Promoter feels state offers best fighters in country
TULSA, Okla. — “I expect a good, clean fight. Touch gloves, go to your corner and be warriors.” Xtreme Fight Night referee Kevin Nix said to the fighters in the main event for the evening.
It was a night of superfights, upsets and the return of the man called ‘Boom Boom’ at XFN.
XFN promoter Dale ‘Apollo’ Cook was amazed at all the outcomes for the evening.
“We had it all tonight on the emotional side,” Cook said. “What an amazing night with some amazing fighters.”
Randy ‘Boom Boom’ Blake returned to the cage after almost a year due to an injury to his bicep. His return fight was a three-round kickboxing heavyweight bout against Zach ‘The Silverback’ Gerullis.
Blake’s night ended early when he delivered what Cook called a “Bruce Lee Spinning Back Kick,” to Gerullis torso.
“I feel phenomenal right now,” Blake said. “It has been a long road to get back to where I am now.”
Blake said he faced a lot of adversity with the rehabilitation of his bicep. He felt like he went from being 100 percent to zero percent in the blink of an eye.
“There was adversity but taking that time off helped me to get better,” he said. “I was able to rest.
Muscogee (Creek) citizen Daryl ‘The Reaper’ Wilson had a mixed martial arts bout that ended with him in a technical knockout victory in the second round. The referee stopped the fight on the advice of the ring doctor.
“I give myself a grade of ‘C,’” Wilson said. “I didn’t want to end in a win this way and there are some things I can improve on.”
Wilson said he has been improving his Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu with the help from his instructors from Dallas. He said that it has enhanced his fighting skills because everyone that works with him is learning from the same instructors and curriculum.
“My last two MMA fights have finished by submission, and I give a lot of credit to my instructors,” Wilson said.
Wilson said he will be going on vacation soon but will be back for the next XFN event.
Cook spoke about the fighters that are in Oklahoma. A majority of the shows are lined up with fighters throughout the state and he said that shows how rich Oklahoma is when it comes to fighting.
He said there are more fights in this state than Nevada and California.
“It shows our fighters here in Oklahoma can stand up with any other fighters in other states, regardless of rules,” Cook said. “We have a long history of great MMA and kickboxing fighters coming out of Oklahoma.”
Cook had one final word for the fans.
“I hope you all enjoyed Xtreme Fight Night 342,” he said. “See you guys at Xtreme Fight Night 343 on Aug. 25.”