By Nick Hampton
For Tyrel Brown, it was a case of what might have been in his main event MMA fight Saturday night.
Known as “The Hooligan,” Brown, from Fort Gibson, lost on tap out to David Lindsey from Jacksonville, Ark., in the third round of the main event of the Fists of Fury #1 cage fights before a crowd estimated at 600 at the Muskogee Civic Center.
But a timing mistake may have cost Brown a victory.
As the first round progressed, Brown got a solid blow in against Lindsey that sent him to the deck. But as “The Hooligan” started to move in on his opponent, the horn sounded signaling the end of the round. The time keeper apparently forgot that the rounds in the pro fights on the card were supposed to be five minutes long as opposed to three minute rounds for the amateur fights earlier in the evening.
Although miffed about the mistake, Brown took the error and the loss in stride.
“The turning point was in that first round when I felt I could have finished him with a choke or went ahead and knocked him out after he was down,” said Brown, now 10-4. “I’m not saying that short round made the difference in the fight but it could have. Tonight he was the better man and my hat’s off to him.”
Lindsey took the advantage in the second round as he rode Brown most of the round and then took control in the third round with some pounding body blows that forced the tap out at 1:44 of the round.
Things were better in the other pro fight on the card involving a fighter from the Hooligan’s Fight Club of Muskogee. In that fight Billy Stimmell, a former Muskogee Rougher wrestler, took just 1:22 to score a TKO over Alex Arnall from Springfield, Mo.
“My strategy was to get to him early and just knock him out,” said Stimmell. “He was a Muay Thai fighter and I wasn’t expecting him to try to take me down, but once I got clear of him all my training paid off.”
On the amateur card, Muskogee’s Dale “Hotrod” Ford registered a victory with a tap out win over Randy Hernandez of Abilene, Texas, after the first round. Ford took Hernandez down twice in the opening round and ended the round with some blows to his head and body that left Hernandez unable to answer the bell for the second round.
“He seemed like a pretty tough dude,” said the former Rougher football and wrestling standout. “I just kept pounding on him and he couldn’t take it.”
Ford said he got started with MMA fighting as a way to stay in shape and isn’t sure where he’ll go with it.
Two other Muskogee amateur fighters had mixed results. Greg Childers pounded Josh Toth of Lawton into a TKO at the 1:26 mark of the first round while Sam Mullens lost on a tap out in the first round to Daryl Wilson from Tulsa.
Other results from the cage fights, all out-of-towners, saw Justin Peppers win a second round TKO over Nathaniel Chilton, Tyler Lee got a first round tap out win over Dax Perrier, Rickey Bailey got a crushing kick to the head of Kane Owens to score a KO, and Ryan Neese got a tap out victory over JR Copeland. The other pro fight on the card saw Fred Pierce defeat Marvin Babe with a first round tap out.
Promoter Jim Morris said the crowd seemed pleased with the event.
“Tonight after walking through the audience the constant comments I heard were ‘this is the best fights’ and ‘we want you back,’” he said.
If a date can be cleared, Fists of Fury #2 will be here next February.