by Ken Pishna – MMAWeekly.com
DENVER – Venerable Colorado-area mixed martial arts promoter Sven Bean – best known for his Ring of Fire promotion – on Friday night ran his first Battlequest event in several months. Battlequest is primarily a feeder event for less experienced fighters to hone their skills for the higher profile Ring of Fire events.
If Friday night’s performances are any indication, there are several fighters that fans should be keeping an eye on.
In the main event, and the only professional bout of the evening, Brett Roller was a ball of fire from the opening bell, unleashing an onslaught of punches at Tyler Toner. But it would be Toner that managed to get to Roller’s back, only to be slammed to the mat courtesy of a sort of backwards body slam. Not to be deterred, following a brief scramble, Toner transitioned artfully into a triangle choke that put Roller’s lights out and left him unconscious on the mat.
With the win, Toner improved his professional record to 4-1 and is establishing himself as one of the top featherweight prospects in the Rocky Mountain region. His only loss is to World Extreme Cagefighting veteran Scott Jorgensen.
Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran Nate Marquardt proved that he’s not only one of the top middleweight fighters in the world; he’s not a bad cornerman either. But it would be his fighter’s night, as Cody Donovan made quick work of Oakland’s Ted Von Roll to capture the vacant Battlequest light heavyweight title.
At the bell, Donovan immediately clinched and took Von Roll to the mat, working into a half-mount position. Von Roll reversed, but Donovan quickly transitioned into a triangle choke. Von Roll picked him up for the slam, but Donovan then moved to an arm bar to finish the fight little more than a minute into the opening round.
In a contest between promising middleweight fighters, Kenneth Seegrist, known as “Sir Kenneth Ivan,” made quick work of Chris Saucedo, catching him in a guillotine choke as Saucedo shot in for several takedown attempts, leaving his neck exposed. Seegrist then dropped to his back, wrapped the body with his legs and sunk the choke in deeper for the tap.
Seegrist is now a perfect 6-0 and quickly establishing himself as one of the top middleweights in the region. The road for him will likely start to get a little rougher as the success that he has generated will surely bring a step up in opposition.
Mixed Martial Arts (Professional)
-Tyler Toner def. Brett Roller by Submission (Triangle Choke) at 0:55, R1
Mixed Martial Arts (Amateur)
-Cody Donovan def. Ted Von Roll by Submission (Arm Bar) at 1:08, R1
-Kenneth Seegrist def. Chris Saucedo by Submission (Guillotine Choke) at 1:01, R1
-Brian Wood def. Tyler Rodgers by Submission (Arm Triangle) at 2:29, R3
-John Bryant def. Sundar Mims by Submission (Heel Hook) at 1:26, R1
K-1 Rules Kickboxing (Amateur)
-Sean Doherty def. Aaron Trujillo by Majority Decision, R3
-Akil Shareef def. Ben De Anda by Split Decision, R3
-Sean Johnson and T.J. Miner fought to a Majority Draw