Jefferson-Scranton graduate Graham Smith (left) defeated Houston Alexander by unanimous decision in his professional kick-boxing debut Oct. 19 at Wild Rose Casino.  PHOTO BY ERIC NICESWINGER

MMA: A dramatic debut

Smith highlights a wild night of kickboxing in Jefferson


Sports Editor


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: 


Amateur Fights


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


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