Prelims end in a hurry

GERRY MODDEJONGE, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 11:52 AM ET

The belts were on the line in The Fight Club 9: Total Chaos main events last night, but the direction of some early careers were at stake in the preliminary fights.

Whether knockouts or tapouts are your cup o' tea, not one of the three matches made it past the first round.

A pair of light heavyweights kicked things off for the crowd at the Shaw Conference Centre as Edmonton's Greg McDougal made his mixed-martial arts professional debut against undefeated Devon Neis of Red Deer (3-0).

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McDougal attempted to apply a headlock as the two took to the mat, but couldn't tighten it up and was dropped to the mat by a sharp left hook from Neis that stopped the fight 49 seconds into the opening round.

"Grab and smash," was all Neis offered ring announcer Dean Panas, when asked what strategy he took coming into the fight before they both commenced spouting off a long chain of sponsor thank yous that lasted nearly as long as the match.

An all-Edmonton welterweight tilt pitted even 1-0 records of Rio Wells and Darcy Boizard against each other. But that's about as even as the fight got as Wells led with his fists on the way to a pair of takedowns that ended things early, just 1:27 into the first round.

Boizard recovered from a headlock and returned to his feet, but couldn't come back from a finishing overhand right.

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"It's not as easy as it looks once you get a guy down," said Wells, a defensive back with the 1998-99 Edmonton Eskimos. "I'm not happy with it but it's a win. I'll take it and get back in the gym to get ready for more."

Edmonton scored its third victory of the evening when Mike Froese (3-2) defeated Tomothy Skidmore (3-13) of Moncton, N.B., compliments of a rear-naked chokehold 1:16 into the opening round.

"That's our bread and butter right there," Froese said of the move. "You give me that back and I'm going to snatch it up."

SCRATCHED: Edmonton's Jonathan Pridham and Kyle Coutu, of Calgary, were supposed to lead the undercard, but it did not happen as of press time.

GERRY.MODDEJONGE@SUNMEDIA.CA


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