Combat Corner Professionals Start the Year Off with a Bang! at Madtown Throwdown
At Madtown Throwdown on Saturday January 5th at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison, WI, Combat Corner Professionals Mike “Biggie” Rhodes, Tyler Hellenbrand, Rob Couilliard, and Eric “Red” Schaffer stole the show. Our pro team proved again to be the highlight of any event and on a night when attendance was a bit low due to the Packers playoff game fans still piled in to see our exciting fighters put on a show.
Mike “Biggie” Rhodes from Roufusport found himself squaring off against Quartus Stitt in a welterweight match early in the professional part of the card. Both fighters pushed the action in the first and second round as Rhodes showed off his well-rounded abilities handling the fight where ever it went. However it wasn’t Rhodes skill set that won him the fight but his cardio and heart that broke Stitt to the point that he was unable to get off his stole at the start of the third declaring Rhodes the winner by tko.
In the co-main event of the evening Robert Couilliard from Red Schaffer MMA took on Tyler Hellenbrand from The Chosen Few in a bout between the number one and number two lightweights that Wisconsin has to offer. Fans got to see some top level MMA when these two went to war, both fighters showed that either could handle the fight no matter where it went and could make use out any position given to them. For three rounds fans were on their feet enjoying the high paced action of striking and submission attempts one after the other and both kept up the pace even late in the third. When the fight was all over we went to the judges’ scorecards that declared Hellenbrand the winner via unanimous decision.
In the main event of the evening UFC veteran Eric “Red” Schaffer of Red Schaffer MMA took on John Poppie in a light heavy weight bout that was about as high caliber mixed martial arts a guy could ask for. Poppie tried to use his size against Schaffer early and paid for it because every time he got Schaffer to the mat he ate an up kick. When Poppie tried to get on the ground with the dangerous black belt it was clear that “Red” wasn’t going to get submitted or give anything up. As Poppie tried to grind Schaffer down against the cage “Red” showed his ability to escape and work his own game plan. In the second round it looked that Schaffer might have had Poppie in trouble with a deep guillotine that somehow Poppie escaped. Later in the round Schaffer got Poppie in the clinch and landed knee after knee then followed up with a flurry of punches which was capped off by an uppercut that dropped Poppie, “Red” got on top and landed a few more before the referee stopped in and declared Schaffer the winner by knockout.