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Sterling Entertainment Group (SEG) and Driller Promotions have, over the last two years, been quietly building a brand and name for themselves as the premier Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) promoters in the Twin Cities. Their reach has broadened with a show in Austin, Minnesota and more expansion in the works for 2014.
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Their most recent show at Mystic Lake was a sold-out success. In fact they had so many requests that a live-feed room was opened to accommodate the crowd that arrived at the hotel & casino’s grand ballroom.
The twelve fights drew fighters from around the upper midwest and featured a main event between one of Minnesota’s top young prospects, John Castaneda taking on his counterpart from Iowa, Adam Schumacher. Schumacher came out looking good early but, in one of the most impressive shows of athletic prowess, Castaneda, from his back with Schumacher on top of him, launched Schumacher several feet in the air and onto his head.
Schumacher not only lost the dominant position but lost a step in his game. Castenada forced Schumacher to tap out in the first round to
end the fight. Castenada won the fight but appeared to have hit Schumacher in the head, an illegal blow. The referee was in position to see this but did not call it. From our vantage point we could not see it but Schumacher was holding the back of his head and his coaches were furious.
Kyle Todd vs. Josh Treseler was the co-main event for the evening and had the added incentive of having the Driller Promotions Championship on the line. Todd was very good in this match landing a punishing right hand to the chin of Treseler at about the 1:30 mark in the first round. Todd turned around and, along with everyone in the crowd assumed a knockout by the way Treseler went to the mat. Treseler staggered to his feet and Todd hit him with another hay-maker that sent him to the mat. Thinking the referee would step in there was a moment’s hesitation before Todd pursued his opponent (as his training teaches) after another blow the referee put a stop to the fight.
There will be, in the coming weeks, I suspect, much discussion on the role of referees in MMA bouts, there already has been a critical article written. We will do what we can to keep our readers abreast of the subject if news comes across our desk. If you have updates or thoughts you would like to share please leave your comment below, our comments are open for two weeks following any post.
The rest of the evening was filled with dramatic action including a one-two punch knockout delivered by Otis Hamilton. Below is the full results from the evening’s fights.
Mystic Lake Event Results
|John Castaneda||Adam Schumacher||Submission (strikes) at 3:32 of the first round|
|Kyle Todd||Josh Treseler||KO at 1:47 of the first round|
|Raquel Magdaleno||Kyna Sisson||KO at :28 of the first round|
|Carl Deaton||Erik Vo||Unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)|
|Jessica Bulver||Chelsi Westdorp||Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)|
|Jake Ouradnik||Bryan Mortensen||Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)|
|Ash Majok||Sam Nelson||Submission Rear Naked Choke at 1:05 of the second round|
|Blake Bilder||Doug Deback||Unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)|
|Otis Hamilton||Adam Gilligan||KO at 1:06 of second round|
|Dana Gostomczik||Lucas Luloff||Submission Rear Naked Choke at :51 of second round|
|Karter Holthusen||Dale Walters||Submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:13 of the first round|
|Ed Albrecht||Darrien Mackiel||Unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)|
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