‘That’s for Alaska, baby’ (Mixed Martial Arts)

November 5, 2011

Jake Heun

If anybody ever doubted Jake Heun’s ability to make the jump from college football to mixed martial arts, he put that idea to rest tonight.

Heun delivered a resounding TKO win over eight-fight veteran Ed Carpenter after connecting on a beautiful head-kick, right-left combo that would have made Dana White proud. From there Heun finished off Carpenter with like seven or eight consecutive hammer shots.

“I feel great,” Heun told me. “Good to be back in the win column.”

The fight in Moline, Ill., was part of the ProElite 2: Big Guns card and was televised live on HDNet.

After the referee stopped it at the 3:17 mark due to strikes, Heun ran around the octagon, screaming and flexing his muscles. Then he looked into the camera and said, ‘That’s for Alaska, baby!’

Gotta love that.

Coming off his first professional loss, Heun trained hard with UFC’s Jeremy Horn in an attempt to come back badder than ever. Things didn’t work out early as Carpenter capitalized on a missed knee thrust by Heun and took him to the ground.

Heun, of Palmer High fame, was on his back in the full-guard position for almost two minutes before he escaped with a nice wrestling move to get back on his feet.

“It was just a matter of relaxing,” he said.

Moments later he made his move with an explosive high round kick-punch combo that rocked Carpenter’s world. With Carpenter down, Heun jumped on him and connected with a series of strikes, knocking Carpenter’s mouthpiece to the mat.

“Heun is like a house of fire now,” the TV announcer said. “That was awesome.”

Heun (2-1) will fight Richard Odoms in the semifinals of the ProElite 2: Big Guns tournament during the weekend of the NFL Pro Bowl in Honolulu, where he played football for the University of Hawaii.