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|Clark, others impressive during Wisconsin event|
|Written by Logan Clark|
|Thursday, 09 August 2012 09:59|
The folks from Iron Works Training Center in Holmen, Wis., pulled off their second successful show of 2012 with a mixed pro/am card this past Saturday. The event featured a variety of entertaining fights, a top-notch main event, and two impressive last-round, come-from-behind victories.
The main event saw Logan "The Pink Pounder" Clark (18-5) of Rochester's Compound MMA pick up his third consecutive submission victory with a win over Jake Doerr (6-2) from the Iron Works Training Center.
Clark was moderately successful striking early in the first before moving to the clinch against the fence for a time. From there, Doerr and Clark fought for top position before Doerr secured a takedown.
The next several minutes were a mix of submission attempts and strikes from Clark and ground and pound from Doerr. Eventually, Doerr moved to half-guard and moved fairly quickly into mount, which was swiftly countered by Clark, who then went for a kneebar rather than attempt to take top position. Failure to lock on the submission brought Doerr back on top where the round ended.
The second began with Clark quickly engaging on the feet and just as quickly being taken down by Doerr. Clark again began to attack with submission attempts, while Doerr's GNP was less effective than in the first.
Clark was able to lock on a triangle choke just shy of a minute into the round, but he was unable to secure the tap out from the choke alone. Doerr worked to defend while Clark attacked the trapped arm, looking for an armbar and then a kimura.
The process of defending against the armlocks led to the triangle choke tightening further, which elicited the tap out at 1:11 of the second round. The Wisconsin commission may have incorrectly recorded the finish as a kimura. We can't all be perfect.
(Self-Editor's note: I have details for the main event because I lived it, but I am using a third party play-by-play from a somewhat drunken friend to write this story, so I don't have as much detail for most of the other fights, which might be a good thing.)
The co-main event definitely provided the fans with the kind of exciting finish they came to see. Unfortunately for them, the result of the lightweight contest was not what the local crowd had hoped for as Strikeforce veteran Charon Spain (8-8) of Yakima MMA in Walla Walla, Wash., won a hard-earned third-round TKO victory over local favorite and Spartan MMA product Kenn "Da Kid" Glenn (4-2).
The first and second rounds were almost all Glenn as Spain used scrappy clinchwork, striking, and ground defense to stay in the fight, while Glenn controlled the position of the fight, landed solid shots standing, and had moments of nasty GnP.
The third round began with Glenn working to establish top position once again. Spain took quick advantage of an opening in the clinch and landed a solid knee to Glenn's head. From there, Spain landed a number of solid hooks before Glenn was able to push his head tight to the body to avoid the punches.
Spain continued to flurry and landed a few shots that may have hit the back of the head. At least one shot landed hard enough to cause Glenn to fall, which brought the referee in to stop the bout.
In other professional action, Iron Works Training Center's Austen "Corndog" Heidlage (2-0) took another step forward with a first-round submission win over Quartis "Cool Breeze" Stitt (3-4) of Fiore MMA.
Heidlage showed great composure as he entered the ring and wasted little time before he locked on a no-arm guillotine choke from the clinch and secured the tapout early in the first round of the middleweight contest.
The first professional bout of the evening provided some of the best back and forth action and the most entertaining striking of the night as Aaron "Hillbilly Havoc" Carter (3-4) of Fiore MMA took a unanimous decision over Ryan Smith (1-4) of the Central Illinois Combat Club.
Unfortunately, the bout was marred and delayed by a number of shots to the groin, which eventually resulted in a point deduction for each fighter. The fight took place primarily on the feet with Carter getting the better of the striking and the few wrestling scrambles in the first and second rounds before he faded and the third round looked to go in Smith's favor.
The amateur under card was highlighted by a heavyweight matchup that saw Rick Johnson (3-0) of the Central Illinois Combat Club earn a third-round TKO victory over Cory Scanlan (1-3) of the Iron Works Training Center.
Johnson attempted to use his height and reach advantage to strike and stay on the feet while Scanlan controlled the clinch and secured a number of hard-earned takedowns throughout the fight.
Neither fighter was able mount a lot of offense on the ground. In the third round, Scanlan again found his takedown attempts well defended when Johnson crossfaced and suddenly landed a monster uppercut. Scanlan attempted to regain his wits, but the fight was stopped after several more hard straight rights landed flush.
Nick Porter (1-0), another Central Illinois Combat Club product, also had a successful night as he secured a second-round submission win over Cody Garness (3-3) of Compound MMA. The first round of the 150-pound catchweight bout saw Garness utilizing his length to land effective strikes and his wrestling background to secure top position while Porter looked to have the advantage on the ground while working from his back.
Porter struck quickly in the second round when he pulled guard and locked on a guillotine choke that eventually forced the tapout from Garness.
Bantamweight Zac Paletta (3-1) from The Grind MMA made quick work of wrestler Trey Theisen (0-2) of New Lisbon, Wis., once the fight hit the ground when he earned a submission victory early in the first round. Theisen was getting the better of the striking before he pushed Paletta against the cage and secured a takedown. It wasn't long until Paletta locked on an armbar and got the tapout.
The night opened with CoBretti Forsyth (1-0) of Mauston MMA taking a unanimous decision over Jake Sussek (0-1) of 3 Guyz MMA. Forsythe used his wrestling to control the fight and set up GnP while Sussek looked skilled from bottom but was unable to lock on a finish or move out from under Forsythe.
My personal thanks to everyone at Iron Works for putting on the event.
Three River Throwdown III will be October 27th at the Omni Center.