Grappling Industry Picking up Speed

The Rave/Historic Eagles Club Grand Ballroom was filled with fist flying, kicks cracking, and heads hitting canvas after going lights out at the Knockout Kings kickboxing event this past Saturday, Aug. 10. The North America Fighting Championships presented the Knockout Kings hosting a 22 bout fight card. The card had three professional fights with a main event featuring a light heavyweight match up between Tim Nixon and Adam Vanderveen.

Tim “The Arch Angel” Nixon and Adam “Ares” Vanderveen battled in a high intensity kickboxing match. Vanderveen, fighting out of Pura Vida BJJ in Milwaukee, dominated Nixon from Team No Quit of Manistique, Michigan in a two round knockout.

Vanderveen cornered Nixon as he applied heavy pressure. The “Ares” blasted Nixon in the gut with a heavy right hook that dropped him to his behind starting a count. After an eight-count the fight resumed. Shortly after Vanderveen poured it on, he finished his opponent in the second round at 1:40.

David Rhoads won a unanimous decision over Jon Daubon. Rhoads had strong strikes that damaged his foe Daubon. Daubon proved to have a tough chin after taking multiple fists to his jaw. Daubon fights out of Oshkosh Athletic Club in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Rhoads fights out of Dukatz Academy in West Bend, Wisconsin. Rhoads won by unanimous decision with judge’s scores of 30-27, 29-26, 29-26.

Fight of the night would have to be awarded to the 180-pound catch weight battle between Jared McQuitter and DC Lewis. These two fighters exchanged blows immediately after the bell sounded. The pace of the fight was non-stop with tons of power being tossed in both directions. DC Lewis who fights out of Serrano Combat Sports in Milwaukee caught a strike that opened a large cut under the right eye. Both fighters became covered in the blood of Lewis. McQuitter, the taller, longer fighter, used his reach to keep distance on Lewis. McQuitter fights out of Roufusport Academy in Milwaukee. After cutting the explosive Lewis in round one, McQuitter continued to land well timed combos and kicks that landed flush to the ribs. McQuitter in a recent US Combat Sports interviewed mentioned his use of grappling dummies for MMA. 

McQuitter put enough combos together until the end of the three rounds to walk away with the unanimous decision. The Judges scored the bout 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 in favor of McQuitter.

A fun fight for the fans to watch was a female bout between Roufusport’s Jenny D’Acquisto and Jessica Wentland from Assoc Martial Arts in Columbia, Minnesota. The 125-pound Flyweight fighters put on an exciting bout for the fans at the Eagles Club Grand Ballroom. After three rounds the judges came to a surprising unanimous decision in favor of the Minnesota fighter Jessica Wentland by a score of 29-28, 29-28, 29-28.


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