by Joe Pawlus (Photos by Thomas Michael Rozdzynski)
PORTAGE, Ind. – The Porter County Fairgrounds in
Valparaiso, Ind., served as the outdoor venue for the Duneland Classic
fightcard hosted by Duneland Vale Tudo (courtesy of the Wisniewski brothers)
and Mike Davis’s Cutthroat Clothing. There wasn’t an empty seat in the house
for a perfect Spring evening of mixed martial arts.
Most of the introductions lasted longer than the fights, as
the event swiftly became a submission and knockout festival. Out of the twelve
three-round fights scheduled, only one battle made it past the first round.
In the bantamweight division, Brian Hilliard ended Matt
Vaughn’s night at 3:30 of round one with a rear naked choke after slamming
Vaughn to the mat a few times.
Lightweight Alfonso Bray scored the TKO over Josh Dawson
within the first minute of round one. Brandon Delprado took Nick Joiner to the
canvas, dominated him with top control, and ended Joiner’s suffering with a
rear naked choke.
The fight of the night came halfway through the card as
wrestling technician Jack Hammonds gave Brandon Pylipov a run for his money by
making it to the second round. Pylipov continued to fire submission attempts at
Hammonds, and he eventually secured an armbar midway through the second round.
Duneland Vale Tudo team member Josh Shockley annihilated
Adam Langwiski with standing strikes before taking him down and locking up an
In a highly anticipated featherweight match, Team Corral’s
rising star, Jared McMahon, faced off against seasoned fighter Elton Chavez.
Chavez appeared to be controlling the fight for the first part of round one by
landing clean strikes and putting McMahon on his back. When the fighters
returned to their feet, McMahon had fire in his eyes as he closed in on Chavez,
backed him into the cage, and unleashed a series of ferocious combinations that
earned McMahon a TKO at the end of round one.
The main event featured Duneland’s Mark Burch against
newcomer Alex Rossman in the heavyweight division. After trading sloppy
punches, Rossman landed a clean strike that momentarily crumpled Burch to the
mat. Rossman followed him to the ground, but could not maintain control. Burch
got back to his feet and knocked Rossman out with a well-placed knee to the
-Brian Hilliard def. Matt Vaughn by
Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
-Alfonso Bray def. Josh Dawson by
-Brandon Delprado def. Nick Joiner
by Submission (Rear Naked Choke), R1
-Jeremy Downs def. Aaron Hammonds by
-Nate Hodges def. Dennis Bixemen by
-Mike Welch def. Brian Vineyard by Submission
(Rear Naked Choke), R1
-Brandon Pylipov def. Jack Hammonds
by Submission (Armbar), R2
-Josh Shockley def. Adam Langwiski
by Submission (Armbar), R1
-Jared McMahon def. Elton Chavez by
-Steve Reyna def. Craig Kaufman by
-Mark Burch def. Alex Rossman by KO,