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Past the many miles of cornfields and into the heartland at the South Pointe Center in DeKalb, Body Lock and APFC hosted a raucous night of MMA with their “No Mercy” event. The ring announcer —  wearing an old-school tux that would have made Tony Clifton jealous — got the event started promptly at 7pm, which has to be some sort of record for a local MMA promotion. The crowd was plentiful and excited and they were treated to 10 matches – 9 MMA and 1 grappling. To the results…

The card got off to a bit of an odd start as Jordin Hinman landed a low blow to his opponent, which was ruled accidental. But his opponent could not continue and the fight was called a no contest.

The second fight was clean and quick as Maurice “The Hulk” Jackson barely had enough time to turn his eyes green before securing a guillotine on Top Notch’s PJ Cajigas. Cajigas tapped at :47 of round 1.

For the third match on the card, 13-year old Danika Thibault battled 17-year old Bethany Jordan in a 5-minute, one round grappling match. Neither fighter could pull off a submission and the judges ruled it a draw.

Jason Belyew walks out for his fight against Sebastion Antosiewicz

The big boys were next as CFC’s Sebastion Antosiewicz took on Hackney Combat’s Jason Belyew, who was making his amateur debut. This fight made the crowd erupt. They traded blows to start and Antosiewicz used his size advantage — close to 30 lbs. — to push Belyew up against the cage and hold him there. He didn’t do any damage, but it was enough to win the round. The second round was scored differently by the judges. There were some back and forth exchanges, but I thought Belyew won the round. It was a tough round to score though, and that was evident in the difference on the judges’ cards. Round 3 was easy to score as Belyew dominated from pillar to post, securing a mount and dropping bombs on Antosiewicz, at one point looking up at the referee as if to say “When are you going to stop it?”

But Antosiewicz did survive and the fight went to the judges’ scorecards.

A draw doesn’t do that fight justice. But that fight was awarded “Fight of the Night” honors, and it was announced that they will be meeting in a rematch at APFC’s next event, “Aftershock”, on November 20th in Lemont.

The crowd continued to buzz as UMMA’s Steve Kozola needed just :24 to sink a rear-naked choke on Eric Thomas for a submission victory.

Next was another UMMA fighter, Eric Hedrick, taking on Hackney Combat Academy’s Edgar Torres. Torres put up a valiant effort and displayed some serious heart as Hedrick got the best of him. Hedrick was too much for Torres and in the 3rd round the doctor stopped the fight at 1:40. Hedrick got the TKO victory.

Midwest Training Center’s Dan Borke displayed vicious punching power with his right hand in a round 2, TKO victory against Kyle Hoffman. Hoffman threw in the towel after he couldn’t continue due to a low blow, but Borke certainly earned the victory.

Hackney’s Jeff Lavallee jumped all over David Gellegos early and often in a battle of 135-pounders. Lavallee absolutely dominated from the mount position and the fight was called at 2:40 of round 1. Lavallee improved to 8-4 and was awarded “Knockout of the Night” honors.

Nate “The Leviathan” Patrick convincingly defeated UMMA’s Tim Androsini by unanimous decision. It was 30-27 on all 3 cards as Patrick controlled the action on the ground and in the stand up. Patrick is starting a new gym in Elmhurst called “Patriot Boxing”.

The main event was non-stop excitement, as UMMA’s Mike “Drama” Ryan battled Sam Agushi at 145 lbs. Ryan landed power shot after power shot, including a thunderous power slam of Agushi. Agushi showed an amazing chin — and resolve — as he kept his head and searched for subs. After the slam by Ryan, Agushi quickly secured an armbar and Ryan tapped immediately. It was amazing comeback and a worthy main event. Agushi was awarded “Submission of the Night” honors.

All in all it was a thrilling card up in DeKalb, and the November 20th show will allow Belyew and Antosiewicz to finish what they started at “No Mercy”.

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