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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