By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Mario Muñoz left nothing to chance in his rematch with Trenten Wilkinson Saturday in the Seward County Ag Building.
In front of a capacity crowd, Muñoz forced Wilkinson to tap out in the second rounds to win the Revolution Cage Warrior Challenge Battle for the Belt.
The professional fight ended much differently than the last time Muñoz fought in the cage in Ulysses. I that fight, Muñoz apparently had a technical knockout in the first round when the referee stepped in, but instead of awarding the fight to Muñoz, he allowed his opponent to pick up his mouthpiece for the third time.
Muñoz had climbed the cage, and he had to get back down and continue the fight. He eventually lost on points.
Saturday’s fight did not have to go to the scorecards.
Muñoz and Wilkinson each had opportunities to lock in moves in the first round.
Wilkinson used his weight to keep Muñoz trapped against the cage, and that prevented the southpaw Muñoz from being able to deliver any bone-crushing blows.
Wilkinson took the fight to the mat, trying to expose any weakness by Muñoz.
But Muñoz was able to defend himself, and Wilkinson failed to tighten down a choke hold on Muñoz.
Muñoz was able to escape and started to work some moves of his own, but the round came to an end with neither fighter establishing a clear advantage.
That would change in Round 2.
Wilkinson again tried to use the cage to keep Muñoz from throwing haymakers, and after holding top position, Wilkinson’s weight was too high, and Muñoz reversed Wilkinson. In an effort to protect his face, Wilkinson turned his back to Muñoz, and ‘The Nightmare’ locked down the rear naked choke hold. Wilkinson tapped, and Muñoz earned the belt.