The Fightforce Butte Brawl saws first-round knockouts, submissions and decisions at the Butte Civic Center Saturday night.
In short, this April’s Butte Brawl had everything a fight fan could ask for.
The last bout of the night was the 170-pound state championship, which pitted Butte’s Kyle Faustviet against Great Falls’ Ryan McCracken.
Faustviet was able to get position early on and took advantage of a rear-naked choke hold midway through the first to end it. After the win in front of the home crowd, you can add Faustviet to the list of Butte’s MMA stars.
“He’s a good fighter,” Faustviet said after the win. “Both of us have college wrestling backgrounds. Once I got comfortable I just took it from there.”
Faustviet also thanked his club, Streets of Butte, following the win. Butte fighters were able to win seven of the 10 fights that finished with a ruling.
The 170-pound state champ felt that the relationship between his teammates was a big part of the win.
“We have guys that get tapes and watch them for each other,” he said. “It’s a real team atmosphere.”
The night opened up with Bozeman’s Kevin Kline earned a first-round TKO over Rocky Boy’s Nolen Snell in 45 seconds. Kline simply grabbed one of Snell’s kick and took him to the ground for a pounding.
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At 130 pounds, Butte fans saw their first win of the night as local high school student Thomas Thornton earned a unanimous decision win over Anaconda’s Nick Babcock. The two battled close for much of the fight and it would be good to see them match up again sometime soon.
Babcock was clearly the leader after the first fight. But like a bulldog Thornton stuck his head down and won the next two rounds to earn his first career win. He lost his first-ever kickboxing match at a Butte Brawl last year.
“It was scary after the first fight,” Thornton said. “This time I was there. With all the new training it’s pushed me so much further. I have to thank everybody up there because I couldn’t have done it without them.”
Thornton added that after losing the first round, he had to prove it to himself and Butte that he could win.
As the main card started, Butte’ Sam Pennell was able to get a knockout win over Rocky Boy’s Darwin Sutherland. He used a ground-and-pound in the first round to get the win one minute, 50 seconds into the round.
Butte’s Jerett Lafromboise and Anaconda’s Jered Lunceford had won of the most exciting matches of the night. Lunceford held a solid lead for much of the first round, until Lafromboise sprang to life and nearly landed on a guillotine choke.
The fighters battled into the second round with Lunceford eventually getting a guillotine for the win. Lafromboise will be a fighter to look out for out of the Lion Pit in upcoming events.
Butte 170-pounder Shane Carter knocked out Rocky Boy’s Arnold Sisneros in just 18 seconds. After the fight, Carter noted that he planned to use his reach to control the fight early on. He thanked his fighting club, Streets of Butte, after the win.
Butte added another win as Joey Murray took care of Helena’s Bisco Nava in the first round with a triangle choke.
“We had a little bit of a stand-up battle early on,” Murray said. “I went to the triangle. He couldn’t get out.”
After his match, Murray took the microphone and thanked his friends and family.
Mark Johnson of Kalispell and Shaq LeCoure of Butte were engaged in a tight stand-up battle before Johnson accidently kneed LeCoure in the face. The fight was eventually named a no-contest.
Missoula’s Randall Low was able to top Butte’s Brychan Gross in a 135-pound match. After a good ground battle, Law was able to end it on a rear naked choke.
Butte’s Brandon Jones was formerly a standout amateur boxer. Now he’s looking like a pretty solid MMA fighter as well.
Jones tilted Helena’s Anthony Trujillo by unanimous decision two rounds to one. The duo spent much of the second two rounds doing a fighter’s waltz around the octagon. Jones’ boxing skills were able to shine there.
As the night went on, more experienced fighters started to take the ring.
Butte’s Travis Ogan was able to score a second-round knockout as the referee stopped a bout between him and Deer Lodge’s Kris Putman in the second round.
The lanky Putman proved to be a difficult match with his abilities to escape different positions on the ground.
Helena’s Cory Nettleton looked particularly tough against Butte’s Matt Hettick. The two jostled for ground position for much of the first round before Nettleton settled into a choke to end the match.
170 - Kevin Kline, Bozeman, def. Nolen Snell, Rocky Boy, by TKO (:45 into first round); 130 Kickboxing - Thomas Thornton, Butte, def. Nick Babcock, Anaconda, by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28); 185 - Sam Pennell, Butte, def. Darwin Sutherland, Rocky Boy by KO (1:50 into first round); 185 - Jered Lunceford, Anaconda, def. Jerett Lafromboise, Butte, by submission (guillotine, 1:35 into second); 170 - Shane Carter, Butte, def. Arnold Sisneros, Rocky Boy, by KO (:18 into first); 165 - Joey Murray, Butte, def. Bisco Nava, Helena, by submission (triangle choke in first); 160 - Shaq Lecoure, Butte, vs. Mark Johnson, Kalispell declared no contest (knee to head); 135 - Randall Low, Missoula, def. Brychan Gross by submission (rear naked 3:15 into first); 135 - Brandon Jones, Butte, def. Anthony Trujillo, Helena, by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28). 145 - Travis Ogan, Butte, def. Kris Putman, Deer Lodge, by KO referee stoppage in second round. 145 - Cory Nettleton, Helena, def. Matt Hettick, Butte, by submission (1:35 in first). 170 State Championship - Kyle Haustviet, Butte, def. Ryan McCracken, Great Falls, by submission (rear-naked choke hold in first).