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Written by Ben Pherson   
Sunday, 18 March 2012 16:53

WALKER -- When the main event for Saturday's King of the Cage show at Northern Lights Casino fell through just a day before weigh-ins, matchmaker Mike Camp scrambled to put together another quality professional bout.

What Camp got was a matchup that would make any old-school Minnesota MMA fan smile.

Just days before March Mania, Jason Ehresmann backed out of his main-event fight against local fan favorite Sammy Cleveland.

Cleveland wouldn't agree to any of the possible replacements Camp could locate, so the fight was scratched.

But in its place, Camp was able to line up two old teammates from Team Crazy.

On extremely short notice, Ryan "The Prodigy" Stock agreed to scrap with former teammate Bruce "Oddballer" Johnson in an instant classic.

The first round was wildly entertaining.

Stock and Johnson gave the fans exactly what they wanted -- a standup battle for nearly five full minutes, with both fighters landing several big bombs.

When the fight did go to the ground late in the round, Johnson showed a great deal of

 

improvement. He avoided any severe damage and stayed in good position.

Stock and Johnson exchanged briefly to start the second round, but the fight went to the ground about a minute in.

There, Stock started working his submission game. He caught Johnson in an armbar, but Johnson fought off the armbar, only to land in a triangle choke.

Johnson fought it off for as long as he could, but it was tight, and Stock earned the submission win at the 2:42 mark.

Johnson will get another crack at a former teammate in a few weeks. He's set to take on Jeremy Lafferty in Rochester on March 31.

Without Cleveland on the card, the Anthony Lemon vs. Trent Cook fight was promoted to the main event.

Lemon looked sharp, though Cook constantly looked for submissions throughout the first round.

Cook tried to throw guard a couple of times, only to slip off. Still, he looked for kneebars and had one close early in the fight.

But Cook appeared to gas out toward the end of the first round, and Lemon took advantage in the second.

After a nice exchange, Lemon took the fight to the ground. He passed guard and gained full mount. From there, he rained down punches until Cook submitted due to strikes at the 2:26 mark.

In the night's only other pro fight, Nick "City Of" Compton bounced back after a split-decision loss (to Damion Hill) in his last fight with a first-round win over Bobby Ferrier.

Ferrier came out swinging early and put together a few nice combinations. But Compton was the more technical striker, and he had a massive reach advantage. When Ferrier failed to land a few more combinations, he shot for a takedown and got it. But that proved to be a bad decision against the well versed Compton, who trains with Greg Nelson at the Minnesota Martial Arts Academy.

Compton slapped on the armbar, and it was tight immediately. Ferrier was forced to submit at the 2:45 mark.

The highlight of the amateur card included one of Compton's teammates, Rose Namajunas. Much like her last bout at Northern Lights, Namajunas engaged in a three-round war, this time against Moriel Charneski of Wisconsin.

Namajunas looked sharp early. She put together a combination that rocked Charneski and even landed a head kick that looked like it might end the fight.

But Charneski hung in there and landed a few solid shots of her own, though it never appeared Namajunas was hurt.

Namajunas looked to counter-strike in the second round. But she appeared frustrated when Charneski wouldn't engage. When the two did finally lock up, both landed nice shots. Eventually, Charneski was able to get the fight to the ground, but it didn't stay there for long. Charneski had caught another one of Namajunas' head kicks and landed a straight right counter.

Namajunas controlled much of the third round and dictated the pace. In the end, it was enough, and all three judges scored it in her favor.

Other amateur winners were John Feiock, Korey Blazek, Marc Hummel, Tory Syverson, Andy Kidrowski, Todd Tibbetts, Tyler Rogstad, Tim Bebeau and Josh Maudrie.

MNMMANEWS AWARDS

Co-fight of the night: Ryan Stock vs. Bruce Johnson and Rose Namjunas vs. Moriel Charneski.

Submission of the night: Nick Compton.

Knockout of the night: Josh Maudrie

Pro fighter of the night: Anthony Lemon.

Co-amateur fighters of the night: Tim Bebeau and Rose Namajunas.

*******

KOTC'S MARCH MANIA

Saturday * Walker * Northern Lights Casino

PRO

170 - Ryan Stock def. Bruce Johnson by submission due to triangle choke at 2:42 of second round.

155 - Nick Compton def. Bobby Ferrier by submission due to armbar at 2:45 of first round.

165 - Anthony Lemon def. Trent Cook by submission due to strikes at 2:26 of second round.

AMATEUR

130 - Rose Namajunas def. Moriel Charneski by unanimous decision.

155 - John Feiock def. Cory Lynch by submission due to rear-naked choke at :58 of first round.

155 - Korey Blazek def. Josh Thompson by unanimous decision.

170 - Marc Hummel def. Dave Smith by submission due to rear-naked choke at :50 of first round.

140 - Tory Syverson def. Tony Tibbetts by TKO at end of second round (failed to answer bell for third round).

170 - Andy Kidrowski def. Corbin Peterson by unanimous decision.

125 - Todd Tibbetts def. Nate Seelye by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

185 - Tyler Rogstad def. Mike Nelson by submission due to guillotine choke at :41 of first round.

175 - Tim Bebeau def. Keegan Osborn by TKO at 2:37 of second round.

185 - Josh Maudrie def. Josh Adler by TKO at 2:58 of second round.