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Hoffman Thrills Extreme Fans With Bloody Victory

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Hoffman Thrills Extreme Fans With Bloody Victory

      DAVENPORT, Iowa — Two bus loads of fans from Bobby Hoffman’s hometown of Centerville, Iowa, made the trip to see Extreme Challenge 35 at the RiverCenter.
      They weren’t disappointed as Hoffman, the Extreme Challenge heavyweight champion, successfully defended his title by pounding former UFC fighter Sam Adkins in the main event. A smashing shot broke Adkins’ nose at the 2:25 mark of the first round and the ring doctor halted the bout as Adkins’ face was almost completely covered in blood.
      "I’m satisfied with the win," Hoffman said. "Adkins is a quality opponent and I know he’s a good striker,so I wanted to get him down and pound him."
      Hoffman, 14-2 in NHB, will compete in RINGS USA in Orem, Utah. on July 15. He also is scheduled to make his UFC debut on Sept. 22.
      In one of the most bloody Extreme Challenges in recent memory, Phil Johns captured the EC junior lightweight title with a unanimous decision win over Tony DeDolph. Johns controlled the bout, especially the first two rounds, by scoring repeated takedowns and landing punches. DeDolph, who was cut in a couple places on his face, fared better in the third round, reopening a cut on Johns’ forehead that left both fighters covered in blood.
      In other key battles, 4-time UFC winner LaVerne Clark tapped Xtreme Shootout champion Cedric Marks with a choke at 3:24 of the second round. Clark, the WEF lightweight champion, scored some big slams and kept the fight on the ground against Marks, who put up a solid struggle.
      UFC regulars Jeremy Horn, Matt Hughes and Joe Slick also notched victories.
      Horn controlled the opening round against Jason Allar, but failed to complete a choke as time expired. He then landed a kick to Allar’s face that broke his nose only 3 seconds into the second round. Allar, who KO’d UFC vet Brad Kohler in his last bout, motioned to the ref to halt the bout.
      Hughes said prior to his fight with Joe Guist that he planned to work on his standup skills in preparation for his RINGS Japan bout on Aug. 23. He did just that, often standing up out of the guard to work more on his strikes. He eventually won the bout with an armbar at 2:45.
      Slick, who was getting back in the ring after losing on a late cut in UFC Japan, landed two solid knees to the head of Gary Hughes (no relation) at the 1:50 mark and won by tapout.
      Nate Schroeder, who lost in his UFC debut last month, rebounded to win by injury when Aaron Pendleton suffered a broken ankle while being taken down. Pendleton’s foot got caught underneath him and the ankle popped.
      In other bouts, Rich Franklin of WEF fame armbarred Dennis Reed and C.J. Fernandez, an up-and-coming lightweight, TKO’d Pat Bullard (another broken nose). Brian Dunn, a tricky lightweight who owns a win over Clark, guillotined Clayton Miller to improve to 26-3.
      Mark Hughes, the twin brother of Matt, did not get to fight when his opponent, Dan Conner, failed to show. No-showing is Conner’s greatest talent — he’s done it to almost every show in the Midwest — and he has been barred from Extreme Challenge forever (like he ever planned to show up).
      "This guy calls and begs me to give him a chance… I mean pleads… he’s even had his wife call me," promoter Monte Cox said. "I finally gave him a chance and the day before the show he blocks my emails to him. This guy needs some serious help…he’s a true whacko."
      The show was taped by JTV Productions from Utah… the same group that does WEF and also will work the 2000 Olympics. Tapes should be available in about two weeks.

Complete results:
C.J. Fernandex def. Pat Bullar, 3:03 TKO
Brian Dunn def. Clayton Miller, 1:21 guillotine
LaVerne Clark def. Cedric Marks, 8:24 front choke
Nate Schroeder def. Aaron Pendleton, 2:11 ankle injury
Rich Franklin def. Dennis Reed, 1:56 armbar
Joe Slick def. Gary Hughes, 1:50 knees to head
Jeremy Horn def. Jason Allar, 5:03 kick to head
Matt Hughes def. Joe Guist, 2:45 armbar

EC junior lightweight title
Phil Johns def. Tony DeDolph, 15:00 unanimous decision

EC heavyweight title
Bobby Hoffman def. Sam Adkins, 2:25 doctor stop (broken nose)

posted by Full Contact Fighter @ 8:00 pm
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