FAIRBANKS, AK-Last night was fight night in the Interior. Llast night at the Tanana Valley State Fairgrounds, outside in the night sun, the Solid As A Rock Fighting Championships had Fighting Championships 3. This was their third event dating back to October 25th This event had 9 matches and it did not disappoint the great crowd on hand.
The opening fight was Josh Bailey and Sam Porter. Bailey improves to a 15-3 record with a rear naked choked to take the victory. Fight 2 had the knockout of the night. Thomas Hodge aka "Afro Samurai" slams Luke "Cool Hand" Shelley in the first and Cool Hand was out cold. Shelley was able to leave under his own power but Hodge walks us through his KO.
"He got me in the arm bar and I thought he was going to let go and he didn't so I just went for the slam," Hodge said. "I've been training almost a year now, just training and fighting; pretty much getting the experience I needed."
Dillan Wiggins defeated Rodrigo Ruiz by decision in fight number 3, the only fight to go the distance. In the fourth fight Jesse "the Saint" Kueber submits Dan Wiggins with the arm bar in the first round for the win. Alexander Jura made his debut against Eric Norman. Norman got the win however with submission in the second round in fight number five. Fight number 6 had the hit of the night. Juan Cruz in his debut KO'd Jimbo Howard with a kick to the head in the first round for his first victory. Fight number 7 was the quickest fight of the night, less than a minute in the first round; Chris Wells makes Jay Burgess tap with a standing choke.
The co-main event featured Billy Zimmerman and Zack "SnackPack" Shelley; this fight would end in the first due to Shelley not being able to continue due to an injury suffered from an apparent kick to the back of the head off of Zimmerman's heel. But Zimmerman would get the win.
In the main event, Fairbanks' own Collin Reuter, the Youtube sensation (check out his famous knockout--http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bShO7y07oc), took on Thomas Ide, the Potbelly Assassin, who took on the fight on short notice. Reuter showed no mercy with a series of left and rights for a first round KO. Reuter loves performing in front of his hometown crowd.
"It's awesome. I love fighting in Fairbanks, I always get a great crowd coming out," Reuter said.
Reuter has aspirations making it a top tier promotion like UFC.
"I can't wait to make it to the big show though, you know, I'm working hard, I'm gonna be moving down to California here in a couple months to train seriously so hopefully you guys will see me on TV some day," Reuter said.