by MMAWeekly.com Staff
HAYWARD, Wis. — Anybody wishing to look into the future of the middleweight division need look no further than the talented, young lineup at the Extreme Challenge 63 eight-man tournament.
While many fighters showed potential to be among the best at 185 pounds, Brock Larson showed he is ready to compete right away. Larson improved his record to 12-0 with three impressive victories en route to claiming the tourney title. Larson could see his future as current UFC welterweight champion Matt Hughes, the last tourney winner at LCO Casino, attended the event.
In the main event, Ed Herman of Team Quest was awarded the victory over former UFC middleweight champ Dave Menne after one round when a pulled groin injury prevented Menne from continuing. The first round was very competitive, although all three judges had Menne winning by a 10-9 score.
“I hurt it a few days ago, but didn’t think it was serious… I trained on it a couple times and nothing happened,” Menne said. “But toward the end of the round, I defended a takedown and felt it pop… I knew I was in trouble. I couldn’t even stand in between rounds.”
A sellout crowd filled LCO Casino for the event. Most were on hand to cheer for Larson, who lives near Minneapolis, Minn. Larson finished all three of his opponents, including Miletich Fighting Systems fighter Ryan McGivern in the final.
Tourmey first round
Ryan McGivern def. Tom Jones, 9:00, unanimous dec.
Joey Guel def. Chris Clements, :56 Rd. 3 (6:56), rear choke.
Brock Larson def. Damarcus Johnson, 1:02 Rd. 3 (7:02), key lock.
Ryan Jensen def. Neil Rowe, 2:00 Rd. 1, rear choke.
McGivern def. Guel, 2:30 Rd. 1, doctor stoppage due to cut.
Larson def. Jensen, 1:39 Rd. 1, tap due to strikes.
Larson def. McGivern, 2:09 Rd. 1, key lock.
Ed Herman def. Dave Menne, 5:00 Rd. 1, verbal submission due to injury.