Klauzer overwhelms opponent, wins pro debut
Amid an overwhelming amount of fan support, Kylan Klauzer overwhelmed his opponent in his professional mixed martial arts debut Saturday night.
Klauzer, a former football All-American for Dickinson State from Baker, Mont., put Heath Roth on the mat early and went to work, eventually sealing the victory via technical knockout in 4 minutes in the main event of the Badlands Throwdown fights.
"Going into it, that was the game plan," Klauzer said. "He has some good hands. We knew he wanted to stand."
So, the physically imposing heavyweight put fists to Roth's face early to gain the upper hand and worked Roth's body once the two went to the mat.
After Klauzer put Roth on his back, the win seemed all but certain as the detective with the Dickinson Police Department forced a tap out via strikes.
His win sent the crowd, estimated at more than 2,000, into a frenzy. Especially the floor section filled with Baker residents, who made the trip in busloads for the fight.
"Two greatest small towns, Dickinson and Baker, that's all you really need to say," Klauzer said.
Another DSU alumnus, Anthony Bartlett, made his professional debut in style, beating Montanan Jake Oyler in the second round via rear naked chokehold in 7:28.
While Olyer wanted to kickbox, Bartlett went back to his wrestling roots -- he is a former Blue Hawk grappler -- and the tactic worked.
"Look at these arms," said Bartlett, a 5-foot-9, 155-pound grappler from Idaho. "I'm not a boxer. That's just not smart. I like getting them on the ground, at short range."
In another two-round affair, Jory Erickson of Wolf Point, Mont. -- the fighter whose cage Pound 'em Productions rented for the event -- pounded and twisted Matt DeWolfe until his corner men finally threw in the white towel at the 2:16 mark of the second round.
In one of the final fights, up-and-comer Brandon Anderson of Glendive, Mont., came away victorious in a way he may not have wanted. After the first round horn sounded, Anderson was awarded the victory due to a cut inflicted on the head of his opponent, Bruce Nelson of Fargo.
Nelson went to the mat midway through the first round after Anderson's inadvertent kick to the groin. Nelson recovered and held his own through the end of the round. But, the gash on his forehead was too big of a risk and doctors called the fight.
In a fight between two men making their professional debuts, the imposing Steven Schumacher of Mandan deflected what appeared to be an upset in the making when he fought off Brian Bloodsaw's front chokehold with a reversal. Within seconds, Schumacher had Bloodsaw in a rear naked chokehold and clocked the win in 2:50.
Minneapolis fighter Billy Jochum and Hettinger's Pat Schlosser went after each other with blows early and capped Jochum overwhelming win in 1:46 after Schlosser tapped out because of blows to the head.
The first two fights, both at the 155 weight class, ended with rear naked chokeholds.
Fargo's Marshall Martin won a bloody battle with Tyson Burris of Rapid City, S.D., in 2:07. Then, in a bout between two Dickinson fighters making their professional debuts, Justin Geobel defeated Zimmy Zimdars in 2:10.
Jason Brown of Rapid City won an early 185-pound bout against Jesse Brown of Missoula, Mont. Jason Brown rolled his opponent against the cage and put on an arm bar in the process, causing a screech of pain from Jesse Brown, who tapped out.
At 170, Mandan's Chris Hugh controlled his bout against Montanan Hollis Huggins throughout before finally forcing him to tap out at 2:39 via a rear naked chokehold.
In the quickest fight of the night, Cole Ackerman of Glendive, Mont., knocked off Steve Elliott of Rapid City in 52 seconds via an arm triangle.
It was Ackerman's third win in three appearances in Dickinson.
Badlands Throwdown Fight Results
Note: Weight class listed first, fights are listed in order they occurred.
155: Marshall Martin, Fargo, def. Tyson Burris, Rapid City, S.D., rear naked chokehold, 2:07.
155: Justin Goebel, Dickinson, def. Zimmy Zimdars, Dickinson, rear naked chokehold, 2:10.
185: Jason Brown, Rapid City, S.D. def. Jesse Brown, Missoula, Mont., arm bar, 1:55.
185: Steve Schumacher, Bismarck, def. Brian Bloodsaw, Dickinson, rear naked chokehold, 2:50.
170: Chris Hugh, Mandan, def. Hollis Huggins, Belgrade, Mont., rear naked chokehold, 2:39.
135: Billy Jocham, Minneapolis, def. Pat Schlosser, Hettinger., tap out by strikes, 1:46.
155: Anthony Bartlett, Buhl, Idaho, def. Jake Oyler, Missoula, Mont., rear naked chokehold, 7:28.
185: Cole Ackerman, Glendive, Mont., def. Steve Elliott, Rapid City, S.D., arm triangle, :52.
205: Brandon Anderson, Glendive, Mont., def. Bruce Nelson, Fargo, doctor stoppage, 5:00.
205: Jory Erickson, Wolf Point, Mont., def. Matt DeWolfe, Rapid City, S.D., corner stoppage, 7:16.
265: Kylan Klauzer, Baker, Mont., def. Heath Roth, Lino Lakes, Minn., tap out via strikes, 4:00.