GREEN BAY, Wis. — Combat USA’s Wisconsin State Finals takes place this evening at Oneida Casino in Green Bay, Wis. Herbert “Whisper” Goodman and Sherron “Rob Roy” Leggett are two of the notable names on the card.
Also, Klayton Konrad, the older brother of Bellator heavyweight champion Cole Konrad is fighting on this card. Renowned striking coach Shawn Tompkins is serving as color commentator.
There are four State Title Fights tonight and Combat USA has some new special belts for their champions. They look like a normal championship belt except there is a video screen in the center which will have highlights from their title fight win embedded in it. How cool is that?
Check out the Combat USA website for more information about this growing Mid-West promotion and their tournament style format used to produce ranked fighters and champions in each state: www.combatusa.net.
Combat USA – State Finals quick results:
- (155 Title) Sherron Leggett def. James Warfield by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
- (185 Title) Herbert Goodman def. Gerald Meerschaert by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (1:28)
- (145 Title) Josh Sterry def. Josh Kasee by DQ (intentional illegal knee) Rd 1 (3:19)
- (170 Title) Lenny Nelson def. Tim Hallock by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:39)
- Klayton Konrad def. Jimmy Zidek by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
- Tyler Hellenbrand def. Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
- Will Dicke def. Zach Browder by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
Combat USA – State Finals play-by-play:
185 lbs. Will Dicke vs. Zach Browder
NOTES: Dicke came in over weight at 192 pounds and the bout was changed to a catch weight.
Round 1 – Dicke lands a short hook and Browder fires back. Browder lands a nice right. Browder counters and drops Dicke. Browder attacks from top position inside full guard. Dicke kicks Browder back a bit but Browder gets back inside guard and lands a couple nice punches right on the chin. Dicke trying to maintain wrist control. Big left from Browder on the chin again. Browder stands, kicks the thighs of Dicke then dives back in with a nice punch to the chin. Dicke gets to his knees and stands, grabbing a double and dumps Browder on his back, tries to advance and moves to half guard but Browder recovers full guard. , moves to half guard. A bit of a scramble and Browder gets full guard, looking for a kimura and sweeps with it. Browder on top now eats a right from Dicke off his back. Browder postures up and lands a couple nice punches on the chin. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Browder.
Round 2 – Browder lands a nice right, Dicke ties him up, eats a knee to the body. Dicke with a hip toss and gets on top in half guard. Dicke advances to side control but Browder gets to his feet. Dicke drops levels for a single but Browder stuffs it. Foot stomps from Dicke and Browder backs out. Right hand from Dicke, another one. Nice shot from Browder snaps Dicke’s head back. Dicke picks him up high with a big slam. Browder throws up a triangle but Dicke is right out of it. Big elbow from Dicke. Browder looking for an omoplata, grabs a kimura now as Dicke moves to side control. Forearm from Dicke, looks for a keylock but Browder pulls out of it. Dicke maintains control on top as Browder tries to sweep. About 30 seconds to go. Browder continues to try to make something happen but Dicke holds position. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Dicke.
Round 3 – Front head lock from Dicke, drops levels and eats several elbows, but gets the takedown. Browder looking for an armbar but Dicke gets full mount. Browder escapes it and regains full guard. Browder shrimping looking for anything. Dicke moves to side control briefly but Browder scrambles to his feet. Clinched — they are both very tired at this point. Dicke with the takedown, almost sweeped but Browder gets up. Dicke takes him right back down. Browder looking for a kimura, puts it behind Dicke’s back but he escapes. Dicke stands and dives in with a punch. Full guard from Dicke with 1:30 left in the fight. Browder looks for a kimura, tries to sweep with it. Dicke takes his back, slides off and now Browder is on top. Dicke gets him off and regains top control inside guard. Nice back and forth grappling here. Browder gets up, misses with a big knee. Dicke drops levels, grabs a single, lets it go and they clinch before the bell. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Dicke and the fight 29-28 for Dicke.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Will Dicke def. Zach Browder by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)
155 lbs. Jordan Griffin vs. Tyler Hellenbrand
Round 1 – Nice right from Griffin. Big one two from Griffin but ends up on his back with Hellenbrand standing over him. Hellenbrand moves on top into half guard and is smothering Griffin against the cage sitting down on him. Griffin gives up his back and Hellenbrand has a hook in but is up pretty high. Griffin trying to shake him off but Hellenbrand stays on and rolls him over now with both hooks in, looking for the choke. Hellenbrand has his arm over the chin. Griffin with his feet on the cage, fighting off the choke. They scramble and Hellenbrand is back looking for the choke again. Griffin gets to his knees and gets out of the choke. Less than a minute to go and Hellenbrand is landing shots while riding Griffin’s back. Hellenbrand takes his back again, flattens him out, rains down punches until the bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Hellenbrand.
Round 2 – Nice right from Griffin. Hellenbrand shoots and pushes Griffin against the cage. Hellenbrand scoops him to the ground. Big shot from Hellenbrand and Griffin hits him in the face from off his back, backhands him too. Hellenbrand in half guard, lands some rights to the body and head. Less than two minutes to go and Hellenbrand maintaining top control. Griffin getting shut down off his back. Well, Griffin gets a reversal now and is on top in half guard. Hellenbrand gets up and makes Griffin eat a big knee as he goes for a takedown. Griffin tries to drag him to the ground but gets reversed and ends up on his back. Hellenbrand on top in half guard and rains down shots until the round ends. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Hellenbrand.
Round 3 – Both guys miss with some shots but Griffin slips and falls to his back. Hellenbrand on top inside full guard now. Griffin throws up an armbar and Hellenbrand pulls out. Hellenbrand passes beautifully to half side control. He tries to mount but Griffin defends. Tyler stands up, sits down in half guard. Griffin throwing punches off his back but he needs to get out of there. He gets to his knees but Hellenbrand quickly takes his back and gets his hooks in with less than two minutes to go. Hammerfists from hellenbrand and he’s looking for the choke. One minute to go and Hellenbrand gets the arm under the chin but Griffin still defending, he rolls over gets top position, Tyler kicks him off but Griffin goes for his own rear naked choke. He tries to sink it in but Hellenbrand escapes with about 15 seconds left, regains top control, lands some punches right before the bell. Good stuff. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Hellenbrand and the fight 30-27 for Hellenbrand.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Tyler Hellenbrand def. Jordan Griffin by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
145 lbs. Klayton “Ranger” Konrad vs. Jimmy “Daywalker” Zidek
Klay Konrad is 28-years-old and this is his second pro bout. He won his first fight via TKO. Like his brother, he is also known as a wrestler. Zidek has nine pro bouts.
Round 1 – Zidek comes out swinging. Konrad ties him up against the cage with underhooks. Konrad lands a couple punches, puts his hand between Zidek’s legs. Goes back to a body clinch and dumps Zidek on his back, lands in side control. Konrad transitions to north south, side control on the other side, then full mount, knee on belly, half guard. Grabs a front headlock, lets it go. Zidek gets to his feet but Konrad stays on him, lands a big knee to the gut. Konrad pressing him against the cage. Knees from Zidek. Konrad with knees to the thighs. Konrad backs out and squares up. Couple of front kicks from Zidek. Right hand from Konrad and gets the clinch against the cage again. Konrad drops levels, picks Zidek up and puts him on his back just before the bell. No real damage done but Konrad definitely controlled the fight here. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Konrad.
Round 2 – Zidek swings and misses, lands a right, misses a leg kick. Lands a light right hook and Konrad gets the clinch. Konrad gets a body lock and puts Zidek on his back. Konrad in half guard, elbow. Zidek recovers full guard, throws up his legs for an armbar, but Konrad pulls out easily and is inside full guard. Nice right from Konrad as he postures up. Elbows from Konrad. Konrad in side control now, knee to the ribs, Konrad locks on a keylock but Zidek escapes to his feet. They both miss with punches. Leg kick from Zidek. Another one. Ten seconds to go. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Konrad.
Round 3 – Zidek comes out firing punches but gets dropped with a big right hand from Konrad. Konrad on top inside full guard. Zidek seems okay though. Zidek throws up a triangle put Konrad pulls right out. Zidek throwing little punches from his back but not doing any real damage. Konrad maintaining control, postures up with a big right but Zidek defends against it. They scramble and Zidek gets back to his feet. Konrad pressing him against the cage, grabbing a single leg. They exchange knees to the thighs and the ref separates them. Zidek comes out swinging but Konrad slips most of the shots and keeps moving. Lazy head kick from Zidek but has no effect at all. Clinched against the cage until the bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Konrad.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Klay Konrad def. Jimmy Zidek by unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 30-27) Rd 3 (5:00)
170 Title Tim Hallock vs. Lenny “Smash” Nelson (c)
Round 1 – Leg kick from Nelson. Another big one. Another. Another. Nelson gets the takedown and has side control. Nelson gets full mount, Hallock gives up his back, they scramble and are back to the feet, Hallock starts swinging punches forcing Nelson to drop levels and take Hallock back down. Hallock gives up his back and Nelson rains punches left and right to the side of the head, sinks in the choke and it’s all over as Hallock taps out. Nelson digs a grave a la Tito Ortiz. Nelson wins the Combat USA 170-pound Wisconsin State Title.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Lenny Nelson def. Tim Hallock by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (2:39)
145 Title Josh Sterry vs. Josh “Manic Maker” Kasee
NOTES: Josh Sterry is a firefighter and he walks to the cage followed by bagpipes representing their firehouse. Kasee was the bantamweight champion last year. He’s moved up to featherweight to try and claim titles in two weight classes.
Round 1 – Sterry ducks some punches and puts Kasee down but he bounces back to his feet. Sterry remains clinched, pushing Kasee to the cage. They separate and Kasee lands a head kick. Sterry points at his head and tells him to bring it on. The kick had no effect on Sterry. Kasee with a double jab, eats a leg kick. Sterry with a big right moves Kasee back. Sterry grabs a single and picks Kasee up, runs all the way across the cage, bounces off the cage and ends up on his back. They scramble back to the feet and exchange leg kicks. Kasee throws a few jabs and Sterry with a leg kick, Kasee with a leg kick. Kasee with a few punches, leg kick and Sterry throws some big shots. Kasee clinches up and Sterry puts three points on the ground. Kasee throws an illegal knee to the head that rocks Sterry and the doctor stops the fight. The crowd chants “bull [expletive]” and “let them fight.” But it’s not going to happen. We’re waiting on the ruling. The ref saw it as an illegal intentional knee from Kasee and this makes Sterry the new featherweight champion.
NOTES: Lots of boos and ruckus in the crowd and looks like a couple of fights have broke out and security escorts some people out.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Josh Sterry def. Josh Kasee by DQ (intentional illegal knee) Rd 1 (3:19)
185 Title Gerald Meerschaert (c) vs. Herbert “Whisper” Goodman
NOTES: Goodman (17-9) is a former Green Bay Packer football player.Meerschaert is 14-4 going into the fight.
Round 1 – Meerschaert misses with a big left. Then misses with a big overhand left. Goodman shoots, picks him up and slams him hard on his back. Goodman passes to side control. Meerschaert gets to his knees but Goodman takes his back, hooks in and is going for the choke, he gets it under the chin and it is all over folks. Meerschaert taps out and “Whisper”Goodman is the new Combat USA Wisconsin state middleweight champion. It’s a big win for Goodman who was considered the underdog. He will move on to fight the Illinois state champ this summer.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Herbert “Whisper” Goodman def. Gerald Meerschaert by submission (rear-naked choke) Rd 1 (3:32)
155 Title Sherron “Rob Roy” Leggett vs. James “The Unbreakable Heavy Hitter” Warfield
NOTES: Leggett (20-5) is on a five fight win streak. His last loss was against Anthony Pettis and before that it was Jamie Varner. Before that he has no losses until 2006. Warfield (22-7) has a more up and down record in recent years but has 15 KO’s on his record, none of his wins have gone to a decision, and is a dangerous fight for Rob Roy.
Round 1 – Leg kick from Warfield, Leggett shoots and gets shoved aside. Leggett clinches, pushes Warfield against the cage. Big takedown from Leggett and slams Warfield on the back of his head. Leggett with side control. Warfield gets half guard. Warfield gets to his feet, knees to the gut from Leggett but Warfield trips him hard to the ground. Leggett scrambles and takes Warfield’s back, side control, takes his back with hooks in. Warfield dives, slamming Leggett’s head into the mat. Leggett landing punches while hanging on Warfield’s back. Scramble as Leggett tries to mount. Moves to side control, two big knees to the ribs from Leggett. Scramble and Leggett puts him back on his back, inside his full guard now. Warfield trying to hold onto Leggett, gets to his feet. Knee to the guy from Leggett, another one that hits Warfield in the groin and Warfield goes down hard, spits his mouth piece out and screams. He’s wallowing around and is still on his stomach. The doctor comes in to check him out. Warfield is still on his belly face down after well over a minute. He gets to his knees, does a little stretching and the crowd cheers. He has five minutes to recover. Thank goodness the fight will continue. Almost a disaster. Left hand from Leggett that just misses. Bell sounds. ProMMAnow.com scores the first round 10-9 for Leggett.
Round 2 – Warfield fakes a takedown, throws the overhand right but misses. He lands a left but Leggett puts him on his back. Leggett inside full guard, landing body shots and elbows. Warfield throws up his legs but Leggett passes to side control, Warfield tries to get up and Leggett pulls him aback down. Warfield gets up, Leggett pulls him down once again. Warfield gets to his knees and Leggett takes his back. Warfield rolls for a leg lock, scramble and Leggett is back inside his full guard. Warfield gets to his feet, clinched, they exchange knees and Warfield’s mouthpiece fell out. Short right hand from Warfield and Leggett goes for the takedown. Warfield goes for a guillotine, the roll, and Warfield ends back up with a guillotine hold. They stand up, he tries to pick Leggett up, they scramble and Warfield ends up on top. Leggett gets to his knees. Warfield goes for an armbar. Leggett stays calm and pulls out and Leggett grabs a body lock before the bell. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 for Leggett.
Round 3 – Leggett is a fun fighter to watch, I tell ya. He’s come a long way since his Tapout days. Leggett slips a couple punches but takes a leg kick. Leggett clinches up, knees to the gut. More knees. he’s good with those. Warfield looks a bit tired. Leggett slams him to the ground and they scramble to their knees. Warfield with a front headlock. Leggett being patient. Warfield just hanging on at this point, showing no sign of desperation and he’s probably down two rounds. Two and a half minutes to go. They stand up, Warfield swings with a right and left, hits a bunch of air and Leggett shoots a beautiful takedown. Leggett starts going to work from inside full guard. Warfield gets to his knees, they scramble and Warfield ends up on his back with Leggett inside his full guard. The announcers keep saying they are disappointed not to see Warfield standing up. Well, the ref did it for them and stands them up. Leggett throws a left and gets one more big takedown before the bell. Warfield tries to sell it and runs around the cage like he won raising his hand. ProMMAnow.com scores the round 10-9 and the fight 30-27 for Rob Roy.
NOTES: Leggett gets the unanimous decision and takes home the Combat USA Wisconsin State lightweight title. I seriously can’t believe they all three gave one round to Warfield. Leggett will move on to face the Illinois State champ this summer.
OFFICIAL RESULT: Sherron Leggett def. James Warfield by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28) Rd 3 (5:00)