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Local MMA Fighters Shine At Big Guns 11

Story By: Brian Skowronski



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  Original Published: 11/19/2012

Revelation Fight Organization packed Fairhaven Hall at the Richland County Fairgrounds on Saturday night, with an exciting 12-fight card of mixed martial arts. Many of the top local amateur's and pro's competed in the event and many walked out of the cage winners after their fights.

Bill Gingery was one of those victorious fighters, winning a unanimous decision over Mike Ludwig in a rematch of a 2010 fight which Gingery also won. Despite collecting his ninth amateur victory, "The Serial Killer" says he didn't feel his best during the fight but was still happy with the result.

"I felt drained." Gingery says. "Weight cut was harder than last time but I pulled off the win and that's all that matters."

Gingery was also a little dissappointed with the way he won the fight, saying that he would rather not have had to resort to his wrestling to get the win.

"The ground is where I'm comfortable at." Gingery says. "I wanted to challenge myself on my feet, but it obviously didn't work out that way."

Gingery's teammate from the Mansfield Fight Farm John Gunther also won his fight on the ground, defeating R.F.O. middle-weight champion Edwin Taylor with a first round arm bar, that may have broke Taylor's the left forearm.

"It was in deep." Gunther says of his arm bar. "But he was tough and didn't want to tap."

While Gunther is now the 185 lb champion, he only took the fight after his scheduled match at 170 lbs fell through just two days before the event. But "The Machine" says he doesn't really care who he fights or at which weight class right now, just as long as he can get in the cage.

"I'm most comfortable at 170 but if I can get a fight at 185 I'll take that." Gunther says. "I'll just take as many fights as I can get."

While Gunther has managed to improve to 7-1 in his amateur career with three wins in the last two months, Fight Farm teammate Josh Longood had not been in the cage since June until Saturday night. The "Honey Badger" was scheduled to headline in a feather-weight title fight at R.F.O.'s last event back in September, but could not compete because his opponent failed to make wight. The time off didn't affect Longood in the cage however, as he submitted Aaron Neighbors in the first round to retain his title and hear those sweet words, "And still R.F.O 145 pound champion."

"Hearing that was awesome." Longood says. "I want to hear it again and again."

Longood got to hear that in front of his hometown fans as well, making his fifth straight victory to begin his amateur career even better.

"It's the reason why I do it." Longood says. "It's to come put on a show for my friends and fans. They keep me going."

All other amateur results from the Big Guns 11 event:

Josh Roth defeats Ron Powelson at 205 lbs with a rear naked choke in the first round. Charlie Highman wins by TKO in the second round at 135 lbs over Trevor Wentzel. Nathan Dossy won a unanimous decision at 155 lbs over Sam Charpie. Jeff Powelson won a unanimous decision over Andrew Schuster at 170 lbs. Julian Highman lost to Dan Doverspike at 155 lbs by unanimous decision. Tony Harvey won by a second round TKO of Chris Burdulis at 145 lbs.

Results of professional fights:

Kyle Rozewski wins by TKO at 145 lbs over "Karate" Mike Williams in the first round. Andrew Law defeats Jay Wadsworth at 170 lbs with a second round TKO. Russ Halsey wins with a first round submission of R.F.O. promoter Matt Trukovich at 185 lbs in the main event. 

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