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Sonora MMA fighters win two, lose one

Jesse Jones / Union Democrat. Mike Thurman (left), of Sonora MMA Academy’s Last Stand Fight Team, defends his title against Tanner Marlow.

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Sonora MMA Academy’s competitive fight team entered the cage on Saturday at the Chicken Ranch Casino in Jamestown.


Local fighter Luke “The Nuke” Nunes took on tough boxer James Mulder in a back-and-forth bout. Nunes was able to take control in the second round, finishing the fight by Technical Knockout with punches from the mounted position. 

Even after his victory, Nunes saw room for improvement. 

“Honestly, I felt sloppy,” Nunes said. “I really did. I mean, I worked hard and I think I let the adrenaline get to me. But, a win’s a win.”  

When asked what was next for him, he did not hesitate.

“Straight back to work,” Nunes said. “My plan is to eventually move to flyweight, but for now, I will take any fight they can get me.”

 In the main event of the amateur card, Mike “The Predator” Thurman won by unanimous decision from a very composed Tanner Marlow. The Sonora MMA product Thurman was representing Last Stand Fight Team and put on a show.  

After defending his amatuer middleweight title, Thurman feels ready to turn pro.

“I think it’s time,” Thurman said. “I want longer rounds. I know I can finish people more in longer rounds. I like to fight, so I don’t go for fast finishes. I like late finishes.”

Chris Loh returned to the cage after a six-year hiatus to fight Gracie Academy fighter Sean Cerveny in a bantamweight bout. Loh was forced to tap at 22 seconds of the first round due to a leg lock submission. 

With the local crowd cheering in full support of their fighter, Loh showed huge heart as he limped out of the cage. 

Loh, although frustrated with the loss, kept a positive attitude.

“From my perspective, I was dominating the standup,” Loh said. “His first shot in to take me down, I shucked him pretty easily. During his next shot, I was so concerned with knocking him out, I didn’t defend the leg properly. I should have defended, then went back to work. That’s when he locked the heel hook in and that was that.”

Now 0-3 in his pro career, Loh is keeping fighting on the back burner for now.

“I am looking forward to spending some good time with my wife and kids and doing some fighter coaching hopefully,” Loh said.

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