Powers takes care of business, claims Total Mayhem belt

Jun 30 2013 - 4:57pm


OGDEN -- Using strong Muay Thai skills, mixed martial arts professional Sean Powers (7-4), took home the Total Mayhem light weight championship belt Saturday.


Davis County fighter Powers faced Ogden MMA veteran Gabe Francis (6-5), in the headline event of the Raptors -- Rage in the Cage 2, fight card at Lindquist Field in Ogden.

Powers left his opponent bloody near the end of the first round, after a nice display of strikes, including a push kick that launched the dreadlocked Francis into the fence.

The referee stopped the fight when he believed that Francis had given up fighting, causing a confusing stoppage, because although bloody, Francis' injuries probably could have been fixed by his corner.

Needless to say, the display of stand-up fighting ended with the arms of the 6-foot, 2-inch 160-pound Powers raised in the air and strapping on a championship belt, from a win by technical knockout.

Francis explained the loss in the post-fight interview that he had been hit by a truck two weeks before, but still decided to go through with the match.

The co-main event, had Top of Utah mixed martial artist Fabio Serreo faced Kevin Hamby.

The fight began with the two fighters circling each other, only throwing a few fakes, but ended early in the first round on the canvas, with a clean triangle choke by Serreo, leaving Hamby tapping out.

The first professional bout of the evening between Fernando Corona and Shaun Vanderheiden began with a flurry of punches. Corona seized the opportunity of what appeared to be a slip to the ground by Vanderheiden, taking his opponents back and ending the fight with a rear naked choke.

The fight between Matt Buck and Lee Tibbetts also ended quickly, with Tibbetts tapping out from a guillotine choke.

In all, the event had eight fights on the card, including four amateur bouts.

In the amateur fights, Eric Iman out matched Sergio Archuleta; Thomas Hughes' efforts in the first two rounds won him a decision over Carson Gregory; Joel Haro beat Michael Jamison with a ground pound; and Thomas Prestridge beat Camoren Clanton with a triangle choke in the second round.

Besides bringing fights to Ogden, the event also helped raise money to combat cancer with the Tenley Foundation: Helping Kids Beat Cancer.



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