A jaw dropping knockout and a submission victory for a hometown hero were the highlights of an action packed mixed martial arts show in Sheffield on Saturday.
The Octagon Centre played host to Say Uncle Fight Night 2 – the second event promoted by Anston jiujitsu expert John Goldson and business partner Lisa Fox.
Fight fans from across the region were treated to 14 fights, including four international contests between Gran Canaria fighters and their British rivals.
Although Sheffield trained Sam Boult was the star of the main event, choking out Eliot Hernandez, the fight that got everyone talking happened midway through the event.
Barnsley’s Chrissy Audin took on Veronica Macedo from Nottingham’s Spirit Dojo in a female MMA fight that lasted less than 30 seconds.
Macedo landed a beautiful head kick that landed flush on Audin’s chin, reverberated around the venue and sent the South Yorkshire fighter to sleep.
There was tangible relief in the applause that rang out once Audin got back to her feet and left the cage under her own steam – it was a brutal knockout.
Glory was shared in the international fights, Gran Canaria picking up wins thanks to Omar Santana and Daniel Requeijo, defeating Shaun Lomas and Leon del Gaudio respectively.
Lomas fended off a number of submission attempts before Santana latched on to a fight ending darce choke late in round one.
Requeijo dropped his man early on and then secured a rear naked choke for victory.
Helen Harper had got the British contingent off to a flying start, overwhelming Nayra Acosta in the first round for a TKO win.
And Boult ensured honours were even for the British team, taking down Hernandez and working for a triangle choke that finished the fight in round two.
The second section of the fight card saw some quick finishes as Dan Koneckie secured a choke on Brad Conway inside 23 seconds, and James Parker beat Jordan Thompson with ground and pound.
Marcin Prostko was too big and too strong for Jon Ferguson in a middleweight title fight, winning by TKO in round one.
Earlier in the night, Sheffield welterweight Ali Khan delighted his Bodyflow Gym and Gracie Barra team-mates with his rear naked choke victory in the second round over Matt Cooke.
His Bodyflow colleague Martin Kay left it late but his arm triangle choke forced Richard Whitehead to tap out two seconds from the end of their amateur battle.
Another local, Rory Goodison, had his hand raised in a fight with Josh Greenfield after the Leeds man complained of an eye injury in the first round.
There were also wins for Sheffield’s Simon O’Kane, Doncaster’s Warren Mason and Adam Menzies.
Along with hundreds of MMA fans and supporters of local combattants, the event was watched by Sheffield’s Commonwealth boxing champion Ross Burkinshaw, Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Scott Askham from Doncaster and star of This is England Andrew Shim, himself an MMA fighter.
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