FAIRBANKS, Alaska On Friday night, numerous fighters and spectators converged on the Carlson Center for the Solid as a Rock Fighting Championship 18. With the stage set for a wild night for fights, the lights shone bright on the center ring.
In the main event, Dillon Titus representing Tok, Alaska came into the ring to face William ‘Willie’ Ramos. What followed was five rounds of classic boxing between the two boxers. Titus showed some fast punches in the second and third rounds, which pulled him ahead for the split decision over Ramos to win the 160 championship title.
“I'm bringing home the belt, so that's very exciting.” said Dillon Titus. “I thank my family at home, thank you for all the support, it feels wonderful. There's words that can't explain this. I thought it was going to be a three round fight. Me and Ramos both, we didn't know we were going five rounds so I went all out and tried to finish him and I thought that was it and then we went two more rounds. It surprised me so I had to stick it out man. I have no idea. It's still not sinking in, I'm freaking out right now."
In the co-main event, the 50-year old Greg Coon took on Dalton Morrow for a MMA bout. This three round matchup was at first all Morrow, as he dropped elbows and forced Coon to be on the defensive. However, Coon made his way back with a few takedowns to force the judges to call a draw.
In the kickboxing fight, Schon Ellis went head-to-head against Seth ‘The Mad Viking’ Kroll. Ellis was in control for most of the match, but it was Kroll’s resolve that was highlighted as he fought on less than two hours of sleep after the birth of his child the day before. Ellis ultimately took a unanimous decision win after 3 rounds of battle.
Meanwhile Gavin ‘Thunder’ Plunk faced off against Deron Evans. Plunk and Evans had one of the most technical contests, with both boxers pivoting and dodging throughout the three rounds. It was an excellent match up for these young athletes and we can’t wait to see what they go on to accomplish.
"I feel great man. I feel like I was prepared, I was mentally ready and I had a great fight with a great opponent.” said Gavin ‘Thunder’ Plunk. “You know he came and brought it and I brought it too and I think that's what we're looking for here at these fight nights. It was spectacular man. As chess goes, with its technical terms, I had to make the right moves, he had to make the right moves and each capitalized against each other. And at the end of the day, it was my capitalization that won me the fight and I'm just grateful that I was capable of doing that."
The highlight of the night was the first round knockout between Dillon Warner and Malcolm Burroughs. Warner came out firing on offense, pushing Burroughs to cage numerous times. Warner found his true mark with a knockout punch, utilizing his right hander. This punch represented the night as a whole, the crowd popped, the fighters were excited and it caused a buzz in the room.
Dillon Titus v. William ‘Willie’ Ramos (TITUS, SPLIT DEC., 5 RDS)
Dalton Morrow v. Greg Coon (DRAW, 3 RDS)
Schon Ellis v. Seth ‘The Mad Viking’ Kroll (ELLIS, UNA. DEC. 3 RDS)
Deron Evans v. Gavin ‘Thunder’ Plunk (PLUNK, UNA. DEC. 3 RDS)
Tyree ‘Big Glow’ Bowie v. Zach ‘Unicorn’ Levi (LEVI, TKO, 2 RDS)
Zach Johnson v. Austin ‘The Head Hunter’ Hebenstreit (SCRATCHED)
Daniel ‘The Sword’ Plambeck v. Vinny Monzulla (PLAMBECK, TKO, 3 RDS)
Patrick McLevaine v. Richard Monzulla (MCLEVAINE, TKO, 3 RDS)
Michael Abrahim v. Eric ‘Mr. 305’ Alonso (ABRAHIM, SUB., 1 RD)
David Roberts v. Aaron ‘One Badd Aries’ Akin (ROBERTS, TKO, 1 RD)
Malcolm Burroughs v. Dillon Warner (WARNER, KO, 1 RD)
Damian ‘Demon Boy’ Petrie v. Jonathan ‘The Quiet One’ Collazo (COLLAZO, UNA. DEC., 3 RDS)