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MIAMI — The introductions probably lasted longer than Kyle Crutchmer’s debut as a mixed martial arts pro.
The former Oklahoma State University All-American used a guillotine to get a technical knockout win against fellow Tulsan Ron Beasley at 1:23 of the first round of Extreme Fight Night 348 Saturday, June 9, in front of a sellout crowd at Buffalo Run Casino.
Crutchmer was used to the raucous fans at storied Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater.
“There’s nothing like Gallagher, but this was pretty cool,” Crutchmer said.
The show, promoted by Dale “Apollo” Cook, was the first MMA show at the Peoria Showplace in almost 10 years.
“It was just crazy,” he said. “I kinda knew it would be exciting, but man, to really hear the fans cheering and the kids out there … I don’t know; I am very humbled and very blessed to be able to do this. I am just excited to get the first one out the way.”
Beasley, like Crutchmer, was making his pro debut.
“I have great coaches,” Crutchmer said. “We had a game plan. I kinda wanted to stay in there and strike with him more, but he actually punched me and it came to where I wanted to be, so I had to take advantage of that.”
The TKO came almost at the midway point in the middleweight fight that had three five-minute rounds.
“I feel like in this game, the less damage you can take at the beginning of your career, the longevity happens,” Crutchmer said.
He said his next outing should be on Aug. 3, but he didn’t say where the fight would take place.
“I will continue to learn and I will continue to grow,” Crutchmer said.
There were two championship fights on the nine-bout card.
• Daryl Wilson of Tulsa scored a TKO at 37 seconds of the second round against Marcio Navarro of Wichita, Kansas, to defend his XFN lightweight MMA title, and
• Kou Lee of Minneapolis, Minnesota, retained his XFN bantamweight kick boxing championship belt when he knocked out Tevin Laskey of Tulsa just before the horn sounded at the end of the third round.
There were six amateur fights that preceded the three pro battles.
• Heavyweight kick boxer Hank Crutchfield of Tulsa scored a three-round unanimous decision over Britton Carter of Joplin;
• Nathan Abril of Dallas scored an MMA middleweight unanimous decision over Andrew Claborn of Tulsa;
• Rusty Merrill of Joplin got a unanimous decision against Chris Roe of Tulsa in a lightweight MMA match;
• Dusty Sparks of Broken Arrow got a TKO at 1:46 of the first round in his kickboxing featherweight fight with Igor Laschenko of Dallas;
• Michael White of Skiatook used a choke hold to get a TKO at the 41-second mark of the first round over Aric Mercado of Amarillo, Texas, in an MMA featherweight bout, and
• William Nenneman of Joplin got a TKO at the end of the first round against Michael Leu of Dallas in MMA lightweight action.