Fists and feet flying

JIM BENDER -- Winnipeg Sun

, Last Updated: 12:00 PM ET

El Dirte was El Quicke.

It took Winnipeg's Joe (El Dirte) Doerksen just 44 seconds to score a tap-out victory over USA's Thomas Russell in the Mixed Martial Arts main event before 3,190 raucous fans attending the Colosseum of Champions, which featured three disciplines at the Winnipeg Convention Centre last night.

"It was over pretty quick," Doerksen said. "I kind of wish that it had gone a little longer but I didn't want to take any chances. The first opportunity I saw, I took. He was real strong on his feet with some hard kicks. He threw a little wild, maybe he was a little nervous. But I didn't want to take a chance that he might land a lucky one so I took him down first chance I had and put him away"

Russell was a last-minute replacement for another opponent who backed out.

In the main event, Pine Falls' Larry (Razor) Sharpe was declared the winner by unanimous decision over Anthony Ivory of Chicago after the fight was stopped in the fifth round when both fighters were cut by an accidental head butt.

In another bout, Winnipeg's Cory (White Shadow) Houston made one of the wildest entrances of the night as he was escorted into the ring to the hip-hop tune of a local rapper. And Houston had no problem getting into the right rhythm, scoring a second-round TKO over North Dakota's Mike Davis in a pro junior middleweight bout.

"It feels really good," said Houston, who improved to 2-2. "I haven't boxed much this year. The last time I fought was in November. We had a bit of an opponent problem because the opponent changed three or four times over the last few weeks so I really didn't know anything about him.

"So I just had to kind of figure it out as I want so I tried to be pretty cautious. I didn't let my hands go too much during the first round but during the second round, I had a good feel for what was going on and I started to let my hands go."

Houston, 32, hurt Davis when he knocked him down in the first round and the American quit after getting knocked down in the second.

And what about that rapper, Big Breezy?

"That's one of my good friends," said the physiotherapy student

"We actually started boxing together and he moved on to a music career and I'm still in there getting my head pounded in."

In other boxing matches, Winnipeg's Junior (The Real Deal) Moar started his comeback with a first-round knockout of Dale Daniels of Pine Falls; Nova Scotia's Darrell (Pee Wee) Flint scored a first-round knockout of Colin Courchene of Pine Falls; and John (Diehard) McLean scored a unanimous decision over Calgary's Robbie Stowell.

In the professional Muay Thai discipline, Chicago's Jeff (Money Shot) made short work of Winnipeg's Agostino (The Bull) DeNatale, scoring a first-round knockout. Reno Belcastro of Windsor, Ont., also beat Winnipeg's Mark (Black Wolf) Durant in a first-round knockout.

In the pro Mixed Martial Arts discipline, Winnipeg's Kevin (The Mongoose) Manderson simply dominated Vancouver's Dave (Show Time) Scholton, winning a unanimous decision. And Winnipeg's Chris Fontaine defeated Windsor's Gerome Grady by a first-round arm-bar submission.


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