Ifc “battleground Boise”
IFC "Battleground Boise"
Team Extreme sweep belts
in first sanctioned show in Idaho
Report and photos by Keith Mills
Boise, ID — Jens Pulver emerged triumphant last night in his second Flyweight fight by guillotine choke over Richard Hess, taking the IFC Flyweight belt. Also on the card, Pulver’s Team Extreme teammates Jennifer Howe and Justin Eilers picked up the Women’s World Middleweight and U.S. Heavyweight belts respectively. Fellow Team Extreme member Tom Sauer didn’t do as well, with the ref stopping the action in his fight against Bill Mahood halfway through the second round, the longest fight of the night. In other team perspective news AKA’s Mike Kyle easily defeated Jason Reed in similar fashion to his recent WEC fight, while Team Quests’ Nathan Quarry had a harder time against the much heavier Chris Kiever, taking 4:33 to find the triangle choke. The rest of the undercard didn’t fare so well for the local fighters who went 1-5 on the lower half of the card with the one win being Mitch Coats defeating fellow Idaho fighter Dan Ethell.
This show was the first sanctioned by the Idaho Athletic Commission with Deputy Commissioner Larry Beddes present. Idaho is using the "Nevada rules" with Beddes saying, "We are not here to reinvent the wheel." Commissioner Tom Katsilomates was not present at the event, but is reported to be very interested in MMA as the Idaho Commission seeks to become more familiar with the sport. This perspective is important in understanding why some of the fights were stopped by TKO. In particular, the Mahood/Sauer fight was immediately followed by vocal disapproval from many fans present, but being the first sanctioned event it was probably better in the long run to err on the side of caution.
The next IFC is scheduled for December 6th in Hidalgo, TX.
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