Spyder Submissions Fight League came rolling back into the Spinning Wheels Roller Rink in Mount Pleasant on December 10th with an event that made it TRULY a December to Remember. Promoter and Michigan pro fighter Brett “The Spyder” Sbardella, in association with Dan Hoogerhyde and Hitman MMA, did a GREAT job of delivering the goods once again to a PUMPED crowd. An A-list of northern Michigan’s rising stars as well as some popular guys from downstate came out to showcase their skills for the excited crowd in attendance. Before we get underway, we at FightMichigan would like to thank Mickey and Stacey Millis, who without their tireless efforts in the sport, this article would not have been possible. Hats off to them!

With eighteen killer fights on the card, fans were treated to every possible way a fight could end – TKO’s, submissions and LOTS of knockouts! Among the many great battles, there was a Welterweight war that was waged between Larry Cervantes and Brandon Woodcock throughout the entire regulation time limit. At the end of an entertaining and well-matched fight, the judges unanimously concurred that Cervantes put forth the more effective effort. The first of several BRUTAL and impressive knockouts occurred when E.J. Bashor and Matt Mills stepped into the cage to do battle. The AMAZING end came at only NINE SECONDS into the fight, when Bashor landed a shot that put his opponent straight to sleep and got the crowd on their feet! In the fight immediately following, it was another great battle that kept the judges busy, as Talmadge Barnes stepped up to face Michigan Extreme Combat Sports“Bionic” Brian Davis. After three rounds of great exchanges and nonstop action, the judges unanimously concluded that the Bionic one was the victor in this impressive three rounder. Next up, it was knockout-thirty once again as Travis Skinner and Mike Minski went to war. At only EIGHTEEN SECONDS in, Minski landed a THUNDEROUS head kick that brought an immediate halt to the fight and to his opponent’s consciousness! As a result, Minski earned “Fight of the Night honors! If you need to SEE why, check out the killer video. Not wanting to be outdone, in the very next fight James Smith II and Gabe Couch stepped inside to get it done. FOURTEEN SECONDS after “Vicious” Vance Swerdan started the fight, it was ended LITERALLY at the hands of Couch, pulling off yet ANOTHER fabulous knockout finish. Moving into the title brackets, the SSFL Bantamweight title fight was on the line as Michigan Extreme Combat Sports’ Justin Walls took on Jay Defoy. Nearing the end of the first round, Defoy was able to lock on a tight triangle choke. Walls couldn’t escape the technique, and with only FIVE seconds left in the round, Defoy got the tap and the title to go with it! Up next, it was a battle in the Lightweight division for the SSFL gold featuring James “Khaos” Bashor and Ed Celestino. This battle raged DEEP into the third round, when at almost two minutes in, Celestino was able to seal the deal with a sweet choke finish, emerging with the 155 pound title around his waist. Next on the night was the contest for the Light Heavyweight SSFL belt between Nate Sackett and Steve Walters. With ten seconds to go in the second round, Sackett was able to pound out the TKO victory, locking down the 205 pound title. The fight for the Featherweight title was an exciting contest between Robb Steiner and Jose Prieto. Prieto took the fight to his opponent IMMEDIATELY, and in under a minute in the very first round, he was able to finish the fight in DEVASTATING fashion to secure the win and the title. The final fight of the night was the Heavyweight title confrontation between Wes Dinan and Kyle Kinney. Early in the second round, Kinney unleashed an assault that left the ref with no choice but to stop the contest, awarding him the 205 pound SSFL strap. With another great night of action now in the books, it was time for the winners to prepare for the next challenge and the losers to get back in the gym to tighten up their game. Hats off to each and every warrior that came out to show the crowd what they came to see – the best northern Michigan talent on display! If you want to check out any – or ALL of these amazing battles, check out Michigan Extreme Combat Sport’s YouTube channel.

Now it’s shout out time – to the excellent staff that made the event special and dynamic. Maintaining safety, law and order in the cage was Michigan pro fighter and prolific referee “Vicious” Vance Swerdan. Judges for the event were Chris Cousins, Scott Ferguson and Mickey Millis. Keeping time and stats for the event was Stacy Millis. Rippin’ it up on the mic and keepin’ the crowd hyped was FightMichigan friend and King of the Cage experienced announcer Dave “The Butcher” Clifford. The great crew from Michigan Extreme Combat Sports was there shooting video for the event. Handling the color commentary on the footage were Dru Gardner and ammy bad boy Ryan Spicer. Last, but certainly not least, doing an AWESOME job of keeping the cage clean for the event was Kristoffer Hardy. The Spyder Submission Fight League delivers SOLID cage fighting action with each and every event, and there will be many great things to come from them in the future. And each and every time they announce an awesome new show, we’ll be here to deliver ya all the info. ‘Til next time, here are your results…


Fight #1 – 170lbs.
Jimmy Minto vs Eric Lyon
Winner: Eric Lyon at the conclusion of round 2 by verbal submission.


Fight #2 – 185lbs.
Chris Dantuma vs William Leiter
Winner: William Leiter at 30 seconds in round 2 by tap out due to strikes.


Fight #3 – 130lbs.
Adam Middendorf vs Jake Bialoreski
Winner: Jake Bialoreski at 28 seconds in round 1 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.


Fight #4 – 155lbs.
Randy Wiggins vs Russell “The Ruckus” Campbell
Winner: Randy Wiggins at 2:32 in round 2 by tap out.


Fight #5 – 170lbs.
Larry Cervantes vs Brandon Woodcock
Winner: Larry Cervantes by unanimous decision after three hard-fought rounds.


Fight #6 – 140lbs.
Julian Dumlao vs Kyle Alexander
Winner: Julian Dumlao at 2:02 in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.


Fight #7 – 155lbs.
Will Jones vs Mitchell Bartes
Winner: Mitchell Bartes at 1:06 in round 1 by tap out due to triangle choke.


Fight #8 – 170lbs.
E.J. Bashor vs Matt Mills
Winner: E.J. Bashor at 9 seconds in round 1 by knock out.


Fight #9
Talmadge Barnes vs “Bionic” Brian Davis
Winner: “Bionic” Brian Davis by unanimous decision after three hard-fought rounds.


Fight #10 – 140lbs.
Travis Skinner vs Mike Minski
Winner: Mike Minski at 18 seconds in round 1 by head kick knock out.


Fight #11 – 145lbs.
James Smith vs Gabe Couch
Winner: Gabe Couch at 14 seconds in round 1 by knock out.


Fight #12 – 165lbs.
Chad Ellison vs Joe Pnacek
Winner: Joe Pnacek at 22 seconds in round 1 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.


Fight #13 – 150lbs.
Jody Bass vs Keyton Turmell
Winner: Jody Bass at 1:02 in round 2 by tap out due to arm bar.


Fight #14 – SSFL BANTAMWEIGHT (135lbs.) TITLE FIGHT
Justin Walls vs Jay Defoy
Winner: Jay Defoy at 2:55 in round 1 by tap out due to triangle.


Fight #15 – SSFL LIGHTWEIGHT (155lbs.) TITLE FIGHT
James “Khaos” Bashor vs Ed Celestino
Winner: Ed Celestino at 1:54 in round 3 by tap out due to choke.


Fight #16 – SSFL LIGHT HEAVYWEIGHT (205lbs.) TITLE FIGHT
Nate Sackett vs Steve Walters
Winner: Nate Sackett at 2:50 in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.


Fight #17 – FEATHERWEIGHT (145lbs.) TITLE FIGHT
Robb Steiner vs Jose Prieto
Winner: Jose Prieto at 55 seconds in round 1 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.


Fight #18 – SSFL HEAVYWEIGHT TITLE FIGHT
Wes Dinan vs Kyle Kinney
Winner: Kyle Kinney at 39 seconds in round 2 by TKO – referee stoppage due to strikes.