14 bouts highlight Alaska Beat Down battles

Alaska Beat Down brought 28 fighters to their ring in Centennial Hall on Saturday night and no four were more cheered than the two final co-main events.


In bout 13 Henry Dehling took just a little over one minute to force Aaron Tucker to tap out in their dirty boxing bout. Dehling applied a rear choke and Tucker attempted to shake him off with a body slam but it only worked to tighten the move into a full body choke. Dehling earned a challenge from a pro fighter on the May 24 card.

The co-main and final bout was a three round mixed martial arts clash between Derek Loftstrom and Anthony ”Ma Duece Gunner” Manacio IV. Loftstrom put a body slam on Manacio in the first round but Manacio countered with solid body punches to the side and stayed in control on top scoring to the bell in round two. The bout was stopped in round three as Manacio, sitting on top, pummeled a face down Loftstrom who could no longer defend himself.

The first bout of the night saw Trevor “Yoga Bear” Luedke take out Tyler Phillips in an MMA and the first of four amateur fights. Phillips started on top in the first round but Luedke reversed and finished on top. One minute into the second round Luedke had top position and pummeled Phillips until the bout was called.

Chandler “The Henchman” Horne won a TKO in round one of a boxing match against Joe Pulfrey with a series of flailing strikes in his own corner.

In fight three Tyler Allen took just 30 seconds to stun Ben Kinser with an upper cut and win their boxing match as the referee stopped the bout.

In bout four Drake Clements won a dirty boxing event over Samson Nauer in the second round. Nauer did get in a body slam in the first round but Clements was on top twice and bloodied Nauer’s face. Clements won by TKO just over a minute into the second round.

Bout five was a TPO (total puke out) as Matthew Maka won in the third round when Clifford “C-Weezy” White could not continue after vomiting twice. Maka had control in round one with a headlock. Round two was even until White began his first ill feelings.

Bout six saw Rafael “The Colt” Soto apply a take down into an arm bar in round two to force a tap out by Devin Jones. Soto had a head and arm applied in round one but Jones escaped and bloodied The Colt. Soto went directly to work in the second to force the end.

Bout seven saw Mike Morris win a mixed martial arts with a TKO in the third over Tyler Papasodora. Morris had control in round one from the top and round two from the top but Papasodora blocked punches and hit with his elbows to score, drawing blood in round two. Morris connected on a shot to open round one, which sent his opponent into the ropes. Morris then threw a body slam and continued to punch from the top until the ref stopped the fight.

Bout eight saw Brian Lauth chase Leroy Peratovich III around the ring for one round and finally connect on a straight punch in round two for a knock out boxing win.

Bout nine featured two heavy weights in a boxing fan favorite. The Beast Of Southeast and Showstoppa went three rounds and too the judges cards with Beast getting the split decision.

Bout ten was a female dirty boxing match between Michelle Huffman and Gina Smith. Both ladies dropped lots of leather with an even first round that saw Smith on the bottom but blocking. In round two Huffman again took Smith to the mat at the end. In round three Huffman applied a chokehold while putting Smith on the mat against the ropes to force a tap out.

Bout eleven was a family affair as cousins Lincoln Maka and Samuel Nauer went three rounds of furious and fast action. Nauer relied on jabs in round one while Maka used sweeping leg kicks until both fighters were grappling on the mat. In round two Maka was on top as Nauer tired to the bell. Round three featured faster action and Nauer with a headlock at the end but Maka countered with body blows and took the unanimous decision.

Bout twelve saw fan-favorite Charlie Gallant use his cunning from 50-plus wins to stop newcomer Tom “The Russian” Kirsanov in a three round boxing unanimous decision. The Russian was bigger and stronger but Gallant slipped punches and hit with counters. Round one was even and round two even closer but Gallant stunned the Russian near the bell. In round three Gallant was the aggressor as the Kirsanov tired and faded.

The next Alaska Beat Down is set for May 26.


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