Report and photos by Keith Mills
Portland, OR — Fans that can appreciate the ground game in addition to standup will surely be looking for the DVD of SportFight 12 when it comes out. This show, mostly run by Matt Lindland of Team Quest, is much more than just a chance to showcase TQ fighters. The two main events featured Jeff Monson vs. Jay White and Matt Horwich vs. Vernon White.
In the final fight of the night, former SportFight Light-Heavyweight Champion Horwich, still a relative unknown despite appearances in APEX and WEC, showed a solid chin and excellent ground skills on the way to defeating UFC vet White via rear choke. White did a good job in this back-and-forth war; however, he blatantly kneed Horwich’s face when Horwich was grounded, a mistake hard to forgive a fighter with the experience of White.
In the co-main event, Abu Dhabi ’05 Champion and UFC vet Jeff Monson was matched against Jay White, formerly of Team Renzo Gracie but now with Team Quest. These two met before in MFC 3, a fight White lost due to a knee injury. American Top Team’s Monson’s relatively quick choke of White won him the SportFight Heavyweight title belt.
In other news Ken Shamrock, present to corner Vernon White, announced the imminent release of his new book "Beyond the Lion’s Den." This is a follow-up to his earlier book "Inside the Lion’s Den" and is structured the same way. One section of the book chronicles Ken’s career, picking up where "Inside" left off while the rest of the book is devoted to fighting techniques.
Look for a full report in an upcoming issue of Full Contact Fighter.