FREDERICKTOWN — Mixed Martial Arts has made its mark in Knox County.
An announced crowd of nearly 1,000 screaming fight fans squeezed into the former high school gym in Fredericktown on Saturday night to see some MMA action from local and regional fighters. They also got to see the start of some promising careers and the crowning of a champion.
In total, four local fighters left the cage as winners in the Extreme Adrenaline Championships IV event. The dozen fights on the card culminated with Galion heavyweight Nick Stuff scoring a TKO by strikes on Will Duffy at 2:23 of the third round to capture the EAC heavyweight title.
East Knox High School student Ian Lashley, fighting in his first amateur bout, led off the evening. The 185-pounder leveraged his years of wrestling experience to defeat Garrett Sheppard on a TKO by strikes at 2:19 in the opening round of their middleweight bout.
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