Members of the Fighting Gym Rats, who train at Del Norte Health andamp; Fitness, competed in boxing and mixed martial arts at an event at the Cher-Ae-Heights Casino in Trinidad on Saturday.
Bert Taylor won the heavy wight MMA finals. andquot;He gave up at least 50 pounds and still came away with the win, which was the most exciting fight of the night,andquot; coach Ron Otremba said.
Stephon McKinney won the heavyweight boxing division, while Corey Robinson, despite injuring his right shoulder, won the light heavy wight division.
Eugene Abasolso made it to the finals in the lightweight MMA division, but lost in a controversial split decision. Danny Frye lost in the finals in the lightweight boxing division in a split decision. Miguel Jamie, Crystal Breslin and Mike Conover also took part in the event.
Otremba said he hopes to bring an event here, andquot;A Brawl in the Redwoods,andquot; around the end of June.