Wiuff beats Monson by split dec in Minn.

by Ben Pherson | source: postbulletin.com

Rochester, MN mixed martial artist Travis "Diesel" Wiuff scored one of the biggest wins of his career Saturday at Target Center. Wiuff was fighting Jeff "The Snowman" Monson in the main event of the Xtreme Kombat League's "Evolution II: Mayhem in Minneapolis."

Monson is an Ultimate Fighting Championship veteran who fought for the UFC heavyweight title in 2006.

On Saturday, Wiuff was able stay out of trouble and controlled enough of the fight to walk away with a split-decision victory over Monson.

There was a huge difference in the way each judge scored the fight. One judge gave all three rounds to Wiuff, scoring it 30-27 in his favor. Another judge awarded all three rounds to Monson, scoring it 30-27 for The Snowman. The third judge scored it 29-28 for Wiuff.

Wiuff was very happy with his performance. His goal was to avoid going to the ground with Monson, who's one of the best heavyweight jiu-jitsu practioners in the world.

"The game plan worked," Wiuff said. "Obviously, I didn't want to go to the ground, and I definitely didn't want to be underneath Jeff Monson. I was able to avoid his takedowns."

"Honestly, when I would be sparring in practice, I wouldn't even use my right hand; I'd only throw jabs," Wiuff said. "Monson's hands aren't bad, he just doesn't let them go very often."

"It feels really good to get this one," Wiuff said. "I'll probably take a couple days off and get back after it."

Wiuff has another fight scheduled for May 21 in Boston, an event that will be on pay-per-view.

More than 3,000 fans showed up to watch Saturday's event. "This was a great night," Wiuff said. 


Evolution II: Mayhem in Minneapolis
Xtreme Kombat League

Travis Wiuff def. Jeff Monson – Split Decision (30-27, 27-30, 29-28), R3
Dave Menne def. Adrian Miles – Unanimous Decision, R3
Drew Fickett def. Derrick Noble – TKO (Rear Naked Choke); 1:09 R2
Shana Olsen def. Yoko Takahashi – Unanimous Decision; R3
Brendan Seguin def. Isaiah Larson – Unanimous Decision; R3
Matt Delanoit def. Ray Steinbeiss – Submission (Toe Hold); 1:49 R2
Brock Larson def. Brian Green – Submission (Rear Naked Choke); 4:39 R1
Ryan Roberts def. Chaz Haag – TKO (Strikes); 0:20 R1
Travis Fulton def. Brad Kohler – KO (Head Kick); 1:01 R1
Nate Schut def. Bobby Ferrirer – Submission (Rear Naked Choke); 3:23 R1

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2JupitersTooMany site profile image  

4/30/10 2:26 PM by 2JupitersTooMany


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4/30/10 2:25 PM by Seamus619

 Any pics, gifs, or vids from the event?

sside maurice site profile image  

4/30/10 2:20 PM by sside maurice

Noble posted a thread here, comparing it to Askren/Thomas.

2JupitersTooMany site profile image  

4/30/10 2:18 PM by 2JupitersTooMany

The gist is that Noble was landing some loud kicks and punches in R1 and was clearly dominating. In R2, Fickett got his back and transitioned to RNC. The ref suddenly stopped the fight and Noble jumped up like a frog and protested. He was clearly all-there, and the ref seemed disappointed that he'd stopped the fight. We talked to the ref afterwards and he said that Noble wasn't moving, but that he couldn't see his eyes to see if he was glassed over and he stopped the fight to protect him.Noble says that Fickett's arm was across his face, so he was hanging out. In his interview, Fickett claimed that he had the arm under the chin and that it was unevitable that Noble would have gone out. So someone's not remembering the fight correctly, and I haven't see video that clarifies things. Either way, Fickett looks like he's taken a break from the lifestyle stuff and he was ready to fight, and Noble looked really good before the stoppage.

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4/30/10 2:15 PM by demonbasketball04

Care to elaborate a little more on the Fickett/Noble fight??

2JupitersTooMany site profile image  

4/30/10 10:30 AM by 2JupitersTooMany

Great show and decent crowd. The crowd was intimate enough for a "grab him by the hair" comment during the Monson fight to get laughs. The ladies had fight of the night, imo. The Fickett/Noble fight was controversial enough not to mean much for either guy. However, Fickett seems to be back in the right place and Noble looked really sharp before the controversial stoppage.

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4/30/10 10:24 AM by damaebushi

 It was a great show.  The judges had a very, very tough job that night.  Every fight that went to a decision was extremely competitive, and I thought that 3 of them were possible to go either way.  Everything ran smoothly, some exciting finishes, and (unfortunatly) a bit of controversy, which seems to be a part of the sport.  All in all, a very enjoyable night from a fan's perspective.  Thanks to the fighters, Gavin, Brock, and everyone involved in putting on the show. Respectfully: Fred

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4/30/10 10:21 AM by FieryErmine

Wow cool event. Nice to see some of those old school fighters still kicking some ass!

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4/30/10 10:18 AM by jpm995

Dave Menne is still fighting? That shocks me, he really looked done the last few of his ufc fights. And this must have brough back Babaloo nightmares for Kohler "Travis Fulton def. Brad Kohler – KO (Head Kick); 1:01 R1"

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4/30/10 10:07 AM by Kirik

 That is an amazing card - NINE UFC vets!!?!