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By: Jamie Penick, MMATorch Editor-in-Chief
Driller Promotions and Sterling Entertainment Group made their debut at the Mystic Lake Casino and Hotel on Saturday night in Minnesota, bringing a night of mostly amateur action at "Mecca II: Premier MMA."
I was in attendance for the night's event, a 12-fight card which featured just two pro fights. While it was a mostly enjoyable card, the final two bouts were marred by terrible officiating.
Referee Daryl Guthmiller, a former fighter himself, allowed both Adam Schumacher and Josh Treseler to take a ridiculous amount of punishment before stepping in to stop the main and co-main events, respectively. It was an unacceptable, yet unsurprising, performance on the local scene, and led to a couple of scary moments in the cage.
The co-main event was an amateur welterweight title fight between Treseler and reigning Champion Kyle Todd, and it came to an end 1:47 into the first round. Todd cracked Treseler with a right hand that dropped him, raising his hand while expecting Guthmiller to engage. He didn't, and as Treseler got up to a knee Todd dropped him with another right. Once again, Guthmiller didn't engage, and as Treseler instinctively started getting up, Todd was forced to drop him once more. Guthmiller once again did not move to stop the fight, so Todd threw a few more strikes he didn't want to throw until Guthmiller finally stopped it.
Guthmiller remained in the cage for the main event pro fight between Schumacher and John Castaneda, and once again he failed to do his job. Castaneda dropped Schumacher midway through the round and started delivering ground and pound with Schumacher covering up. He was landing brutal punches and elbows, a number of which were going to the back of the head, and yet there was no movement from Guthmiller, nor any warnings delivered for the illegal blows. Schumacher finally saved himself, tapping out to the strikes at 3:32 of the first round.
Immediately after Castaneda backed off, Schumacher grabbed at the back of his head and writhed in pain in the cage. It was a frightening scene, and again brought on by Guthmiller's incompetence in his position.
The rest of the night went much smoother, with a few one-sided fights and a few more competitive matchups.
In an amateur women's strawweight title fight, Roufusport's Raquel Magdaleno took out Kyna Sisson with a brutal series of strikes, scoring the knockout win in just 28 seconds.
Other standouts came from Otis Hamilton, scoring a one punch KO in the second round of his with with Adam Gilligan, and Ash Majok, who submitted Sam Nelson with a rear naked choke in the second round. Additionally, high school student Karter Holthusen scored a quick submission win, taking down the 0-11 Dale Walters quickly and securing an arm triangle choke victory in just over a minute.
Full results from the night are below:
*John Castaneda def. Adam Schumacher via submission (strikes) at 3:32 of the first round
*Kyle Todd def. Josh Treseler via KO at 1:47 of the first round (Amateur Welterweight Championship)
*Raquel Magdaleno def. Kyna Sisson via KO at :28 of the first round (Amateur Strawweight Championship)
*Pro Fight: Carl Deaton def. Erik Vo via unanimous decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)
*Jessica Bulver def. Chelsi Westdorp via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*Jake Ouradnik def. Bryan Mortensen via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
*Ash Majok def. Sam Nelson via submission (RNC) at 1:05 of the second round
*Blake Bilder def. Doug Deback via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)
*Otis Hamilton def. Adam Gilligan via KO at 1:06 of second round
*Dana Gostomczik def. Lucas Luloff via technical submission (RNC) at :51 of second round
*Karter Holthusen def. Dale Walters via submission (arm triangle choke) at 1:13 of the first round
*Ed Albrecht def. Darrien Mackiel by unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)
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