OGDEN -- It was a quick slugfest between 180-pound MMA pros Mike Arrant and Brandon Melendez at Total Mayhem's fight card Saturday night at Lindquist Field. The two swapped several hard shots within a minute but Arrant landed the last punch, a hard shot that dropped Melendez for good. It was an electrifying win for Arrant, who is now 10-8 and only moving up in his career. The win over Melendez, a former UFC pro, may be his best so far.
The semi-main event paired two local 155 pound pros, veteran Patrick Reeves and Gabe Francis. The fight was brief as hard punches from Francis opened up Reeves' face, covering his visage in blood. Reeves almost put Francis in a triangle choke but Francis got out of it and landed several hard shots to the face. The ring doctor stopped the fight after a break.
In one of the more intriguing fights, undefeated 179-pounder Shawn Conroy upset Cole Rose, forcing the veteran to tap out after 3 minutes 40 seconds of round one. The two sparred for a couple of minutes before Conroy took down Rose, eventually winning a submission. This is a big win for Conroy.
Ogden's Adam Butcher, a local karate sensei who is a crowd favorite, improved to 2-0 with a late first round submission of game Collin Clifford. Butcher possessed more strength and better martial arts skills than his opponent.
In what may have been the most brutal -- and entertaining bout, Ogden's Francisco Alcantara pounded his way to a second round stoppage over a game Mike Crisman. Both fighters had several advantages in the bout. The first round was particularly exciting, with Crisman dominating most of the round and Alcantara strong at the end. Alcantara won his sixth fight in his last seven outings. The tough Crisman, a veteran of more than 50 bouts, was severely battered along one cheekbone.
Ogden's Jarrett Kelton opened up a bad cut over the eye of Cristobal Perez midway through the first round, prompting a verbal tap out from 160-pounder, who could not breathe due to the gore that had accumulated.
In a battle of 170-pounders, Ogden's Justin Roberts improved to 3-1 with a first round submission over Kenneth Sparling via a rear naked choke hold. Also winning via the rear naked choke hold was Ogden's Parris Swain, an 140-pounder, who stopped Kevin Allred at 2:56 of round one.
In the most competitive match of the night, amateurs Miles Welk, of Ogden, and Braeden Kilpack went the full three rounds. The shorter used his strength and superior wrestling skills to get several take downs and score a unanimous decision over the taller Kilpack.
In other bouts, 170-pounder Ryan Lund stopped Steve Downy in the first round and 145-pounder Skyler Frazier defeated Tuckett Crittenden with a tap out midway through the first round.
The MC for the outdoor ballpark card, before a very large crowd, was local TV personality Big Budah. It was a good night for MMA fighters from Ogden's Foley's gym who saw several fighters win, including Lund, Welk, Roberts, Conroy, and Alcantara.