Southern Humboldt native Sean Stock is fast earning a reputation for himself in the MMA cage.
Stock was one of nine local fighters on hand at Saturday’s Bear River Fight Night and came away with a comprehensive win over Brady Green in a fight he made look easy.
The newcomer improved to 2-0 in the cage with a first round TKO (ground and pound) in a 170-pound showdown.
“He did really well,” said Brian Wilson, who is the fight promotor and Stock’s trainer at the Lost Boys Gym in Arcata. “This opponent was definitely tougher than the last time and he made it look easier.”
Stock was one of five Lost Boys to win on Saturday, along with Ross Lopez, Alister Shirazi, Nicholas Farro and Cody Bachelor.
Lopez was originally scheduled to make his pro MMA debut at the event, but his opponent backed out at the last minute, as is often the nature of the sport.
Instead, the experienced Lost Boys fighter and local fan favorite scheduled a last-minute kick boxing fight and won with an unanimous decision.
“I thought it was the fight of the night,” Wilson said. “It was a good opponent for him and it was back and forth. For having such a long layoff, he showed he was more than ready to be back in there.”
McKinleyville’s Farro also impressed in his MMA fight debut at 170.
The Lost Boys fighter, who has earned the nickname “Bulldog,” lived up to the billing with a comprehensive victory over Justice Adkins, ending the fight in less than a minute with a rear naked choke.
“It was a very quick decisive fight,” Wilson said. “I thought it would be more competitive, but he came out and he dominated.”
Shirazi, who has a strong wrestling background, also impressed with an unanimous decision victory over Eric Walker at 145.
“Alister proved to be the better wrestler and ground fighter,” Wilson said.
Bachelor rounded out the list of local winners with a victory in a grappling match, ending the showdown seven minutes in with a heel hook submission.
“It was good. It was really good,” Wilson said of the grappling match. “It was competitive.”
Wilson’s Hard Fought Productions will partner with Bear River to host a grappling tournament in late September and the promoter is eager to attract local fighters from gyms all across the county.
Four other Lost Boys lost their fights on Saturday.
Another local fan favorite, Tyler Watkins, lost an unanimous decision to Malik Saidbuliov at 145, while Nate Cruz lost his debut fight at 125, falling in the second round to Ivan Vu.
Paige Caito also fought on Saturday, losing in the second round to Jazmine Shannon at 135 and dropping her record to 1-1.
“It was a competitive fight,” Wilson said. “I thought Paige did will. She showed some good stuff.”
Rounding out the local contingent, McKinleyville’s Noah Robinson lost an unanimous decision to Cole Kale at 155.
“That was another one that was a good fight,” Wilson said. “Noah had some really good moments.”
Overall, it was another hugely successful fight, according to the promoter, and another sellout for Bear River.
After a two-year hiatus, this was the second of four fight nights planned for 2022 and everyone involved seems happy to be back in action again.
“It was an entertaining night and it was really a success,” Wilson said. “Every time we do it, the crowd reacts so well.”
Two other locals, Andrew Guisa and Austin Chase, were also supposed to fight on Saturday, but had their fights canceled at the last minute.
The fight night will return to Bear River on Sept. 24, with the grappling tournament set for the following day.
Any fighters interested in competing can reach out to Wilson and Hard Fought Productions through their Facebook page.