Total Fight Challenge Rising Stars Shine Brightly

Posted by Danielle Hobeika on October - 13 - 2009 with Comments Off on Total Fight Challenge Rising Stars Shine Brightly

YusepBy Joseph Pawlus

HAMMOND , Ind. – The Hammond Civic Center once again served as the proving grounds for some of the best mixed martial arts fighters from the Midwest . The seventeenth installment of The Total Fight Challenge, Rising Stars , hosted thirteen bouts from both the amateur and professional divisions.

The featherweight title bout featured an incredible battle between two warriors making their way up the mma food chain. Seasoned veteran Charles Wilson faced off against the swiftly rising Uflacker Academy prodigy Yusup Saadulaev.

Wilson tested the waters with his trademark axe kicks, but had a hard time finding a home for his strikes. Saadulaev continued to move around, avoiding any damage from his lanky opponent’s often lethal kicks. Saadulaev eventually took his shot and brought Wilson to the mat. To his credit, Wilson aptly defended numerous submission attempts, but Saadulaev maintained control with a combination of knee on stomach technique and side control.

The second round was once again all Saadulaev as he fired a continuous string of submission attempts at Wilson .

During the third round, Saadulaev once again achieved the takedown, but Wilson was able to reverse it and take Saadulaev’s back. For nearly two-and-a-half minutes, Wilson controlled his opponent and continued to work for a rear naked choke. It appeared that he was going to finish the fight via choke, but Saadulaev escaped with thirty seconds left and got back to his feet.

Saadulaev dominated the fourth and fifth rounds, but was unable to finish Wilson . Saadulaev went home with the belt by way of unanimous decision and became the new Total Fight Challenge featherweight champion.

Team Colon ‘s Lloyd Carter held his ground against one of the original Total Fight Challenge warrior’s, Wade Choate. Choate has been fighting in the Total Fight Challenge since the very first event. Carter and Choate had no intention of going to the ground as the bout quickly became a kickboxing contest. The entire first round was an even exchange of kicks and punches and was too close to call.

The second round was essentially the same as the first until Carter caught Choate with a solid right cross. Choate tumbled backwards, Carter followed him to the mat with strikes, and the referee called an end to the contest by way of TKO.

The fight earning the honorable mention came from the heavyweight amateur division as Torres Martial Arts Academy ‘s Bill Johnson stepped up from light heavy to heavyweight to battle against Calvin Cleveland (6-2). Johnson controlled the entire fight from beginning to end. After landing a few punches, followed by a handful of crisp knees, Johnson tore Cleveland to the ground and used side control to impose his will. From side control Johnson stepped over his opponent and forced his opponent to tap due to armbar early in the first round.

The next Total Fight Challenge will take place on Friday, November 20 at the Hammond Civic Center . Make sure to visit to get all the updates and check out some of the archived footage.



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