Usa Mixed Martial Arts:mid-day Fight Time Iii
USA Mixed Martial Arts:
Mid-Day Fight Time III
Held March 20, 2004
At the Grand Central Casino – Lakewood, WA
By Mike Neva
For the better part of ten years the sport of mixed martial arts has flourished in the state of Washington. Under the auspices of the United Full Contact Federation and Pacific Pankration and Kickboxing Association, the state has never had a lack of sanctioning. With political pressure barring down on the sanctioning bodies, including a bill which was passed in the Washington state senate that banned "extreme fighting" events, the PPKA has folded and the newly formed USA Mixed Martial Arts was born. Headed by Dennis Hallman, the recently formed sanctioning body wants to provide a safe environment for amateur and professional fighters to ply their craft. Like the UFCF has done for many years, USA Mixed Martial has tightened up their rules to ensure fighter safety and competitive matches.
With a mix of amateur and professional bouts on the card, the most entertaining bout of the evening came from the amateur ranks. Although Kyle Nickersen was able to outlast Ryan Williams, both fighters came out to bang and gave the crowd an entertaining slug fest for much of the opening round. In round two, Nickersen just had to much ground skill and was finally able to lock up a tight rear-naked choke for the victory.
In the main event, Cory Devela showed excellent take down defense in a decisive victory over Adam Yohe. At the opening bell, Yohe raced across the ring charging for a double leg takedown. Devela calmly sprawled keeping Yohe at bay. The match would eventually spill to the canvas, but it was Devela in the top position. Devela then unloaded with punches to a seemingly helpless Yohe. After taking an enormous amout of punishment in only a few seconds, Yohe finally tapped from the onslaught of blows.
Chris Dickersen def. Luke Dentromont by rear-naked choke at: 28 of R1
Kyle Nickersen def. Ryan Williams by rear-naked choke at 1:50 of R2
Joe Fritz def. Jared Trigg by guillotine choke at 2:14 of R1
From the event’s promoter:
Menne, Wiuff Headline Talent-Filled Extreme Challenge
MEDINA, Minn. — Former UFC champion Dave Menne has accomplished a lot in the world of mixed martial arts.
However, despite accumulating a long list of titles and victories over many of the world’s top competitors, Menne has always dreamed of something more… something closer to home.
"For a long time, I’ve wanted to be involved with bringing a quality event to Minneapolis," Menne said. "It’s something I think the state needs and finally, it’s going to happen."
Menne has teamed up with his manager Monte Cox to co-promote Extreme Challenge 56… scheduled for this Friday at the Medina Entertainment Center in Medina, Minn.
Not only will Menne help with the promotion… he’ll also fight in the main event.
"Dave is so excited to be promoting an event," Cox said. "He asked what he could do to make sure the event was a success. I said, that’s easy… fight in it. I mean, he’s without a doubt the most successful MMA fighter in Minnesota history. Not only is he the only UFC champion from his state, he also helped bring attention to the sport in Minneapolis and make it possible for others to follow in his foot steps."
Menne will fight veteran Leo Sylvest of Indianapolis in the headliner of the 12-fight card.
Travis Wiuff, another local UFC veteran, also will compete… putting his 11-fight win streak on the line against Demian Decorah in a heavyweight bout. Wiuff, from Rochester, Minn., sports a 26-4 record and owns back-to-back wins over Carlos Barreto in Brazil and Roman Zentrov of Russia. Decorah, a wrestling coach, has won 5 of his last 7 bouts.
"I haven’t fought near my hometown in quite a while, so I’m really looking forward to the opportunity," Wiuff said. "This looks like it will be a great show… I’m happy that I get to be a part of it."
In addition to the UFC vets, many up-and-coming fighters will also be featured on the card:
In a 4-man tourney at 155 pounds, a berth into the Super Brawl/Extreme Challenge 8-man tourney in Honolulu, Hawaii, is waiting for the winner. Competing are: Jorge Gurgel (9-1) of Dayton, Ohio; Joe Jordan (8-5-1) of Davenport, Iowa; and Gabe Huerta and Gin Minajev, both of Minneapolis.
A 4-man 155 tourney with the winner advancing to the Extreme Challenge/Super Brawl 8-man event in Honolulu, Hawaii.