NAFC: Eckelberg Retains Title, Shelton Wins Vacant BantamWeight Title
This past Saturday, Feb. 9, the North American Fighting Championship was action packed with 18 fights, including two title bouts. The Wisconsin State Fair-Products Pavilion once again held another outstanding amateur event in Milwaukee. The crowd was filled with loud supporting fans for all the fighters participating in the action.
NAFC Bantamweight and Welterweight titles were the main event in Saturday nights “Super Brawl”. Eric Shelton, fighting out of Miletich Fighting System in Iowa, battled Roufusport’s Andre “Grunt” Attebury for the vacant bantamweight crown.
“I knew he’s a great wrestler,” Shelton said, to the ring announcer. “I would have liked to finish him with my hands,” Shelton said after his victory over Attebury. The co-main event was a war that lasted six minutes and fifty eight seconds. Two seconds shy of a minute into the third round of the bout, Shelton was able to sink in a deep rear naked choke that ended his opponent’s night early.
In the first round “Grunt” earned a takedown against his foe. While in full guard, Attebury ate a strike from his grounded opponent, which opened a cut on his face. The Roufusport fighter controlled majority of the first round while laying on top working ground and pound. In the second round, Shelton was able to defend Attebury’s takedown attempt, then countering with a takedown of his own. After landing heavy strikes from the top, Shelton let “Grunt” up. Attebury gained another takedown of his own where both fighters fought hard from the top and the bottom until the horn went off concluding the round.
The third round Shelton lands a strong straight that appeared to stun Attebury, and after falling to the ground, Shelton poured on the brutal ground strikes to his bloodied opponent. Once the Miletich Fighting System fighter earned Attebury’s back he finished his enemy off at :58 into the third round with a tight rear naked choke.
The welterweight championship was a tough grinding main event fight as champion, Craig Eckelberg, smothered his Pura Vida BJJ opponent Jake Klipp. The entire fight was controlled by the champ with an opening takedown in each round. While holding down his foe he inflicted numerous strikes going body, body, and head. While using superior grappling with excellent hand control and great hip positioning to prevent any reverses, the Roufusport champion Eckelberg cruised his way to a tough grinding win over another tough grappler Jake Klipp through five rounds.
Before the co-main and main event popped off, Larry Watson of Roufusport entered the ring for the second time in his amateur career. Watson took on last minute replacement Jason Humberhan, who filled in for Amilio Torres after he pulled from the bout.
Watson opened the fight with his strong suit of wrestling skills as he blast doubled his opponent driving him hard to the canvas. He applied brutal ground and pound to Jason. Once he took his back, he attempted to sink in a rear naked choke, but decided to deliver vicious strikes from above while having his back with legs in. The total fight lasted forty eight seconds as Watson earned a knockout in the first round via his powerful hands. Watson improved to 2-0 in his amateur career, as both victories come by way of knockout.
The Main card Results are as follows.
LW- Jonas Flok (Highland Fight System-Sheboygan, WI) def. Matt Waters (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – UD- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
MW- Jason Plamann (Fox Valley Grappling- Appleton, WI) def. Jan Snajdr (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – Submission, Guillotine, Rd1-2:13.
BW- Keith Burke (Independent-Green Bay) def. Martice Scales (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – Split decision- 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
FW- Isaac Di Bodenlos (Roufusport-Milwaukee) def. Tyler Vance (The Blast-Madison) – UD- 30-27, 30-27, 30-27.
FW- Aaron Drouse ( Unified Martial Arts-Fond du Lac, WI) def. Jon Brown (Red Schafer MMA-Milwaukee) KO, RD2, 2:02.
CW- Elijah Phillips (3rd Heaven-Beaver Dam) def. Omar Romero (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – UD- 30-27, 29-28, 29-28.
BW- Chad Brito ( Fox Valley Grappling-Appleton, WI) def. Charles Johnson ( Waukesha-MMA-Waukesha, WI) – UD- 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
LW- Derek Flok (Team DoCo-West Jacksonport, WI) def. Nate Jennermen (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – Split Decision, 29-28, 29-28, 28-29.
BW- Alex Figueroa (The Blast-Madison, WI) def. Ray Sanchez (Roufusport-Milwaukee) – UD, 30-26, 30-26, 30-27.
CW- Doug Deback (Red Schafer MMA-Milwaukee) def. Matt Eisenzimmer (Serrano’s Combat Acedmey-Milwaukee) – TKO- Rd1- 2:34.
LW- Kevin Vazquez (Roufusport-Milwaukee) def. Edgar Jasso (Gracie Barra Veneration-Kenosha) – UD- 30-27, 30-27, 29-28.
WW- R’Mandel Cameron (Roufusport-Mil) def. Tyler Sailo (Teck’s Martial Arts-Green Bay) – TKO- RD1- 1:51.
WW- Christian Vazquez (Roufusport-Mil.) def. Joe Benson (Neutral Ground-Mil.) – UD- 30-26, 30-26, 30-27.
LW- Larry Watson (Roufusport-Mil.) def. Jason Humberhan (Independent) – KO- RD1- :58.
NAFC Bantamweight Championship- Eric Shelton (Miletich Fighting System-Davenport, IA) def. Andrew “Grunt” Attebury (Roufusport-Mil.) – Submission- RD3- :58.
NAFC Welterweight Championship- Craig Eckelberg (Roufusport-Mil.) def. Jake Klipp (Pura Vida BJJ-Mil.) – UD- 54-45, 54-45, 54-45.
The “Super Brawl” was a great event Saturday night that show cased the top amateur fighters in the local area. For more information log onto www.NAFC.tv. Follow USCS on twitter @uscombatsports and USCS reporter Kyle Carroll @jiblitz77.