Submissions Reign In Idaho: Pfa “pride & Fury” Makes A Solid Debut
Submissions Reign In Idaho: PFA "Pride & Fury" Makes A Solid Debut
By Loretta Hunt
Add Idaho to America’s ever-expanding mixed martial arts map. The Professional Fighting Association put on a commendable first-time effort tonight from the C’oeur D’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley to the tune of approximately 1,200 game fans, bringing that area its most advanced fight card to date. With the Idaho Athletic Commission overseeing its second sanctioned MMA event in state famous of its potatoes, promoters Trevor Prangley and Derek Cleveland gathered a depth of varying talent for "Pride & Fury", highlighting numerous up-and-comers from the Northwest area. Although many of the bouts were short-lived, the majority of them entertained, with eight of the nine bouts ending in submission. With all of the elements of mid-level professional show in place, the PFA has laid a strong foundation for future event growth in Idaho.
Highlights for the night included Team Quest’s Matt "Suave Horwich’s come-from-behind submission victory over a very well-rounded Mikko Rupponen of Finland, with a speedy transition from guillotine to a mean triangle choke-armbar combination. In the main event, a sharper-than-ever Sean Sherk made quick work of opponent Eric Heinz with a reversal to a neck crank, all while stuck in a constricting guillotine the Division 1 wrestler Heinz had managed to secure in the first seconds of play. It was easy to see why Sherk is rated one of welterweight’s best.
PFA "Pride & Fury" Results:
Del "the Filipino Delight" Hawkins (Team Thunder, AZ) def Brandon "Big Dawg" Shuey (Team Hardcore, ID)- 2:47 Rd 1 Armbar
Chad Nelson (Dog Pound, OR) def. Steve Granieri (Grapplers Edge, CO)- 3:04 R2 Guillotine choke
Ed "Short Fuse" Herman (Team Quest, OR) def. Cory Devela (Team Underground, WA)- 3:20 R1 Armbar
Matt "Suave" Horwich (Team Quest, OR) def. Mikko Rupponen (Espoon Kehahait, Finland)- 0:50 R3 Triangle choke/armbar
Welterweight Main Event
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Gladiator Challenge: Fightfest 2004
Held June 2 & 3, 2004 at Colusa Casino
By Keith Mills
Gladiator Challenge held their first two-day show by pulling out all the stops with Light Heavyweight and Heavyweight tournaments, Lightweight and Welterweight belts, the Superfight belt, Dan Severn, and several regional fighters. Heavyweight tournament winner Dan Evensen fighting out of J-Sect/Nova Uniao with John Lewis in his corner won the Heavyweight tournament in his pro debut by beating Team Oyama’s James Irvin, Dragon’s Lair’s Mike Womack, and finally in the most technical striking fight of the week Alpha Male’s Julius Askew in a mostly stand-up war. Rashad Evans won the Light Heavyweight tournament with wins over Brian Pardo, Team Oyama’s Hector Ramirez, and Worsham’s Team X fighter Jamie Jara. The Light Heavyweight tournament had a couple odd turns of events when first on the first night due to the speed of the early fights both Ruiz and Pardo, who did not win their tournament fights, were asked to fight each other to add another fight to the card. No such additional fight was produced from the Heavyweight tournament. On the second night heavily favored Sleeman could not compete due to a knee injury so Ruiz took his place in the tournament. Full coverage coming in the Full Contact Fighter publication, subscribe today!