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Summer Smackdown worth price of admission

Fight card popular with fans

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Nick Johnson, far left, is moments away from winning his Saturday night amateur MMA fight versus Mike Staats via a rear naked choke submission during the Summer Smackdown at the Gough Hazard.

PARKERSBURG — Fight fans got what they paid for during Saturday’s Summer Smackdown show at the Gough Hazard.

While Morgantown amateur boxer Devron Ford showed off his speed to close the card with a unanimous decision versus Wesley Roberts, it was the next to last fight which was the bloodiest.

Parkersburg pro cruiserweight Tim Farnsworth, now 2-0, bashed his way to a dominate unanimous decision triumph — 40-36, 39-37, 39-37 — against “Polydeuces” Machiavelli Siberius.

After opening round one with some solid body work, Farnsworth caught his opponent with a combo to the face in round two. Siberius was bloodied in round three and things didn’t get any better in round four.

Prior to that fight, Calhoun County graduate Andrew Satterfield upped his pro mark to 3-0 following a third round TKO versus Justin Novaria, who was knocked down and went through the ropes. Since he was unable to get back inside the ring within 10 seconds, the heavyweight fight was stopped, much to the chagrin of Novaria.

Photo by Jay W. Bennett Parkersburg cruiserweight Tim Farnsworth improved his pro record to 2-0 following a unanimous decision against Machiavelli Siberius during Saturday night’s Summer Smackdown at the Gough Hazard.

David Jeffrey’s MMA match against Noah Sias went the distance, but the former four-time state wrestling champion at Parkersburg South went virtually unchallenged in winning a unanimous decision.

Jeffrey, now 3-0 as an amateur, came out of the chute with a quick smashing takedown of Sias, who spent the rest of the opening round on his back fending off punches.

Jeffrey did the same in round two, but the lights went out halfway through the round, which caused a short stoppage.

Nonetheless, Sias never was able to get any offense going.

Former Parkersburg High School state mat champ Nick Johnson faced Mike “The Monster” Staats of Mineral Wells in another MMA contest. Staats’ evening came to a close in just 78 seconds as the ex-Big Red used a rear naked choke submission move to emerge victorious without hardly breaking a sweat.

Another former Big Red grappler, Tyler Richards, won his MMA debut via unanimous decision against Jesse Guinn, who was taken down late in the first round. Richards had a slow start to round two, but went on the offensive and managed another takedown in the second and final three-minute round before inflicting some pain with his punches.

The first Dawghouse Promotions amateur title fight (DPATF) came at cruiserweight, where Jonny Loyd defeated Calvin Dixon via a UD. After a solid opening round, Loyd went into attack mode in round two, but had to weather the storm from Dixon, who didn’t quit.

Former St. Marys first team all-state linebacker Corey Stewart came out with his fists blazing against Trenton Harper, who watched as the Blue Devil unleashed a plethora of right hands, which included one to Harper’s temple. Stewart won via TKO at 0:43 of the third in a heavyweight DPATF.

Perhaps the best match of the night came during the super heavyweight DPATF involving ex-Wahama White Falcon first team all-state linebacker Gabe Lambert and Parkersburg’s Darton Wilson. The two went toe-to-toe and traded blow for blow, but Wilson dropped to 5-3 as Lambert escaped with a split decision to improve to 15-2.

The fight the fan base disagreed the most with result-wise was the women’s lightweight DPATF involving Huntington’s Hailey Pennington and Katie Loyd, who resides in Mineral Wells. Pennington had a more than solid first round, but spent much of round two and three being forced back by a charging Loyd. However, Pennington was all smiles when the majority decision was announced in her favor.

Also fighting and winning a lightweight DPATF was Parkersburg’s Shawn Miller, who had father Donnie Miller in his corner. Miller won a tough split decision against Justin Milam.

Jordan Day, an 18-year-old from Cumberland, Md., got the evening started against Dillon Forquer, who took a knee near the final bell and lost via unanimous decision.

The other two MMA fights saw John McAllister register a win against Parkersburg’s Roger Smarr via strikes at 1:43 of the first as well as Parkersburg’s Matt Tennant improving to 2-1 following a stoppage by the ref late in round two against Harley Watson, who spent portions of the match on the canvas trying to not get hit by Tennant’s hammer fists.

Two other pro fights saw Huntington’s Hasaan Haggler defeat Parkersburg’s Brad Moorehead, who lost when the ref stopped the fight 24 seconds in because Moorehead wasn’t throwing punches, along with Beckley’s Turner Williams getting a TKO at 1:23 of the first versus John Colvin of St. Marys.

Also, Clayton Jackson of Mineral Wells upped his amateur heavyweight record to 4-1 following a dominate showing against Chris Poling, who was stopped via TKO at 1:38 of the opening round. The other non-Dawghouse Promotions amateur title fight had local Roger Taylor fall via UD to Fairmont’s Isaiah Payton.

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