King of the Cage returned to the Coeur d'Alene Casino on Oct 4th for another night of Pro/Am MMA in front of a packed house inside the casino's event center. Once again, the card was chock full of talented fighters from around Idaho and Washington with the 5 pro and 4 amateur bouts providing plenty of action and thrills for the enthusiastic crowd.
In the main event, veteran MMA star Trevor Prangley was able to successfully defend his KOTC World Light Heavyweight Title against Irish Hit Squads' Jared Torgeson, but it did take him all five hard fought rounds to do so. This Fight of the Night was the only bout on the card to go past the first round and it was an absolute barn burner. Both fighters took turns landing strikes on the feet, with Torgeson getting through in the middle rounds and cutting Prangley above his eye which proceeded to bleed profusely for the rest of the fight. The ringside doctor examined it between rounds and let the fight go on, and it was Prangley's experience that made the difference, getting the takedowns when he needed them and controlling the ground. In the end, two judges saw it 49-46 and the third 48-47, all for the champ Prangley. After the fight, the 41 year old Prangley thanked the crowd and said he will make one more appearance for King of the Cage and then will retire from fighting.
The Co-main event featured the 2nd appearance for Mike "Hollywood" Hanks in the King of the Cage, and like the first back in June, he took home a submission win after controlling the round, getting Roy Bradshaw to tap to rear naked choke at 4:06 of the first round. Hanks, who started his fighting career in the Spokane area but now trains in Las Vegas with Syndicate MMA, moves to 9-2 with the win.
BJJ Spokane's Jacob "The Darkness" Harkness moves to 6-1 as a pro with a workmanlike TKO victory over last minute replacement opponent, Michael Craig, getting the stoppage at 2:54 of the 1st round. After the fight, Harkness got down on one knee and proposed to his sweetheart inside the cage, and fortunately she said yes!
In a pro 170 lb contest, Koa Ramos submitted Trent House by way of triangle choke at 3:30 of the first round.
The opening pro fight of the card was at 145 lbs and saw George Delarosa finish RC Ingram with a first round Rear Naked Choke at 3:03.
An amateur 140 lb catchweight bout saw John Hale execute a slick kimura to submit Brandon Sly at 1:56 of Round 1.
In the amateur flyweight division, Zane Douglass finished Jake Tiffany via Rear Naked Choke in the first round at 1:16.
In an amateur 155 lb fight, Skyler Bonner got the TKO stoppage over Matt Schmoyer at 1:42 of the first round
Jessie Simpson opened the evening with a quick KO of Tyler Jensen at just 16 seconds into their amateur 135 lb bout.
King of the Cage recently renewed their contract with the Coeur d'Alene Casino Resort and will be back in 2014 with 4 more events. Learn more at kingofthecage.com.