LAYTON -- The Total Mayhem New Year's Eve main event ended with in controversy Monday night at the Davis Conference Center in Layton.
The referee stopped the welterweight professional mixed martial arts fight between Aaron Sutton and Lee Doss around the 3:15 minute mark of the first round.
Before the stoppage, Sutton cinched a scarf choke from Doss's half guard position, after several take downs. The referee said that Doss did not respond when asked if he was OK and stopped the fight, making Sutton the winner.
Doss insists that although he did not verbally respond to the referee, he signaled to the referee with a thumbs-up.
"It was a complete gyp," Doss said, "nothing personal to the other guy, but the ref, it's the second time he stops one of my fights early."
By stopping the fight, Doss said he did not have a chance to utilize any of his mixed martial arts skills.
"They didn't let me show anything," Doss said.
The Sutton-Doss fight was indicative of the rest of the lineup in that almost all of the fights ended before the end of the first round, although the large crowd still enjoyed the night's action.
The co-main event, a rematch between Kensei Sato and Nick Burgos, went the distance.
The fight between the two evenly matched fighters was a true example of complete mixed martial arts skills, with a good mix of striking and grappling.
The fighters spent the first round scrambling for position both standing up and on the mat.
While the first round may have been more even, the second round began to swing in Sato's favor.
The referee temporarily had to stop the fight to issue a warning to Sato for throwing an illegal knee while in a north/south position.
Sato began the rounds with some attractive, but weak, head kicks, while Burgos favored push kicks to the midsection.
Sato was clearly the local favorite, receiving strong cheers from the crowd.
By the third round, Burgos adopted a defensive position, protecting himself from attacks to his side from Sato.
Sato took the match in a unanimous 30-27 decision.
Although he put up a tough fight, Burgos said he had pulled his groin in the middle of the first round and struggled to proceed from then on.
Results from the other professional matches included Jose Rodriguez defeating Colton Hooley, Kerry Lattimer defeating Carlos Henrique and Rhett Morehouse defeating Jeff Munson.
In the amateur bouts, Matt Jackson defeated Chris Delgado, Kevin Tarma defeated John Day and AJ Garcia defeated Kaliko Sotelo.