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October 23, 2017

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Xtreme Couture wins Tuff-N-Uff amateur team competition

Fight results

145. Jimmy Jones (9-3) (Xtreme Couture) def. Jon Gorton (4-3) (Team Quest) via majority decision.

135. Chris Holdsworth (6-0) def. Anthony Guitierez (14-1) via submission (armbar) Round 1, 2:32.

160. Gil Guardado (6-0) (Xtreme Couture) def. Brandon Morris (4-3) (Team Quest) via submission (triangle choke) Round 1, 1:56

125. Stephanie Eggink (2-0) def. Katie Kilmanksi (0-1) via unanimous decision.

155. John Hahn (3-0) (Xtreme Couture) def. Ozzy Abarca (0-1) (Team Quest) via unanimous decision.

135. Autumn Richardson (2-1) def. Christy Tada (2-6) via TKO, Round 1, 1:17.

170. Rick Borden (3-1) def. Kris Silva (2-1) via unanimous decision.

155. Jake Swinney (4-0) (Xtreme Couture) def. Marco Davila (1-3) (Team Quest) via unanimous decision.

135. Ashley Weakly (4-0) def. Jillian Lybarger (2-4) via submission (darce choke) Round 1, 1:17.

185. Chris Herrera (2-0 )(Team Quest) def. Zach Conley (3-1) (Xtreme Couture) via majority decision.

145. Craig Cook (3-0) (Team Quest) def. Eric Center (0-4) (Xtreme Couture) via submission (rear naked choke) Round 2, 1:29.

125. Jenny Yum (6-1) def. Lindsay Jones (1-1) via TKO Round 1, 0:14.

170. Justin Jaynes (8-6) (Xtreme Couture) def. Brock Pagen (2-1) (Team Quest) via split decision.

135. Emily Peters-Kagan (3-1) def. Tsui-Jen Cunanan (3-2) via split decision.

130. Carlos Garcia (1-1) (Team Quest) def. Jesse Romero (2-1) (Xtreme Couture) via submission (guillotine choke) round 3, 1:41.

155. Trace Grey (1-0) def. Patrick Bates (0-1) via TKO Round 2, 1:27.

Xtreme Couture established itself as one of the premier amateur MMA gyms in the nation Friday after defeating California’s Team Quest Fight Club at Tuff-N-Uff’s Amateur Fighting Championships at The Orleans.

Xtreme Couture won the challenge five fights to three after trailing 3-1 at one point during the event.

“We have to take our hats off to Team Quest. We really underestimated them,” said Xtreme Couture fighter Jimmy Jones. “We thought we were just going to come in and dominate, but they really put on a show for us and gave us a big challenge.”

Jones (9-3) sealed Xtreme Couture’s victory and defended his 145-pound Tuff-N-Uff title in the evening’s main event with a majority decision victory over Team Quest’s Jon Gorton (4-3).

Gorton might have sabotaged his chances at winning the fight early in the first round when he was deducted a point after landing two consecutive low blows.

But the illegal strikes also had an unexpected impact on Jones.

“Normally they wouldn’t have played as big as a factor as they did, but I came into the fight with a pretty nasty cold,” Jones said. “I felt pretty good this morning, but as soon as that first kick hit me, I felt it all come back.”

Jones bounced back with a takedown late in the first round that set him up for an anaconda choke attempt. But Gorton refused to submit.

“I felt like I had it in pretty deep and he wouldn’t tap,” Jones said. “At one point, he just stopped defending it, so I told the ref, ‘I think he’s out,’ and then he squealed “no” from the bottom.”

As the fight went on, the effects of Jones’ illness wore him down and in the third round, Gorton came close winning when he scored a take-down and began raining down some brutal ground and pound.

“There was a point where I told myself I didn’t want to keep going,” Jones said. “But then I told myself, ‘This is a title fight; you’ve got the belt; you’re not going to walk out of here without it.’”

Also taking place Friday night was a four-fighter tournament for the Tuff-N-Uff 125-pound women’s title in which Team Hard Target’s Jenny Yum (6-1) stole the show with a spectacular spinning-backfist knockout against Lindsay Jones (1-2) just 14 seconds into the first round.

“I wanted to feel her out a little bit and I missed with my first spinning-backfist,” Yum said. “So I was like, ‘All right, I’ll try it one more time,’ and it landed. I saw her go down and then I went in for a hammer fist, and that’s when the ref jumped in.”

The knockout was the second of Yum’s career. She advances to the final on Sept. 24, when she will face West Coast Fight Club’s Stephanie Eggink (3-0). Eggink won a unanimous decision over Kris Silva (2-2) earlier in the evening.

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