MMA: A dramatic debut
By BRANDON HURLEY
Graham Smith’s homecoming professional debut went off without a hitch while three other professional fights delighted fans at Wild Rose’s latest kickboxing venture Oct. 19 in Jefferson.
Smith, the Jefferson-Scranton graduate, defeated Houston Alexander by unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28), earning victory in his professional debut.
Fans were also treated with six other amateur fights, including a pair of Extreme Fighting championship bouts.
“We had a great and exciting night of fights,” Wild Rose casino general manager Travis Dvorak said. “As always, Monte Cox and Extreme Challenge MMA put on another action packed show with a lot of hard hits and kicks in every match.
I must also give great credit to Graham Smith. It was great to see our hometown combatant have such a great showing against an exceptional former UFC fighter. “
Photos provided by Eric Nicewanger of Niceswanger Photography in Carroll.
The complete fight card results are as follows:
Jake Kindley def. Donald Poss, TKO 1:15 Rd. 1
Cole Read and Joel Enriquez, draw (28-28, 28-28, 28-28)
Levi Brezina def, Aaron Renshaw, TKO 1:12, Rd. 2
Amon Langford def. Santana Acosta, Unanimous decision
Manny Colon def. Anthony Salazar, Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Jene Zarbano def. Ruben Garcia, KO 1:11 Rd. 3 to win Extreme Amateur 145 Championship.
Frankie Osborne def. Steven Spaun, KO 2:11, Rd. 1
Rakim Cleveland def. Jaquis Williams, Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
Graham Smith def. Houston Alexander, Unanimous decision (30-27, 29-28, 29-28)
Victory Moreno def. Chase Bennett, TKO 2:54, Rd. 3 to win Extreme 185 Championship