UPDATED 2 p.m. The results first reported in this story for the fight between Jake Heun and Jarad Carson were challenged by some of St. George News readers as incorrect. Our reporter went back to fact-check with various eyewitnesses and received confused and conflicting testimony of the results. The undersigned editor has interviewed Aaron Reis, Crown Fighting Championships Matchmaker, promoter of the event, for verification of the final results of the fight. The results of that interview are incorporated into the updated story below; it is to be noted that video of the fight has been sent to the Athletic Commission which may review the findings of the referee.
The name-calling reported to be jeered in crowd spirit at the game was heckling, reported as heard first-hand; nonetheless, the name-calling heckled has been removed from our story out of respect for Heun and to ensure no mis-inference is taken from it.
Our headline was a play on words as headlines are often written. In response to the objections, we have changed that as well.
The remainder of the story, the reporting on all fights in the Championship, has been reviewed in detail with the fight promoter and verified as true.
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– Joyce Kuzmanic, Editor-in-Chief.
ST. GEORGE – Crown Fighting Championship pounded the arena last night at the Dixie Center with 12 scheduled fights.
The best fight of the night was between Kyle Atkinson and Cris Rogers. This fight was nonstop action with both fighters giving and taking some big shots. Atkinson threw one of several big right hands that sent Rogers to the canvas. He followed up with a few more shots to the face to finish it, leaving Rogers bloody and dazed in the corner.
“I hit him with everything I had and he still wouldn’t go down and stay down, “ Atkinson said after the fight. “He can sure take a punch.”
The Main Event with Jake Heun and St. George Police officer Jarad Carson started off well. After only a few seconds the fight was finished, with Heun throwing blows to the head of Carson.
“The referee stopped the fight, made a slight pause, made a decision and called it as a TKO win for Jake Heun,” CFC Matchmaker, Aaron Reis, said. “Because of that, the pause, the Athletic Commission will probably review the decision.”
Reis said that video of the fight has been sent to the Athletic Commission in normal course.
The Co-Main Event between Mario Espinoza and Danny Davis, Jr., was over in the first round. Espinoza, picking up Davis, slammed him to the ground and took side control for only a few seconds. Davis then got the reversal and full mount. Somehow Espinoza just flipped Davis on his side then kept with it, ending up with Davis in a headlock and side control. After landing multiple blows to the face of Davis, the referee stopped it. The referee did give Davis plenty of time to get out of the situation but Espinoza held on for the win.
The bout between Mike Chrisman and Chris Kennedy was exciting as long as you weren’t Chrisman’s face. Chrisman took it to the ground with Kennedy in a chokehold. After Kennedy removed his neck from Chrisman’s vice, he gained side control and started laying down elbows until the bell rang. Showing respect for Chrisman, Kennedy took it to the ground and got side control again, after he laid down 5 or 6 good elbows splitting Chrisman’s eye open; Kennedy then followed that up with a few short jabs to the face and the referee stepped in and stopped the fight.
Jared Ehlers and Eric Tillotson put on a good fight with Ehlers getting the victory. Tillotson was finished in more ways than one:
“This is a young man’s sport, I started fighting at the age of 40 and now I am 44,” Tillotson said after the fight. “This was my last fight, I’m retiring.”
The bout between Alex Brown and Brandon Hart ended with Hart being the victor.
The second fight with Kyle Gilje and Derek Sherman was going well for Gilje, then he threw a few unintentional blows to the back of Sherman’s head and got himself disqualified.
Fight number three had Francisco Cervera against Ryan Phillips. This bout was one of the best of the night with both fighters landing some good head shots; the contest went the whole three rounds. Phillips won by unanimous decision.
The fourth fight of the night lasted all of 14 seconds as Frank Galvan delivered a one-punch knockout to Raymond Banda.
The Jared Painter and Mark Nay engagement was pretty one-sided in Painter’s favor. After taking Nay to the ground and then gaining full mount, Painter pummeled Nay’s face. Then, between rounds, Painter’s corner threw in the towel – leaving Nay and the crowd in disbelief.
The fight between Kevin Hamby and Drayton Woods was short, with Hamby just missing the face of Woods with his knee and taking a hard-left uppercut to the face that broke his nose and sent him to the floor. He tapped out a few seconds later after Woods got his back.
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