Posts Tagged: Mixed Martial Arts

Vanderford moves to middleweight, wins Bellator fight by TKO

August 24, 2019

A step up to middleweight didn’t slow down professional MMA fighter Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik. The 29-year-old bloodied and battered previously undefeated Joseph Creer of Georgia to win by second-round TKO at Bellator 225 in Samford, Connecticut. Vanderford improved to 8-0 as a pro, including 2-0 in Bellator. The 5-foot-11, 170-pound Alaskan beat the 6-foot-4,… Read more »

Murphy scores biggest victory of pro career at UFC Newark

August 3, 2019

Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy won the biggest fight of her professional career with a third-round TKO of Italy’s Mara Romero Borella in a fight between top-20 contenders at UFC Newark in New Jersey. The 36-year-old veteran fighter improved her career record to 11-4, with eight wins coming by knockout. Murphy’s win was incredibly impressive in… Read more »

Heun wins by TKO in Japan to earn 14th professional victory

July 28, 2019

Palmer’s Jake Heun used a devastating elbow blow to end in the third round his mixed martial arts fight with Russia’s Vitaly Shemetov on the Rizin 17 fight card in Japan. Six of Heun’s 14 professional wins have come by knockout, but this one may have been the biggest as Shemetov hadn’t lost a fight… Read more »

Heun earns split decision in Japan to get back into win column

June 3, 2019

In need of a win in a bad way, Jake Heun of Palmer moved up to heavyweight to face an opponent who had lost just once in the last eight years. It’s exactly what you’d expect from a fearless fighter like Heun. His bravado was rewarded in a big way as the 31-year-old scored a… Read more »

Vanderford improves to 7-0 with victorious Bellator debut

February 18, 2019

Just because he has a championship background in wrestling doesn’t mean MMA fighter Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik prefers that method of operation in the octagon. But it sure comes in handy. The 28-year-old has won three out of his last four fights by submission, including a first-round tap of Cody Jones as part of the… Read more »

Vanderford wins by 98-second KO, stays unbeaten as pro fighter

October 24, 2018

Ninilchik’s Austin Vanderford earned another win by stoppage over another solid opponent, helping the 28-year-old mixed martial arts fighter move to 6-0 for his professional career. The former NAIA wrestling champion out of Southern Oregon University knocked out Brazil’s Edmilson Freitas in just 98 seconds on the undercard of FFC 32 in Las Vegas, Nevada…. Read more »

Heun cleared to fight, will headline Rizin main event in Japan

August 29, 2018

Palmer’s Jake Heun has been cleared to fight again and is wasting no time getting back to work. The 31-year-old brawler is set to make his return in the Japanese mixed martial arts organization Rizin Fighting Federation next month at the Saitama Super Arena in Japan. Heun (11-7) hasn’t fought since his devastating flying-knee-to-the-head knockout… Read more »

Vanderford wins MMA fight in Contender Series, improves to 5-0

July 18, 2018

Austin Vanderford’s extensive background as a champion wrestler paved the way for the 28-year-old from Ninilchik to win his fifth straight pro mixed-martial arts fight. The former NAIA national champion and two-time state champion earned his second consecutive win via rear-naked chokehold as he got Angelo Trevino to tap midway through the second period. The… Read more »

Heun to begin million-dollar quest in new pro fight league

June 6, 2018

By the end of the year, Palmer’s Jake Heun hopes to be a million bucks richer. The 30-year-old MMA veteran has joined the new Professional Fighters League, which kicks off an 11-event promotion Thursday in New York City that will award each of the six weight-class champs $1 million on New Year’s Eve. Heun, of… Read more »

Vanderford catches on with Tuesday Night Contender Series

June 5, 2018

Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik inched closer to his dream of fighting in the UFC by catching on with Dana White’s Tuesday Night Contender Series. The UFC president created the weekly fight series last year to promote unknown fighters. In some ways, it’s also a tryout. Either way, it brought the Alaskan closer with his dream… Read more »