The world of mixed martial arts is a world where two individuals step inside an octagonal cage and try to either knock out each other out, make one another submit, or have the referee stop the fight because the other fighter cannot safely defend him- or herself.
The octagon was designed to keep the competition on even ground. Boxers fight in a square. Wrestlers battle on a mat with a circle. But the octagon takes away the advantage a boxer might have over a wrestler or vice versa.
This, along with other reasons, makes watching the Alaska Fighting Championship live at the Sullivan Arena exciting. The first reason that makes the AFC and mixed martial arts exciting is whether the fighters are friends or mortal enemies, once the bell rings and the fight has stopped there is a mutual respect among the fighters. The fighters shake hands and sometimes give each other a hug. In most cases, the winner tells the loser he or she did well, or that he or she is a great fighter and had an amazing match.
The second reason that makes mixed martial arts so fascinating to watch is the amount of training that each fighter undergoes for the battle in the cage. Some fighters will take on a fight with a few days’ notice. Others will spend months training and preparing for the fight.
The fight usually lasts anywhere from three rounds in a non-title fight to five rounds in a title fight. All rounds are three minutes long, and for those three-minute rounds, the fighters are trying to beat their opponents in a battle of skills and strength.
The Sullivan Arena recently hosted AFC 106. The card featured nine different fights with 18 fighters coming from all sorts of fighting backgrounds. From wrestlers to boxers to Brazilian jiujitsu fighters, individuals prepared to step into the octagon and battle.
In the opening bout of AFC 106, Alex Perue, 5 feet 8 inches and 155 pounds, took on Joshua “The Alpha” Bell. Perue made Bell submit at 2:08 of the first round with an arm bar.
The second fight of the evening did not make it past the first round because the referee stopped the fight at 1:32 of the first round. Colton “Captain Caveman” Gorake, 5 feet 7 inches and 170 pounds, was declared the winner over Daniel Silook, 6 feet and 169 pounds.
Maika “Red Mat” Graff, 5 feet 8 inches and 186 pounds, defeated Hector Juarez, 5 feet 5 inches and 169 pounds, less than 30 seconds into the first round with a knockout.
The fourth fight was announced as the “fight of the night” because it was a chess match between two very even opponents. The fight lasted all three rounds and came down to the judges’ decision. The judges awarded the fight to Mike “The Renegade” Forcellas, 5 feet 10 inches and 150 pounds, over Jason “Frog Hammer” Gillette, 5 feet 9 inches and 146 pounds.
Matt “The Spleen” Robards, 5 feet 7 inches and 155 pounds, submitted his opponent Jonathan “Jerry” Tobin, 5 feet 9 inches and 152 pounds, at 1:54 of the first round with a chokehold.
The next fight provided the submission of the night with the tap out at 1.9 seconds left in the first round, when Nick “The Natural” Novelli, 6 feet and 156 pounds, submitted his opponent Cody “Big C” Mabee, 6 feet 4 inches and 155 pounds.
The only female fight on the card showcased Michelle Young, 5 feet 5 inches and 148 pounds, fighting Jennifer Johnston, 5 feet 7 inches and 154 pounds. Young submitted Johnston with 1:28 left in the first round.
In the co-main event, Tommy “Pot Belly Assassin” Ide, 5 feet 6 inches and 206 pounds, defeated Nick “Outlaw” Taylor in the second round via referee stoppage. This fight was two years in the making and was billed as the “grudge match” because the two do not get along at all. From the opening bell till the ending bell, it was a battle where there was no love lost between the two fighters.
In the last fight 185-pound champion Chris “Cuffcake” Cuff, 5 feet 6 inches, submitted his opponent Dillin “Biggin” Wiggins, 6 feet 2 inches and 186 pounds, at 3:09 of round two and was crowned the new champion.
The next time the AFC fighters will take the cage will be in AFC 107 on April 16, when Nic “Naptime” Herron-Webb takes on Alejandro “Alex” Garcia