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Written by Ben Pherson   
Saturday, 06 February 2010 00:22


FARIBAULT — Looking for a lightweight prospect out of Minnesota? Well, Brutaal Genesis promoter Nick Gamst may have found one Friday night at his amateurs-only show in Faribault.

Rose Creek native and former Southland High School football player Grant Meany turned in the most impressive performance of the night, finishing the much more experienced Adam Techau just 1:26 into the first round.

Meany and Techau came out slinging leather. Techau actually had Meany on the ground and was in good position. But Meany used a sweep to get back to his feet. From there, Meany locked up and slammed Techau twice. The second slam resulted in Meany landing in top position. A flurry of punches ended the fight.

“I just want to keep moving up,” Meany said in the cage after the fight. “I’ll fight whoever. Doesn’t matter.”

The first ever Brutaal show in Faribault delivered the anticipated mix of skill levels from its amateur fighters. Several fights didn’t make it out of the first minute, let alone the first round.

There was one three-round war, though. Chris McCalister and Zack Konklen duked it out for three full rounds. The only bad news for the fans was that no winner was determined.

The fight was ruled a majority draw, with two judges scoring it 28-28 and the third judge scoring it 28-27 in McCalister’s favor. McCalister would have won the fight, but he lost a point in the third round for an illegal headbutt.

Austin’s Bobbe Dulitz turned in an impressive performance in his first fight. After a close first round, Dulitz scored a TKO victory over Ryan Sweezer 1:30 into the second.

Four fights lasted less than 30 seconds. Rochester’s Jordan Blevins, who trains with Aaron Vold at Fourth Street Gym, defeated Antonio Olivo by TKO :21 into the first round.Chris Miller needed just :28 to deliver his vicious knockout punch to the chin of Emmitt Culver. Chris Hassing defeated John Lyberger by TKO 11 seconds into the first, and Pete Paddock of Rochester scored a TKO win in 22 seconds.

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MNMMANEWS Fight of night
Chris McCalister vs. Zack Konklen. This fight was scored a majority draw. But for amateurs to go a full three rounds was impressive. McCalister would have won the fight, but he was deducted one point in the third round for an illegal headbutt.

MNMANEWS Submission of night
There was only one, so Aruan Campa gets it for his rear-naked choke win over Mike Wilke.


Chris Miller knocked out Emmitt Culver just 28 seconds into the first round.

MNMMANEWS Fighter of night
Grant Meany. His two slams (and overall tenacity) on the more experienced Adam Techau were impressive.


155 — Ben Bachtle def. Adam Felipe via TKO at 2:20 of first round.

135 — Aruan Campa def. Mike Wilke via rear-naked choke at 2:40 of first round.

175 — Jordan Blevins def. Antonio Olivo via TKO at :21 of first round.

155 — Bobbe Dulitz def. Ryan Sweezer via TKO at 1:30 of second round.

Heavyweight — Chris Miller def. Emmitt Culver via KO at :28 of first round.

155 — Grant Meany def. Adam Techau via TKO at 1:26 of first round.

155 — Chris Hassing def. John Lyberger via TKO at :11 of first round.

170 — Chris McCalister vs. Zack Konklen ended in a majority draw (two judges scored the fight 28-28, one judge scored it 28-27 for McCalister).

Heavyweight — Pete Paddock def. Andrew Lopez via TKO at :22 of first round.