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Mixed bag for Minnesota standouts during LFA 12 at Mystic Lake Print E-mail
Written by Ben Pherson   
Monday, 22 May 2017 10:36

PRIOR LAKE — Minnesota fighters had some ups and downs during Friday's LFA 12 event at Mystic Lake Casino. But overall, it was another incredible showing for the major promotion.

Minnesota's Ben "The Baker" Neumann fell short in his title quest in the night's main event.

Neumann squared off against elite striker Derrick Krantz for the inaugural LFA welterweight title. The fighters felt each other out on the feet for much of the first round, but Krantz came out firing in the second. He dropped Neumann early and followed him to the ground, raining down punches until he got the stoppage 55 seconds into the frame.

In the co-main event, Cully Butterfield controlled the action with his wrestling. Butterfield took down Chase Waldon at will in all three rounds, keeping the fight on the ground for nearly the full 15 minutes.

But on the ground, Waldon was clearly the more active fighter. Waldon landed some excellent strikes from bottom, and he consistently went for submission attempts. That left the judges with a tough decision. Though Butterfield held top position for the entire fight, he was unable to advance positions or consistently unleash ground and pound.

One judge scored it 29-28 for Butterfield, but the other two judges scored it 29-28 for Waldon, giving him a split-decision victory. The crowd did not agree with the decision and let the judges hear about it.

Minnesota standout Chad "Blitz" Curry looked incredible in his showdown with submission specialist Kyle Kurtz. Curry dominated the opening frame both on the feet and on the ground. In the second, he let his hands and kicks go, punishing Kurtz on the feet before taking the fight to the ground. Curry rained down punches until he got the TKO win 59 seconds into the second.

Curry, who trains at the Mario Roberto Jiu-Jitsu Academy, appears to be nearing an LFA title opportunity following the dominating win. He improved to 9-1 with the win.

Alliance's Jeff Peterson picked up arguably the biggest win of his career, knocking off previously unbeaten Minnesota prospect Bobby Lee.

Lee dominated the opening frame, rocking Peterson several times. He appeared close to getting the finish several times in the first round, but Peterson survived the barrage.

Peterson gained momentum in the second round. Both fighters appeared to be tired, but Peterson dug deep and started getting the better of the striking. Peterson's striking led to a near finish at the end of the round, but like Peterson did in the first round, Lee dug deep and survived.

Peterson looked even better in the third, controlling the striking as both fighter battled fatigue.

All three judges scored it 29-28 in Peterson's favor.

Julian Marquez made quick work of Cam Olson in a 205-pound showdown. Marquez clipped Olson, who trains at Roufusport, with a punch behind the right ear just 1:06 into the fight, and Olson went down face first. The ref stopped the fight quickly, giving Marquez the KO win.

Nate Jennerman started out the televised portion of the card with a win over Minnesota's Damion Hill, who took the fight on short notice.

Hill looked good early, landing a few solid strikes and taking the fight to the ground. On the ground, Jennerman continually looked for submissions, but Hill was able to fight them off until late in the round. With just 10 seconds left, Jennerman sunk in an arm-in guillotine choke and got the finish.

Minnesota Martial Arts Academy prospect Linsey Williams evened her record with a dominating victory over Camella James at 115 pounds. Williams controlled from start to finish, securing a unanimous-decision win, with all three judges scoring it 30-27.

Drako Rodriguez and Vanyu Xiong delivered the best fight on the amateur portion of the card. Those two standouts went to battle for three rounds, in a glorious striking exhibition. Both fighters were rocked on multiple occasions. In the end, Rodriguez had his hand raised, with all three judges scoring it 29-28 in his favor.

Bobbe Dulitz scored the biggest win of his amateur career, knocking off Yamah Sadozai in another thriller. Dulitz struggled in the first, but both fighters looked out of gas in the second round. Dulitz showed incredible heart, digging deep to control much of the final two rounds with his wrestling. That led to Dulitz securing a unanimous-decision win, with all three judges scoring it 29-28.

Scott Writz was a speedy winner over Ben Ross, catching Ross early for the TKO win just 45 seconds into the fight. Bonnie Stoehr did the same in her showdown with Kylee Martin. Stoehr pounded away until she got the TKO finish 1:32 into the fight.

Robiel Tesfaldet was a TKO winner as well. He controlled the fight with Kai Brunk with his wrestling and go the TKO finish 2:09 into the third round.

LFA returns to Minnesota in August.


Fighter of the night: Chad Curry

Submission of the night: Nate Jennerman.

Knockout of the night: Julian Marquez

Fight of the night: Bobby Lee vs. Jeff Peterson (with Rodriguez vs. Xiong a close second).


LFA 12

Mystic Lake, 5-19-17

PRO (AXS-TV, 8 p.m.)

170 — Derrick Krantz def. Ben Neumann by TKO at :55 of second round.

185 — Chase Waldon def. Cully Butterfield by split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28).

170 — Chad Curry def. Kyle Kurtz by TKO at :59 of second round.

155 — Jeff Peterson def. Bobby Lee by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three).

205 — Julian Marquez def. Cam Olson by KO at 1:06 of first round.

145 — Nate Jennerman def. Damion Hill by submission due to guillotine choke at 4:50 of first round.


115 — Linsey Williams def. Camella James by unanimous decision (30-27 on all three).


145 — Drako Rodriguez def. Vanyu Xiong by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three).

155 — Bobbe Dulitz def. Yamah Sadozai by unanimous decision (29-28 on all three).

180 — Scott Writz def. Ben Ross by TKO at :45 of first round.

140 — Bonnie Stoehr def. Kylee Martin by TKO at 1:32 of first round.

125 — Robiel Tesfaldet def. Kai Brunk by TKO at 2:09 of third round.