Heun suffers first loss (Mixed Martial Arts)

August 28, 2011

Anchorage’s Jake Heun suffered his first defeat as a mixed martial arts fighter last night in Honolulu, losing by submission in the second round to former NCAA wrestling champion Mark Ellis out of the University of Missouri.

The heavyweight fight pitted two newcomers to the sport and was part of the ProElite card that was headlined by UFC alum Kendall Grove.

Heun, of Palmer High fame, is a former starting linebacker for the University of Hawaii football team who now calls Honolulu home. He was fighting for just the second time as a pro; Ellis was making his MMA debut.

The fight was fast and packed with action.

Here is a rundown according to mmajunkie.com:

Ellis weathered an early flurry of punches and took Heun to the mat. Heun stood briefly, but he was taken down again, and Ellis moved to side control. He looked to secure a front choke as Heun battled back to his feet. However, Heun reversed and scored with a solid knee from the top.

Just as it looked as if Heun might take control of the round, Ellis swept him and moved back to mount, where he remained until the end of the round.

Heun looked to take the fight to the mat in round two, but Ellis countered with another wrestling-style front choke. Heun clearly was in danger, but he managed to spin out and free himself. Ellis punched from the top, and a scramble followed with Ellis ending up in side control.

Heun secured a kimura from the bottom, however, and used it to sweep. Ellis quickly escaped and took Heun’s back. Seconds later, he locked a rear-naked choke that forced Heun to tap at the 2:29 mark of the second round.