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Local fighters shine at Galaxy Fight Night IV
Rare double knockout highlights 9-bout card
Another capacity crowd filled Champions Indoor Soccer Arena in Yuba City on Saturday for Galaxy Fight Night IV, and those in attendance were treated to one of the oddest occurrences in the fight game — a rare double knockout.
In the fourth bout of the evening, a pair of 175-pounders in Sacramento's Brandon Alexander and Yuba City's Aaron Britt squared off in the cage and sent the crowd into a frenzy just 13 seconds in when both landed simultaneous haymakers right on the button.
Both fighters landed flat on their backs, and when neither were able to get up off the mat, the referee waved the fight off.
The result was a no-contest, but that didn't stop a stunned house of fight fans from giving the duo a standing ovation in what turned out to be the knockout — or knockouts — of the night.
In all, six Yuba City fighters entered the octagon during Saturday's nine-card mixed martial arts showcase, and four of them came away victorious.
In the co-main event, Yuba City's Jacob Pubo made quick work of Stockton's Cameron Wright when he used a triangle choke to end the match at the 1:45 mark of the first round. The victory gave Pubo (3-0) the Galaxy 155-pound title belt and gave him his second win over Wright, whom he beat by split decision back in October.
Crowd favorite Kristen Costa also gave local fans something to cheer about when he beat Chico's Paul Robles by unanimous decision in a 180-pound matchup to up his record to 2-0.
Yuba City's Jon Childress improved to 1-1 by dominating Sacramento's Joshua Wilbar to win by unanimous decision in a 155-pound bout, while Yuba City's Robert Payne moved to 2-0 by picking up majority decision victory over Oroville's Justin Clark at 170 pounds.
Sacramento's Tyler Andrade (1-0) opened the night with a unanimous decision over Yuba City's Juan Tovar (0-1) at 215 pounds.
Sam Gifford of Oroville won by first-round submission over Roseville's Lawrence Spies in the second bout, and Stockton's Cameron Guigel and Sacramento's Idris Wassi fought to a draw in what proved to be the night's most competitive fight.
The result of the other co-main event between Sacramento's Travis Whitley and Oroville's Benito Lopez for the 135-pound title was unavailable at press time.