MOREHEAD, Ky. — Mixed martial arts fans at the sold out Morehead Conference Center walked away with a new appreciation for local MMA as Spartan Fighting Championship showed why they are a regional powerhouse in the tri-state area.
Some customers were turned away from the door as the venue was remanded to standing room only. Team Jorge Gurgel fighters got back on the winning track and local favorites brought the crowd to their feet.
Twelve fights cleared the commission including two amateur title fights and three professional battles. Here are the “SFC 12: Invasion” event results and play by play for the title fights as well as the professional bouts.
SFC 12 quick results:
- Kenny Brokaw def Ethan Goss via Unanimous Decision (Judge 1 29-28, Judge 2 29-28, Judge 3 29-28)
- James Brown def Steven Oughton via Submission (Rear-naked choke) 02:35 into Round 2
- Zack Wilds def Tim Kelley via Unanimous Decision (Judge 1 29-28, Judge 2 29-28, Judge 3 29-28)
- Dustin Watkins def William Estep via Submission (Armbar) 00:27 into Round 1
- Eugene Perrin def Greg Copley via Submission (due to strikes) 00:25 into Round 1
- Joey Donohew def David Toney via Submission (armbar) 01:29 into Round 3
- Cody Harris def Robert Nevius via Submission (armbar) 01:35 into Round 2
- Billy Poe def Steven Bell via Unanimous Decision (Judge 1 49-46, Judge 2 49-46, Judge 3 49-46)
- Blayne Hodges Bill Conley via Submission (armbar) 01:38 into Round 1
- Chris Mierzwiak def Ricco Ralston via Submission (rear-naked choke) 02:21 into Round 1
- Taylor Ruscin Augusta Tindall via Submission (rear-naked choke) 02:03 into Round 2
- Tyler Voth def Jason Carrier via Submission (rear-naked choke) 00:23 into Round 1
SFC 12 play-by-play:
Billy Poe (7-4) vs Steven Bell (4-3)
Amateur Middleweight Title Fight
Round 1 – Billy takes center control comes out strong with a nice body kick that has Steven in a little pain. Billy attempts a head kick but Steven ducks under and shoots in but its stuffed by Billy. The fighters are clinched up against the cage with Billy having outside control. Billy is now going for a double leg takedown and is able to get it after staying committed to it. Billy looks for better position and is able to get from full-guard to half-guard. Billy still on top in the half looks for some shots to open up Steven. Steven going a good job at holding Billy down but not for long as Billy maneuvers and gets full-mount position and is starting to rain down some heavy punches and the crowd goes wild and the bell sounds ending the round.
Round 2 – Billy comes out again and takes center but Steven comes forward with a combo that backs Billy up. Billy with connects with a huge head kick that appears to have knocked Steven out but by time Billy is able to engage him he is able to recover and get Billy down to the ground. Steven is on top in full-guard position, Billy using the fence with his feet is able to sweep and get the back of Steven. Billy now has the body triangle locked in with his legs and is landing some shots to the ribs of Steven. Steven trying to use the fence as well is unable to as Billy as the body triangle locked in deep. Billy looks for the opening and almost had the rear-naked in but Steven is able to get out of the choke. Billy landing some shots but the bell sounds ending the round.
Round 3 – Fighters come out swinging each one missing and Steven shots in for the takedown but its stuffed by Billy up against the cage. Billy is able to use the momentum and take Steven down and lands in full-mount position. Steven again doing a good job and holding down Billy to prevent any damage but not for too long as Billy is able to break free and is raining down punches. Steven doing a good job at defending; Billy looks worn out from the onslaught of heavy punches is laying down on Steven going to the ribs now. Billy with some knees to the ribs of Steven but the bell sounds ending the round.
Round 4 – Billy comes out with a huge left hook follows it up with some punches but backs off. Billy attempts a head kick but misses and falls to his face where Steven is able to jump on Billy and lock in a standing guillotine choke. Billy with a weak single leg takedown is able to get Steven to the ground but in the sitting position. Billy transitions to side-control and has Steven up against the cage trying to get him down. Billy finally able to get Steven down on his back is now in half-guard position. Billy working puts his knee across the chest of Steven and gets full-mount. Billy with some shots to the head opens up Steven a little where Billy can land one nice shot but the bell sounds ending the round.
Round 5 – Onto the fifth and final round where Steven comes out takes center throws some heavy over hands misses both of them but goes for the takedown and is able to get it. Steven on top in the north-south position not for long as Billy is able to get Steven back to the full-guard position. Steven trying to pass but is unsuccessful. Billy holding Steven close to prevent any damage looks for a triangle but misses the submission attempt. Steven picking up Billy tries to drag him back to his corner for some advice. Steven going to the ribs of Billy opens him up for some heavy punches to the face of Billy. Not much after that as the bell sounds ending the round.
Winner: Billy Poe via Unanimous Decision (Judge 1 49-46, Judge 2 49-46, Judge 3 49-46). Billy remains the Spartan Fighting Championship Amateur Middleweight Champion.
Bill Conley (7-0) vs Blayne Hodges (5-1)
Amateur Featherweight Title Fight
Round 1 – Billy comes out takes center, but Blayne first to attack with a low leg kick. Billy counters with a low leg kick follows it up with a combo and then lands an huge body kick. Billy shoots in for the takedown and gets it landing in side-control. Blayne from the bottom is looking for an armbar submission has it but doesn’t look to tight at the moment Blayne does one last squeeze and Billy is unable to withstand the submission any longer and taps out.
Winner: Blayne Hodges via Submission (armbar) 01:38 into Round 1. Blayne Hodges is now the new Spartan Fighting Championship Amateur Featherweight Champion.
Chris Mierzwiak (3-1) vs Ricco Ralston (1-1)
Middleweight Pro Fight
Round 1 – Chris comes out takes center pressuring Ricco but Ricco is first to strike with a jab. Chris not letting up hits a jab of his own and shoots in for the takedown and secures it and gets down to half-guard. Chris trying to pass for better position stands up to his feet hovering up over Ricco but Ricco grabs him back down to the ground. Chris able to pass to full-mount only for a second as Ricco rolls and gives up his back so Chris on top sinks in a rear-naked choke secures the leg hooks and pulls tightly and gets Ricco to tap out.
Winner: Chris Mierzwiak via Submission (rear-naked choke) 02:21 into Round 1. Chris improves his Professional record to 4-1.
Taylor Ruscin (2-1) vs Augusta Tindall (0-0)
Welterweight Pro Fight
Round 1 – Augusta comes out fast but circles Taylor. The fighters just circling the cage and Taylor with a huge leg kick follows it up with another one. The fighters circling again and Taylor with another leg kick follows it up again with another. Augusta looks a little hurt from the kicks. Taylor with another kick but this time Augusta counters with a straight. Taylor again same thing with a leg kick and Augusta counters and catches Taylor with a straight, Augusta rushes in but Taylor goes for a takedown is stuffed at first but stays committed and picks up him and drops him down. Taylor in side-control, Augusta bucks and rolls Taylor to land on top but Taylor gets right back to his feet. Both fighters standing but clinched up, Taylor scores another takedown but picking up him and slamming him down. Taylor on top, Augusta gives up his back and now Taylor has the leg hooks in looking for a rear-naked choke at the moment. Taylor is able to flatten out Augusta, still looking to go for the rear-naked. Taylor gives up on the choke and now postures up goes for some punches to the head of Augusta. Taylor back to the choke attempt but nothing happens as the bell sounds ending the round.
Round 2 – Augusta comes out again the aggressor circles Taylor, Taylor with another leg kick and again Augusta counters pressuring Taylor up against the cage. The fighters are clinched up against the cage with Taylor on the outside looking to pick up Augusta. Taylor picks Augusta up and takes him to the ground, Taylor lands in side-control. Taylor working on the right arm of Augusta, uses his legs to get a crucifix position. Augusta realizing this bucks and gives up his back where Taylor is able to sink in the leg locks and get the rear-naked choke. Taylor squeezes and gets Augusta to tap out.
Winner: Taylor Ruscin via Submission (rear-naked choke) 02:03 into Round 2. Taylor improves his Professional record to 3-1.
Tyler Voth (0-0) vs Jason Carrier (2-7)
Bantamweight Pro Fight
Round 1 – Jason comes out swinging for the fences. It’s a pure slugfest going on right now, Tyler catches Jason which drops him to all fours and Tyler is able capitalize and get his back and locks in a rear-naked choke and within seconds taps out.
Winner: Tyler Voth via Submission (rear-naked choke) 00:23 into Round 1. Tyler Voth wins his Professional Debut and improves his record to 1-0.