Despite being out of the cage for some six months, Bridgeport native Todd Bevan showed no signs of rust late Saturday night.
The former Bulldog remained unbeaten (3-0 as a professional and 8-0 as a amateur) during his Mixed Martial Arts career when he dispatched Jason "The Whip" Willett (3-3) in 4-minutes, 22-seconds of the first round of their 150-pound bout during Gladiators of the Cage: Road to Glory V inside the Pisa Pub in Cheswick, Pa.
Bevan used his signature move - the Darce Chokehold - to take out "The Whip."
"It was a good fight for me," Bevan explained Sunday. "Everything went according to the plan, which is excellent. I can't complain about anything."
According to Bevan, he was in total control of the fight the entire time.
"Once I got him in the 'Darce', the referee had to jump in a pull me off of him," Bevan added. "They told me I almost put him to sleep."
In addition to keeping his unbeaten streak alive, Bevan, and good friend and stablemate at The Bullpen Fight Club, Josh Baker, got some great news recently.
"Our sponsor is sending us to California in the near future to train with Team Alpha Male," Bevan disclosed. "That's pretty neat. I'm excited about the opportunity. Any time you can get a chance to train with some of the best fighters in the world, it's a chance in a lifetime.
"I'm going to make the most of it," he continued. "Actually, I'm looking forward to getting in the cage and getting beat up a little. That will only make me better."
Team Alpha Male, an elite MMA fight team, is based in Sacramento. It's main fighters are Urijah "The California Kid" Faber and Chad Mendes.
Faber is the most known of the team. He is a 33-year-old from Lila Vista, Calif., who is a former WEC Featherweight Champion. He also holds a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.
The 5-6, 135-pound Faber is 26-6.
Locals Shine in WLU Loss
River High graduate and Akron University transfer Dylan Potts was a busy man Saturday in the Hilltoppers' 10-9 setback at Catawba, N.C.
He caught a team-best seven passes for 60 yards, with a long of 28, while also returning two kickoffs for 43 stripes. He also ran back a pair of punts for 13 yards.
Bridgeport's Nate Maleski charted two solo tackles and four assists from his nose guard slot. The senior also recorded 1.5 tackles for loss for minus four yards, and hurried the quarterback twice.
Monroe Central's Marcus Schumacher made six tackles, three solos, three assists, from his linebacker spot. He also had a tackle behind the line of scrimmage for minus three yards.
Jaclyn Dutton's final season for the Kent State women's soccer team isn't going as she would liked.
Coming off back surgery in the off-season, the former St. Clairsville product has only one assist in six games for the Golden Flashes, who are off to a 4-2 start.
She has logged seven shots, with two being on goal.
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