Posts Tagged: Mixed Martial Arts

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 »

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 »