Photo Credit: Alaska Fighting Championships
January 21st was Alaska Fighting Championships, which I watched on Go Fight Live. The night featured a four man tournament to become the new Light Heavyweight Champ. The Bantamweight title was also on the line in this card featuring all professional bouts. The tournament bouts were three minute rounds as opposed to five due to the winners having to fight twice in a night. There were no stand-out fighters or fights, but there were some good evenly matched bouts. The biggest complaint would be the ring announcer actually talking into the microphone in the middle of the fights, which could be distracting to the fighters in the cage.
1. Alternate Bout for Light Heavyweight Title Tournament 3x3x3 Rounds
Jeff Sanderson (1-0) vs Justin Smith (0-0)
RD 1: Both fighters come out throwing sloppy punches. Sanderson takes him down into side control. Sanderson looks for an arm and lands body shots. Sanderson gets his back and a rear naked for the tap.
Result: Jeff Sanderson via Tapout (Rear Naked Choke) at 2:22 of Round 1
2. Light Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Kenny Fredericks (0-0) vs Josh Kelsey (0-0)
RD 1: Kelsey lands some jabs and takes him down. They are up and throwing sloppy punches. Knees to the body by Kelsey. Kelsey drags him down but ends up on the bottom. Fredericks gets his back but doesn’t seem to know what to do. Kelsey rolls and gets a guillotine for the tap.
Result: Josh Kelsey via Tapout (Guillotine) at 1:50 of Round 1
3. Featherweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Randall Patterson (0-2) vs Cody Haynes (0-0)
RD 1: Patterson ducks a punch and takes him down but they are up quick. Superman punch lands for Patterson. Haynes is tired already. They trade leg kicks. Patterson shoots and takes him down and gets his back but they are up quick. Patterson drags him down again but they stand again. Hayes is gassed. Patterson drops him with a cross to end it.
Result: Randall Patterson via KO at 2:25 of Round 1
4. Light Heavyweight Title Tournament 3x3x3 Rounds
Jason Coomes (9-14) vs Hipa Fouvale (10-14)
RD 1: They clinch on the cage and Coomes drags him down and lands punches. Fouvale pulls guard. Coomes goes for a leg and Fouvale lands punches to escape it. Now Coomes goes for the other leg. Fouvale lands hard shots and puts him out. The medical staff had to come in and take care of Coomes.
Result: Hipa Fouvale via KO at 2:02 of Round 1
5. Light Heavyweight Title Tournament 3x3x3 Rounds
Chris Johnson (2-3) vs Dillin Wiggins (2-1)
RD 1: They trade hard shots. Johnson gets a takedown but they are up quick. They drop down and Wiggins gets his back. Wiggins looks for the choke and then gets mount. Wiggins is looking for an arm but can’t get it. Wiggins lands punches and gets his back again. Head shots by Wiggins.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Wiggins.
Round 2: Johnson’s arm appeared injured between rounds. Johnson lands a knee and drops him and he gets on top. Wiggins turns into him and is on top in guard. Not much action. Johnson verbally taps as he gets his foot caught in the space between the fence and the mat and is injured.
Result: Dillin Wiggins via Verbal Tapout (Injury) at 1:30 of Round 2
6. Lightweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Jonre Jones (1-0) vs Julien Harris (1-1)
RD 1: They trade leg kicks. Jones shoots in and forces a clinch. They trade some strikes and separate. Hard leg kick by Harris. More leg kicks by Harris. Hard hook by Jones that rocks him. Jones lands punch and has him backing up. Harris gets a takedown and side control. Short elbows by Harris but Jones escapes and stands. Uppercut by Jones and they clinch. Body shots by Jones and they separate with Jones landing more body shots.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Jones
RD 2: Jones rocks him with a hook. Harris forces a clinch and lands a knee before they separate. Jones lands hard punches and has Harris trying to escape. Harris clinches and looks for a takedown but can’t get it and backs off. Uppercut by Jones and they clinch. Body shots by Jones before separating. Jones lands more hard shots. Harris gets a takedown and from the bottom looks for a guillotine. Jones gets side control but Harris gets half guard. Harris is looking at the ref wanting a stand up. Nice sweep by Harris and he is on top. Jones escapes and stands. Jones lands hard punches and has him hurt. Harris looks done.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Jones
RD 3: Harris seemed to want to quit between rounds. Jones jumps on him landing Punches. Harris gets a desperation takedown and looks for a guillotine but Jones stands. Body kick by Jones. Jones drops him with punches and lands more till the ref stops it.
Result: Jonre Jones via TKO at 1:01 of Round 3
7. Heavyweight 5x5x5 Rounds
Mika Silulu (1-0) vs Bryc Palmer (10-1)
RD 1: Silulu drops him with a punch and lands one more and the ref stops it way to early as Palmer was defending and looking for a takedown.
Result: Mika Silulu via TKO at 0:14 of Round 1
8. Bantamweight Title 5x5x5x5x5 Rounds
Johnny Taunton (3-2) vs Darren Snow (3-1)
RD 1: Leg kick by Snow. Taunton catches a kick and they clinch. Snow looks for a takedown but can’t get it and they separate. Leg kick by Snow. More leg kicks by Snow. They clinch and separate after Snow can’t get a takedown. Leg kick and hook by Snow. Snow lands a head kick and Taunton shakes it off and play to the crowd. Taunton is having trouble catching him. Leg kick by Snow.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Snow
RD 2: They clinch and move to the cage but separate. Lots of circling by both fighters. They crowd is starting to boo. Both are missing strikes. More missed strikes by both. Cross by Taunton. Leg kick by Snow. Hook by Taunton. Snow lands a kick low by Taunton shakes it off. Cross by Taunton. Taunton catches a kick and lands punches.
I scored RD 2: 10-9 Taunton
RD 3: Lots of circling and feinting again. Leg kick by Taunton. The crowd is booing again. Snow shoots and takes him down and gets his back but Taunton escapes and gets on top landing punches. Snow looks for a triangle but can’t get it. Body shots by Taunton. Elbow to the head by Taunton. More punches by Taunton. Taunton lets him up and snow takes his down again.
I scored RD 3: 10-9 Snow
RD 4: Snow is circling and staying away and again the crowd is booing. The ref encourages them to fight. Taunton is trying to chase him down. Snow shoots but can’t get the takedown. Jab by Taunton. They clinch and Snow looks for a takedown but Taunton is defending well. Punch to the body by Taunton. Snow finally gets the takedown. Taunton stands and lands head shots in the clinch.
I scored RD 4: 10-10
RD 5: Leg kick by Snow. Again Snow is circling and staying away. Taunton is following and trying to catch him. Body kick by Snow. The crowd boo’s once again. Taunton catches a kick and lands a couple punches. They clinch and separate. Hook by Snow. Snow shoots by Taunton sprawls.
I scored RD 5: 10-9 Snow
My score card: 49-47 Snow
Result: Johnny Taunton via Split Decision (49-46/47-48/48-47)
9. Light Heavyweight Title Tournament Final 3x3x3 Rounds
Hipa Fouvale (11-14) vs Dillin Wiggins (3-1)
RD 1: Leg kick by Wiggins. Fouvale takes him down and gets his back. Back door escape by Wiggins but Fouvale takes him back down. Wiggins is defending well. The ref stands them. They clinch and Wiggins takes him down. Fouvale scrambles and is warned for grabbing the cage.
I scored RD 1: 10-9 Fouvale
RD 2: Wiggins drops him with a cross to end it.
Result: Dillin Wiggins via KO at 0:27 of Round 2
Submission of the Night: Jeff Sanderson
Knockout of the Night: Hipa Fouvale
Fight of the Night: Jonre Jones vs Julien Harris