By EARL WATT
• Leader & Times
Liberal experienced cooler temperatures over the weekend, but that action inside the Ag Building remained hot during Summer Heat 2.
The MMA fights showcased fighters from four different states and as far away as College Station, Texas.
The capacity crowd filled the seats and then lined the walls to watch the action in the cage, and from their reaction, they weren’t disappointed. Once the adult fighters entered the cage, fans had several opportunities to rise to their feet.
The fight of the night went to juniors Peyton Yancey (Liberal) and Dalton Stang (Borger). The two tangled for five rounds with an amateur belt on the line, and both fighters had strong moments.
Yancey was able to earn the win, but it was by a razor-thin margin.
“Both kids came ready to fight,” event promoter Dave Rine said. “They looked like they trained harder than anyone else. Both had correct techniques. It was back and forth all night long. Peyton’s wrestling was really what helped him out. Each one had inadvertent strikes and had points taken away, and that kept it interesting. I didn’t know how the judges would call it.”
The fights started with the junior pankration fighters which is a highly controlled version of amateur mixed martial arts. There are no blows to the face or head and no submissions.
“I thought all the kids did really well,” Rine said. “There were no boring fights at all in pankration. All the kids fought hard and gave everything they got. It looks good for the future of MMA.”
Local favorite Mario Muñoz suffered a rare loss with a technical knockout in the first round when Carl Perry delivered a crushing right beside the ear of Muñoz. The shot knocked Muñoz to the ground and disrupted his balance. Perry came charging in, but the official called him off and ended the fight.
“Mario rocked Carl early, and took a few steps back,” Rine said. “Mario got hit right near the ear, and it knocked his equilibrium off, it stunned him, and it was too late.”
Perry had a decisive reach advantage on Muñoz, and he kept the fight standing up where he could exploit that advantage.
Muñoz will now trim down to the 170-pound weight class which should eliminate the reach disadvantage.
“He made the decision to drop to a lower weight class,” Rine said.
Bill Holcomb stepped into the cage for his first fight as a late fill-in, and after delivering some crushing shots to Flo Bailon in the heavyweight division, Holcomb was able to earn a surprise victory in his cage debut.
The next event will be the Fury on the Fairway July 12 at the Golf Club at Southwind in Garden City.
Orlando Muñoz defeated Aaron Muñoz, decision.
Gabe Prieto defeated Angel Munoz, decision.
Carlos Munoz (Liberal) defeated Marcus Aguilera (Borger), decision.
Angel Moncayo (Liberal) defeated Anthony Luna (Guymon), decision.
130-pound Pankration belt
Peyton Yancey (Liberal) defeated Dalton Stang (Borger), 48-45, 47-46, 47-46, FIGHT OF THE NIGHT
Peyton Yancey (Liberal) defeated Michael Lozano (Guymon), decision.
Perris Padilla (Dodge City) defeated Grant Brungardt (Garden City), tapout, rear naked choke, Round 1
Roberto Andrade (Liberal) defeated Zach Mader (Hays), tapout, rear naked choke hold.
Bill Holcomb (Liberal) defeated Flo Bailon (Leoti), TKO, strikes, round 1.
Devan Johnson (Oklahoma City) defeated Esdras Aguirre (Dodge City), TKO, strikes, Round 1.
Dereck Shields (Liberal) defeated Derek Jaramillo (La Junta) TKO, strikes, Round 1.
Juan Guerrero (Liberal) defeated Chris Cardenas (Oklahoma City), KO, Round 1.
Benito Hernandez (Liberal) defeated Fran Bailon (Leoti), tapout, rear naked choke, round 1.
Jose Rangel (Borger) defeated Carlos Ramos (Liberal) referee stop, Round 2.
Travis Cox (Amarillo) defeated Samson Jeanty (Liberal) tapout, armbar, Round 1.
Carl Perry (College Station) defeated Mario Muñoz (Liberal), TKO, strikes, Round 1.