Roseville woman wins title belt on Battleground MMA card at fairgrounds

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Report
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Arlene Culbreth of Roseville scored a second-round knockout of Kelly Faszholz to win the Dawgs of War 135-pound title belt Friday night, highlighting the Battleground All Camo MMA event at the Placer Country Fairgrounds.

A crowd estimated at 3,000 gathered around the cage at All American Speedway to watch six title fights on the 13-bout card, co-promoted by Dawgs of War and Badge vs. Badge and Stand Up Fighters.

In other title fights, Thomas Fallon of Sacramento stopped Zeke Johnston of Roseville on a TKO in the third round to win the Dawgs of War super-heavyweight championship, and Sacramento boxing legend Tony “The Tiger” Lopez presented the 145-pound Stand Up Fighters belt to Roque Reyes of Stockton following his unanimous decision over Ryan Hatfield of Sacramento.

Woodland’s Anthony Hernandez, 18, won his third title, knocking out Sean Nelson of Magalia in the first round to claim the 185-pound SUF belt. Hernandez (8-0), nicknamed Fluffy, is ranked No. 1 in California and No. 5 in the nation by the International Sport Combat Federation.

“You’re going to see this kid in the UFC,” co-promoter Gary Shurley said.

Also, Jordan Bailey of Rocklin defeated Cesar Gutierrez of Sacramento by knockout near the end of the third round for the DOW 145-pound crown, and Brandon Umipig of Vallejo, with just one fight of experience, scored a unanimous decision over Demitry Moore of Lodi for the 160-pound SUF title.

“The weather was perfect,” Shurley said. “It was one of the best venues as a promoter I’ve ever had the pleasure of working.”

In other results, from

Featherweight Armando Duncan won a unanimous decision over Jacob Douangdara, Jaleon Reid defeated John Casem by unanimous decision, Eric Smith scored a split decision over Idris Wasi in a light-heavyweight match, Miguel Neri stopped Steven Volz on a submission at 1:25 of the first round in a battle of welterweights, Kyle Bryant used an arm bar to force Tony Duncan to tap out at 1:29 of the second round in their lightweight bout, Blake Schaffer used a guillotine choke to stop Johnny Duncan in 24 seconds, and John Cotten defeated Daniel Bowen on a TKO at 1:58 of the second round.