MMA

Mixed fortunes for local MMA fighters over the weekend

Austin Moore and Tyson Miller each won their respective MMA fights over the weekend, as there were mixed results for the six local fighters in action.

Miller, who fights out of the Institute of Combat in Arcata, won his MMA debut at the Rogue Fights in Redding on Saturday night, while Moore, who fights out of the Lost Boys Gym in Arcata, improved to 4-0 with a victory at the Bay Area Combat fights in Vallejo, also on Saturday.

Three Institute of Combat fighters each made their fighting debut at the Rogue Fights, and, according to trainer John “Juan” Thompson, all three got invaluable experience.

AT 190 pounds, Miller won his fight against Kacey Joe Sanders with a first-round submission.

“He came out, threw some kicks, took his guy down and choked him out,” Thompson said.

At 135 pounds, Colton Smith went all three rounds against Tony Nguyen before losing in a decision.

“It was a great battle back and forth,” Thompson said.

At 155, Journey Walker and his opponent Andrew Nadig came out swinging hard, but it was Nadig who won out with a first-round TKO.

“The two of them went for it,” Thompson said. “It was a fire fight from the start. Journey just got caught. They were both swinging pretty hard.”

And the IOC trainer was more than happy with the performances, especially considering each of his fighters were going against more experienced fighters.

“Obviously the win was great, but the losses were good too,” Thompson said. “For all three, it was their first fights, and they all learned something from them.”

Thompson also paid tribute a large contingent of local fans who made the trip to Redding to support the local fighters.

“We had some great support over there,” he said.

Moore leads the Lost Boys

Moore’s big win was the highlight for the Lost Boys, who sent three fighters to Vallejo.

Moore defeated Samual Braden with a second-round KO at 185 pounds to keep his unbeaten record in tact.

In the welterweight division, teammate Andrew Guisa lost a title bout to Diego Lopez out of the Napa Valley MMA club, losing on a rear-naked choke in the first round.

At featherweight, meanwhile, Tyler Watkins went the distance against Eugenio Garcia, but lost on a decision.

For Watkins (4-1), it was his first loss in the cage, while Guisa is now 5-2.

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