Liberal’s Night at the Fights
Monday, 18 October 2010 15:31
By SHAWN YORKS
• Daily Leader
Ian Freeman of Oklahoma City emerged victorious Saturday night in the championship of the Revolution Cage Warriors tournament at the Seward County Activity Center. The fight was the last of a full night of mixed martial arts cage fighting that started with the Mighty Mites, several amateur fights and three professional fights.
Freeman held a distinct height advantage over Liberal's J.J. Gonzales in the championship fight. After sizing each other up in the first minute, Freeman came with a round-house kick that rattled Gonzales. From that point, Freeman was able to get Gonzales to the mat. In the second round, Freeman got Gonzales back on the mat and Gonzales tapped out.
The night began with four Mighty Mite fights featuring Angel Muñoz vs. Trystain Juarez; Angel Lopez vs. Dakota Briggs; Alexis Garcia vs. Jorge Andazola and Victor Salazar vs. Alex Arriaga.
The lone junior fight featured Juan Moreno vs. Danny Alvarez, with Alvarez winning when the referee stopped the fight late in the first round.
The tournament began with Freeman defeating Aaron Erives, followed by Alan Puckett downing Mike Gireaux when Gireaux tapped out at the 17-second mark of the first round.
The next two fighters — Zach Gomez and Brian Rine — earned byes when their opponents were no-shows.
The first round of amateur fights got under way when Josh Clegg battled Robert Madrid. Pat Smith downed William Pugh by technical knock-out at 2:58 of the first round, and David Putvin won by technical knock-out over Tadd Fulton at 1:27 of the first round.
In the second round of the tournament, Gonzales downed Gomez at 0:57 of the second round, and Jesus Galando downed Rine at 1:46 of the first in a TKO.
Freeman's toughest test came when he won over Arthur Groves by split decision, followed by a unanimous decision by Puckett over Jesus Cordova.
The amateurs got back into the ring when Richard Burnett got a unanimous decision win over Turpin's Justin Sawyers and Kenneth Breke got Mario Muñoz to tap out. In the final amateur fight, Trini Alvarez was dominating Greg Huval of Borger, Texas in the first round, but Alvarez was put on his back in the second round and tapped out with one second left in the round.
The tournament resumed, but with a few changes as two of the fighters from Garden City who had advanced earlier decided to drop out of the tournament.
That put Rine back in the tournament, where he fell to Gonzales by majority decision, setting up the Gonzales-Freeman championship match.
In the first of three professional fights, Chris Julkuren of Salt Lake City defeated Calem "The Dream" Willis of Albuquerque when Willis tapped out at 2:31 of the second round after Julkuren put him in an arm bar he could escape from.
Salt Lake City's David Castillo defeated Liberal's Jesus Adame when Adame tapped out, and Dustin Collins of Salt Lake City defeated Cesar Castillo of Liberal when Castillo tapped out at 1:34 of the first round.