April 18th, 2019

MMA athletes get in the cage


By Woodard, Dale on April 15, 2019.

Lethbridge Herald

Multiple medals were handed out as Rumble In The Cage 61 took the ring Friday night at the Servus Sports Centre.

Following three days of caged action at the Canadian National Amateur Championships, some local mixed martial arts talent earned national titles as Lethbridge’s Ali Dewsbery of the Canadian Martial Arts Centre struck gold.

Facing Red Deer’s Jenna Briltz in the gold medal match of the women’s flyweight 125lb division, Dewsbery earned the decision via arm bar at 1:45 of the second round to win the Canadian National Amateur title.

In the Amateur Women’s Bantamweight gold medal match Lethbridge’s Meghan Boyczuk (1-1) was defeated by B.C.’s Rylie Marchand via TKO, strikes, at 2:00 of the second round.

In other local results, Aaron Anctil (5-2) lost to Andrew Mavridis (6-0) by unanimous decision in the Amateur Lightweight gold medal bout.

Though not a gold medal match, Lethbridge’s Joel Odorski improved his professional record to 3-0 in unusual circumstances in the Pro Welterweight division.

Odorski defeated Gage Saunders after Saunders was disqualified for illegal elbows a little under one minute into the contest.

In one of 10 gold medal matches for the Canadian National Amateur Championships, Red Deer’s Jett Grande (13-0) defeated Ramil Kamilov of Calgary (4-2) to become the welterweight amateur national champion, while Izzudeen Atmeh beat Thomas Mallett via unanimous decision for the Amateur Bantamweight gold medal.

In the Amateur Featherweight gold medal bout, Indroop Virk defeated Peter Janssen by submission, rear-naked choke at 2:46 of the first round.

Mark Mosure defeated Dylan Schellenberg in the Amateur Middleweight gold medal match by TKO, unanswered blows, at 2:18 of the second round and Eric Stevens beat Will Grieve in a unanimous decision in the Amateur Light Heavyweight category.

In the Amateur Women’s Featherweight gold medal match, Melissa Croden defeated Amanda Rogers by TKO, corner stoppage, at 2:22 of the third round.

Meanwhile, Steven Jones defeated Dale Moore via unanimous decision for the Amateur Heavyweight gold medal title.

In the Pro Middleweight class Colton Cronkite continued his streak of first round finishes, submitting Taylor Bull via arm bar when Cronkite was locked in was so strong he broke Bull’s arm and popped his elbow out.

The win extends Cronkite’s streak to seven dating back to his amateur career.

In other Pro Middleweight action, Josh Quinlan beat Colton Boxell by knockout at 0:32 of the first round.

In the main event, UFC-vet Jesse Bongfeldt (23-7-1) returned to the cage after over seven years away to knockout Micah Brakefield (7-8) in the first round in the Pro 195-pound division.

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