark in EC III.
Another up-and-coming fighter is Joe Doerksen of Winnipeg, Manitoba. He won the 200-pound tourney by beating UFC veteran Adrian Serrano with an American at 2:17 and Mark Waters in the final by rear choke at 2:34. Doerksen’s only losses are to Matt Hughes and Eugene Jackson.
In the tourney, Mark Hughes, twin brother of UFC star Matt Hughes, captured the title with a 15-minute unanimous decision over Matt Torrez in the final. Torrez is a student of UFC veteran Noe Hernandez. In the first round, Hughes bested Andrew Neil of Bolton, Ontario, by punches at 1:29.
One of the more exciting fights of the night was a feature bout that saw EC lightweight champion Ben Earwood improve to 16-2 with an armbar victory over a tough Rich Clementi of Slidell, La., in 8:32. Earwood used his wrestling background to keep the fight on the ground and punched well from the mount and dominated position before securing the submission.
Jason Black (4-0) remained undefeated with a head-arm choke submission in 6:35 over Brian Fulton, brother of "NHB ironman" Travis Fulton.
The next Extreme Challenge is scheduled Oct. 14 in Sioux City, Iowa.
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