Perzynski scores quick victory
By Ben Pherson
Mazeppa’s Travis Perzynski needed a little more than four minutes to dispose of Frank Johnson in the main event of Saturday’s Ultimate Fight Night at the Aquarius.
The mixed-martial-arts event featured eight professional fights and attracted about 600 fans, according to Ultimate Combat Sports promoter Jami Klair.
Perzynski, a former Zumbrota-Mazeppa wrestler, defeated Johnson for the 155-pound Ultimate Combat Sports championship belt.
Johnson is a former professional boxer, and he did his best to keep the fight standing. But Perzynski’s wrestling background and strength proved to be the difference.
Perzynski gained full mount late in the first round and finished the fight with a flurry of elbows and punches, forcing referee Ross Ogden to stop the fight for a technical knockout at 4:18 of the first round.
One of Perzynski’s teammates at Lake City-based Team Crazy turned in one of the night’s most impressive performances.
Former Lake City wrestler Dan Copp looked much improved in his victory over Winona’s Nathan Boebel at 155 pounds.
Copp flashed solid standup skills before taking the fight to the ground. It took just a few seconds for Copp to gain Boebel’s back and lock in the rear-naked choke. Boebel submitted just 1:46 into the first round.
Copp improved his professional record to 9-3.
In a highly anticipated matchup, Lake City’s Jeremy Lafferty didn’t last long in his grudge match against La Crosse, Wis., resident Jeremy Elisius.
Elisius landed several solid strikes early, including one shot that sent Lafferty to the mat. Elisius quickly pounced and finished the fight by technical knockout just 35 seconds into the first round.
Rochester’s Chris "The Big Deal" Barden also looked much improved. Barden was giving up more than 100 pounds to Chris Clark of Fort Dodge, Iowa. Clark took down Barden early in the fight, but when Ogden stood the fighters back up, Barden took advantage. He earned the victory by technical knockout at 1:50 of the first round.
Other winners included Reuben Huppert (Ellsworth, Wis.), Ryan Stock (Lake City), Jason Elisius (Viroqua, Wis.) and Jordan Sheperd (St. Cloud).
Reuben Huppert (Ellsworth, Wis.) def. Adam Murphy (Plainview) by submission due to strikes at 4:08 of first round.
Dan Copp (Lake City) def. Nathan Boebel (Winona) by submission due to rear-naked choke at 1:46 of first round.
Ryan Stock (Lake City) def. Keith Fuerstneau (Plainview) by submission due to arm bar at :20 of first round.
Travis Perzynski (Mazeppa) def. Frank Johnson (St. Paul) by technical knockout at 4:18 of first round.
Jason Elisius (Viroqua, Wis.) def. Bruce Johnson (Lake City) by submission due to strikes at 1:54 of first round.
Jeremy Elisius (La Crosse, Wis.) def. Jeremy Lafferty (Lake City) by technical knockout at :35 of first round.
Jordan Shepherd (St. Cloud) def. Tyler Knutson (Rochester) by submission due to rear-naked choke at 1:48 of second round.
Chris Barden (Rochester) def. Chris Clark (Fort Dodge, Iowa) by technical knockout at 1:50 of first round.