Posts Tagged: Mixed Martial Arts

Vanderford wins Bellator 251 fight by decision, moves to 10-0

November 6, 2020

Austin Vanderford of Ninilchik got the win he wanted – he just didn’t win the way he wanted. The fourth-year pro scored a unanimous decision victory over Brazil’s Vinicius De Jesus at the Bellator 251 main card at the Mohegan Sun Arena in Connecticut. Vanderford won 30-26, 30-27, 30-27 on the judges’ scorecard. “Man, honestly,… Read more »

Rodriguez latest Alaskan to earn UFC fight, will debut Saturday

October 28, 2020

The UFC is taking a chance on Soldotna’s Victor Rodriguez. The 28-year-old Alaskan was called on to fill in as an emergency substitute against Adrian Yanez for UFC Vegas 12 on Halloween. Both UFC newcomers bring four-fight win streaks into the fight. Rodriguez (7-2) is believed to be the sixth Alaskan to fight in the… Read more »

Murphy wins UFC fight by submission, sets up possible title shot

October 24, 2020

Facing an unorthodox, unknown newcomer as a late replacement didn’t bother Eagle River’s Lauren Murphy at UFC 254. She came prepared for anything to happen. A technical fighter who normally wins with supreme striking skills, Murphy this time got her opponent to tap out after using a wicked rear naked choke in the second round… Read more »

Ten years after his start, Heun still kicking it as pro MMA fighter

August 4, 2020

Palmer’s Jake Heun loves to fight. It’s his lifestyle and his livelihood. For the last 10 years, the former University of Hawaii football player has fought professionally in mixed martial arts and traveled the world doing what he loves most. “Yeah, it’s been a hell of a ride and I feel like it’s just starting… Read more »

Murphy named Alaska Sports Hall of Fame Athlete of the Week

June 28, 2020

UFC fighter Lauren Murphy from Eagle River outboxed her opponent with supreme striking skills to win by unanimous decision in a match shown on ESPN. Murphy defeated 24-fight winner Roxanne Modafferi in a battle between top-10 flyweight contenders.  The Chugiak High grad is 7th ranked in the world and improved her professional record to 13-4 after… Read more »

Murphy uses supreme striking skills to earn unanimous decision

June 20, 2020

A clean and technical fighter, Lauren Murphy of Eagle River outboxed her opponent with supreme striking skills to win by unanimous decision in a UFC fight shown on ESPN. The judges all agreed as she scored a 30-27, 30-27, 29-28 decision over 24-fight winner Roxanne Modafferi in a battle between top-10 flyweight contenders at an… Read more »

Heun KOs opponent in 72 seconds to collect 15th pro victory

January 2, 2020

Palmer’s Jake Heun made quick work out of an accomplished fighter with a first-round TKO victory over Satoshi Ishii in a heavyweight bout at Rizin FF 20 in Saitama, Japan. The fight lasted 72 seconds – his third-fastest win of his 24-fight MMA professional career. Heun, of Palmer High fame, improved his pro record to… Read more »

Vanderford remains unbeaten, moves to 9-0 after win in Israel

November 15, 2019

Ninilchik’s Austin Vanderford won another MMA fight to push his professional record to 9-0. The 29-year-old earned a unanimous decision over Russian Grachik Bozinyan at Bellator 234 in Tel Aviv, Israel. Vanderford, of Ninilchik High fame, used a fabulous final-round effort to escape with a win over a fighter who came in with a 10-3… Read more »

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 »