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Thursday, Jun 08, 2006

North American Challenge 23

North American Challenge 23
Held June 3, 2006
At the Squamish Nations Rec Centre
Vancouver, British Columbia
By Mike Neva

Although the city of Vancouver recently took a big hit with its City Manager mandating that no mixed martial arts events be sanctioned within the city limits until a "risk management" assessment be completed; this could not deter the longest running MMA event in Canada, the North American Challenge. Held at the Squamish Nations Rec Centre in North Vancouver, the staunch city council has no jurisdiction over this event or its sister show, the National Fighting Challenge; since both are held on Native land. For the twenty third incarnation, the NAC, primarily known as a kickboxing laden card, had a record six MMA bouts on the docket. It was a welcome change to fans who saw each and every MMA bout end before the allotted time limit.

Jenkins choking Boucher Kaufman (top) punching Posener
Jenkins choking Boucher Kaufman punching Posener

Without question, the show stealer was a back and forth tilt between Sarah Kaufman and Liz Posener. These two ladies had the sold out crowd roaring their approval as each split the first two rounds. Kaufman was able to use superior wrestling to ground and pound out the majority of the opening round, including some powerful punches from the mount, which had referee Jason Darrah on the verge of stopping the fight, but Posener was able to survive and was saved by the bell. Rolls were reversed in the second stanza, as Posener was able to impose her will by sprawling and brawling with great utilization of knees and punches in the clinch. It looked as if the tide had officially turned in round three with Posener again able to keep the fight on their feet and land effective punches. But Kaufman showed great strategy by cutting off the ring and pinning Posener in the corner. Seemingly out of nowhere, Kaufman changed her game plan, and, instead of shooting for a takedown, unloaded a wicked right hand that knocked Posener unconscious. Thankfully, after being down for a number of minutes, Posener was able to get to her feet and leave the ring under her own power. An impressive debut performance by Kaufman.

MMA Results

  • Len Tam def. Joe Ramirez by armbar at 2:07 of R2
  • Yoon Heo def. Adam Thomas by rear-naked choke at 1:10 of R1
  • Jay Jenkins def. Logan Boucher by guillotine choke at 4:48 of R1
  • Sarah Kaufman def. Liz Posener by KO at 1:03 of R3
  • Cesar Narita def. Cody Krause by armbar at 2:39 of R1
  • George Kassimatis def. Ryan Mechan by KO at 3:31 of R1

Kickboxing Results

  • Dominic Ieraci def. George Habib by unanimous decision after R3
  • Heidi Otterbein def. Wendy Roy by unanimous decision after R3
  • Toby Cleary def. Danill Ugarte by unanimous decision after R3
  • Grayson Wells def. Suk Basi by TKO at 1:19 of R3
  • James Bannochie def. Ale Pourmosa by unanimous decision after R5

Muay Thai Results

  • Jared Teer def. Anthony Tesezakis by TKO from a shin injury at 0:09 of R1
  • Inderjit Bisla def. Will Sitchaisai by unanimous decision after R3
  • Karim Bhaloo def. Brian Jones by TKO doctor stoppage from a cut after R1

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