By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
In one of the most punishing set of fights in the history of local cage fighting, medical personnel were kept busy as fight after fight ended with serious pain, some requiring ambulance trips to Southwest Medical Center Saturday during the Revolution Cage Warrior Challenge Battle for the Belt.
The first came when Jonathan Mendoza face Liberal’s Peyton Yancey. Yancey was the aggressor from the opening bell, and after Mendoza went down close to the cage, he landed awkwardly and dislocated his elbow.
Later, in a fight that was converted from an AMMA fight to Pankration since both fighters had their competitors withdraw, Shakir McKillip faced Samson Jeanty in the limited strike bout.
Jeanty lost a point early for a strike to the face, which is illegal in Pankration, and then Jeanty avoided an arm bar attempt by McKillip by lifting McKillip off the mat and then slamming him back down. McKillip’s head hit first, which was also illegal, and McKillip was left on the mat unconscious. Jeanty, however, was unfamiliar with the rule limitations, and the slam would have been legal in the fight he was prepared to have. Jeanty exhibited sportsmanship and accepted the disqualification.
In the next fight, Daniel Lopez had to be taken to Southwest Medical Center to stitch a four-inch cut on his forehead.
The shots were not any different than other fights, according to promoter Dave Rine.
“I have no earthly idea what was going on,” he said “I told Minnie to go outside and see if there was a full moon. A dislocated elbow when a guy put his arm down wrong, two guys head butted each other, and start a cut. Another guy gets put to sleep. Then after that, seven perfect fights with no problems.”
The night started with the junior Pankration division, and Rine didn’t believe his fighters can as prepared as they should have.
“On the junior fights, my juniors were so used to winning, they didn’t train hard enough,” Rine said. “Two or three did really well. Gus Hink did well. He lost the fight, but it was technical. Peyton Yancey and Anna Pepa had good nights. Pepa was a hard-fought fight. That girl was pretty tough.”
The Fight of the Night went to Michael Solis and Liberal’s Juan Guerrero. Guerrero won the fight in the second round with a technical knockout.
The fights also provided quite a draw for Liberal. The capacity crowd was made up of both local and not-so-local fans. Plainview, Texas sent a large contingent.
“According to cagetix, our online ticket selling company, about 200 people came from Plainview,” Rine said.
But fighters also came from Topeka, Emporia, Garden City and Ulysses in Kansas and from Colorado, Oklahoma City, Beaver, Okla., and form several communities in Texas.
“There are a lot of people that come and watch in Liberal,” Rine said. “It is a pretty good draw. If we have four or five a year, it would be an even better draw for Liberal for a weekend.”
Orlando Muñoz 29-27 decision over Toby Headrick
Raul Rosas 30-27 decision over Gus Hink
Anna Marie Pep 29-28 decision over Laken Flores
Benjamin Ren 30-28 decision over Orlando Muñoz
Carlos Muñoz 29-27 decision over Marcus Auliara
Michael Torres 29-28 decision over David Loma
Kevin Rosas TKO over Sergio Rodriguez
Maria Olbeda TKO over Diana Olvera
Jesse Rosas 29-27 over Angel Muñoz
Gustavo Garcia 29-28 over Christian Valles
Kenia Rosas TKO over Mary Kate Cusolito
Peyton Yancey TKO over Jonathan Mendoza
Angel Moncayo 29-28 over Michael Torres
Dalton Stang 30-29 over Chris Cardenas
Shakir McKillip disqualification over Samson Jeanty
Daniel Lopez vs. Chris Waters, no contest
Ronald Davis choke over Armando Ramirez
Devan Johnson forfeit over Juan Marquez
Carlos Ramos forfeit over Billy Barrera
Arturo Moreno TKO over Richard Blea
Juan Guerrero TKO over Michael Solis
Benito Hernandez TKO over Brent Murrison
Keitha West Tap due to strikes over Stephen Swingle
Raul Rosas guillotine tap over Eric Benton
Albert Tapia TKO over Robert Madrid
Mario Muñoz tap due to choke over Trenten Wilkinson