De Anda, Huckaba, Jara, Fanshier win big at "Patriots"

Monday, July 19, 2010 Article By MMA-KO

What an amazing night of fights! All the special attraction fights lived up to the hype.

The most amazing knockout of the night came at the hands of Dave "Bad Man" Huckaba, who fought in Gladiator Challenge for the first time in a year. He knocked out Michael Johnson, who has now lost two in a row, and may not be back after this one. Simply put, Dave ends careers. Earlier in the night, James “The Educator” Fanshier made quick work of newcomer Jeremy Ashly, beating him via TKO in the first round. Jaime Jara also won again, this time despite an injury. Jaime's hands looked amazing, and he beat a very tough guy in Dillen Hurle, who came into the fight five pounds over the weight limit. It didn't matter to Jara.

Another win for the McDonald brothers, as “Bad” Brad took home the submission victory. Both these young athletes are really coming together as fighters. Brad’s brother Michael is only 17 years of age, and will be someone to watch out for in the near future. Sadly, it was a disappointing night for GC Lightweight Champion Josh Thornburg. He trained hard for the fight, and was getting ready in the back when his opponent, Andre Fili, was injured. Thornburg talked to the crowd on the microphone and apologized to all the fans for coming out and not being able to see what would have been an amazing fight. D.J. Roberson, however, looked outstanding, as he felt out his opponent in the first round. In the second round, Roberson made sure to end it by kicking and hurting his opponent, Tramain Smith, to the point where Smith’s corner threw in the towel.

The main event went off with Josh Appelt coming in looking like Roy Nelson, as he tried to put that weight on GC Heavyweight Champion Angel “Of Death” De Anda. But De Anda had amazing takedown defense, and hit Josh with a couple of combinations that rocked Josh badly. Appelt tried to hang in there as long as he could, but the champ's power was just too much for him, and he suffered his first loss in MMA. De Anda looked the best in his career, and is now looking to a September showdown with Dave “Bad Man” Huckaba, who wants his belt back!

It was a great night of fights, and GC fans are looking forward to September’s “Undisputed” showdown.

Here are the full results of the “Patriots” fight card:

- Martin Sandoval defeated Alex Gonzalez via submission (armbar) at 2:12 of the 1st round
- Bernard Turner defeated Curtis Lawrence via unanimous decision
- Ryan Burton defeated Jared Saenz via submission (rear-naked choke) at 2:12 of the 1st round
- Sam Milo defeated Victor Villareal via submission (armbar) at 0:57 of the 1st round
- D.J. Roberson defeated Tramain Smith via TKO (verbal submission) at 1:20 of the 2nd round
- Doug Differender defeated Jesse Vasquez via submission (rear-naked choke) at 1:57 of the 2nd round
- Mike Quaintance defeated Jack Walter via unanimous decision
- Victor Moreno defeated Robert Ballard via TKO at 2:29 of the 2nd round
- “Bad” Brad McDonald defeated Giovanni Encarnacion via submission (triangle choke) at 2:45 of the 1st round
- James “The Educator” Fanshier defeated Jeremy Ashly via TKO at 1:28 of the 1st round
- “El Cucui” Jaime Jara defeated Dillen Hurle via submission (guillotine choke) at 0:40 of the 1st round
- Dave “Bad Man” Huckaba defeated Michael Johnson via TKO (punches) at 0:20 of the 1st round
- Bill Theofanotoulos defeated Daniel Romero for the GC Native American Light Heavyweight title
- Rick Randolph defeated Rich Blake for the GC Light Heavyweight title
- GC Lightweight Josh Thornburg vs. Andre Fili was called off due to an injury suffered by the challenger
- Angel “of Death” De Anda defeated Josh Appelt via TKO at 2:56 of the 1st round to retain his title



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