SALT LAKE CITY -- Undefeated mixed martial arts professional Jon Neal of Ogden scored his most impressive win on Friday night, dispatching tough veteran Scottie Casey in the first round to win the SteelFist Utah lightweight championship at the Rail Event Center.
The same night, at the Weber County Fair in Ogden, veteran MMA pro Patrick Reeves of Ogden was edged via decision after three rounds by undefeated prospect David Burgara.
Neal's win electrified the packed crowd at the Rail Event Center. For most of the first round, Neal (6-0) had been outboxed by Casey (14-3), who hurt the Ogden fighter twice with counter punches. Neal's wrestling skills kept him in the bout.
However, just after the four-minute mark, Neal dropped Casey, who boasts a win over Sean Powers, with a punch. Neal followed Casey to the ground and quickly forced a tap out via a guillotine choke at 4:19 of the round.
In the semi-main, veteran 185-pounders Jared Hatch (7-3-1) and Mike Crisman (19-40-1) entertained the crowd for two-plus rounds before Hatch won via strikes at 2:50 of round 2.
The ending was controversial however. Just before the stoppage, Crisman bent over in pain after Hatch seemed to have landed a kick below the belt to the left of the groin area. The referee chose not to stop the action, however, and Hatch, as was his right, punched the bent-over Crisman in the head, sending him to the floor. Hatch, after losing round one, did have the upper hand in round two.
In Ogden, at the Golden Spike Arena, Burgara (3-0), who owns a win over tough Gabe Pelayo, outpointed Reeves (16-22), who has fought many top pros over a long career.
In a preliminary bout, undefeated Ogden 170-pounder Ryan Lund improved to 5-0, but had his toughest test, finally stopping Raleigh Roberts (2-1) with a choke in the third round.
In the Salt Lake City card preliminaries, veteran Kevin Allred stopped Joshua Roberts in round one, Randy Yellowhair defeated Curtis Johnsen in the first round, Richard Urias stopped Lane Roath in round one, and Chris Romrell stopped Riley Earl when the bout was halted after the first round.
In the most exciting amateur fight, striker Trever Bradshaw stopped wrestling expert Dominic Gero in round two via strikes. Gero (2-1) almost stopped Bradshaw at the end of round one, but Bradshaw (3-0) managed to end things at 2:31 of the second round.
In other amateur fights in SLC, John Simpson defeated John Atchison in round one, Cameron Howell won a competitive bout against Shilo Julander with a stoppage in round two, Karcy Raddon stopped Brandon Royal in round 1, Daniel Ries defeated Mark May in round one, Sean Pickett stopped Alexzander Brown in one round, Nathan Harris stopped Shawn Black in the second round and Christian Olsen defeated Kris Messersmith in the first round.
Results from professional fights at the Ogden card included Jordan Marriott (5-1) stopping Chris Lee (4-6) in the first round, and Phil Gephardt (2-0) scoring a decision win over Kani Correa (2-1).